Instead, RIM is focusing on the BlackBerry London (pictured here), that unique concept phone we saw leaked to The Verge in November.
During RIM’s last earnings call, the company said it would not push out BlackBerry 10 phones until fall of this year. In the meantime it plans to focus more on marketing its current line of BlackBerry 7 phones.
The new BlackBerry phone will be based on the QNX operating system, the same one running on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. RIM promises that BlackBerry 10 will be the OS that will finally help its devices compete with the iPhone and Android phones, but the company keeps hitting delays rolling it out.
Thompson is a totally unexpected choice. This is the first we’ve heard of him, and it’s the first Swisher had heard of him.
He’s been president of PayPal since 2008. Before being promoted to president, he was CTO, “where he oversaw information technology, product development and architecture for PayPal,” according to his PayPal bio. So, he’s got the technical chops.
And he has experience working in a somewhat difficult public company environment. (PayPal is one of those companies held back by its parent, eBay)
But does he have the vision? Yahoo has been falling behind its fellow Silicon Valley tech rivals. Thompson has to come in with a clear turnaround plan and execute.
Also of note, he has zero experience in media or advertising, which are (last we checked) Yahoo’s businesses.