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Despite an almost tragic string of blunders and bad news, Research In Motion may be in trouble deeper still. BGR reports that one of its "most trusted sources" inside RIM paints a very poor picture of Blackberry 10 and with it, possibly crushing the company's last hope to revive itself.
At the end of our conversation, our source communicated something shocking for a high-level RIM employee to say. He told us that RIM is betting its business on a platform and ecosystem that isn’t even as good as iPhone OS 1.0 or Android 2.0. “There’s no room for a fourth ecosystem,” he stated, “and DingleBerry also works on BlackBerry 10.”
The implication is, of course, even if RIM can hold on long enough to release its next generation of Blackberry 10 phones, it still will not be able to compete. The market has effectively hung RIM out to dry with a very select niche of users. Unfortunately, the company has not been nimble enough to respond to the consumer smart phone revolution sparked by Apple and Google.
The release of Blackberry 10, formerly BBX before a recent lawsuit, was delayed until 2012 while RIM plans to patiently await the arrival of a new LTE chipset for their new line of smartphones. However, the source states this claim by CEO, Mark Lazardiris, is totally bogus. BGR's source goes on to say the real reason behind the wait is, "they don’t have a working product yet".
During the correspondence, the insider says RIM's unreleased tablet software, Playbook 2.0, echoes the dismal state of Blackberry 10. The development version is still unable to utilize RIM's proprietary network for Blackberry email and messenger, both of course are key selling points for buying into the Blackberry ecosystem.
"Email and PIM [is better] on an 8700 than it is on BlackBerry 10" he criticizes, unfavorably comparing current efforts against the company's own handset which debuted in 2005.
Also this week, information was revealed suggesting a possible RIM buyout. No one knows how serious the offers were, but RIM held fast to its belief that it can keep itself afloat. Some of the company's largest investors have also been pressuring it for a change of leadership soon.
The BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. The sides of the PlayBook are coated with a soft-touch rubber that has a quality feel and provides some grip. A 3.5mm headphone jack is present as well, on the bottom of the tablet are three ports: micro-HDMI, micro-USB, and a three pin accessory dock connector.
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