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He said other smartphones -- like Android-powered devices -- are leaving Apple in its dust

Apple isn't the only tech giant who can throw a few punches in the competitive smartphone ring: BlackBerry's CEO took a couple of shots at Apple recently, saying the iPhone is old news.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins told The Australian Financial Review that Apple's iPhone has been left behind during a storm of new smartphone releases (such as Android and BlackBerry 10 smartphones).

“Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market...They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon," said Heins. "There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that.

“History repeats itself again I guess...the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old.”


Heins went on to say that his company's own BlackBerry 10 smartphones surpass the iPhone in one way especially -- multi-tasking. He said BB10 phones can run multiple apps much like a laptop while the iPhone seems to lack in that area.

“The point is that you can never stand still," said Heins. "It is true for us as well. Launching BB10 just put us on the starting grid of the wider mobile computing grand prix, and now we need to win it."

Last week, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, was bad-mouthing Google's Android on the eve of the Samsung Galaxy S IV release. He said three-quarters of iPhone users say they're "very satisfied" with their experience while only half of Android users say the same, and that Android's biggest problem is its "plain and simple" fragmentation. Apple, on the other hand, is responsible for both the software and hardware of an iPhone -- hence, Schiller says, the experience is more seamless.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S IV itself, Schiller said the device will ship with an operating system that is already a year old, and that Google's Android updates come at a snail's speed.

"With their own data, only 16 percent of Android users are on year-old version of the operating system," said Schiller. "Over 50 percent are still on software that is two years old. A really big difference.

"And that extends to the news we are hearing this week that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is being rumored to ship with an OS that is nearly a year old. Customers will have to wait to get an update."

Clearly Apple is threatened by Android's smartphone dominance, and BlackBerry is likely hoping to be an innovator in the smartphone realm once again as well. BlackBerry launched its line of BlackBerry 10 (BB10) devices in January of this year. At that time, it revealed the BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 phones. The Z10 finally came to the U.S. March 12 as AT&T began its presale for $199 (with a two-year contract). The phone actually ships March 22.

Heins is optimistic about BB10 bringing BlackBerry back to life, as he was recently quoted saying that Z10 sales in Europe were "encouraging." He also said customers were switching from other platforms to BB10.

Another boost to BlackBerry could be a possible purchase of the company by Lenovo, which has been rumored. Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing told French financial newspaper Les Echos that it could eventually buy BlackBerry, but it needs to review such a decision first.

Source: The Australian Financial Review



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RE: You cant argue...
By retrospooty on 3/18/2013 2:22:48 PM , Rating: 1
??? ... That was true then, but it didnt mean that it wasnt a breakthrough. Clearly the iPhone pushed things forward in a major way... It was then and is still now a major pain in the ass to type a long email message on a virtual keyboard. Voice recognition has come a long way making it bearable and for those that just type too much and cant deal with it, there are still qwerty models available.

" but to now say it was a design triumph, but is now out of date is absurd."

Design triumph is too dramatic of a phrase for me, but it was a hell of a step forward and now it's sort of 4th in a 4 man race as far as features form and function. Not really hard to get. The first car was years beyond the horse nad buggy, but it doesnt stack up to todays cars. That is an extreme example, Apple isnt that far behind, but as far as features, UI, and funtionalty of the major 4, Android, Blackberry (10) and WP8, IOS is clearly lacking.


RE: You cant argue...
By Phoque on 3/18/2013 7:52:44 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
It was then and is still now a major pain in the ass to type a long email message on a virtual keyboard.


Bullshit, have you tried a Z10 in landscape, with its word completion feature? You'll type faster and make fewer mistakes than on a phone with physical keyboard.


RE: You cant argue...
By RjBass on 3/18/2013 10:42:44 PM , Rating: 2
Word completion feature? Is that anything like the Swipe function on my Galaxy Note II that I have fallen in love with. Writing long emails or text messages isn't nearly as painful as it used to be.


RE: You cant argue...
By MadMan007 on 3/18/2013 11:11:23 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
the horse nad buggy


Yeah, but everyone riding one of those was really ballin'


RE: You cant argue...
By retrospooty on 3/19/2013 8:50:40 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... I knew someone would catch that. No womder they went obsolete with all the PETA type groups out there. What a cruel form of travel.


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