Did RIM's co-CEO lie about Blackberry 10 delay? [Update]

Last week, Research in Motion reported the bad news that smartphones with the upcoming Blackberry 10 operating system would be delayed from a previously announced first half of 2012 time schedule to sometime in late 2012. Now a new story from Boy Genius Report, citing unnamed sources, claims that the situation surrounding the Blackberry 10 delay may be worse that previously thought.

During the financial conference call with investors last week, RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis claimed the reason for the delay was that the company was waiting to get new chips that would add both dual core processors and connections to the faster LTE wireless networks for their Blackberry phones. However, BGR claims that Lazaridis was in fact lying when he said that was the reason for the delay. According to their unnamed source, "RIM is simply pushing this out as long as they can for one reason, they don’t have a working product yet."

The story claims that the upcoming 2.0 software update for the Blackberry Playbook tablet is also a "window" into the current state of the Blackberry 10 OS. The source claims, "Email and PIM is better on an 8700 than it is on BlackBerry 10."

RIM has certainly been hit with multiple issues in the past year, including losing market share in the smartphone business to Apple and Android-based phones. While there are millions of users who still have Blackberry phones the company, and in particular its CEOs, need to stop making excuses and start producing results or those millions of users will go elsewhere in 2012.

Update: AllThingsD.com reports that a rep from RIM has called the BGR story "inaccurate and uninformed".

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I used to be the biggest BB fanboy there was, but after moving, I couldn't be happier. Their devices look good, their hardware sucks, their software is, well, the absolute worst, and data speeds routed via RIM are terribly slow.

A decent company needs to buy them out, and shut them down.

As an email admin BB needs to die, BES is horribly antiquated and a pain in the butt to administer for thousands of users, they release patches every couple of weeks and they do not give roll ups so if you upgrade your servers say once a month you end up installing multiple patches and if you have multiple BES servers like we do it is a serious pain in the butt, then add in the SQL parts of the server and the connection directly to BES and I really want our company to move away from BB.

Active sync with Exchange 2010 is so much easier to administer, less downtime cause you have no external connections needed and just a whole lot less hassle. 7+ years ago BES was a good corporate solution but right now it is horrible and their are better solutions out there. Exchange 2010 version of active sync is just so much better and still gives you the security options you need.

So sad. I read the headline and I thought that it would actually be pushed back ahead to earlier this year.. not delayed even more.. lol..

If they already have it running on the playbook how hard can it be to get it working on a smaller screen? It's a working shipping product so it's not vaporware.

The issue is probably the server side software which they should have just abandoned and let it work like everyone else.

matt4pack said,
If they already have it running on the playbook how hard can it be to get it working on a smaller screen? It's a working shipping product so it's not vaporware.

The issue is probably the server side software which they should have just abandoned and let it work like everyone else.

Umm, they don't have email on the tablet though. That is a biggie. I mean how hard is it to put email on the darn tablet? If there is an issue, then that is why the phones are being delayed.

Yeah that's what I'm saying. They are trying to tie the email client back to their server products like with the current phones instead of just making a standalone email client like everyone else and it turned into a diaster.

ibsan said,
There is still time to do what Nokia did with Microsoft. Adopt Windows Phone or die slowly...

Windows Phone on a blackberry just doesn't seem right...

ibsan said,
There is still time to do what Nokia did with Microsoft. Adopt Windows Phone or die slowly...

Android on blackberry would make more sencee.

Zippo7 said,

Android on blackberry would make more sencee.

It actually would because it means enterprise could continue to lock down BlackBerries to stop secrets being shared. With Windows Phone they wouldn't be able to offer that.

Zippo7 said,

Android on blackberry would make more sense.

I've been saying that since last year. Obviously they can't go with Windows Phone because it is locked down. They can't sell there own phones anymore as evident by the declining market share. Android indeed makes sense. I wouldn't be surprised if an announcement is made by June/July next year. It wouldn't even surprise me if they are working on that right now.

thealexweb said,
It actually would because it means enterprise could continue to lock down BlackBerries to stop secrets being shared. With Windows Phone they wouldn't be able to offer that.
Because BBM cannot be added as another facet of the Messaging Hub in Windows Phone, or because their proprietary push email system (Blackberry Enterprise Server, or BES) cannot be added as another facet of the Email Hub?

I suppose making it up as you go works, for some reason, for a lot of Android fans, but it has absolutely no position in reality.

If RIM were to transition into an agreement with Microsoft to license Windows Phone, then they would absolutely get the go-ahead to add those features. At the very least, another app could be added in the short term, just as would be done with Android, where they would have to do everything from scratch.

The perk for RIM going with Android is that they already have experience with it: the Playbook. But, considering that they have still been unable to port over all of their features, there is not a whole lot holding them back.

At the end of the day, picking Windows Phone because it's "locked down" should make no difference to RIM because they would negotiate to add to those Hubs, which would not fragment the ecosystem at all, which is the purpose of the modular Hubs to begin with. Coding one versus another makes absolutely no difference, and I might say that coding against a common, multi-client chat system would be an attractive design because, like iOS and BBM already, you would use the proprietary messaging where available, and texting where it's not.

Please RIM; either sell out or start licensing BBM and your keyboard design. Watching you die slowly and painfully is no fun and I want phones in the future with the same keyboard.

deck said,
Please RIM; either sell out or start licensing BBM and your keyboard design. Watching you die slowly and painfully is no fun and I want phones in the future with the same keyboard.

There are quite a few other phones out there with similar if not nearly identical keyboards, many of which actually have BETTER keyboards than most BBs.

ARchamps said,
Here we go again! I waited for OS6. Not great. OS7 --> meh. OS10 in 2012!?

Goodbye 9780... hellow Galaxy Nexus!

And you'll love it. It's a great phone.

I'm expecting an addition to Canada's food cuisine next year.

Grilled Mike Lazaridis with Pineapple Sauce ............ $7.5 billion

tanjiajun_34 said,
Don't understand why does even RIM needs a dual core processor?

Because they need a product that competes in the market place?

I don't know about you, but the most popular phones today have dual cores. By this time next year they might have quad cores! RIM has always been behind the curve in terms of the innards of its handsets. BB6 and BB7 are hobbled by inadequate hardware, even though there are many features that exceed those of the Android or the iPhone (or they had those features first).

Why does the iPhone need dual core?

UndergroundWire said,

Gaming. Enough said.

good point. but corporations block games on their blackberries.. so why would they need dual cores without anychance of playing games.

Lachlan said,

good point. but corporations block games on their blackberries.. so why would they need dual cores without anychance of playing games.

Because they need to win the hearts of the common person too. If the average person walking around has an Android or iPhone, the corporate types want the same.