RIM coCEO Mike Lazaridis lied about the cause of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone delay, an insider at the Canadian firm has alleged, with neither hardware nor software ready for public view. “RIM is simply pushing this out as long as they can for one reason, they don’t have a working product yet” the high-level source told BGR, suggesting that Lazarisis’ hint that RIM was waiting on a new 4G LTE chipset was misleading.
BlackBerry 10, the OS previously expected to be called BBX, is supposedly little different to the current state of the QNX-based PlayBook 2.0 OS. “Email and PIM is a better on an 8700 than it is on BlackBerry 10” the exec claims, suggesting RIM is still having serious problems getting its new platform to work correctly with its existing infrastructure.
In fact, BlackBerry 10 is seen internally as not competitive even with iOS 1.0 or Android 2.0, and “there’s no room for a fourth ecosystem” the unnamed executive suggests.
RIM’s financial performance has struggled over the past few quarters, with disappointing results earlier this month and claims that the company has been the topic of takeover discussions by Microsoft, Nokia and others. Meanwhile reports have suggested that RIM attempted to shop BlackBerry 10 around rival firms for potential licensing deals, with Samsung and HTC both named as targets, but that the Canadians were rebuffed.