RIM CEO Thorsten Heins

New RIM CEO Thorsten Heins made some waves earlier this week when he said that he didn't feel that RIM didn't need any kind of drastic changes, which many took to mean that under Heins, RIM would look fairly similar to the way it did under Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. However, Heins has clarified his comments in a new interview with CrackBerry. Heins says that his drastic change comment was referring to rumors that RIM may be bought by another company, adding that such a move is not in the cards. What is happening at RIM, though, is "a lot of change," Heins said, including the adoption of QNX. "There is no standstill at any moment here at RIM," the exec said.

In the same interview, Heins also responded to the suggestions that RIM should build devices that run Android. "Just take a look where the Android OEMs are," he said, saying that there's "no room for differentiation" because Android devices "are all the same." Heins admits that RIM may have hit some speed bumps and missed some commitments in the past, but explains that that's because RIM has opted to follow a more difficult path in the smartphone world, adding that he feels that it's the right path for the company to follow.

We'll have to wait until a little further into Thorsten Heins's term as RIM CEO before finding out whether there really is "a lot of change" going on inside the Waterloo firm, but it's good that Heins has decided to clarify his previous comments. As for his comments on Android hardware, I can't say I'm surprised to hear that Heins wants to stick with his company's BlackBerry software-hardware combo rather than embracing a competing platform, but I've got a feeling that more than a few Android fans will take issue with the exec's claims that devices running Google's OS are "all the same." What do you all make of Thorsten Heins and his comments so far?

Via The Verge, CrackBerry

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Gerald Mccrae
Gerald Mccrae RIm is going to be like palm in a few years and that is there going die slowly the only way for them to stay alive is to open up BBM to android market and the app store
Calvin JW
Calvin JW No. Google needs to buy rim
Chad Allen
Chad Allen if by all android devices are the same he means they all crush Rims outdated crap then i guess he would have a point!
Chris Cobeen
Chris Cobeen Isn't good looking til you customize or have ICS
Chris Cobeen
Chris Cobeen Nah, RIMs to far gone. They have to get past WP7, Apple, n Android. All these kids nowadays what either a dumb phone (Apple) or looks ( WP7). Android at first glance is good looking t its been customized or you have ICS.
Anonymous RIM isn't going anywhere that's for sure. Look 10 years back and Apple was about to go bust. Now look. Companies go through this and its time for RIM to go on the offensive.
Rafael Almonte
Rafael Almonte Yes. He should trade RIM plus cash for a GSM Galaxy Nexus. I think it's a fair trade.
Nick Koval
Nick Koval Looks like someone is jelo
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Lmao- No.
Joel Gomez
Joel Gomez if they stick with the same thing then its still downhill. it should be a radical change but still thats a big bet but whats the choice? common sense is do what users would love. question is will they fall in love with another platform? its going to be tough.
Teron Facey
Teron Facey Rim not going anywhere. For all you people saying they should quit really don't know the ethics of running a company from a business stand point. Look at Apple they on the edge of being bankrupt before they brought back Jobs.
Brian Curtis
Brian Curtis No.
Peter Kis
Peter Kis just glad that BBs aren't all the same. Oh, wait...
Rodger Samiie Myers
Rodger Samiie Myers They need to step up hardware and software-wise...android has 4 releases (vanilla froyo gingerbread and ICS) apple has 2 iOS and iOS5...windows has techically 3 (6,7 and mango) and well....blackberry has 2..which has no names because its not worth mentioning because the second version has only cone out on some like 4 devices while the rest are non upgradeable...apple is friendly...android is customizable...windows is simple and rim is just...the same shit since they first launched it
Dominic Dejesus
Dominic Dejesus I love my bold 9930 its great hopefully rim stays around
Rob Raphael
Rob Raphael quick answer: no.
Joel Diaz
Joel Diaz i dont care about RIM. Im all about my vw and android.
Zonedout Rajiv
Zonedout Rajiv all RIM CEO's or a bunch of fool because the last one say "who would want to type on the screen of the phone" when the iphone came out not look at blackberry with these touch screen phones. THATS Y THE COMPANY IS FAILING
Dennis Petrospour
Dennis Petrospour Rim will go bye bye soon
Magaly Ramirez
Magaly Ramirez Hopefully :) I honestly see nothing wrong in Blackberry, just that browsing speeds aren't too great.
Daniel Cuadrado
Daniel Cuadrado Only if they change their name to Apple!
Jan Michael Cruz
Jan Michael Cruz Lookin at their lineup for 2k12, I doubt it but I still have in RIM
Mark Fisher Jr.
Mark Fisher Jr. Blackberrys would be nice if they had a different OS.
Rocky P. W. Watts
Rocky P. W. Watts Bullshit and nonsense Good grief Just stop it Charlie Brown
Vlad Valentine McBride
Vlad Valentine McBride No blackberry needs to adopt windows OS that would be so great. Just imagine sweet looking tiles on blackberry bold with a slightly larger screen, now that would be sick!
Phillip Pankey
Phillip Pankey @ bon karis rufin etabag... take your bullshit device and shove it up your ass... all that done handsfree from android....lol
Flako Ramirez
Flako Ramirez Nah i doubt it unless they come out with a super killer phone
Gerard Hyacinthe
Gerard Hyacinthe Android does have it's problems. Gaining market share isn't one of them. Blackberry's marketing sucks balls. Windows phones will be eating their lunch soon, too.
Steff Vid
Steff Vid With that speech about Android, I think they'll build Windows Phone 7.5 devices
Danu Carrión Perales
Danu Carrión Perales lol all blackberry phones are the same, they all even look alike.. they are really all the same because they all suck, they all freeze when only updating the apps in the app world... POS phones, hand that company over to someone else please...
Henry Van
Henry Van Agreed Yasir. You've got android phones running eclair, froyo, gingerbread and now ice cream sandwich. Lol.
Yasir Sohail
Yasir Sohail He claims Android devices are all the same, he failed right there. No hope for RIM.
Alfonso Manuel Avalos
Alfonso Manuel Avalos cool story
Brent Legendre
Brent Legendre Ten years ago Apple was near death. So I say there is always a chance
David Stokley Sr.
David Stokley Sr. Yes he can. Run androids on all new phones.....
Jabv Bta
Jabv Bta I hope so
Anonymous real question here; does anyone care?
Justin White
Justin White I'm gonna just hit ya with a "yeah no".
Bon Karis Dougie
Bon Karis Dougie I agree with Heins, all Android devices are the same! they just differ a little bit from each other because of some customization that each mobile company make to their own phones, but otherwise they are the same.. unlike RIM's Blackberries that are unique in its own ways.. the only thing that Heins needs to do is to make Blackberries more fun to use by engaging programmers to create more apps for their OS.. a change of the pricing would be cool too because Blackberry apps are not only expensive, but most of them are not free unlike iOS and Android apps.. i don't think RIM has to put Android OS on their phones, they just have to revamp their Apps and App worlds..
Steven Crisostomo
Steven Crisostomo And RIM devices aren't all the same? Lmfao!
Humberto Cortes
Humberto Cortes Uh no... rim needs to call it quits before they get deeper in the hole...
Emilio Youmans
Emilio Youmans Honestly, Blackberry isn't that great. It's really hard to customize the settings. I had a Blackberry Storm for awhile, and you couldn't take an email account off of the phone. Once you put it in, it was there forever.
Jesus Q Velasquez
Jesus Q Velasquez Blackberry is the same aswell. But worse
Larry Ayonn
Larry Ayonn I seriously doubt it. These days, having a smart phone is about "Apps" for the large majority of people. If you're going to pay for a data plan, you might as well have a phone that does more than just be great at email.
Johnny Cababe
Johnny Cababe If RIM hires me with ideas then yes....if not then there's no hope like the 49ers and Alex Smith!
Taylor Lodridge
Taylor Lodridge I highly doubt it
Dominick Joseph
Dominick Joseph no
Ilyas Khayrutdinov
Ilyas Khayrutdinov Oh yeah, Android devices are all the same. And Blackberry devices are sooooooooo different. This guy needs to think before he speaks
Victor Rios
Victor Rios Hilarious! Not all Android devices are the same...their OS is better than Blackberry's.
Jesus G. Nolasco
Jesus G. Nolasco No
James Gustavo Hidalgo
James Gustavo Hidalgo Lmfaooo and iPhones are not???
Rodger Samiie Myers
Rodger Samiie Myers Android is the same...when was the last time RIM did something innovating..
GvRv Patel
GvRv Patel which is best smart phone around 30,000 INDIAN RUPEES ??? Please Suggest .. :-)
Aaron Villalona
Aaron Villalona nope
Tony Drake
Tony Drake it would take alot if he was able to but it will be so hard with android and ios hogging the market

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