Mike Lazaridis, one of RIM’s co-CEO’s, hasn’t had very stellar interviews lately. I can’t say that I blame him, with analysts and critics and their negative tones, who wouldn’t feel the irritation? With the tablet competition coming up, the Android devices coming into play, the Pwn2Own convention which exploited the webkit browser, not to even mention the issues with the Arab countries and India, and the petty patent suits along the way. Check it out…
The first interview Mike Lazaridis was quoted saying: “Why is it that people don’t appreciate our profits? Why is it that people don’t appreciate our growth? Why is it that people don’t appreciate the fact that we spent the last four years going global? Why is it that people don’t appreciate that we have 500 carriers in 170 countries with products in almost 30 languages?” He ended it saying: “I don’t fully understand why there’s this negative sentiment, and I just don’t have the time to battle it. Because in the end, what I’ve learned is you’ve just got to prove it over and over and over.”
What hasn’t been taken into account is that during the last fiscal year RIM actually shipped a record 52.3 million BlackBerry devices (43% increase from the last year), and the fourth quarter income of $924 million.
Part of the perspectives have been that with the Android devices on the market, that developing apps for iPhone and Android are easier. RIM’s tablet may turn out to be turning point for them. There’s been comparisons to Apple in that they can make this transition on the bright side, or compared to Palm in falling. Only time will tell, but I know one thing for sure, I’m perfectly happy with my BlackBerry in hand.
The latest interview is with the BBC’s “Click“. Mike Lazaridis was asked by Rory Cellan-Jones about security of BlackBerry phones in India and the Middle East. Rory asked him about the security issues and if they were anywhere near being sorted out, and also what can people expect who are or go there as far as being concerned over the security and Mike answered:
“You implied that we have a security problem, we don’t have a security problem … we’ve just been singled out, because we’re so successful around the world. It’s an iconic product, used by business, it’s used by leaders, it’s used by celebrities, it’s used by consumers, it’s used by teenagers, we were just singled out.”
Mike Lazaridis then said the interview was over and to turn the camera off. While the video can’t be embedded, it can be viewed here
I do have to admit, no OS is without flaws. And security will always be an issue. And for countries to try and use tactics such as boycotts, you know that they can’t break through. I have a few concerns over the PlayBook tablet as far as Flash. With Flash, will security be compromised a bit like the webkit browser? I love having security software on my BlackBerry to begin with and I’m hoping there will be security apps available for the PlayBook itself. I’m excited more than anything, don’t get me wrong, but realistically with today’s economy, let’s be real. There’s always going to be those few devs who will create malware for gain, whether it’s monetary or just for the skill. I don’t feel that it should be a sore spot for RIM, prepare and overcome.
***Since this posted, Engadget’s Donald Melanson posted an editorial that sees where I’m coming from but also compares them to Nokia.I really recommend reading it, because it has some great insight. One thing can be agreed on. Lazaridis needs to keep his cool and keep his composure. I found this line from an old commercial that I thought would be helpful advice: “There are three nevers in fashion design. Never confuse fad with fashion. Never forget it’s your name on every label. And, when showing your lines to the press, never let them see you sweat.” I believe personally that RIM will climb the way to success, they just need to have faith in their work. ***
Any thoughts about the interviews?
Picture credit: CrackBerry
Video Credit: BBC