Thursday Morning – SmarterThanMe Phones
It's been what, about 12 years or so since the Blackberry "smartphone" swept into the marketplace? The innovative communicator which was developed and built in Canada turned the cell phone industry on its ear with this gadget that people couldn't comprehend at first. But big business did and they ordered them by the hundreds for their supervisory level employees to keep in touch and the race was on. The creator of the Blackberry was a company that called itself Research In Motion (RIM) and they made more than a fortune from it.
After a while, others started creeping into the market and a small outfit in Finland called Nokia worked its way to the top by selling phones that worked on any cell network that wanted them. For some reason though, Nokia figuratively crashed and burned a couple years ago and the market is now dominated by Apple's iPhone and Samsung. RIM's market share plunged to the single-digits and the company was right at the bankruptcy gate. But now they are possibly on the way to one of the biggest come-backs that we've seen in a long time.
The new BlackBerry 10
On January 1 Research In Motion changed its name to BlackBerry and then announced that they have completely redesigned the platform and created a "new user experience" called the BlackBerry 10. I believe it is scheduled to be released near the end of this month. And to help propel them on the way back to the top, BB announced yesterday that they have received a single order from "an established partner" for one million BlackBerry Z10's. It seems obvious that the order came from a cell phone provider, but they aren't saying who just yet.
I'm not real savvy on this kind of stuff, so I can't discuss it properly. But a service called Pocket Now Video has posted this video comparison between the new BlackBerry 10 and the current Android platform:
That's about as much as I can handle first thing in the morning, so let's get started with the equipment check now. I can find my way to the Bunn-O-Matic without an app, so we're covered there. See you back in the day room shortly.
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