Since the day RIM had announced the QNX based BlackBerry OS BBX, there was a lot of speculation that RIM will do some concrete changes in the platform. Well ladies and gentlemen, it just did those changes.

The existing Java based apps for the current BlackBerry OS would not be supported on the BBX, it being “something divine”.

Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of developer relations and ecosystem development quoted in his blog

…we decided against supporting BlackBerry Java on BlackBerry BBX…

…the performance delivered would ultimately not satisfy us, our development community, or our customers as the platform continues to evolve.

Just like Nokia gave a “lollipop” to  it’s irate customers, who were rioting over Symbian, that the company would continue to produce more Symbian devices, RIM too said something similar on the fate of BlackBerry Java and the current BlackBerry OS.

…there are more BlackBerry 7 smartphones yet to come and our customer base will not switch overnight to BlackBerry BBX smartphones; both platforms will co-exist for some time.

RIM is currently aggressively promoting its WebWorks SDK, which uses technologies including JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS, as the single stop shop for creating apps and games for the BlackBerry devices. Two other cross-platform development environments are also available across platforms: Adobe’s AIR, and the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps.

The rumor mill was hot on what the next BlackBerry software, which would be QNX based, be called? It is now more or less official that the software would be called BlackBerry X or BBX.

This was known during a presentation at the QNX Auto Summit 2011 at Japan. One of the slides mentioned iOS, and Android alongwith BBX, So that more or less confirms it. Though RIM still has to officially announce it.

Nothing much to add here. Stay tuned for more…!!


The research firm Nielsen have recently revealed their numbers concerning the smartphone world. The results are not at all surprising.

Evidently, for every one iPhone user, there are two Android users. While the growth of iPhone has been stalled, there is a 13% increase in the Android user base.

NIELSEN OS Share released thumb Android user base surges up, dwarfs iPhone user base by 2:1

RIM’s share is dropping. We hope that the new gen QNX phones might be able to save it. What is interesting here is that the iPhone 5 will be released soon. So these numbers will be changed in the next report.

Source: Nielsen

Gartner, the analyst firm, has lowered it’s forecast for the number of Android tablets shipped since it’s last prediction in the previous quarter. The projection has been lowered by as much as 28%.

The global media tablet sales to end users are to amount to 63.6 million units this year, which is a staggering 261.4% increase from 2010 sales of 17.6 million.

Android tablets are forecast to ship 11 million units in 2011, accounting for 17.3 percent of total sales – up only slightly from Android’s 2010 market share of 14.3 percent.

According to Gartner’s Carolina Milanesi

Google will address the fragmentation of Android across smartphone and tablet form factors within the next Android release [the Ice Cream Sandwich], which we expect to see in the fourth quarter of 2011…

…“Android can count on strong support from key OEMs, and has a sizeable developer community.

She also commented on the holistic picture

…We expect Apple to maintain a market share lead throughout our forecast period by commanding more than 50 percent of the market until 2014…

…This is because Apple delivers a superior and unified user experience across its hardware, software and services. Unless competitors can respond with a similar approach, challenges to Apple’s position will be minimal.

The data released by Gartner is as follows.

gartner tablet forecast

Worldwide Sales of Media Tablets to End Users by OS (Thousands of Units, September 2011)

The demand for MeeGo anad webOS is clearly out of proportions (pun intended). And QNX is also predicted not to sell well, adding to the woes of the already troubled RIM.

Since the demand for the tablets is very high, this makes me think about the future of laptops, netbooks and desktops.

Source: Gartner

Bad news for RIM. The already troubled BlackBerry manufacturer sees no relief from any front whatsoever. This time the smartphone manufacturer’s sales in the US halve during the fiscal quarter ending August 27 2011. The total revenue from the US fell from US$2.22 billion a year ago to US$1.11 billion.

According to Business Briefing:

The US sales decline reduced the impact of gains in Canada, which saw sales increase by 7.7 percent to US$308 million, and in markets outside the US, Canada and UK, where sales grew by 38 percent to hit US$2.33 billion.

RIM’s third consecutive quarter of disappointing results saw net income fall by 59 percent due to declining sales of BlackBerry devices, including the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer.

The results saw the company’s stock price fall to US$12.5 billion last Friday, down almost a quarter from the previous day, and meaning the stock has shed half of its value in 2011.

As a result, the RIM CEO duo also lost their Billionaire status. RIM’s only hope lies in QNX, as the investors are quite restless since RIM is unable to produce any good sales numbers.

Another option for RIM to survive is to sell some of it’s patent portfolio, or as suggested by Jaguar, sell itself.

I hope RIM does not take any stupid decisions..!!

If what you are going to read is true, then God save RIM. Just ahead of it’s transition to QNX platform, rumours have it that RIM might have lost the BB Software man, Suresh Periyalwar.

According to BGR, Suresh might have had left RIM because he might have lost his faith in the QNX. Or he might be a victim of the management overhaul. Suresh, who is the Senior Vice President of handheld software, has been with RIM since 2001 He was promoted to SVP in May 2008.

The sources have said that more key employees are looking forward to abandon the ship, which is bad bad news for RIM.


While Apple might have all the limelight with it’s iPads, the true killer here is the BB PlayBook. The PlayBook received the FIPS 140-2 certification from the US government, and it is the only media tablet on the planet to have been received this certification.

Some of us might wonder what in the Lord’s name is the FIPS certification? Well, according to Wikipedia:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued the FIPS 140 Publication Series to coordinate the requirements and standards for cryptography modules that include both hardware and software components. Federal agencies and departments can validate that the module in use is covered by an existing FIPS 140-1 or FIPS 140-2 certificate that specifies the exact module name, hardware, software, firmware, and/or applet version numbers. The cryptographic modules are produced by the private sector or open source communities for use by the U.S. government and other regulated industries (such as financial and health-care institutions) that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information. A commercial cryptographic module is also commonly referred to as a Hardware Security Module.

In short, if your tablet doesn’t have it’s ass secured by real cryptographic capabilities, the US government would not okay it for federal use.

Playbook thumb PlayBook taunts the tablets, becomes the first tablet to be approved for U.S. Government use

According to RIM press release

BlackBerry PlayBook Wins ‘Best in Show’ Award at FOSE 2011

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) announced today that it has received FIPS 140-2 certification for the new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet, making the BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies. No other tablet on the market has gained FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA).

“RIM is pleased to announce that the BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet approved under FIPS for use within the U.S. federal government,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion. “This certification demonstrates our continued commitment to meeting the needs of security-conscious organizations and enables the U.S. federal government to buy with confidence knowing that the PlayBook meets their computing policy requirements for protecting sensitive information.”
BlackBerry PlayBook is a powerful, ultra-portable tablet that fits comfortably in one hand. It has a stunning 7-inch high resolution display, offers true multi-tasking capabilities and a high-fidelity web experience. It also allows for secure pairing with BlackBerry® smartphones via the BlackBerry® Bridge™ app, which enables users to access their BlackBerry smartphone’s email, calendar, address book, memo pad, task list, BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) and browsing functionality using the larger display on the tablet.

The FIPS-certified BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is being showcased this week in Washington DC at FOSE – the largest Federal government information technology conference in the U.S. – where BlackBerry PlayBook has just been awarded Best in Show, and also Best of FOSE in the Handheld Devices category.

More information about the BlackBerry PlayBook is available at

Phew, that’s a great deal. Stay tuned for more…!!!!

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