Hello Mr Chen,
Thus far you’ve done a fantastic job of steering the BlackBerry good-ship in the right direction while fixing it’s wheels and tires. That said this ONLY helps the investors … but you’re forgetting that you and the rest of your team – not just the executives, directors and managers but EVERYONE still have a business to run that focuses on the “End to End Solution”.
That “End to End Solution” is broken in at least 2 areas while one remains operating efficiently and powerfully on all cylinders (BES). The two areas that are hurting are directly related to your sales of hardware and eventually cost of R&D/Deployment/Support Tiers for BES. These areas are the BB10 OS itself and the hardware.
I’ve been using BB10 off and on roughly 90% since launch here in Toronto on February 1st (Telus/Rogers/Bell Mobility where not prepared by the huge volume of demand initially). I know this OS inside and out both as a consumer and as a Jr. BES Administrator so I think there some things many fans, readers, and existing BBOS users are curious about and having a hard time transitioning. No this post is NOT about what is missing in BB10, it’s about what it fails at in delivering what is already there.
Browser. Please STOP touting this as the worlds fastest (desktop/mobile) and most powerful browser – it is NOT! Amongst all the imrpovements made in its rendering and performance it fails in one VERY important aspect should ANYONE consider BB10 an actual mobile platform …. BOOKMARKS!! Bookmarks live and exist SOLELY on the BB10 Browser itself! Sure you can share them via Remember/Evernote, Email, SMS, Twitter, BBM, or WhatsApp or anything else … BUT … it must be done 1 at a time! You CANNOT SYNC to the desktop (not even in BBLink), you cannot sync with IE, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox! Yet all your competitors, including MS Windows Phone platform has this ability to cross sync with at least 1 desktop browser!
BB10 Browser Issues:
– Cannot sync with any desktop browser, if it could with at least one major one we’d be on the right track!
– Cannot delete more than one bookmark at a time.
– No List view of bookmarks on New Tab Page!
– No ability to jump to the bottom of the page!
(yes I’d like to jump to the bottom of pages of blog articles to join into conversation at times)
– Running two browsers at once MUST be of the same or higher OS version; Arrrgh!
Let me show you what happens when you use the internal BB10 browser on any OS version, and mistakenly install (side-load) another BB10 version that is sourced from a lower version … quite funny actually.
^ Sure I don’t expect everyone to be side loading the core native BB10 applications but some of us just love to use more than one 😉 (Say run all tabs incognito, while another BB10 browser run unabashed).
UI Home Screen:
Please for god sack make the home screen rotate in landscape!! Get modern will you BlackBerry! Many of us BB10 users are dying to use this on the desktop via Mini-HDMI to HDMI connection to LCD’s with Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard.
Also while you’re at it BlackBerry, make the BB10 in 10.2.x and in 10.3 especially natively accept gestures used by glasss trackpads (think of Apple’s magic trackpad, a thing of futuristic beauty! Until you make one of your own at least not restrict those of us with slim pickings for ability to use gestures in BB10 via bluetooth connected trackpads! For heavens sake!
There is a lot more such as Button placements in BB10 Browser, apps with Close buttons at the very TOP of the screen – makes absolutely no damn sense because almost EVERYONE using a smartphone or even a feature phone holds it from the botton to the middle NOT AT THE TOP!! so their thumbs have to stretch to the top which isn’t great for one hand holding with those of us with girly-man hands (genetics not my fault!)
So BlackBerry … start USING your smartphones internally by ALL staff … day IN and Day OUT! completely with no access to a computer for both personal and work and only THEN will you see the errors of your ways to make this BB10 OS sublime for ALL potential users!
In the past several months a LOT has been going on in the smartphone market and especially with BlackBerry. Most recently was the announcement of QNX Cloud, BlackBerry’s culmination of MDM/EMM & M2M business (started in beta mid 2013), and the announcement just last week of “Ford Sync units dump Microsoft in favour for QNX in the future” as reported by CrackBerry.com (of which I’m a member of as Supa_Fly1; my twitter handle.
So many members have posted in the comments of their blog entry as …. ‘this is big news’ or ‘this is huge’ … but I started to think it’s just ‘good’ news … there is much more that had me left wondering, wanting, and hoping that BlackBerry is hugely considering with Ford (or any other manufacturer really). So as always I posted on the fly … (and not to insult anyone)
Man you guys think so small, ‘now we need devices to match’. I’m not trying to insult just trying to highlight where all of us need to be in our conversations as a community!
We have bigger thoughts in our aspirations where we want BlackBerry to aspire to, developers take notice of the demand pent up waiting to be available in services, API’s, etc.
We need BB10 to connect with what QNX Cloud can do and connect to our cars – Mapping, sensors, alerts, theft, nearby gas stations, airport or public parking with rates per location, quicker routes, school crossing zones for speed reduction on safety, pedophile watch for those that have kids that walk home, yet have cars so neighbourhood watch is increased for kids in our hoods for those that have cars bit no kids!
Think beyond what is typical, apply technology to help what we fake for granted and could really use effectively!
That’s where I’d like to see our conversations get to. Show developers there is an interest into these practical applications and the need or want to have then developed!! Savvy?! ;
BlackBerry 10, and BlackBerry as a brand and company has been kicked around left, right, and center in the family jewels when they’re down .. most comes from users of other platforms most especially residents in the United States, carriers included (with one only brave enough to be vocal – T-Mobile USA’s CEO). Unfortunately … a lot of the hate kicking done on BlackBerry is due to a LOT of users of the competition not understanding nor knowing what BlackBerry’s expertise and potential is beyond (security of the device).
Going forward I’m no longer going to use BlackBerry is secure as a simplistic argument … this is no longer a true fact – although how they implement security, how to respect user privacy, that is a factual argument to make, but in another post.
QNX, and QNX Cloud as a business service offering (maybe consider it a full end-to-end solution: QNX Cloud, QNX implementation, Code, UI Layout, and panel components sourcing), had an incredible potential to create huge revenues for BlackBerry, increase BlackBerry brand name recognition in a positive light and also increase end user awareness and respect … but it all comes to how it is implemented, reported on successes, and hooking up USA domestic clients and international businesses.
Let’s hope this deal also leads to QNX Cloud being licensed for services and implemented.
now THAT would be HUGE and for BlackBerry to showcase that not just initially but also how much money and how happy the top brass at Ford is with QNX Cloud over time and their plan say in mid to late 2014 to implement this across a lineup of their 2014-2019 fleet …. THAT would be something BlackBerry with QNX could showcase for future deals!
Also it would help the BlackBerry brand gain proper respect in the USA and builds stronger ties to strengthen data partnerships with US carriers!
THIS IS why I complained about Alec may not be the right guy to lead QNX Cloud over the long haul. It’s more than pushing this service … it’s a platform to create STRONGER respect for the entire brand not just with carriers (it helps them pull in a LOT of money!) but also in the consumer eye where developers will really see benefits for … he did ok with BBJam for developers across the world, initially … but over the long haul I disagree (we’re behind in the app race game – I don’t care too much about the race, but quality and necessary apps like financial banking, analytics, mortgage, construction metrics etc SHOULD’VE been ready tested and in App World before BB10 launch last January 30th!).
Now this deal with QNX and Ford has not been made official yet but many reports are stating it is already begun. We shall see, and I’ll be focusing on BB’s QNX Cloud in the future.
Investors, countrymen, BlackBerry loyalists … lol ok you get the humor here.
In all seriousness investors are going to love this news if you haven’t read or heard already. One of the top investment information service company’s Thomson Reuters is bringing Eikon to the BlackBerry 10 platform this summer.
Previously an application solely developed for iOS (iPhone and largely iPad) I’m happy to see the development moving to BB10. This was announced at BlackBerry Live 2013 and it looks like Thomson is wasting no time or development cycles in making this happen. Considering the competing product/service from Bloomberg Markets+ along with the serious nature of bad practices at Bloomberg where Bloomberg News reporters were using proprietary data to snoop on clients, this is a very opportunistic time for Thomson Reuters. And this isn’t just chump change but enough to affect Bloomberg’s 7.9Billion in revenue reported in 2012 going forward.
This is about financial data analysis, reported correctly without insider knowledge from (their clients but from) the service that gathers the information. This is applications, service revenue and partners.
It also looks as if Thomson is almost complete with the application as shown in the following picture below – sourced from site: http://thomsonreuterseikon.com/features/market-analysis-app/
In an industry where seconds and milliseconds matter, Thomson Reuters Eikon Mobile ensures you have instant access to the breaking news and financial content you need to seize new opportunities first. No matter where you are when they occur.
EDIT (MORE TO ADD): BlackBerry Business Blog
Thomson Reuters Eikon is designed to provide a powerful and intuitive next-generation solution for you to consume real-time and historical data, connect with the financial markets community and execute financial markets transactions. In summer 2013 Thomson Reuters Eikon will be delivered on BlackBerry 10 and fully integrated into the core OS features for a smooth user experience. You will be able to set custom alerts for market data and automatically sync news with your desktop. There are plans for a new dashboard for BlackBerry that will make finding the news and quotes you’re looking for easier than ever.
We are truly excited about all of the releases and announcements at BlackBerry Live this week, and continue to work with partners to bring even more applications and functionality to the BlackBerry smartphones. These top-notch partner apps give you, the business user even more tools to stay productive throughout the day, so you can keep business moving while you are.
Bloggers, analysts, and media need to focus along with BlackBerry’s long term goals and what is being done to achieve them:
Subscriber Growth: Q5 being paramount to this especially in low cost smartphone fight against competition.
Mobile Computing Platform: bes10 is in place, automotive security and management is in place looking for buyers, NOC is more than ready, but what of providers networks and partnership? Who are the protective clients beyond Mercedes that BlackBerry is courting/after?! When is the target revenue from this business supposed to occur (estimated)?! !
Marketing: sure we know of a unified approach, but how will it help in terms of sales of units, business clients for.mobile computing etc in various languages and countries? Are they any constraints to sales tax or shipments in countries such as the difficulty we see in Brasil? How much spending is going to marketing qtr/qtr yr/yr?! Statistics on effectiveness of marketing!? Will BlackBerry leverage their F1 partnership in marketing their BlackBerry lineup?! Outside of BB LIVE.
We need to see this information and spread it out more, I think consumers are more savvy than in previous decades and pay more attention to these things.
Where is my commercial showing a BB10 device getting information or setting up a map route for a Porche 911, a Bentley Continental, a Jeep, or even an Audi E-Tron charge status?! When will we see companies showing management and updates remotely, securely, and sagely using BlackBerry Automotive Management?! More importantly will this matter, and will this affect brand image BlackBerry can use to affect partnerships, revenue and BlackBerry device sales?!
Good evening everyone,
Tomorrow begins and event Mobile Innovations @ Discovery Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) which takes place May 27-28, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, ON.
Of note, as one of the exhibitors is QNX … which have tweeted something very interesting.
QNX is to present more muscle into a connected Corvette. Will this be the brand-new C7 Stingray which already uses Chevrolet’s MyLink Infotainment system (featuring Bluetooth and USB connectivity), on steroids using QNX? Considering that is already use OnStar’s services (Advanced Automatic Collision Notification, roadside assistance, vehicle diagnostics information, live advisors, and turn-by-turn navigation), QNX is already part of many of GM’s car systems. The C7 Corvette Stingray has already gone through a complete interior overhaul that was desperately needed some 10 yrs long overdue, yet I cannot wait to see what QNX Auto team has in store for us tomorrow.
UPDATE: Unfortunately this is not the C7 Corvette as GM was very restrictive of this machine. Sorry everyone 😦
BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0 supports secure instant messaging and collaboration with Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office Communications Server and IBM Lotus Sametime.
Waterloo, ON– BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today unveiled BlackBerry® Enterprise Instant Messaging (Enterprise IM) 3.0, a free update of the company’s enterprise instant messaging solution, enabling customers with BlackBerry® 10 smartphones to securely communicate a través de Microsoft® Lync ®, Microsoft® Office Communication Server o IBM® Lotus® Sametime®.
BlackBerry Enterprise IM3.0 works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1, BlackBerry’s multi-platform enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, and BlackBerry 10 smartphones to protect Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office Communication Server or IBM Lotus Sametime communications by encrypting data from end-to-end . It optimizes communications and collaboration allowing enterprise customers to be more productivewhile mobile. The client app supports presence, real-time one-to-one and multi-party instant messaging, the ability for a user to update their profile and change their status, as well as to instantly switch from a text chat to a voice call. Messages are integrated within the BlackBerry® Hub for convenience, and the solution supports the separation of enterprise IMs from personal apps and content with BlackBerry® Balance™.
“To be competitive in today’s fast-paced marketplace, you need to enable your workers with tools that let themcollaborate in real time,” said Frank Cotter, Vice President, Mobile Computing at BlackBerry. “BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0 mobilizes enterprise IM communications in a secure, manageable way through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1, while making it easy and convenient for end users to collaborate while on the go.”
“Mobility and real-time demands have dramatically changed how workers communicate and have pushed the adoption of a variety and often disparate collaboration mechanisms,” said Kevin Burden, Director, Mobility, Strategy Analytics. “Today’s mobile worker requires a flexible solution that gives them access to various systemsallowing them to be more timely and responsive to sus co-workers, which is the principal of BlackBerry Enterprise IM.”
That’s right baby … BlackBerry’s real end game will be announced, and start. N4BB did a great interiew with Thorstein Heins and specifically about BlackBerry and Petronas Mercedes F1 Team partnership. Currently, at the time of the interview, BlackBerry technology was used as communications for pit crew, management team, and engineering team.
Thorstein is adding to the value proposition for BlackBerry, its not just a hardware company and never was, BlackBerry is a solutions company. Mercedes already uses QNX, and now is exploring getting AMG Mercedes Petronas team to get Telemetry, Managing the race car, and getting data from the car – the Formula 1 car. I believe no other company can get this done, and done RIGHT! This is M2M or Machine-to-Machine solutions going forward for BlackBerry.
There is a breakout session during Day 1 of BlackBerry Live 2013 in Orlando …
BAB04 – Evolution of Mobile and M2M Computing
Linda Campbell, Director Strategic Alliances , BlackBerry
In its simplest definition, mobile computing can be seen as the use of a mobile phone and its evolution from communications device to computing platform, marrying our personal and professional lives into a common experience. Now there is another major shift happening as more than just our phones get connected to the network.
The machine, as we know it, is experiencing a renaissance brought on by connectivity. Soon everything will be connected: machines, mobiles, data and people. Connected machines have the potential to become open platforms that both create and consume data.
As an industry, how are we going to encourage the innovation that is possible and what hurdles will we have to overcome to get there? What role will BlackBerry® play in defining the future of mobile and M2M computing?
Specific attention to Linda Campbell’s Bio:
As director of strategic alliances for QNX Software Systems, Linda Campbell has built a technology ecosystem that encompasses hundreds of hardware, software, and service vendors worldwide.
In her role of managing the alliance practice at QNX, Ms Campbell is a key contributor to the company’s business strategy. Over the years, she has been prime on developing relationships with Adobe, Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Audi, Freescale, Gracenote, Google, IBM, Intel, NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, and many other industry players. She has also spearheaded QNX participation in industry initiatives such as the Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Eclipse, and ng Connect.
Most recently, Ms Campbell has been involved in developing the M2M alliance strategy for QNX Software Systems and BlackBerry.
Ms. Campbell holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce from the University of Ottawa.
N4BB Interview with Thorstein Heins