What components do you need in order to compete with Apple and Google in the handheld and tablet environment?
- Sexy Hardware
- Slick Operating System
- Software Distribution Platform
Nothing. Their best hope now is to sell their patents. I’ve said for awhile that Apple should just pay cash for RIM, add BES connectivity to the iPhone, and watch the corporate world’s cash flow in, but I don’t think they’ll do that. Their consumer approach is working fine so far, why change it. But I think there is another player for whom a RIM purchase might make sense, Amazon.
Amazon has the best selling Kindle E-book reader that, despite it’s limited functionality, is a pretty sexy device. It’s an open secret that they are attempting to build a fuller featured tablet device to compete with the iPad. They have got one of the biggest distribution platforms in the world, I don’t think they’ll have any problem attracting developers. With a RIM purchase and an attractive lineup of modern Amazon devices, all they would need would be a slick operating system and they could quickly take over the corporate communications market.
I hear WebOS is available.