At RIM’s BlackBerry DevCon in Amsterdam today, new CEO Thorsten Heins made a bit of a splash by throwing out some statistics on BlackBerry App World. According to Heins, RIM’s app ecosystem is not in such bad shape after all. The problem is that the numbers were presented in a way that allowed gross misinterpretation, and that’s just what happened. Let’s clear that up really fast.
Mike Lazaridis, the Greek Canadian businessman who founded Research In Motion (RIM) and recently stepped down as the company's co-Chief Executive Officer, is putting his money where his mouth is. Lazaridis wholeheartedly believes big things are in store for RIM, and while it might be easy to dismiss his outwardly optimism as mere lip service, his investment of an additional $50 million in company shares speaks louder than words, though he had a few of those to spend as well.
The general consensus is that Research In Motion needs to do something drastic if it has any shot at all of restoring relevance and competing with Apple and Android. Swapping out co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis for a single leader in Thorsten Heins might be a step in the right direction, but his insistence on staying the course isn't sitting well with investors during his first day on the job.
Research In Motion (RIM) is no longer at two-headed beast after it's Board of Directors acted on the recommendation of its co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis to implement the succession plan they previously submitted to the Board, RIM said in a statement. The unanimous decision has been made to name Thorsten Heins as President and Chief Executive Officer, effectively immediately.
With the way things have been going lately, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for Research In Motion if a company swooped in and scooped up the BlackBerry handset maker, especially if said company was Samsung. There's only one problem with that specific scenario: Samsung isn't interested. Never has been and probably never will be.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has been on the skids lately, and many observers point to its co-CEO management structure as a major cause. According to multiple sources, the company is preparing to shake things up by removing co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis from their additional roles as co-Chairmen of the board. They would remain as CEOs.
We're seriously starting to question the intelligence level of tablet makers, or at least their ability to predict consumer reactions to price cuts. Exhibit A is Hewlett-Packard's $99 TouchPad fire sale. HP's goal was to clear out existing inventory, and it did, but not before owning the world's most popular tablet, and arguably the hottest tech item around. What did Research In Motion learn from this?
Google's Android platform is having little trouble holding onto its No. 1 spot in the U.S. in terms of the number of mobile subscribers. According to comScore's mobile subscriber market share report for the month of November 2011, there were 234 million Americas age 13 and older who used mobile devices for the three-month average period ending in November, many of which are turning to Android.
We have all looked on in growing horror as BlackBerry maker RIM continues to self-destruct, but if a new report is to be believed, the worst is yet to come. BGR is renowned for its tight connections to RIM and frequent scoops regarding the Canadian company. According to one trusted source, the upcoming Blackberry 10 platform is dead in the water.
Research In Motion can't seem to get a grip on this whole tablet thing, figuratively or literally. Playing out like an episode of The Sopranos, thieves hijacked a truck carrying 22 pallets of BlackBerry PlayBooks from an Indiana truck stop while the driver was using the local facilities to shower and grab a bite to eat. It's estimated the truck was carrying 5,000 PlayBook devices worth around $1.7 million.