What does the future hold for RIM according to Tomi Ahonen

This is a clip of a future episode of m-Pulse that features mobile ambassador and soothsayer, Tomi Ahonen. I asked him what the future looks like for RIM.

This is a part of his response.


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  • Patrick Rousseau

    Tomi always has great opinions. He brings great arguments that are very logical and straight forward.

  • I agree with alot of what Tomi says but RIM was right to start with the playbook as a warm-up to phones. Don’t forget, they are building an OS from scratch. Sure, QNX has been around for 30 years but not in the format of a cutting edge touchscreen phone OS. The tablet OS 1.0 & 2.0 has way less complexity than BB10 that they are releasing (think radio stack, notification integration, 3d cascades UI…the list goes on. The initial playbook Os best app creation method was adobe air, now it greatly expanded to native, webworks html5…. The main problem is that BB10 is so completely different from the previous java based OS thatbthey needed a stepping stone. RIM got chastised for releasing a half baked tablet, but it would have been game over if that had been a phone, and good software takes time to build, no way around that.

  • It’s all fine and good to look at the present and say that RIM and Nokia should be securing their smartphone turf before venturing into the tablet space but what good is a secure spot in a single vertical if in 2 years the war will be about the platform and users wanting an integrated experience across smartphones, tablets and PCs? Just because some people think a tablet “isn’t as good as an iPad” doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done. However, it is not a simple challenge to compete across verticals.

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