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.