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Should RIM Support Apple & Android?

3:25 PM -- BlackBerry launched its latest attempt to take on Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Android, and others in the smartphone market today with the BlackBerry Torch. Heavy Reading senior consultant Berge Ayvazian, however, suggests that the Canadian vendor can best maintain its dominant position in the mobile enterprise by actually opening up its BES server software so that businesses can support other smartphones with the wireless email and application software.

"My view is that RIM is making a mistake to not support the iPhone and Android with its BES server software," Ayvazian told me in a phone conversation this afternoon. "They should keep control on the enterprise side by adding support for other devices."

Ayvazian says that end users' buying up other smartphones that the BlackBerry server doesn't support, like the iPhone, is pushing businesses to consider other ways to support their mobile workforce or forcing business people to carry two devices.

"They're driving the enterprise to a Google-type cloud-based solution where all smartphones are equal," Ayvazian says.

If RIM has intentions of opening up the BlackBerry Connect software so that other cellphones could be supported, however, the company hasn't said yet. Instead the company is keeping a proprietary hand on the rudder with the Torch launch. (See RIM Sings Torch Song.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:28:08 PM
re: Should RIM Support Apple & Android?

Don't think its quite the same thing. At its heart, RIM BES connects your BB to Microsoft Exchange or -- less so -- Lotus Notes. It's a very good email conduit and RIM were way ahead of their time in pulling it all together. But look on web, many, many support forums and the like with asking how to link iPhones to the server. In the end, will RIM really want to force people to choose?

yarn 12/5/2012 | 4:28:08 PM
re: Should RIM Support Apple & Android?

Whether Apple should support Android on the iPhone?

Same reasons probably..

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:28:06 PM
re: Should RIM Support Apple & Android?


Well, I think that Apple should seriously ponder creating iTunes/App Store applications for Android.  That is what is being suggested here not supporting Android on the iPhone.




yarn 12/5/2012 | 4:28:04 PM
re: Should RIM Support Apple & Android?

Indeed. The word OSes in the short description threw me off a bit but the article itself is clear. The bridge support would make a lot of sense.

However, on 7s point, I thought most apps in the AppStore are written by 3rd party developers. They could easily port their apps for Android and perhaps even Blackberry no? Of course that would leave some Apple created iPhone aps out but that is perhaps needed to maintain differentiation. Apple is pretty keen on tying some unique proprietary software capabilities to their hardware platforms.

skeeter/ 12/5/2012 | 4:27:49 PM
re: Should RIM Support Apple & Android?

I don't believe the article has anything to do with support the apps developed for the iPhone, Android, BB, or Windows based phones.   It has to do with supporting the various smartphones from an enterprise level.  This would include profile management, certificates, encryption, VPN on demand, etc...   

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