So BlackBerry announces an Android phone and the BlackBerry faithful start jumping ship. SURPRISE! The knee jerk reactions are so fast they're probably putting people in the hospital. And people haven't even USED the Priv yet.
One of those staunch supporters has been with BlackBerry for a LONG time. Good ol' BlackBerry Hank over at www.rimarkable.com recently announced his dramatic, long, and untimely departure from the company. (Twice actually). Why?
But let's get a couple things straight here:
1. Samsung is not an OS. LG is not an OS. Apple is not an OS. Nokia is not an OS. Google is not an OS. And BlackBerry is not an OS. They HAVE an OS. In fact, they have many. BBOS #s and BB10. Did anyone jump ship when BB10 was announced? Some have stuck with BBOS because they like it better. You don't see them diving from the theoretical on-coming end of support grenade. In fact, no one is really talking about it. BB10 has been promised further development. Shouldn't that be enough? BlackBerry is a company and the sum of its parts. Services, features, feel, design, functionality, message, etc. You don't want to support Android on BlackBerry? Fine. Don't buy a Priv. No reason you can't still rock whatever phone you feel like.
2. BB10 is not going to stop working when the Priv is released. I am still using webOS from time to time. And in the future, when BB10 is no longer supported, I will still use it. The end of support does not mean the end of functionality. Contrary to what the "big 3" would like you to think, just because a platform is nearing end-of-life does not mean that the devices which run the OS will stop working and you HAVE to move to one of them. "I'm heading to the carrier store to get a new phone because my BB10 device got the self destruct email". Come on. Really?
He goes on:
This is truly one of the saddest days that I have experienced in a very long time.
Bruh. Miss them? Where are they going? "We've released an Android phone, pack up shop people, we're moving to Nantucket".
So for the rest of us, please remain calm. You do not have to abandon ship, you do not have to choose to cut the red or blue wire yet, nor is this the last helicopter out of Vietnam. Relax and enjoy whichever device you choose.