RIM’s new CEO thinks all Android phones are “the same,” won’t sell to Samsung or anyone else

Well, this isn't something you hear every day. According to RIM's brand new CEO, "there is just no room for differentiation because all [Android Phones] are the same. This quote came in response to a question about the company potentially switching to Android, which Thorsten Heins clearly doesn't think is a good idea. 

This is especially interesting in light of a recent rumor that Samsung would buy RIM. While Samsung quickly denied the claim, there were still rumors that RIM was up for sale. Now, it appears that is no longer the case. Thanks to the direction of a new CEO, RIM will continue heavily pushing its yet unreleased BlackBerry 10 platform in an attempt to get back into the game. 

While I applaud Heins for stepping up and trying to turn RIM around, I have to disagree with his comment about Android devices. In just a couple years, I have seen Android hardware with multiple displays, with keyboards, without keyboards, with 3D, and even with laptop and UMPC form factors. In fact, one of the biggest problems most people have with Android is its fragmentation and diversity. It's all well and good that RIM is going to aggressively compete again, but there's no need to trash on Android to do so.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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2 thoughts on “RIM’s new CEO thinks all Android phones are “the same,” won’t sell to Samsung or anyone else

  • I think he was referring to how Samsungs success came at the expense of HTC and Motorola who had similarly spec Android phones. I don’t think he was talking about Android as a whole. We BB users feel like we need to defend our position for standing behind Rim. We believe in the future of QNX and feel that Rim needs some understanding as they transition to this new OS. iOS and Android went through these very same growing pains. Rim is progressing nicely and the results are beginning to show.

  • I suppose it could have been in that contest, and its true that with OS 10 BlackBerry is finally starting to look up. 


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