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QNX to replace Microsoft's problematic software, and it will also be cheaper

It appears that Ford is finally wising up and is looking to replace the Microsoft technology that currently powers MyFord Touch with Blackberry’s QNX operating system, according to The Detroit News. While Blackberry OS 10 is pretty much dead in the water on the smartphone front, Blackberry’s QNX subsidiary is doing quite well. QNX has over 50 percent market share in the automotive world when it comes to proprietary operating systems and its automotive customers include:
  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Land Rover
  • Porsche
  • Saab
According to a person familiar with Ford’s plans, its MyFord Touch-equipped vehicles (including existing models) could “easily” be upgraded to use QNX instead of the current, underlying Microsoft technology. As an added bonus, QNX is cheaper to license than Microsoft's software.

MyFord Touch on the Ford Explorer
To say that MyFord Touch — an infotainment system available on many of Ford and Lincoln’s recently redesigned automobiles — is problematic would be putting it mildly. The voice- and touch screen-based system allows users to access many vehicle functions including entertainment, navigation, and climate control.
MyFord Touch (and by association, MyLincoln Touch), which uses Windows Embedded Automotive 7 at its core, has been plagued with problems since its introduction. Drivers have experienced frozen screens, system reboots while the vehicle is in motion, and poorly responsive haptic controls. Ford has rolled out numerous updates to address these issues, and has even taken steps to bring back physical buttons and knobs on some models to appease customers.

Knobs are making a comeback in MyFord Touch vehicles as seen in this 2015 Mustang with MyFord Touch.
The problems have gotten so bad that Ford has been blasted not only by publications like Consumer Reports, but it has also taken a dive in J.D. Power reliability rankings due to MyFord Touch.
A Ford spokesman did not deny the reports to The Detroit News, and was diplomatic by stating, “Ford works with a variety of partners and suppliers to develop and continuously improve our in-car connectivity systems for customers. We do not discuss details of our work with others for competitive reasons. We are absolutely committed to leading and innovating the smart technologies and in-vehicle connectivity that our customers want and value.”

Ford CEO Alan Mulally delivered the one millionth vehicle equipped with Ford Sync to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in 2009. There have now been over 10 million vehicles with Sync/MyFord Touch sold worldwide.
Ford and Microsoft made a big deal about their partnership with Sync and MyFord Touch. Over the course of the relationship, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and current Ford CEO Alan Mulally became close friends. In fact, the closeness of the two companies and the two CEOs shot Mulally to the top of the list for Microsoft’s CEO position when it was announced that Ballmer would enter into “early retirement”.

Sources: The Detroit News, Bloomberg

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RE: Fan?
By hpglow on 2/23/2014 5:03:46 AM , Rating: 4
Bloated slow unresponsive Android? There is a reason why quad core SOCs and massive amounts of ram are popular in Android devices... because it is a dog. I own several tablets, and phones and the best two of the three OSes are Windows and iOS. I have had nothing but problems with Android. The Surface Pro 2 blows them all out of the water, given the cost it should, but I would rather pay more money for something responsive and useable than save a dime and get another stinker with android on it. That goes for any form factor.

RE: Fan?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/14, Rating: -1
RE: Fan?
By atechfan on 2/23/2014 5:23:10 AM , Rating: 2
Android being slow has been all over tech news since it launched, but blind fans ignore that. Android was slow because nothing ran native. It was all running in Dalvik, a crappy JIT Java run-time. It didn't matter what carrier it was running, it was slow. That is why iOS and Windows Phone were able to feel faster even on slower hardware than Android. For someone who lives and beathes Google, you don't seem to know shit about their products.

Now, since Android 4.0 and up, more stuff has been compiled and running natively rather than through the Dalvik interpreter, and it has made a huge difference.

RE: Fan?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/14, Rating: -1
RE: Fan?
By atechfan on 2/23/2014 5:33:51 AM , Rating: 3
So, defending the use of QNX makes me a Microsoft nut hugger? I didn't even mention MS. If I am the nut hugger you think I am, why am I not upset over MS being dropped by Ford, as mentioned in this article?

You are the one who brought Google into the discussion. So who's the nut hugger? If Android was the solution, why are so few using it? QNX dominates this arena. Ford is just catching up now.

RE: Fan?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/14, Rating: -1
RE: Fan?
By atechfan on 2/23/2014 6:55:33 AM , Rating: 3
I went back through the thread. The dick attitude started with you. Chaser pointed out how QNX was the dominant platform in this market already, and you called him an idiot. Any time someone thinks a non-Google solution is better, you start insulting them. You clearly have no capacity for level-headedness when Google is mentioned.

It is possible for someone to think Google's product is not the best for the task at hand without being a Google hater. The fact you start hurling about terms like nut hugger and hater every time someone likes what you don't like or doesn't like what you like makes you look insecure.

RE: Fan?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/14, Rating: -1
RE: Fan?
By atechfan on 2/23/2014 7:23:25 AM , Rating: 3
So rudeness and hostility are fine when you are doing it, but wrong when directed at you? Good to know.

RE: Fan?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/14, Rating: 0
RE: Fan?
By retrospooty on 2/23/2014 10:11:12 AM , Rating: 2
"Plus everyone has a little hypocrite in them "

I keep mine in my pants and try to contain his erratic behavior in public settings.

RE: Fan?
By atechfan on 2/23/2014 1:46:00 PM , Rating: 2
I hope we're still cool. I need at least one anti-Musk ally here.

RE: Fan?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/2014 6:45:36 PM , Rating: 2
Lol I can get behind that.

RE: Fan?
By kamiller422 on 2/23/2014 5:50:51 PM , Rating: 2
"Now, since Android 4.0 and up, more stuff has been compiled and running natively rather than through the Dalvik interpreter, and it has made a huge difference."

What parts were Dalvik and now native? ART has not officially rolled out yet. It just made an appearance in KitKat.

Android has been a very good performer for a while. Project Butter added a silkiness feel to the user interface, but that's doesn't mean Android was a poor performer before.

Does the recent release of the Nokia Lumia 1520 quad core mean Windows Phone is a poor performer? Did the desire to release a 64-bit iOS mean it was a poor performer when it was 32-bit? (I don't buy the 64-bit equals significant performance upgrade, but Apple marketing does.)

RE: Fan?
By Wizec on 3/4/2014 5:06:43 PM , Rating: 1
"Android is open source, and can be made as paired down and minimalist as you want."

No, actually it cannot, because it has a monolithic kernel, whereas QNX has a micro kernel. I'm already to deep for you aren't I?

Now try this on for size:

"Now Intel has revealed in their testing that even in the latest version of the Android operating system, Android 4 ICS , having multiple cores remains of little benefit most of the time and can even be detrimental to performance.

According to Mike Bell, GM of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group, Android’s thread scheduler simply isn’t ready for multi-core processors.

Bell said, “If you are in a non-power constrained case, I think multiple cores make a lot of sense because you can run the cores full out, you can actually heavily load them and/or if the operating system has a good thread scheduler. A lot of stuff we are dealing with, thread scheduling and thread affinity, isn’t there yet and on top of that, largely when the operating system goes to do a single task, a lot of other stuff stops. So as we move to multiple cores, we’re actually putting a lot of investment into software to fix the scheduler and fix the threading so if we do multi-core products it actually takes advantage of it.”

Intel: Android dual core support so poor “having a second core is actually a detriment”

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

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