Diaries Of A Drunken Tech Report
Last month Blackberry (Formally know as Research in Motion) unveiled “BB10”, which is the much-anticipated revamp of their mobile operating system. The company also announced the Z10 and Q10, which are two brand new smartphones running the latest platform. However, the embattled cell phone manufacturer shot itself in the foot by not making these devices available to the US market until March for the touchscreen-friendly Z10 and as late as May for the Qwerty-outfitted Q10, which is nearly four months after it was announced. This was the same mistake that Microsoft and Nokia made last year by releasing both of their flagship phones, the Nokia Lumia 900 and the Lumia 920 thereafter, exclusively on the AT&T Network in the US and to a select group of carriers worldwide.
Newsflash…exclusivity has only worked for a single company in the mobile game, and that one company is undoubtedly Apple Inc. Apple has long been the standard-bearer in an industry that has become increasingly crowded. Although its iPhone and iPad have endured solid competition from the likes of Amazon, Google and Samsung, however, the company is still able to captivate consumers with sheer hype alone and concurrently dictate the availability of its products worldwide. Even Google has managed to release hardware immediately after it’s been announced and to a broad range of mobile providers. The same goes for Samsung who’s been able to chip away at Apple’s dominance in the mobile market by making its products available to all carriers both in the US and worldwide.
Whether it is in 6 months or a year from now, the company that will purchase Blackberry will get a serious boost from the stock market. If AAPL buys it for the measly $7 billion, their stocks would catapult almost immediately.
Let’s face it, Apple’s iOS is in a dire need of a refresher and if I may summon the ghost of dead Operating Systems’ past, only HP’s abandoned WebOS or BlackBerry’s BB10 or even Nokia’s defunct Asha could bring back that magic. In all seriousness, Apple’s reliance on the home button as the main tool for all major functions on iOS is pretty archaic and cumbersome in the age of swipe friendly platforms such as Ubuntu, Firefox OS, WebOS, even Windows 8 RT/Phone 8 and of course BB10 for that matter. Swipe is actually in my opinion, the pillar of the mobile revolution, which is quite ironic since Apple single-handedly ushered such a new mobile paradigm with swipe, and now, they are left trailing behind.
The BlackBerry Q10
It is such a visceral experience when one can close or browse between apps with the swipe of a finger. How about that elusive multitasking? Come on!! Oh, Back to that home button like and old crutch, while others are “peeking” with a thumb, flipping and flicking away, using every inch of their devices, as they should. Now that’s elegance and playfulness, and that’s what’s been missing in iOS since it became ubiquitous.
Now, Blackberry has a treasure trove of patents and the bb10 OS is almost as fresh as my beloved WEB OS, which I still use with my touchpad till this day. (By the way, I used it to type the first draft of this article.) Now, if Microsoft (MSFT) buys Blackberry, it would merely delay its slow death for a little while longer, because these fine Gentlemen at Redmond have proven once again that they do not know how to court, wine and dine consumers by properly presenting great technology to them…bunch of stiffs 🙁 In addition, if they do buy Blackberry, that would only add little life support to their Mobile enterprise ambitions.
Now If Amazon bites, then its stocks would spike as well because they’ve proven that they could manage the release of new hardware and they are risk takers…REMEMBER that the kindle fire is just a slower, locked-up and heavier/uglier version of the Blackberry Playbook tablet. What about Google on the other hand or Sammy? Well, They don’t need Blackberry. What we are left with are the other suitors in the mobile game, such as Lenovo or Sony, maybe? But they’ve got their own problems. What about LG, Acer, and the rest of the hardware makers? They lack the compatibility, I think as companies. They would only bring Blackberry to further irrelevance and die off…Maybe I’m wrong.
That leaves us the big Apple. By purchasing Blackberry Apple would benefit tremendously from BBRY’s patent treasures and it would also solidify its leadership in the mobile enterprise space, as well as unseat MSFT in the enterprise game in general in the near future. I predict that AAPL’s stocks would have the biggest one-day gain in history if that would ever come to fruition and a rainbow with the faint silhouette of Steve jobs would appear smiling down Cupertino’s skyline and the mobile war would finally come to an abrupt end. Google and Sammy would get married, move to Brazil and have two and half babies…. but wait!!! What about Facebook? Well young bloods, FB would come out of the closet and make history as the first openly gay social network and spread likeness all over Internet 2.0 like rain.
That’s it my friends, the story of a half-drunken tech report…see you on the other side.
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