26 Oct

BBC News – Blackberry PlayBook operating software update delayed

The maker of the Blackberry PlayBook has delayed an update to the tablet computer’s operating system until next year.

Research In Motion said it expects to deliver the software in February. It had been due this month.

RIM has admitted that sales of the device are lower than it anticipated. It acknowledged customers want native email, calendar and contacts applications.

The update aims to add the features.

A company blog described the decision as "difficult", but promised the revision will allow the firm’s phones and PlayBooks "to work together even better".

RIM’s shares closed down 7.5% on the news.

via BBC News – Blackberry PlayBook operating software update delayed. Who could have guessed that people would want native email, calendar and contacts apps?

01 May

carpeaqua – We’ll Fix Our Platform In Post

Apple has a year head start on their competition in tablets, and the slow rate of updates coming from their competition does not make me believe the lead shrink in the future. Releasing software is hard, but Apple seems to be the only one that can release half a dozen updates over the course of a year that both fix bugs and add functionality to users existing tablets and phones. Microsoft continues to release major updates as giant service packs that seemingly will come out twice a year. Google’s not saying much about their Honeycomb improvements and how or if they will even be distributed to existing tablet owners. If anything, RIM’s eighteen CEO’s keep it interesting by promising everything they can dream up.

To make a dent in Apple’s market lead, Google, Microsoft, Blackberry and HP (eventually) need to focus less on the hardware specs or openness of their platform, and more on getting software updates to their existing user base on a regular basis. Hardware specs are porn for the gadget blogs, but software and apps are what sell tablets and phones to regular users. iOS is not without flaws, but I can’t think of any gaping holes in the platform that make it hard to justify an iPad or iPhone to someone. I would run out of fingers if I had to list all the holes in the Xoom or Playbook.

via carpeaqua – We’ll Fix Our Platform In Post. It’s one thing to come out with a product half finished, it’s another to come out and say you’ll finish the product and never do. The biggest thing that Apple tends to get right is nothing comes out feeling unpolished, there may be things missing from the product that people desire (copy and paste and an SDK for iOS is a good example) but the product itself doesn’t feel incomplete without those pieces. This work by RIM and Microsoft in particular not only is the product itself lacking but the companies keep promising the sky and delivering very little.

27 Dec

Electronista – RIM thought iPhone was impossible in 2007

RIM had a complete internal panic when Apple unveiled the iPhone in 2007, a former employee revealed this weekend. The BlackBerry maker is now known to have held multiple all-hands meetings on January 10 that year, a day after the iPhone was on stage, and to have made outlandish claims about its features. Apple was effectively accused of lying as it was supposedly impossible that a device could have such a large touchscreen but still get a usable lifespan away from a power outlet.

via Electronista – RIM thought iPhone was impossible in 2007. That seems both really odd to me and explains my RIM is struggling to grow in the cell phone business.