Taipei, Friday, July 3, 2015 14:48 (GMT+8)
showers in the vicinity
Taipei
32°C
Digitimes Insight: RIM PlayBook a poor debut for QNX
DIGITIMES Research [Wednesday 21 September 2011]

While QNX is currently used in the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and is scheduled to be used in the company's smartphones in the future, replacing the BlackBerry OS to become Research in Motion's (RIM) mainstream platform, the company's current dismal performance is casting a cloud over the fate of the OS.

RIM recently announced it shipped only 10.6 million BlackBerry smartphones in the second quarter, compared with expected shipments of 11.9 million, while tablet shipments were barely half the expected amount. The company shipped only 200,000 Playbook tablets, compared to expectations of 400,000-600,000, and the total represented a drop from 500,000 in the company's first quarter (from March to May).

RIM's stumbles in the market are compounded by its high expectations. About 1.5 million BlackBerry Playbooks were manufactured through September, which means RIM still has nearly 800,000 units of inventory on hand, stated Digitimes Research analyst James Wang. There have already been reports of layoffs at both the vendor (2,000 jobs) and its ODM partner Quanta Computer (2,000 jobs), and it is unlikely that manufacturing of the product will continue through the fourth quarter, said Wang, while adding there has been no word about any next-generation successor of the product.

QNX is supposed to replace the BlackBerry OS and become RIM's mainstream platform in the future, but so far the market has not been welcoming. Moreover, a quick look at the market landscape shows that it is becoming increasingly hard for niche operating systems to succeed under the fierce competition brought on by Android and iOS.

Wang is the author of the Digitimes Research Special Report, "Expectations for the 2H 2011 tablet market."

Topics: Page 2

Realtime news
  • PTI set to post revenue growth in 3Q15

    Bits + chips | 5min ago

  • Promise Technology develops cloud computing-based surveillance solution for Asahi Net

    IT + CE | 13min ago

Pause
 | 
View more

China AP market 2Q15 shipment forecast

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Jun 29, 10:47

Digitimes Research predicts China smartphone AP shipments in second-quarter 2015 will show annual growth due to the depletion of inventories in the first quarter of 2015 and new smartphone products being introduced which contains new AP solutions. The new product...

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2015

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 10, 15:57

The server market did not perform well in 2014 though rising demand from Internet data centers (IDCs) and China brands helped global shipments (measured by motherboards) grow 7.1% to 10.4 million. Using this as the base for growth, in 2015 the market is expected...

Taiwan LCD TVs – 1Q 2015

TAIWAN DISPLAY SYSTEM | May 22, 15:51

Taiwan's LCD TV makers saw strong seasonal impacts in the first quarter of 2015. Shipments to North America saw a particularly sharp decline as a result of reduced procurement from Mexico and major client Toshiba quitting the North America market.

Taiwan handsets – 1Q 2015

TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | May 15, 15:58

Most of Taiwan's handset makers felt strong seasonal effects in the first quarter. Foxconn suffered particularly as a result of drastic drops in orders from Sony Mobile and Microsoft Mobile.

China smartphone market and industry – 1Q 2015

CHINA SMARTPHONE | May 13, 10:56

According to Digitimes Research's survey of the Mainland China smartphone supply chain, as well as other relative vendors, increased demand for Apple's new device models, Mainland China's high-end smartphone models experienced lackluster sales in the first quarter...

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2015
Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets
The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.