Google design head says he wants to work with RIM

In the wake of Research in Motion's disastrous financial announcement on Thursday, and its delay of Blackberry 10 to the first quarter of 2013, there's a new semi-offer from a Google executive that could see a Blackberry-style smartphone running on Android.

ABCNews.com reports that Google’s Director of Android User Experience, Matias Duarte, stated this week, "If RIM wanted to work on Android devices, I would really welcome that. They clearly make great physical keyboards."

RIM may not have much of a choice if it want to stay alive as a stand alone company. RIM announced this week it would lay off 5,000 of its workers; that represents about 30 percent of its total workforce.

One of the things that made Blackberry smartphones so popular early on was their QWERTY-style physical keyboards. Now, most smartphones have opted to use the touch screen approach when it comes to keyboards. However, Duarte feels physical keyboards on phones are not over yet.

He states, "I am still a huge fan of hardware keyboards. Many of the products I have worked on in the past have had them. I think there is a place for them — it’s all about choice and different types of devices."

We should point out that Microsoft wants in on the RIM action too.

Source: ABCNews.com

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oh god, that guy's UX is terrible. I stopped using gmail after he took over and he's all but ruined every google product he's got his hands on.

I have hated every BB that I ever had, The OS is appalling bad.

It takes 20 min for email to hit the thing through our exchange, My WP7 and iPhone hit almost the same time near instant fast.

Google/RIM/Motorola

Nokia/Microsoft

Interesting how things are playing out...

Jack O Neill said,
I have hated every BB that I ever had, The OS is appalling bad.

After this line I was hoping the rest of your post would be in rhyming couplets as well, sadly you disappointed me

contextfree said,

After this line I was hoping the rest of your post would be in rhyming couplets as well, sadly you disappointed me

When I try to use a BB I get mad
Trying to send a text is just so sad
The browser is really really bad
Thowing this POS in the trash would make me glad.

microsoft wanted to screw ... ahem have alliance with rim. now google wants to fornicate ... ahem work with rim. man. when you are down and out. the orgies seem to revolve around you. doesn't it.

BB10 is going to be really good for the brand imo, I like my 9900 but I can't wait to get my hands on the new interface (a long wait now )

Jason Stillion said,
Rim hardware w/ Andriod Software + Rim's secure messenger service would be cool.

This. I've always had a fondness for the Blackberry QWERTY keyboard but their software is dire.

Jason Stillion said,
Rim hardware w/ Andriod Software + Rim's secure messenger service would be cool. I suspect Microsoft is seriously eyeing them as well.

Ballmer has been on it for more than a year now planting his roots... i.e. Bing Search etc.

Unlikely that they will switch unless it becomes absolutely dire for RIM. They have been "dying" for a very long time now.