Research In Motion is beginning to look like the Rodney Dangerfield of the telecom world, at least among its tech company peers.
Unnamed sources within Verizon are quoted as saying RIM’s new operating system, BlackBerry OS 6, has “no material value.” Obviously, the telco giant is not banking its future on BlackBerry devices. The comments come in the form of a research note from Kaufman Bros.’ Shaw Wu.
That’s despite the fact that BlackBerry 6 has received generally positive reviews; nonetheless, it’s not proving to be intimidating, apparently. Wu further quotes his insiders as saying OS 6 will be no “savior” for RIM, which has seen its market share decline rapidly as competition from Apple’s iPhone and Android-based smartphones continue to take customers away from the Canada phone-making giant.
If there’s a saving grace for RIM in the research note, it’s that Wu thinks Android may have reached a plateau.
RIM has found itself playing catch-up in the smartphone race recently, but could make a comeback next year in the tablet computer space. It’s PlayBook, due next spring, has been the subject of a lot of hype online, and it remains to be seen if it can compete with Apple’s iPad, the dominant leader in tablets.