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BlackBerry 10 launched on January 30th, 2013. Acting CEO Thorsten Heins and Head of Software Portfolio Vivek Bhardwaj were on stage to pull the covers off of a newly engineered platform designed to be far more resilient than the first. I’ll abridge here to say that the old platform was one that Research In Motion grew to a 20 billion dollar company.

It was a rushed step, but an impressive step considering the arena. The launch of BlackBerry 10 against the odds of market analysts and media naysayers. Tens of millions of lines of code – a ground up reengineering of the mechanism with which BlackBerry would concourse for the foreseeable future. Truly innovative, it never has and will never be a downgraded PC OS. It was always mobile, the first look at truly mobile computing.

BlackBerry continues pushing innovative boundaries in areas of the technologies they develop. Of late, BlackBerry has been allocating resources to high yield investment segments, namely software services. BlackBerry has always worked relatively quickly with partners: Scalado, Time Shift integration. Swift Key and the BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard, Glympse, real time location sharing within BlackBerry Messenger. So when you parlay that with recent news which spans from the acquisitions of Secusmart, Movirtu, Watchdox, to the collaboration of Zoom on BBM Meetings or BlackBerry’s 100 million dollar investment in Nanthealth, BlackBerry has been evolving at a rapid rate. A lot of people don’t see the moves BlackBerry has done in the last three months, let alone the last 12.

So what’s up with BlackBerry 10? We need to go back to the beginning and ask why did they even build BlackBerry 10, especially in the two horse race of Android and iOS, the former which could/can be easily adopted?

We need to really ask the question, was BlackBerry 10 even a good idea in the first place? (Answer: Yes)

The CEO that launched the BlackBerry 10 platform remarks in an extended conversation at the Milken Institute in April 2013:

“The decision we made to build our own platform, in my view, was the best decision we ever made. Because it establishes us as a player who owns the whole stack in a device. We are not dependent on someone giving us an operating system… That’s why we built BlackBerry 10 – because we want to be the best at security.” – Thorsten Heins

Now we could go back and forth on his view, but the fundamental fact today is that BlackBerry 10 is established in this sense. While it may not be a consumer success, the platforms BlackBerry is amalgamating make a lot of sense: BlackBerry IOT, BlackBerry 10 and BES12 – a triforce for the next generation of mobile computing. We must give Thorsten and his teams credit for having the vision (balls) to establish BlackBerry 10 in the first place, and actually bring it to the market.

“When we architected BlackBerry 10, we went to developers and asked them what they wanted. What would make you develop on a BlackBerry? The developers wrote the specification.”

BlackBerry 10 remains very customer driven, and here’s where things get very interesting. Listening to the customers and their needs, it goes back to a directional problem for BlackBerry, something John Chen must seek to navigate so as to deliver against the contrarian view of previous CEO Thorsten Heins who voiced his opinions against going Android. The comments he makes are relevant to recent speculation from Reuters that suggest BlackBerry may move to Android. I tend to agree with Mr. Heins to this day:

“If I were to be on Android today with that product [Z10], I would be a me-too. Carrier’s would look at this and say, ‘How is this device different from Company A or C’ … I would be in the me-too domain. My differentiation potential would probably be hardware design, a little bit of User Interface, but that’s it.”

Now take that statement and think about the BlackBerry Slider device shown off with Samsung components at MWC earlier this year. A device that will ‘allegedly’ be running full Android. Perhaps the mass media is projecting their own business sentimentalities onto BlackBerry. In the similar way that they wrote an obituary of the company, toward self fulfilling prophecy, they fail to understand the basic reality – that just because you’re down doesn’t mean you’re out. This is a point made during a special luncheon hosted by the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce for CEO John Chen. He says the true test is “How good are you when things aren’t going well?”

Perhaps ironically if you take that test and apply it to the Android runtime execution on BlackBerry 10, the answer would be “Good Enough.” But the times are always changing. Is the answer for BlackBerry to go Android? Could this be a factor behind building patented BlackBerry apps on iOS and Android for the BlackBerry Experience Suite? What about the QNX Hypervisor announced back in February?

The answer is right there, but not in the way users expect. If you know about how Android executes on BlackBerry 10, you’ll know they port over the Dalvik VM to QNX. To extend the experience, they hybridize the disparate systems of QNX and Android; BlackBerry did some slick engineering wizardry stitching Linux API calls and shimming them across to work on the QNX RTOS. While good, the implementation has its limitations, especially as Android grows.

More or less, this is the most efficient (read: lowest overhead) way to emulate a passable Android experience with QNX as the host. And while BlackBerry has been executing this way up till now, things are changing. If you followed the growth of Android since inception on the BlackBerry Playbook, at first only one instance of Android could run at any given time. Then an upgrade came to run multiple emulations of Android simultaneously within the software platform. This base reference was abandoned when they created BlackBerry 10. As such, the Android implementation has to be rebuilt. This cycle is what BlackBerry aims to break as they streamline development costs and focus on further investment in security.

Now here’s where David Kleidermacher comes in. Prior to coming to BlackBerry as Chief Security Officer, he was CTO at Green Hills Software. Kleidermacher led a team that developed their own RTOS called INTEGRITY, which received some of the highest security clearances in the industry. INTERGRITY, much like QNX, is a system aimed at the embedded markets. That’s how the bio reads, but the real development success is of a piece of software called the Multivisor. This multivisor (or VMM) is a part of the equation BlackBerry is exploring.

Exactly 8 days after announcing Klidermacher’s move to BlackBerry, QNX released their own QNX Hypervisor – one that “supports the QNX Neutrino OS and other operating systems, including Linux and Android.”

To say that BlackBerry is testing various implementations of Android on reference hardware, testing ARM, Exynos, Qualcomm and other SOC pairings to see how best to deliver their future hardware solutions, is not out of the realm of possibility. We’ve already seen BlackBerry (Secusmart) hardware and the Secusuite software portfolio ported to Android-based Samsung tablets with an IBM secure app container. To further tout the power of BES12, BlackBerry will likely make an incremental move and release Android-based devices.

However, if the implementation were to come by way of the QNX Hypervisor, which is a Type 1 hypervisor, it would function dissimilar to the Dalvik which is basically just an application running on BlackBerry 10 (Android Player). The hypervisor would allow a seamless and secure switch between the two environments, BlackBerry 10 and Android, and would, from a code perspective, be the closest to true compatibility and optimal performance.

Looking at the timing, it’s suggested that BlackBerry may partner with an Android OEM (Samsung) to establish their own software experience suite on flagship hardware. This would entice users on iOS and Android to potentially buy into the BlackBerry Experience Suite (something that may or may not be pushed alongside a BlackBerry Enterprise Server).

BlackBerry Balance already exists on native BlackBerry 10, which allows for “two logical operating systems, that execute totally separate from one another.” One partition is the personal side of the user’s device, the other a securely enabled work partition through the BES. Because of the real time nature of the OS, although these two sides are totally seperate, BlackBerry can bring information into areas like the BlackBerry Hub where you can see work emails alongside social media notifications without being able to bring data across the partitions.

If BlackBerry were able to nail an implementation that utilized Android on the front end through the hypervisor and BlackBerry 10 on the work side, and jump between them seamlessly, that would be the hot ticket. The idea is not to fork Android like Amazon but take stock Android and back it with BlackBerry core experiences. This way, users would have all the Google compatibility they desire while allowing BlackBerry to offer a secure device to the enterprise or end users that may desire one.

Kleidermacher was able to get two instances of Android in a ‘Personal’ and ‘Work’ Mode on his own RTOS. It’s not out of the park to consider BlackBerry pulled him in to pioneer a secure dual persona AndroBerry. The real story here is not BlackBerry or Android; it’s that QNX enables BlackBerry to play with both as they see fit. Kleidermacher is, as stated earlier, the CSO and the end all reality is that an implementation like this would not only serve the handset division but would long-term allow them to be so flexible in the internet of things due to the ubiquity of Linux. Whether we see it in next generation vehicles or the next mobile phones is not the focus. BlackBerry could do a lot with the Hypervisor but it all comes down to the user experience. Floating full Android atop QNX, or having them work together may be a long term crusade toward full hybridization which BlackBerry 10 user have been waiting for.

It’s only a matter of time. Near future, the BlackBerry Experience Suite aims to bring patented BlackBerry experiences to other platforms including iOS, Android and Windows. BB10 favorites such as BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Contacts, Documents To Go, Keyboard and Universal Search are among the list for the BlackBerry Productivity Suite. Remember, cross platform services like BlackBerry Enterprise Server, BlackBerry Blend, BBM Protected and BBM Meetings are already gaining traction on these platforms.

It’s a pyramid. BlackBerry has always serviced the top of it. Apple worked bottom up and is just starting to knock on the vertically differentiated Enterprise segment. BlackBerry is already established here. Current CEO John Chen has underscored this differentiation with highly enterprise-focused purchases to further carve the unique value proposition of BES12 and BlackBerry 10. They are fully committed to BlackBerry 10; they own the whole stack and will continue creating a true mobile computing experience that is untapped in the mobile technology industry.

James Nieves

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  • Marcus

    The Android Runtime in BB10 is an EMULATION and not a particularly good one. That’s why so many Android apps don’t work with it. It was a terrible idea, and cost BlackBerry ALL of their good developers. Also, the dalvik Runtime is deprecated as of lollipop. ART is the new Hotness, so more of blackberry’s renowned short-sightedness on display.

    • QNXbbx

      @Marcus: Did you understand anything by chance in this great article?

      @James: My warmest complements for your explanation about what’s possibly going on…

      Anyway:
      BB10 shoudn’t necessarily be running on top of the QNX hypervisor.
      I’m not sure what the performance hit and the memory usage impact could be in running the hypervisor, but I’m pretty sure my z10 will suffer, hence… let bb10 unleash its full power flat on top of QNX neutrino, for medium sized hardware.

      The earlier versions of BB10 until v 10.2 didn’t pose privacy violation concerns… the bb10 environment was properly protected (just like the bes controlled partition is today).
      On newer versions it’d be sensible to JUST GET RID of the DAMNED ANALDROID DRONES (whatever variant) and remove the shares that expose the bb10 partition to the analdroid partition by default (which meant allowing analdroid fart, insecure, unreliable apps to leverage their required unlimited permissions to possibly mine your private data at their wish).

      I kept saying this since v 10.3.1 was installed on my phone:
      MAKE THE INSTALLATION OF THE DAMNED ANALDROID DRONE OPTIONAL!

      In doing so BB will achieve 2 goals:
      1. this fart user here (Marcus) can forget BB and buy his beloved analdroid FART phone to rest in peace.
      2. We, BB10 enthusiasts, will have OUR beloved LEAN and CLEAN and FLOWING bb10 version without any interjection or dependency on any other data mining platform.

      That would mean for BlackBerry to be all set with the AGNOSTIC phone.
      The one that DOES NOT LOCK YOU IN!

      Thanks for the great article

  • BlkHoneyBadger

    In my opinion I think BlackBerry would be making a mistake by going android. If people want android they would buy one. If people want the blackberry experience they should buy a BlackBerry. Blackberry just need to hire people that can get developer to create main stream native apps that people want on BlackBerry and continue to develop bb10 into a competitive OS platform. People that want security and not to be turned into an information livestock that will be sold to Google will not want Android.

  • George Cuervos

    Jim,

    This is a great article, very informative. I think John Chen is a visionary and is making the moves necessary to make BlackBerry relevant once again, but from a consumer stand point, and this question may seem silly considering the depth behind these moves BlackBerry may be making, How will all this affect the BlackBerry experience for those of us who love BB10’s UI? Meaning the way things work and flow on BB10. The gestures, the settings, the menus… etc. These are the things that attract BlackBerry users to BlackBerry. We obviously don’t want an Android experience but a BlackBerry one. Any thoughts?

  • ELLAS

    BB10 is the best on a physical keyboard and on a full touch virtual keyboard. BB10 is simply a win win.

  • Endgame

    Well written article.

    However… I Like BB10. I like the way it works, it’s focus on productivity and it’s ability to multitask. I like the battery life of my BlackBerry and I really like having a physical keyboard. I use android ports for one-off scenarios, but all my core functionality is in BB10.

    Every now and then, I come across an app that won’t work right with Google play services. But, they are never particularly important.

    I love having a BlackBerry device that is distinct from the crowd and I really don’t want to be like everyone else.

    If James’ analysis is remotely close, I get what they are trying to do. However, I really hope that BB10 doesn’t get lost in the shuffle and I can still get a true BlackBerry.

    My hope is that they are just mixing things up, trying new things, bringing new things to the market, but NOT abandoning their core user base. There may not be as many of us, but we are loyal.

    Remember when the Z10 hit the news and there were people saying that BlackBerry was abandoning the physical keyboard? I hope it is like that.

  • melgross

    It’s annoying that you can’t seem to reply directly to a reply to a comment.

    But for David, who replied to mine;

    You’re just making unsubstantiated statements.

    Blackberry’s user base is small, and shrinking. Its estimated to be no more than around 30 million these days, a drop of a good 10 million from last year. Phone sales were 33% less than last year, and overall sales were 51% less than last year. Their own numbers. How you think that’s doing well is beyond me.

    The 35,000 number is from Blackberry’s own financial statements, so don’t argue their own numbers. They’ve made it public, as they must. If you think otherwise, then prove it.

    Service revenue is down 20%, because of the continuing loss of server revenue as fewer organizations keep their servers, as Blackberry phone sales drop. Software sales are up, and that’s the only good thing for Blackberry. But it’s not going to help that main business, which still remains as hardware, though that’s now dropped to below 50%. Also their own numbers.

    What you need to understand is that if Blackberry does indeed drop their phone business, and, as a result, they lose most of the rest of the service business and service revenue, then the only money making portions of the business will be QNX, at about $60 million a quarter, and software, at several hundred million a quarter, I forget the actual number right now.

    This will make for two things, one, a far smaller company, and two, a totally different company. Blackberry, as we know it, will have ceased to exist. Yes, the company may survive, but not as a smartphone company. It will become a small software company. This is not what most Blackberry fans want.

    As for Chen. He is a waste of the $83 million they gave him up front. Up front, rather than mostly stock, as is usual, because he doubted he could save the company, and wanted all his money right away. He admitted that when he first joined, he thought there was no more than a 50/50 chance of the company surviving. Then a few months ago, he said that his new opinion was 80/20. And that’s from the CEO, just 80/20.

    So what has he actually done, other than talk about what he will do? Not much. He’s continued the policy of cutbacks. That’s the major thing he’s been working on. Continue to shrink the company, though there’s not much left to cut. But he’s continuing to cut hardware people, support people, and marketing people. He’s selling off what little is left to sell off.

    But what has he done that’s unique to him? Nothing, really. At least, not yet. Just think about it. He’s continued to come out with new, unsuccessful phones. That’s not new. Will he come out with this Android based phone? Maybe, but not likely. There’s no time, and Blackberry no longer has the human resources to do all the work needed for the software, and even when they supposedly did, they couldn’t meet schedules.

    He stated, shortly after he arrived that a major new initiative would be to monetize BBM. So what happened? Nothing. His idea that he would charge a monthly fee to organizations fell flat, as they pushed back on that. His idea that he would pepper the consumer base with advertising also fell flat. Nobody does either of these things, not even Google. But maybe if BBM was really popular, he might have been able to try it. But shortly after BBM came out, Blackberry said that there were 80 million users, about twice their phone base at the time. But more recently, they stated that there were 85 million users. Almost no growth during almost two years.

    Meanwhile. Apple sold over 194 million phones last year, with a base for iMessage of almost 500 million, able to communicate with Android users, where over 900 million phones were sold with Google’s own messaging app, able to communicate with Apple’s. Where does BBM fit into that? And this year, these bases will grow, with Apple expected to sell 240 million phones, and Android over a billion. Blackberry might manage to sell 4 million.

    So no, Chen has not been a godsend. He talks about working with Samsung, which is using so e security features from Blackberry, he said that he would be “open” to working with Apple. Wow! A failing company “open”to working with the world’s most successful company. What a surprise. The only reason why the stock, which is substantially down this year, isn’t below $5 is because of these constant rumors of who is interested in buying the company. None of which has turned out to be true. I wonder who starts these rumors?

    They have very little cash. In know that it’s said, by Blackberry supporters, that they have a lot of cash, but that isn’t true. The $3.1 billion they are stated to have us without deducting to $2 billion in convertible debentures that Blackberry issues for Fairfax to buy, when their somewhat fake bid to buy the company failed. Those debentures are payable upon demand, and are therefor listed as a liability, and a debt. That leaves Blackberry with a real cash position, as of the end of the last quarter, of just $1.1 billion.

    That may still sound like a lot, after all it’s over a billion bucks. But their rivals have between $60 billion and $160 billion each. Blackberry simply can’t compete with that. They can’t take a chance with a product or service that may cost big bucks and fail, while their competitors can.

    Look, I’m really sad to see what’s going on, but despite what you say, I’m very familiar with Blackberry’s position, and it isn’t a good one. The two choices they have are this;

    Drop hardware, and become just another software company, and not a major one.

    Sell themselves somewhere.

    Either way, Blackberry as we know it, will cease to exist.

  • qbo

    amazing article, thanks james.

  • Shaishad

    Amazing But hurts me

  • melgross

    I would have some belief that this article is more than an advertisement for Blackberry if it were true that somehow, Blackberry was doing better than it is. But it continues to shed users at a horrendous pace—33% lower phones sales the past quarter than the year before, while over sales have dropped 50% in dollar numbers.

    The truth is that developers have not come aboard, and that is a major problem for the company. Heins was gotten rid of because his insider plans were not more than a continuation of the failed policies of his predecessors, who were also shown the door.

    So far, Chen, with all of the fanfair involved in hiring him, has done nothing of note, except to talk about what he’s going to do. He hasn’t followed through with monetizing BBM, because business and government has balked at his idea of charging them monthly, and consumers aren’t interested in seeing advertisements in their messaging app. BES 12 lacks a number of management features that the competition on Android and iOS have had for years, so no major inroads there.

    Service revenue has dropped 20%, mostly because of dropping phone sales. Where previously, when the company was doing well, they could boast of over 225,000 organizations using their servers with BES installed. Now, Blackberry talks about 35,000 using or TESTING BES12 servers, which is a mere fraction, and means little, as we don’t know what percentage is using, and which is testing.

    I see little use in their doing this. Possibly, their showing this phone was simply to see what interest would be there.

    • David

      I think you are really missing the point. BlackBerry’s installed user base is large and those testing BES12 is well beyond 35K. Software revenue is actually increasing and these positive changes have softened the blow of lost BIS revenue. I don’t think you really understand the magnitude of the issue and all the moving parts. Hardware remains a bit of a concern and it does require attention.

      Chen’s hiring was a god send and I will be honest in saying that I’m disappointed by your disparaging comments. Without him, BlackBerry would have been bankrupt and you need to open your eyes.

    • Mike

      BB10 device r sales have increased for 3 full quarters in a row. While BB7 sales have gone down. So people are hearing about BB10 despite NO MARKETING efforts and GARBAGE carrier support. The was then, now is now, Apple is also being investigated for Anti-Competition practices.
      BB10 will eventually grow, it’s a matter of time. The best mobile OS will prevail. And Dev’s will follow close behind.

  • Alan

    Thank you for this well written article James. So much talk about BlackBerry and Android these days. Your ACE(d) it in my opinion. Really curious how the slider will pan out after all this.

  • Nalin

    Beautiful article……explained the idea in a very nice way…….now I think I would flow with this idea……even though I think BlackBerry 10 is perfect!!! But this hybridisation would make sense.

  • panoptiq

    I’ve said this before; Chen should have kept the name Research In Motion (RIM). It eliminates confusion in a situation like this. If the company were still named RIM, they could happily produce traditional BlackBerry devices then also produce Android devices under a different name altogether.
    Example:
    1) BlackBerry Passport by RIM
    2) Android “Phone-X” by RIM

    I have no issue with BB producing an Android phone (rather, my problem IS calling “it” a BlackBerry). It was only a matter of time anyway as BlackBerry could not continue to play catch-up with each new release of the Android OS with updated Google services. Having said that, I disagree with the article that both OS’s will be housed on the same device as that will be too hard of a sell for Government and military clients globally (think Angela Merkel).

    Instead I think there will be two distinct device product lines. One running BB10 with the Android run-time ripped out (enterprise customers) & the other running the latest greatest Android (for consumers). Also, this Android device will afford BlackBerry the chance to demonstrate that their BES12 server is truly device agnostic.

    • Alan

      Loved your point about the Rim factor. Makes perfect sense. Would have been the best solution for clarity. Oh well. Although less appealing Passport by Blackberry, and Android by BlackBerry is not that bad.

  • Toney Cross

    Awesome article bro. I havent been following the podcasts all that long but i appreciate your dedication to BB. So informative as usual.

  • Christian

    Great work James. Awesome correlation of the key role Kleidermacher may play in all of this. As I see it, best of both worlds. What a lot of people forget is Apple started work on iOS in 2005, the same year Google bought Android. 10 years later, and look how long it took them for a robust ecosystem? QNX was bought in 2010. BB10 has the potential, and most of the investment is paid for. It just needs time focus. Both are gained by concentrating on enterprise while you fill a viable consumer application with workable Android. BlackBerry never had the resources to chase the consumer market, but atleast with a hybrid QNX/Android we haven’t been forsaken. So thankful we finally have a software guy like Chen who understands calling the shots.

  • RussyRoo

    If the slider is android only I’ll be pissed. Been a loyal BlackBerry owner for 10 years. Do not want android at all. I am due an upgrade but I was waiting for the slider. Not sure what to do now.

    Do I just get a 9 month old passport now, or wait and see what happens? If the slider is android and there are no other new BB10 phones I will likely jump ship. I’m not going to get a year old phone.

    Seems stupid to write off your core fan base in the pursuit of android users who have long since abandoned a physical keyboard.

    • Your feelings come from the right place. I agree with the ideas here, I think diversification can be a good thing but you need to incubate and grow all the eggs in your basket not just shift focus around. No more write offs!

  • Edery Fernandez

    I previously commented on CrackBerry that I would rather go to Windows 10 if BlackBerry adopted android but now with this well written article, I have a better understanding. I would not mind if BlackBerry makes a hybrid phone if they secure the android os partition. Great job James on this article. I admire your dedication towards BlackBerry. I have been following your podcasts and the website since 10 months ago. Keep up the good work.

  • Fernando

    Great read! Congratulations for the article, it really gives hope for BlackBerry to keep doing its best in the mobile world.

  • Manuel Delgado

    Very well written and informative. It really opens the eyes to what is really going on behind the scenes.
    Fact is that like always, the media has no clue as to what is going on and also is set in the demise of BlackBerry. It sounds like David just entered the picture and Goliath is about to meet him…lol

    • Thanks for posting Manny appreciate your feedback and commentary!!

  • ELLAS

    Android is highly antiquated and people will never know this until they use BB10. I’m not a fan of Android nor how the apps work.
    That said, if putting BB10 and a stock Android on one device, will once and for all stop the lack of apps bickering, then it sounds like a great idea. QNX has the power to do anything and has unlimited expandability.

  • Merritt Cluff

    Nice article. I might be a little too self inflated but I also thought of this idea myself!! But here you outline the option perfectly and it’s what I hope will happen. This would be truly a remarkable achievement. Hope we find the details soon. It’s the logical thing to do. BlackBerry must not succumb to the press view that they “caved” in. They are really rescuing both worlds.

  • Charles Knight

    The technical stuff is fine but it completely ignores the legal-political aspects – which include:

    1) Google doesn’t like dual-boots (they forced Acer to kill one off and I think Asus as well) – you would never pass the compliance tests to get the GAPPS that make it a) android not AOSP and b) acceptable to mainstream carriers who will not touch them with a barge pole in established markets.

    2) As soon as they build a android device (rather than AOSP or a fork), they will have to pull the android runtime from BB10 – because if you want GAPPS, google prohibits you being involved in the building of selling of other forks, AOSP or runtimes that are non-android (you can obviously still build a completely different OS such as w8 or Tizen).

    • Technically speaking the Hypervisor is not a dual boot system or a fork of Android sooo? Perhaps you missed the point where I elaborate that they will likely first make an incremental move and run full Android prior to leveraging the potential of their Hypervisor solution…?

    • Charles Knight

      “I elaborate that they will likely first make an incremental move and run full Android prior to leveraging the potential of their Hypervisor solution…?”

      You are still hooked into the technical – everything we know about Google tells us they don’t allow GAPPS on anything made by OEMS which isn’t simply “the user turns on the device, it boots to android, it does nothing else” (obviously their own use of GAPPS on iOS sits outside of this).

      Bottom-line you are think about this as a technical problem when its really about how google controls the use of GAPPS and android and enforces that with legal agreements.

    • Charles I respect your point of view. It’s a big issue. But BlackBerry’s partnership with Android for Work may open up the conversations for BlackBerry to expand on their hypervisor solution. I elaborate the first step is to release an all Android device as an open alliance OEM then to use their security lineage to move Google towards a better solution :)

  • Josh Wedekind

    I would find this solution acceptable. But only if they put more money and man-power into improving the native SDK tools.

    I’ll never leave a “BB10” space to go the “Android” space unless I absolutely have to. Therefore, I’d like to see more native BB10 apps.

    It’d be even better if it worked like VirtualBox’s seamless integration whereby you don’t have to switch back-and-forth between GUIs–all the apps appear to be running in the host system (even though they are running in a separate VM).

    • ELLAS

      I’ll never use Android as my main device. BB10 is a technological masterpiece and will always be my main daily driver. Next up will be WP10 worst case. Not buying a BBRY/Android. NOPE.

    • Mike willson

      You wrote an entire article without understanding the technical guidelines required to run Android with Google Apps and Services. Google does not give special permission to one OEM to do something completely different than what is specified in the guidelines. If you want to run Android with Google’s App and Services then you do it their way. If you want to do it your way then you don’t get the apps or services. It’s really that simple.

  • David

    I must admit Berry flow has become my go to site for thoughtful BlackBerry ideas. Well presented and interesting article. You can start to see all the puzzle bits come together.

    • ELLAS

      Will have to agree.
      Flow
      CB
      N4BB

  • Osmank4

    This article gives me hope. I have been stressing about android rumors but if this is how it works out…there is no need to worry

  • Les

    Androberry???? Come on now. How about BlackDroid? Sounds more… mature, more in charge.
    The article is definitely a good read as well as a good eye opener. No matter which way BlackBerry will go with their OS, it will be interesting…and I definitely will want one!

  • Big Chief

    Nice.

  • This is definitely the best article written explaining what is really going on with BlackBerry and Android. There’s so much going on in the media right now with people just flailing their arms and yelling “BlackBerry is giving up and moving to Android”. If anyone is confused at all, read this. This article is so spot on and backed up by facts. It’s like a great overview of the entire life cycle of BB10 and where BlackBerry is headed in the future. Really interesting read!

  • Jeandry Brito

    Woaw. Nicely put James!! This is really an interesting idea and step for sure.. Can’t wait to see if this go throug or not. By the way you put it, it sound like an bb10 with full Android and Google support, but fully secured. It sounds awesome to be honest. It will perfect bb10.. Whatever this turn out to be true ot not that BlackBerry Slider is going to be mine!!

  • Dallin Crump

    Slow clap as James drops the mic and walks away. Spot-on presentation and analysis of the available facts. Only on BerryFlow.