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CEO of Blackberry Has Choice Words for Samsung and Apple

Thorsten Heins, CEO of Blackberry, has recently been taking swings at Apple and Samsung after the launch of the new Z10 and the Blackberry 10 platform. Whether this outspokenness will hurt or help Blackberry in the long run remains to be seen, but the impacts can already be felt as tension grows between the companies.

Heins stated that Samsung will always fall short of offering "top-notch platinum" security due to the nature of Google's Android operating system. His remarks concerning Android are "you don’t know how many keys you’ve given to the main door of your house because it’s open software…So what are you trying to do? You’re locking the windows" in reference to the fact that the Android platform is developed as open source, meaning many people can work together to improve it. He consequently states that Blackberry has none of these flaws, as it has been designed with security in mind from the ground up.

Samsung had naturally responded to these claims when their VP of Enterprise Sales, Tim Wagner, said, "We are committed, and investing significantly, to ensure our devices can be used securely for both work and play.” Their new solution called SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise) has, however, gotten recognition from Heins for its potential to provide security to businesses that have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy in place.

Heins also quipped that "Apple's iPhone is outdated," in the way that lack of innovation at Apple has led to their user interface only allowing one app to be open at a time. Unlike the development in multitasking on the Blackberry Z10, he says that Apple's iOS “[is] still the same. It’s a sequential way to work and that’s not what people want today anymore. They want multitasking.”

Despite the sequential system, Heins has also complimented Apple on their product's design and its significant impact on the smart phone industry, saying: “…They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that.”

Do you think these comments seem to contradict themselves, or is the CEO of Blackberry finally saying what everyone else doesn't want to?

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  • vmem
    I think this guy and RIM is a long way from being able to make such comments on giants such as Samsung and Apple yet. He does kinda have a point... but let's see RIM make a full comeback first before talking...
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  • shotgunz
    It should be...

    "Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins criticises Apple's security and lack of innovation"

    You can still break through iOS 6.1.3 passwords and into someone's contacts list and infomation.

    You also can just have one phone for installing whatever you want and another phone for pure business use which is much more secure anyways.
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  • ipwn3r456
    Blackberry, stop trolling to samsung when your operating system isn't secure yet.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Blackberry-10-Security-Business-Government,21601.html
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  • unksol
    I think we can ALL agree the iPhone is outdated. But open source is fundamentally flawed security wise? um no. More eyes more errors found. Ironically apple is also the poster boy for how bad closed source security can be...

    Blackberry had it's place in enterprise. It probably won't get it back. But we'll see. Samsungs concept of running your phone instance of Android, that is yours, and an entirely separate sandboxed version of Android that the company has total control of and can wipe, without affecting your phone... Sounds pretty nice. Nice enough I'd like to know more since they already supported encryption and Cisco VPN...
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  • unksol
    I think we can ALL agree the iPhone is outdated. But open source is fundamentally flawed security wise? um no. More eyes more errors found. Ironically apple is also the poster boy for how bad closed source security can be...

    Blackberry had it's place in enterprise. It probably won't get it back. But we'll see. Samsungs concept of running your phone instance of Android, that is yours, and an entirely separate sandboxed version of Android that the company has total control of and can wipe, without affecting your phone... Sounds pretty nice. Nice enough I'd like to know more since they already supported encryption and Cisco VPN...
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  • unksol
    Sigh.... Vote one down. And this. Lol. What happened to the good old days when we could edit these?
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  • randomizer
    Whether this outspokenness will hurt or help Blackberry in the long run remains to be seen..

    It won't do either. All he did was open his mouth, not bring new products to market. BB10 will determine BB's future, not a CEO's quips.

    unksolMore eyes more errors found.
    That's the theory. In reality you don't have hundreds of people reviewing the same code all day. If you aren't interested in it you won't look at it. Of course it's not necessarily better in a closed-source environment either. Code reviews are increasingly skipped as deadlines approach (and some places don't really do them at all).
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  • ioninx
    In other news a 3rd Grade T-ball player says Babe Ruth was an " OK " player, and that Alex Rodriguez doesn't know how to swing a bat...
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  • xjoedisorderx
    To unksol, Blackberry balance is actually exactly what Samsung said they created, however Blackberry made this new feature known many months if not years ago. its implemented in BB10 and is also the reason it had such high security ratings before it was released.

    To randomizer, he did bring new products to market, and more on the way as the year progress'.
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  • vmem
    otacon72Why? He's right on both accounts. Android has more security holes than Swiss cheese and the iPhone and iOS haven't changed hardly at all in years. I was with RIM for years but wanted to try something new. Tried Android, that was a disaster and lasted a week. With the iP5 right now and it's ok but I'll be heading back to RIM this fall.
    I agree that he's right on both accounts, but we forget the one company in the market that he didn't mention, Microsoft. while both M$ and BB are aiming to eat into android and apple market share, both of them are deeply rooted in enterprise and there will be fierce competition between the two systems. with bulk orders on the surface pro for enterprise now all set up, you have to ask yourself "if the company buys Surface Pros as a standard tablet for everyone, why wouldn't people just get WP8 to go with it?"

    Yes, I know I know there's lot of issues with WP8 as well, but until RIM gets over the WP8 hurtle, it has a lot of issues it needs to sort out. I'm not against a comeback for BB, hell the more competition the better.
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