Dear CBC, RIM and BlackBerry 10 are at CES 2013 in the Form of QNX

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It’s especially painful when you read an anti-RIM article on the CBC versus other sites. It’s not that the CBC has to blindly defend every Canadian company, but they could at least have some honest, independent journalism rather than jumping on the anti-RIM bandwagon.

A recent article highlighting RIM’s absence from CES 2013 is a great example of this problem. It doesn’t make any sense for RIM to be at CES 2013 from a BlackBerry 10 perspective, yet the CBC is taking this as some sort of negative for the company, or making it indicative of a larger problem. All the while, the CBC is completely neglecting to mention the presence of QNX at the show.


Click here for the QNX car of the future video

Here are some of the more frustrating quotes:

“Microsoft and RIM are virtually invisible this year. Meanwhile, Google and Apple — two other tech giants who also aren’t officially exhibiting — are everywhere.”

Connected devices are about subscriber numbers, of which RIM and Windows Phone don’t have. Of course it doesn’t make sense to make a SmartTV or a dishwasher on BlackBerry 10. That would be absurd at this point. But why don’t you balance the article a little with mentioning that QNX is a RIM subsidiary and it’s already embedded in millions of devices? If you’re talking connected devices, this would be an obvious point to mention.

RIM is actually making an impressive show at CES 2013 with QNX. The company today announced that Delphi Automotive has chosen the QNX CAR application platform 2.0 for use in next-generation infotainment systems. How’s that for an embedded systems presence?

“For RIM, that may not appear to be as big an issue. With BB10, the Waterloo, Ont.-based company looks to be focusing on its core audience — power business users, rather than the consumers that the “Consumer” Electronics Show caters to.”

It’s not that RIM isn’t attending CES 2013 because it’s focusing on the business market. It’s because they have a product (a consumer product no less) launching in 22 days. It wouldn’t make any sense for them to be showing off legacy devices with a new device just around the corner.

RIM is clearly looking to own its launches with BB10 and not piggyback on shows such as CES. BlackBerry World and Jam are the new must-attend RIM conferences just like WWDC is the must-attend conference for Apple and I/O is the conference for Google.

“BlackBerry and Windows apps? For CES exhibitors, they’re an afterthought at best.

‘We’re in talks to integrate with [BlackBerry Messenger] and we’re working on a Windows version,’ says Jay Samit, president of ooVoo, a video chat service. ‘But they’re such a niche market.’”

A video chat app is not the best app company to interview considering it comes native on BlackBerry 10. There are plenty of developers that don’t see BlackBerry 10 as a niche, and it’s important to balance any article about porting with something explaining the reasons why developers port. Services that require huge numbers of users clearly don’t look at BB10 and Windows Phone right away, there isn’t the volume. That’s just a reality of the time it takes to build a user base. But companies that can leverage smaller user groups, such as games, have great experiences with low volume platforms.

In the end, CES doesn’t make sense for RIM to attend from a hardware launch perspective, but even from a software perspective it doesn’t make sense. CES is not a software show. It’s about hardware. It would be a terrible show for RIM to attend to try and drum up attention for the BlackBerry platform. And if you’re going to say RIM is absent from the show, you’re completely forgetting that RIM owns QNX.

You can read the full CBC article at this link..

  • JohnSmith

    what a blindfolded article it is… I recently got my playbook as a present, and it sucks. big time, no apps at all, the ones that are present in the appworld are 99% pure rubbish, even the facebook app sucks. So, basically the situation is like this: I (and the rest of the world) am extremly surprised that RIM is still alive. No apps right now, the whole ecosystem they designed is wrong, from the scratch. What they should do? redesign it, and bring all the developers. How they should do that? Show the new bb10 off at every single occasion there is, to bring in customers, to bring in developers, to make ppl believe that they are not dead, they are even worth looking at. And what are they doing? They are skipping the show which the world is looking at right now? nobody besides the 50 years old low lvl managers actually cares about the blackberry, nobody watches their stupid keynotes (even I didnt watch it before I got a playbook). Skipping the CES was the worst thing they could do, and they are practically hitting the nails in their own coffin.

    Well played RIM, well played.

  • JohnSmith

    what a blindfolded article it is… I recently got my playbook as a present, and it sucks. big time, no apps at all, the ones that are present in the appworld are 99% pure rubbish, even the facebook app sucks. So, basically the situation is like this: I (and the rest of the world) am extremly surprised that RIM is still alive. No apps right now, the whole ecosystem they designed is wrong, from the scratch. What they should do? redesign it, and bring all the developers. How they should do that? Show the new bb10 off at every single occasion there is, to bring in customers, to bring in developers, to make ppl believe that they are not dead, they are even worth looking at. And what are they doing? They are skipping the show which the world is looking at right now? nobody besides the 50 years old low lvl managers actually cares about the blackberry, nobody watches their stupid keynotes (even I didnt watch it before I got a playbook). Skipping the CES was the worst thing they could do, and they are practically hitting the nails in their own coffin.

    Well played RIM, well played.

  • JohnSmith

    what a blindfolded article it is… I recently got my playbook as a present, and it sucks. big time, no apps at all, the ones that are present in the appworld are 99% pure rubbish, even the facebook app sucks. So, basically the situation is like this: I (and the rest of the world) am extremly surprised that RIM is still alive. No apps right now, the whole ecosystem they designed is wrong, from the scratch. What they should do? redesign it, and bring all the developers. How they should do that? Show the new bb10 off at every single occasion there is, to bring in customers, to bring in developers, to make ppl believe that they are not dead, they are even worth looking at. And what are they doing? They are skipping the show which the world is looking at right now? nobody besides the 50 years old low lvl managers actually cares about the blackberry, nobody watches their stupid keynotes (even I didnt watch it before I got a playbook). Skipping the CES was the worst thing they could do, and they are practically hitting the nails in their own coffin.

    Well played RIM, well played.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HarlemsFinest027 Kess So Harlem

    hey dickhead- Playbook has added TONS of games since their 2.0 update. compared to the iPad, it is the most productive tablet, actually compared to anything else. the OS is fast, fluid and snappy. their browser loads nearly 95% of any site that a desktop would, ESPECIALLY the fact that they support flash. excellent battery life, nice and portable. and runs Android apps BETTER than Android itself. as for developers- where have you been for the past 8 months? RIM has held Jams in dozens of cities and parts of the world and devs have agreed BB10 is the easiest platform to develop for. Devs are porting Android & iOs apps within a single day. There will be major apps coming to BB10 when launched this month. The January 30th events held in major US and world cities is what everyone is waiting for…have you been living under a rock?

  • http://www.facebook.com/HarlemsFinest027 Kess So Harlem

    And in addition, QNX flat out makes iOS a compete laugher- it is a multitasking beast. iPad still needs to hit a friggin button to switch to different apps? Man please

  • Kevin Schotts

    well the CBC hugs communism ad hates private enterprise. Rim at one point the tecc
    h leader of innovation with no government hand outs or subsidies. CBC hates that. They believe government should have central command over everything. That is why they love Canada’s largest welfare recipients, Quebec and Bombardiare. So the fact that CBC speaks ill will of Blackberry is really no surprise or really not news.
    Especially with their ultra left wing pinko commie shoddy journalism.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    I think you’re exaggerating the need to be at CES. It’s not the show “the world is looking at right now”. Just look at the keynote speakers. It’s a pretty boring show. Here’s who is keynoting:

    Qualcomm
    Consumer Electronics Association
    Panasonic
    Verizon
    Samsung

    Would you really fly all the way to Vegas to hear these guys talk?

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    I think you’re exaggerating the need to be at CES. It’s not the show “the world is looking at right now”. Just look at the keynote speakers. It’s a pretty boring show. Here’s who is keynoting:

    Qualcomm
    Consumer Electronics Association
    Panasonic
    Verizon
    Samsung

    Would you really fly all the way to Vegas to hear these guys talk?

  • ItsBBXTime

    I had the same feeling as well…RIM = QNX and BlackBerry…If QNX is there RIM is technically there…just because BlackBerry isnt doesn’t mean they are not there…tisk tisk CBC and other notable news sources.

  • DD

    Would you expect anything else from CBC that was totally funded by tax dollars, versus RIM that based its stature on innovation?

  • tjtailwind

    I fully agree with you Kess…Love my PlayBook, Love My Blackberry Torch and I can’t wait for my new BB10. Just today I was watching an HD video hooked to the HDMI port on the TV, answering email and surfing the web…all from my PlayBook. I have an iPad for work and it sucks.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    i just saw Robert Scoble’s post on facebook where he talks about meeting with RIM and seeing BlackBerry 10. So RIM is definitely there. Scoble writes: “Just had my hands on RIM’s new Blackberry [sic] 10. Will talk about that and other consumer electronics stuff shortly.”

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151337732989655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654&type=1&theater

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.v.hoek Mary Vander Hoek

    3 playbooks in our family, love em, I will get my first blackberry next month.
    Anyone want a free iphone, It’s cracked of course with a bit of water damage.

  • veeru789

    where do these guys come from. RIM has been showing off BB10 to carriers, developers, and even enterprise partners. The consumers have been getting regular glimpses of the OS, UI and apps being available. CES is good for home appliances and accessory manufactures. all major Mobile companies are doing their own launchs in seperate events (including Apple, Google, Samsung, Nokia, MSFT)
    i respect your opinion and if u think playbook sucks good for you. but dont jump to say no one but managers actually care about BlackBerry. there are tons of people like me who love the brand and its products.

  • ahousebc

    Pretty lame comment… you don’t demonstrate how the CBC being funded by tax dollars determines its journalistic performance in any way. Or that the “stature” of RIM, or any other player at, or not at, CES is based on “innovation”. I would suggest that marketing, hard work, and luck all combine to have more to do with “stature” than innovation does.

  • ahousebc

    And I thought DD’s remarks were silly. In comparison to yours his are almost intelligent.

  • Kevin Schotts

    I’m sorry for telling the truth Mr. Mansbridge, But the real people of Canada know this to be true. have a happy 2013 Peter. Just ask Grapes.

  • Kevin Schotts

    The only reason why Canada Broadcasting Communism is ever on in my house is for Hockey Night in Canada. It was such a nice peaceful time without having to her that whinny POS Mansbridge babling about how Alberta is bad and how Quebec is good in between periods.

  • Tim

    It makes more sense for them to emphasize QNX, which they hope to be big in the upcoming M2M wave than to spend money showing things they have already shown elsewhere regarding the new BB 10 phones and platform. Hold on, Jan 30th will be here soon enough.

  • FJR1300

    @ John Smith
    Me thinks you may be the one blindfolded. Since your rant on the PB is so out of character from most PB owners I am going to bet that you do not even own a Playbook. Now we all know what that makes you.