You know I’m getting really sick of writing negative news surrounding RIM. BGR published a post earlier today that one of their sources at RIM says BlackBerry 10 is already a fail, and won’t be able to compete with compete with iOS and/or Android, at all. The post also goes on to say that RIM’s co-CEO lied during the Earnings Call last week, when talking about BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the reason why they won’t launch until mid-2012. According to Mike Lazaridis, RIM wouldn’t be launching them until the LTE chipsets are available. The source claims that RIM just doesn’t have a working BlackBerry 10 smartphone yet, and they need more time to get it right.
Here’s a paragraph from the BGR story (link):
Our source has communicated to us in no uncertain terms that the PlayBook 2.0 OS developers have been testing is a crystal clear window into the current state of BlackBerry 10 on smartphones. No email, no BlackBerry Messenger — it’s almost identical. “Email and PIM [is better] on an 8700 than it is on BlackBerry 10,” our contact said while talking to us about RIM’s failure to make the company’s new OS work with the network infrastructure RIM is known for.
Then only a couple hours later, RIM actually responded to CrackBerry’s inquiry about the story with this statement (link):
“RIM made a strategic decision to launch BlackBerry 10 devices with a new, LTE-based dual core chip set architecture. As explained on our earnings call, the broad engineering impact of this decision and certain other factors significantly influenced the anticipated timing for the BlackBerry 10 devices. The anonymous claim suggesting otherwise is inaccurate and uninformed. As RIM has previously explained, and as Mike Lazaridis reiterated on the earnings call, we will not launch BlackBerry 10 devices until we know they are ready and we believe this new chip set architecture is required to deliver the world class user experience that our customers will expect. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply false. We appreciate the interest in our future platform and we will continue to work hard to deliver that platform as soon as possible. At the same time, we also remain very excited with the success of our recently launched BlackBerry 7 smartphones and we believe these products offer a very compelling choice for both new customers and the almost 75 million BlackBerry users around the world.”
So what do you make of the news today? Do you believe that RIM is really sucking that bad, or is it just blown way out of proportion? If you would like to read another view of all this news, check out Luis over at BerryReview, he laid it all out quiet well.