RIM CEO Thorsten Heins says "a lot of change" is happening, claims Android devices "are all the same"Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
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?