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    Is Google thinking about purchasing RIM?

    I was browsing around the internet and read an interesting article about how RIM would make an appetizing snack for Google. Thanks to PC World, here are some further details on it:

    Google says future versions of its Android operating system will have a more business focus, putting it in greater competition with RIM. This is from a Reuters report that simply confirms the obvious: BlackBerry seems ripe for picking.

    According to the news service, "Andy Rubin, Google's top Android executive, said on Friday that as well as expanding consumer features like social networking and gaming, future Android versions would support businesses who give phones to employees working on the road."

    "Today, we don't support many enterprise applications but in the future, I think enterprise will be a good focus for us," Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, told Reuters.

    So besides gaming and social networking, Google plans to concentrate on business features and enterprise apps, hoping to grow Android at the expense of BlackBerry, the entrenched champion of business mobility.

    However, RIM is seen by some as a company that has nowhere to go but down as Android, iPhone, and Palm's WebOS nip at its heels.

    As many as 20 Android-based handsets are expected to enter the market before the end of 2009, by which time Google expects to have released a 2.0 version of the OS. The increased emphasis on business users will also become evident this year, Rubin told the news service.

    I am among those who believe the BlackBerry's best days are behind it. Or more rationally, that RIM needs to do something dramatic to hold its position in enterprises or watch it slip away (over a period of years).

    Google is, obviously, getting interested in business customers. I don't think the company yet has a compelling story and may not for several years, but it is clearly headed in that direction.

    Apple has already shown that the combination of a great device, great apps, and a great online channel can deliver a winner. Google seems closer to achieving that than RIM and as competition increases, RIM risks falling way behind.

    In that environment, and if Google can score some enterprise wins with Google Apps, Android handsets start to look much more attractive as a corporate standard than they do today.




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    Good Find JL

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    Great find J very interesting indeed

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    Very interesting indeed J, nice find.

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    Interesting article indeed. I think for now RIM still has the lead when it comes to "business class" devices and it would take a lot to loose that edge. Is Google becomming the next Microsoft i.e. trying to buy out or drown out the competition?
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    Quote Originally Posted by apuntsel View Post
    Interesting article indeed. I think for now RIM still has the lead when it comes to "business class" devices and it would take a lot to loose that edge. Is Google becomming the next Microsoft i.e. trying to buy out or drown out the competition?
    BBC are you working on a SURPRISE release say in the next few hours???? HMMMMMMM??

    I agree that Google may be trying to position against Microsoft since Microsoft is pushing Yahoo/Bing. It would be very interesting to see if this causes RIM to do any short term changes in order to maintain rumor control and quell customer unrest (Storm to S2). They have quite a GLOBAL market share and gaining in general customer usage with all of their models. To add another player in a very competitive market may make sense to Google.....interesting indeed. They would retain the manufacturing base of RIM and all of its parts depending on how the deal went down.
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    Great find, JL!!! Very interesting...I don't know how I feel about that yet...Google Storm???

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    Nice find JL....that sure would make things interesting.
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