Bill Gates & Surface, Jelly Bean & Google Nexus 7 + RIM will ’empower people like never before’

 

Your Tuesday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

RIM will ‘empower people like never before’: Heins (via The Globe and Mail)
When I became CEO just over six months ago, I knew this would be a difficult and challenging job. RIM was – and remains – at a crucial juncture in its history. In response to our tough quarterly results last week, our employees received thousands of e-mails from around the world from retail customers, carrier partners, developers, family, friends and neighbours expressing their support and loyalty to BlackBerry. They are – like many of us – BlackBerry people by choice.

RIM’s downward spiral visualized (via The Verge)
Analyst Horace Dediu has put together a series of charts showing how RIM stacks up, and it doesn’t look good. The company had been steadily selling phones up until late 2010 or early 2011, until its shipments began dropping steeply and its operating margins dropped from around 25 percent to -25 percent.

What if RIM Supported Windows Phone 8? (via ReadWriteWeb)
On June 29th, Reuters reported that RIM had been approached by Microsoft to use its Windows Phone platform on BlackBerry hardware. RIM, being a proud company that thinks it can pull itself out of its tailspin, declined. At least for now.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review (via The Verge)
Do UI refinements, Google Now, and a few new features add up to a must-have smartphone OS?

The year of Gingerbread continues: ICS penetration crosses 10% (via BGR)
The second half of 2012 is now upon us, and Google’s just-updated platform version distribution stats show that Gingerbread is now present on 64% of Android devices. The 18-month-old OS was found on 65% of devices one month ago, so don’t expect its lead to be relinquished any time soon.

Android: A visual history (via The Verge)
Gotta love these long form Verge pieces.

Google Nexus 7 Review: When Hardware And Software (Mostly) Become One (via TechCrunch)
Little by little, Google is slowly piecing together a more cohesive and complete mobile OS. Having the right hardware to drive Android doesn’t hurt either. While the Nexus 7 isn’t quite what I expected Google to roll out last week at I/O given the Motorola Mobility acquisition, it’s arguably the first real Android tablet to date. With a $200 starting price, Android users and those looking for a smaller tablet now have a legitimate alternative to the Kindle Fire.

Bill Gates to PC makers: Don’t be mad about Surface (via BGR)
“I actually believe you can have the best of both worlds,” Gates explained. “You can have a rich eco-system of manufacturers and you can have a few signature devices that show off, wow, what’s the difference between a tablet and a PC?”

Fiksu Raises $10M From Qualcomm Ventures, Charles River To Help Mobile App Makers Get Users (via TechCrunch)
Fiksu runs a service that lets developers find the cheapest way to get new users across dozens of different channels from display advertising networks to install networks. It has up to 225 billion iOS and Android ad impressions in its network per month through 40 different ad networks and real-time bidding exchanges.

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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