| | 01-11-2013, 07:25 PM Thread Author #1
Breaking Analysis: RIM Took Its Sweet Time to Study Android, Finally Returning with a BB10 Bang?
RIM is looking to get back in the mobile game, how are they planning on doing it? Also, what new mobile operating systems are in the works? Here with her breaking analysis on the latest mobile trends is SiliconANGLE News Desk Editor Kristen Nicole.
*# Research in Motion has big plans to try to find its way back into the mobile market in 2013. RIM plans to release at least six BlackBerry 10 devices in 2013, beginning with an all-touch device and a phone with a Qwerty keyboard, which it will announce Jan. 30, according to CMO Frank Boulben. Kristen, what does the release of this many devices mean for RIM as well as its competitors?
*# RIM plans to eventually hit a range of price points at the high, middle and lower end of the market with its BB10 devices. Kristen, we talked yesterday about the possibility of Apple making a low-end iPhone. Do you think this is where the device makers are heading in terms of having devices available for any consumer budget?
*# While RIM is in free agency, so to speak, on which carriers they could partner up with, meaning they don't have any exclusive relationships for the BB10 products, three of the top U.S. carriers have indicated that they will be supporting BB10 devices. Who will RIM be partnering up with for these new devices?
*# Do you think this support demonstrates that the carriers have faith in RIM?
*# RIM has focused on BlackBerry 10 as the key to the company's future. BlackBerry 10 is a full redesign of RIM's existing BlackBerry operating system. Can you give us any details about the new platform?
*# The older BlackBerry phones had very limited app availability. What kind of app access will the new BB10 allow for?
*# Boulben recognized that RIM is taking a risk by introducing a new user interface with BB10. Considering that the BlackBerry has turned into almost an artifact since the evolution of all the smartphones over the past few years, do you agree with Boulben that a new UI is even a risk or rather a change based out of necessity?
*# @ Kristen, overall, how do you think the BB10 platform will be received by consumers and the mobile market in general?
*# @ Does RIM have a chance at getting back in as a true competitor?
*# Firefox's mobile operating system showed up on a mystery phone at a pre-CES event earlier this week. What can you tell us about the O/S and when is Mozilla planning to officially launch it?
*# What about the mystery device the O/S was loaded on? What kind of specs did it have?
*# Where do you expect Mozilla to try to implement the new Firefox O/S in terms of devices and geographic markets?
*# Yet another O/S is making its way into the mobile market. A mobile version of Ubuntu, a Linux-based OS appeared on some mobile phones at CES this week. This versions comes with a new UI adapted for smaller screens. What can you tell us about this new UI?
*# When could we start seeing Ubuntu phones on the market?
*# What's the plan for this O/S? Are any specific phones slated to run this platform or do we know of any compatible devices this will run on?