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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 91TTZ on 3/18/2013 3:15:44 PM , Rating: 0
In what way has Apple fallen behind in regards to innovation?

I think as in all maturing markets we're seeing the competition catching up (since they know exactly who to emulate).

All phones now pretty much have the same features. Things that used to set a phone apart from its competition are now standard equipment on all phones.


RE: You cant argue...
By retrospooty on 3/18/2013 3:33:54 PM , Rating: 2
"In what way has Apple fallen behind in regards to innovation?"

It has the oldest, blandest UI in the business and is missing a hell of alot of features for a high end phone. Small screens, no full HD, low DPI compared to the competition, horrible edge to edge display, no micro SD card, removable battery, NFC, mini HDMI, widgets, live wallpaper, micro USB, eye recognition, wireless charging, multi-window support, decent notifications etc.

Its not that evveryone cares about every missing feature, its just a lot of missing features for a so called "high end" smartphone.


RE: You cant argue...
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2013 5:23:25 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
In what way has Apple fallen behind in regards to innovation?


Was this a serious question? I refuse to believe you are THIS iTarded...

In the past three years their only "innovations" have been Siri and copying others by going with a bit bigger screen on the iPhone. Even though they and many others claimed the original size was "perfect".

Seriously if anyone can think of some "innovations" with Apple's iPhone line besides those, please tell me. I can't find them anywhere.


RE: You cant argue...
By jimbojimbo on 3/19/2013 5:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
What's funny is the only innovation that came to your mind wasn't even their innovation. They just bought the company that wrote it in the first place then slapped it onto their new phones.


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