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BlackBerry's CEO thinks users will no longer want tablets within five years, claiming they "are not a good business model", adding that BlackBerry will be "the absolute leader in mobile computing."
Following earlier comments about the iPhone's "five year old" UI, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has taken a shot at Windows Phone and Android, saying they're "not mobile computing platforms."
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said this week that the smartphone company has no plans to enter into the ultra-cheap smartphone market, saying, "This is not BlackBerry."
After two years of declining market share and disastrous headlines, RIM is focusing on the future. Its CEO, Thorsten Heins, hopes that the worst is over, and has been talking up the new BlackBerry 10 OS.
RIM CEO says that the company is considering licensing its much-delayed BlackBerry 10 OS to third parties, and appears to suggest that other manufacturers could build BlackBerry devices in the future.
The new BlackBerry 10 OS represents a new start for RIM - and for its users, as they're told by CEO Thorsten Heins that their current-generation BlackBerry 7 handsets cannot be upgraded to BB10.