Never let it be said that BlackBerry CEO John Chen isn't passionate about the re-emergence of the BlackBerry brand. His desire to see the rise of BlackBerry is admired and refreshing. This zeal to fight for BlackBerry is welcomed by all BlackBerry fans for sure but something recently has upset the new BlackBerry CEO: leaks. The 10.3 leak perhaps?
In an article penned by Mr. Chen himself, the BlackBerry CEO is fitting his armor and lowering his visor to do battle against what he sees as one of the enemies of BlackBerry's growth. Chen writes in the Inside BlackBerry Blog that he sees nothing good from leaks and they are going as far as to "pursue legal action against a party who stole confidential information about a future BlackBerry product and made that information public. This person falsely posed as an employee of one of our carrier partners to obtain access to secured networks."
I wouldn't want to be in that person's Chuck Taylor's at this moment, would you?
Mr. Chen says that he wants to fight, as he calls it, "criminality" whether internal or external. So, what does that mean? This probably is going to mean a lot less blurry device images and a trickle of OS leaks coming down the pipeline. No more device speculation? Will this mean that no longer will we get an OS leak that makes our BlackBerry 10 phone even better?
If it is indeed the latter (dealing with OS leaks), this will put quite the wet blanket on the enthusiasm that BlackBerry phone users have been experiencing lately. Waiting to see if a new leak is out, finding said leak and installing that leak is almost like a child opening their presents at Christmas time. But it's much more than that.
In the USA carriers are as slow as molasses in winter when it comes to pushing out OS updates. I feel that this will kill what fervor for BlackBerry is left in the USA. Unless BlackBerry decides to wrestle control of the OS updates from the carriers and push them out to the consumer themselves, clamping down on leaks will not be a good thing for the consumer here in the states. I can see BlackBerry users getting very upset that they cannot improve their phone after waiting almost a year because the carriers are dragging their feet.
Even though this may mean the end to our fun in finding what improvements work and don't work, what may be coming down the lane device wise, you cannot argue with Mr. Chen's passion. Here is Mr. Chen's letter in full as published at the Inside BlackBerry Blog.
One of the most frustrating things for all of us at BlackBerry is when a critical and confidential project is reported in the media before we are ready to discuss it. Leaks are, at their best, distracting, and at their worst downright misleading to our stakeholders. The business implications of a leak are seldom advantageous.
This is why I want to make you aware that, right now, we are pursuing legal action against a party who stole confidential information about a future BlackBerry product and made that information public. This person falsely posed as an employee of one of our carrier partners to obtain access to secured networks.
I recognize that, in some cases, the leaks reflect people’s genuine interest in BlackBerry. There are a lot of people whose enthusiasm for our company and our products makes them want to know what we will do next — and that can be a tremendous asset for us as a brand.
But, when curiosity turns to criminality, we must take strong action.
We will always take appropriate actions to prevent leaks from happening and in some cases this means prosecuting individuals — internally or externally — who leak confidential information.
This may mean you see a few less blog posts with photos and rumors of the next BlackBerry smartphones. I know those can be fun for our fans, but rest assured that we’re committed to communicating our biggest updates to you early and often – when they are ready to be shared.