9 Reasons why Google will NOT buy Research In Motion
This article is a rebuttal to the pathetic, yes pathetic, belief that mobile site crackberry thinks Google will by RIM. Their arguments are VERY WEAK at best.
QNX … is the reason or better yet a BET for RIM’s future survival; that’s IT! I may be incorrect that RIM licensed this or bought out QNX Inc. yet I do know its licensed and it has a VERY unique set of patents that ANY company would want yet with no specific expertise to use it or implement and also non to support existing contracts. QNX is for RIM not for Linux/Android/Java.
Canada … Google has an office there as to do business plain and simple. source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/tech-news/googles-big-bet-on-canada/article2027429/
In particular, Chrome, the project that started out as a Google-built browser but has since expanded to a browser-based operating system, has become almost entirely driven by the engineers in Kitchener-Waterloo. And as Google moves to sell its own Chrome-powered laptops, the software and the engineers building it have become more of a corporate priority.
Java: Java is at the heart of Android, but its also at the heart of a LOT of mobile OS or other business. You don’t see CISCO looking to buy RIM – although they heavily use Java and now use Android for their corporate-focused Tablet for Video Conferencing.
Mobile Patents: This is the ONLY credible reason why Google would purchase RIM; especially since Google and their consortium constituents lost out to Apple & company (which includes RIM) with respect to those incredible delectable Nortel patents (a former Canadian great corporation).
T.A.T. – The Astonishing Tribe; experts at UI design and interface. They’ve been around since S60’s heyday with Nokia doing design concepts. Nokia originally had interest to purchase this renowned company and decided against it. This is NOT a reason to purchase a company for. Case in point … Apple considered purchasing BE Inc … for their UI design of BE OS … (this was before Jobs’ return to Apple) and it was a GOOD thing they didn’t. Be outsources their expertise to many company’s before RIM purchased them. RIM heavily NEEDED TAT, not Google or any other major OS supporter.
Enterprise: Guys … you SERIOUSLY need to do research! Good Technology, MobileIron, Motorola, Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync, and even Lotus Domino via ActiveSync can provide minimal corporate management of Android assets. IBM has HUGE expertise at multiple mobile and OS support: iOS, Mac OSX, Linux RedHat, etc. Rove Mobile even supports Android.
Carrier Relationships: Google most likely has STRONGER carrier relationships than RIM. The worlds strongest wireless providers has at least 3 Android phones by manufacturers being offered. Google doesn’t require carrier relationships and should remain agnostic to them … let Samsung, Nokia, LG, etc deal with providers – they do it best and have been for over 20years now … longer than RIM has. They also have economies of scale when it comes to production, shipments, and deliver even with mid-cycle price fluctuations.
Proof of concept complete / commitment to Android: This is NOT a commitment, its a half-hazard way to attract developers that otherwise en masse ignored the PlayBook – web or native code. Get real already!
Reduce Fragmentation: Are you SERIOUS?! RIM has just as equal fragmentation supporting OS 4/5/6 and soon OS7 … BEFORE QNX based smartphones arrive on the market. Not to mention different resolutions, different size and slightly differing API’s being supported on top-tier devices vs others. email, pin, web are the ONLY things that is exactly the same for EACH BB device: Keyboard as well – except Pearl & Storm series. Sounds pretty fragmented to me.
Eric Schmidt … showing a picture that dates back almost 2 years ago of Eric taking a photo with a BB. Have we seen MORE of this?! Lame.