BlackBerry CEO: Windows Phone and Android are “not mobile computing platforms”

BlackBerry’s chief executive officer isn’t afraid to poke fun at his company’s rivals. A few days ago, Thorsten Heins spoke about the rapid pace of innovation in the smartphone industry, and made a point of highlighting that the iPhone’s user interface is now five years old (although in reality, it’s actually closer to six).

But it’s not just Apple that Heins compares unfavourably to the recently launched BlackBerry 10 operating system. More recently, in comments made to Computerworld Australia, Heins stated that the company had at one point considered offering BlackBerry services on the Windows Phone and Android platforms, but that neither one shares BlackBerry’s vision of supporting users in being able to carry out all of the same tasks on their mobile devices as they would on a main computer.

“We thought really hard about it,” Heins said, but ultimately decided against it as Windows Phone and Android “are not mobile computing platforms”.

In a keynote address, he also acknowledged the “very, very difficult and challenging transition” for the company in launching BlackBerry 10 and its first two devices, but added that BlackBerry is “debt free” with “$2.8 billion cash in the bank. This is enough money to market BlackBerry 10 successfully”, and to fund development of new devices, he said. 

Source: Computerworld Australia | via WMPowerUser | Image via BlackBerry

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Google joining the party, reportedly making a smartwatch

Next Story

US & UK Samsung Galaxy S4 will have quad-core, not octa-core, processor

16 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

BB10 is great but I don't think it's better than iOS 6, Android 4.2, or WP8. Each OS has its strengths and weaknesses. Badmouthing is only good for one thing: showing arrogance.

Heim's acts like a stupid spoiled bratt. Hey Hein's...how much you bet those non-computing platforms will sell more phones in 3 months than you will sell all year? In fact 1quarter of Galaxy S 3 sales will be enough to beat your full year sales of the year 2013. In one quarter the GS3 solded over 20M devices....can you even match this in 12 months?. So far you are almost 2 months in and you've sold maybe 1.5M assuming someone actually bought that 1M as a single order. LOL

inho with phones now a days it comes down to personal preference pick the one you want use it be happy and to hell with what everyone else thinks

Buy what phone you want and shut up, I'm sick of these companies perpetuating fanboy forum drivel.

Some phones and phone OS's serve different needs for different people, competition and choice are a good thing.

I wish people would just buy the products they want to use and then STFU about them, their is no need to defend your purchase if someone buys something else.

Certainly Android isn't a proper "computing platform". It's written in Java after all. But Windows is - it shares document formats and cloud storage across far more than BB10 does. Then again, what would he know, he's not a proper CEO. We all know he'll be gone inside a year. So will Android.

Major Plonquer said,
Certainly Android isn't a proper "computing platform". It's written in Java after all. But Windows is - it shares document formats and cloud storage across far more than BB10 does. Then again, what would he know, he's not a proper CEO. We all know he'll be gone inside a year. So will Android.

you should learn some facts before commenting ...android gone in a year ROFLMFAO

The world is one big "bitchin fest" at the moment. Its already very tiresome Mr Heins, but thanks for your contribution!

amigaman said,
The world is one big "bitchin fest" at the moment. Its already very tiresome Mr Heins, but thanks for your contribution!

pretty sure it's always been that way and it isn't going to change.

May be not for Android but I think Office integration in Windows Phone is a little more than what BlackBerry offers as a computing mobile Platform...

Wireless wookie said,
May be not for Android but I think Office integration in Windows Phone is a little more than what BlackBerry offers as a computing mobile Platform...

Plenty of Office style suites for Android too. I use Polaris Office daily; it's a great suite of apps.

Since when does having $2.8 billion in the bank equal being debt free?

And last I checked I can do most anything I do on my desktop on my phone as well, to the degree the form factor allows it.

In other words, I call out BS..

paulheu said,
Since when does having $2.8 billion in the bank equal being debt free?
It doesn't but there were two quotes in the article, one saying they were "debt free" and one saying they have "$2.8 billion cash in the bank". Two separate things, not sure what point you're trying to make there??

Like we don't have enough bickering in the industry already, now BlackBerry decides to come to show as well?

How about companies actually make a product that proves that other platforms are not worth a persons time and switch to theirs instead of spreading fuzz around web with some meaningless words?