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Android Exec Would Welcome a Partnership with RIM

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Android exec says he's open to working with RIM on phones with keyboards.

Though Google made some pretty juicy announcements this week at Google I/O, competitor Research In Motion made some choice announcements of its own. The company revealed poor financial results, plans to lay off as many as 5,000 employees and revealed that BlackBerry OS 10 would be delayed until 2013. RIM is certainly in a tough place right now, and it's a place many believe the company won't be able to come back from. However, the BlackBerry maker does have options, and as rumors circulate about splitting the company or pairing up with Microsoft, Android's head of user experience has expressed a willingness to work with Research In Motion on devices with hardware keyboards.

ABC's Joanna Stern cites Google's Director of Android User Experience, Matias Duarte, as saying he'd be more than willing to work with RIM if the company wanted to make Android phones with physical keyboards.

"If RIM wanted to work on Android devices, I would really welcome that," he told ABC. "They clearly make great physical keyboards."

Duarte's statement come at a time when Android-based smartphones will full QWERTY keyboards are very scarce. The industry seems to have forgotten that some prefer to type with hardware buttons as opposed to on-screen keypads. In fact, recent trends have seen smartphone makers adopt even larger displays to increase touchscreen real estate.

Forbes reports that RIM CEO Thorton Heins dismissed rumors of collaborations with third-party companies during a conference call on Thursday. Heins said RIM is intent on producing its own platform in order to provide customers with the best experience:

“We came to the decision that joining the family of the Android players, for example, would not fit RIM's strategy and its customers," he said. "We are not trying to be one of many. We're trying to be different. We're trying to be the best solution for our customers that buy a BlackBerry, know why they want a BlackBerry. And we're aiming for nothing less than being a viable, successful, mobile computing platform of the future."

So it looks like RIM won't be partnering with either Microsoft or Google any time soon. If you ask us, that's kind of a shame. We can't be the only ones intrigued by the idea of a BlackBerry handset running Android, right?

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    anirudh1 , July 1, 2012 4:09 PM
    The build quality of RIM phones with android. I would like that :p 
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    phatboe , July 1, 2012 4:15 PM
    I almost jizzed at the thought of a high end android phone with a good physical keyboard
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2012 4:18 PM
    Does anyone else still remember the old Psion PDA's? The final generation of those, the Revo, were about the size of a current smart phone and had a real keyboard--substantially better than anything I have seen on a cell phone. I could actually touch type on one, using three fingers and a thumb on each hand. If someone brought out an Android phone with a big screen and the equivalent of the Psion keyboard, I think it would be a winner.
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    _TuxUser_ , July 1, 2012 4:53 PM
    "Forbes reports that RIM CEO Thorton Heins dismissed rumors of collaborations with third-party companies during a conference call on Thursday"

    Hmm... Didn't know that RIM had bought QNX...
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2012 5:22 PM
    I don't necessarily see why both paths couldn't be pursued. I have Andoid, iOS, and BB devices. I love Blackberry's build quality and if BB10 is just an incrementally improved PlayBook OS 2.0, they'll have a winning device. You might want to read:
    http://www.epinions.com/review/rim-blackberry-playbook-7-inch-tablet-16gb-prd38548001/content_579726577284
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    hfitch , July 1, 2012 5:26 PM
    Sounds like Blackberry is still thinking this is 5 years ago. They been sitting on their butts. In the consumer and business world you sit on your butt to long someone will knock you out. I think Blackberry has to much pride. Then when Google, MIcrosoft buy all their patients for next to nothing Blackberry will wish they joined forces.
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    Kryan , July 1, 2012 6:10 PM
    Quote:
    “We came to the decision that joining the family of the Android players, for example, would not fit RIM's strategy and its customers. We are not trying to be one of many. We're trying to be different.


    How's that working out for you?
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    Tomtompiper , July 1, 2012 6:45 PM
    When somebody throws you a lifejacket you should at least think about puting it on.
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    zeratul600 , July 1, 2012 7:00 PM
    phatboeI almost jizzed at the thought of a high end android phone with a good physical keyboard

    gw620 has pk too bad that the rest of the hardware its just and electronic turtle with paralisis! DAMN I HATE MY PHONE!
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    queenfan , July 1, 2012 7:28 PM
    Microsoft + RIM SOUNDS to businesses like == GREAT!
    Microsoft + RIM SOUNDS to consumers like == EWH!!! STEAMING PILE OF MONKEY SHAT WITH CREME' DE LA BUTTFUDGE ontop.

    ANDROID + RIM SOUNDS to consumers like == THAT'S AWESOME FOR MY JOB, AND I CAN RUN MY OWN EMAIL OUTSIDE OF BBM ON SAME PHONE. SWEET.

    Today's market is dominated by BYOD , Bring Your Own Devices. If RIM wants to sell stuff, they better put out an Android partner phone. They would do BEST to somehow get BBM on Apple and Android and let it be a secure service and very profitable app even on phones they don't sell directly. It's not the same market they once owned, but most of us DON'T DISLIKE BBM OR RIM AT ALL. But, we can't spend the same money on lackluster selections for one thing that we otherwise can find a way around.
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    msgun98 , July 1, 2012 8:34 PM
    Android phone with RIMs messaging/email business infrastructure and physical keyboard? This should be here right now. RIM is hemorraging, they need to be selling Android devices with their own blackberry messaging that will give them a competitive advantage over other Android devices.
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    darkavenger123 , July 2, 2012 3:39 AM
    RIM insist on remaining unique...might as well be uniquely dead if they don't partner with others.
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    DroKing , July 2, 2012 4:16 AM
    Wow... A smartphone with an proper keyboard, I just might be tickled to shell out cash for this! I only hate most smart phones because they freaking lack keyboards! I DEMAND MY QWERTY keys or a proper keyboard setup like BB's
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    belardo , July 2, 2012 4:28 AM
    Quote:
    "We are not trying to be one of many. We're trying to be different. We're trying to be the best solution for our customers that buy a BlackBerry.."

    Different as in an EX-company? Better to be one of many than one of none. I kind of understand that DIFFERENT thought. Amigas were different, they were the best... they did things for many years that MSDOS & Apple could NOT do until 1996~2000. But they became out-dated and didn't do the things that needed to be done.

    RIM... I always hated the BB OS... buggy, complicated... but you had the best for the time. Its been 5 years since the first iPhone... and you are talking about another 6~12 months before BB10 is ready?! So by next spring, it'll be 6 years after the iPhone... ouch. The first Android was released about a year after the iPhone.

    I have no personal will for RIM to die. I even played with some BB in the at&t store yesterday as I'm about to upgrade. Nobody is buying their $50~100 devices. They look and feel great. The current OS 7 is... well, it works... that's about it. and beside- they are already running Android APPs on BB devices... so why the hate?

    They can get NEW BB android devices to market in less than 6 months. Android runs on anything. I played with 6 different brands of Android phones, they all have different Launch screen themes... different looking dialers, different looking Contacts, different options, etc.

    Almost NOBODY is interested in BB7 or BB10. But the idea of Android... gets people excited. That *IS* a bloody hint!! So rather than being "oh, those are the dying blackberries off in the dark corner" - your phones can be along side the Samsung and HTC models.

    Get over yourselfs... You are a business not a fan-group. Hence, Amiga lives through fans - who make their own non-standard, yet actually quite amazing hardware that HAS no future. They are still too pissed off at intel to re-code the OS into x86 and simply use OFF the SHELF PC parts. But Noooo... they would rather spend $1000 for a board with a 1.x Ghz CPU that is non-upgradable, even thou its military grade. (Its owned by an Apple subsidiary)

    Make BBM exclusive with your own Android phone or sell it for $50 on the market for other Androids, whatever. You don't have the money or the time to act like a 5 year old.
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    belardo , July 2, 2012 4:31 AM
    DroKingWow... A smartphone with an proper keyboard, I just might be tickled to shell out cash for this! I only hate most smart phones because they freaking lack keyboards! I DEMAND MY QWERTY keys or a proper keyboard setup like BB's

    Check out the Samsung Captivate Glide, its $50. Has a 4" screen. Its a horizontal slider.
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    Zingam_Duo , July 2, 2012 6:21 AM
    Seriously, why is Android any better? I don't think that Android is better than what BB10 could be.

    The only really good thing about Android is that it is open source and that's about it. Seriously a Java phone :D  that's in a permanent Beta state with laggy UI = not good!
    iOS is also Meh....
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    mariusmotea , July 2, 2012 7:36 AM
    "pairing up with Microsoft" like Nokia ???
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    JeTJL , July 2, 2012 9:40 AM
    I have a feeling that Blackberry is going to end up like Palm, sold and then forgotten. Palm ended up being bought by HP, tried to make a new tablet and phone with their own proprietary software and ended up Open Sourced.

    Well, what I said is a possibility, Blackberry has a few cards to play still like it's Business server services. Heck our president is using a blackberry. (which oddly enough is a Canadian designed product)
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    belardo , July 2, 2012 11:26 AM
    With WebOS being open source, maybe RIM will jump on that?! LOL!!

    BBOS/server products can't be open sources for security reasons... or some time after RIM is dead and buried and nobody is actually using their devices anymore.
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    belardo , July 2, 2012 11:39 AM
    Zingam_DuoSeriously, why is Android any better? I don't think that Android is better than what BB10 could be.The only really good thing about Android is that it is open source and that's about it. Seriously a Java phone that's in a permanent Beta state with laggy UI = not good!iOS is also Meh....

    Seriously!? You are comparing shipping and upto-date product against vaporware?! Both my Android and my iPad have their performance issues or crashes. noting that takes a few seconds to fix.

    So, are you saying that Apple and MS are always done with their OSes? Funny, there is WP7.0, 7,5 and 7.8. WP8 uses the NT kernel OS (this means bloat for a mobile device).
    iOS has already gone through a few versions of 5.0x... 6.0 comes out next year... hmmm, its a moving target too.

    BB10 has not reached 1.0 and likely-hood of that happening is 1% IMHO.

    PS: just watched on Youtube, the BB10 preview... not bad... but 2013? Between now and then, more people will be buying 2-year contract phones, which are customers RIM loses.
    PS2: the AD that showed up over the BB10 video was... Samsung's galaxy 3... :) 
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