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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: Great features! NOT!
By Nortel on 3/18/2013 3:55:27 PM , Rating: 0
I think you are drilling down far too deeply on 'specs'. Consumer's see four 'devices', Apple, Blackberry, Android and WM8. Everyone has used an iPhone and the UI is very intuitive. Blackberry is seen as a business device. Android is a mess because there are so many similar devices and issues with app support, navigation (unlimited shortcuts with the same name and installing apps on SD card) and even crashing. WM8 is an oddball because its a consumer targeted device but there were/are crashing issues, lack of app support and its a love it/hate it interface.

Back to the 'so many similar devices' on Android. Even Samsung's lineup is confusing, the Note II and Galaxy S4 are so similar, how is a consumer supposed to get excited about the S4 when the Note II was out for a year already. 'Eye scrolling'? Give me a break.


RE: Great features! NOT!
By retrospooty on 3/18/2013 4:16:13 PM , Rating: 4
"Even Samsung's lineup is confusing, the Note II and Galaxy S4 are so similar,"

Ya, golly wow, that is hard to decipher. The Note2 is a 5.5 phablet with active stylus support and the GS4 is a 5 inch phone. Wow, I am confused. I was OK, with the 1st choice, but then choice 2 came in and I got totally lost.

Now If I could just find my keys and my clothes, I can go to work. I am pretty sure my keys are on my dresser and my clothes are in it, but I went to the bathroom and took a show and then got lost and couldnt find my way back to my bedroom, so I post this from the hallway, lost as could be. Someone help me. I need my iPhone to GPS me back to the bedroom.


RE: Great features! NOT!
By Makaveli on 3/18/2013 4:33:12 PM , Rating: 2
LMAO Restropooty this post made my day.


RE: Great features! NOT!
By retrospooty on 3/18/2013 5:04:56 PM , Rating: 2
snick snick ;)


RE: Great features! NOT!
By Pirks on 3/18/2013 11:28:35 PM , Rating: 2
6!


RE: Great features! NOT!
By Nortel on 3/19/2013 10:07:24 AM , Rating: 1
Ok. People are getting excited over a brand new phone with a 0.5 inch smaller screen, without an active stylus and with a one year old OS release? You can harp on iPhone users all you want but anyone buying a GS4 over a Note 2 is clearly an idiot if those features are differentiating enough to make them not so similar.


RE: Great features! NOT!
By jimbojimbo on 3/19/2013 5:09:42 PM , Rating: 2
Don't confuse your pants and your shirts.


RE: Great features! NOT!
By Ammohunt on 3/18/2013 4:57:40 PM , Rating: 1
With android phones is there a consistent UI experience? I haven't seen one. What i have seen is mounds of carrier crapware that can't be uninstalled different for every phone. I guess you could setting for a Nexus device for pure Android.


RE: Great features! NOT!
By xti on 3/18/2013 5:34:51 PM , Rating: 1
why do you want consistent? half the fun is everyone's android fun is setup with widgets and make them all unique.

in the words of the competition..."its a feature!"


RE: Great features! NOT!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2013 5:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
With android phones is there a consistent UI experience?


Yes? Far more consistent than iOS, obviously. Where's your back button? Menu button? Oh you don't have those? You have to rely on app makers to provide them, which leads to a totally inconsistent UI experience? That sucks.

quote:
What i have seen is mounds of carrier crapware that can't be uninstalled different for every phone.


Gross generalizations are fun! You can remove ANY UI shortcut in Android. You can completely disable the "crapware" if you so choose. Come on people, this isn't hard.


RE: Great features! NOT!
By Ammohunt on 3/19/2013 11:10:26 AM , Rating: 2
Generalizations exist because there is a bit of truth to them. Remove the crapware (and recover the space)without rooting the phone?


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