Will Google Inc. Crush BlackBerry Limited's Internet-of-Things Ambitions?

Can Canadian smartphone fallen star BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) bounce back under the leadership of turnaround artist John Chen?

That's the billion-dollar question.

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BlackBerry has clearly bid adieu to its former life as a smartphone maker in favor of a potentially brighter future as a provider of various software and services, including its increasingly popular in-car software. More broadly, BlackBerry signaled that it intends to leverage its ONX-based software to tap into technology's most important trend du jour -- the Internet of Things.

Google goes after BlackBerry
Enter search and mobile software giant Google (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) , which is thinking of making its own push into the same in-car software space that BlackBerry currently dominates.

Google recently launched its Open Auto Alliance, a nod to the Open Handset Alliance that it introduced as it took Android mainstream, which also helped contribute to BlackBerry's smartphone downfall. Now, with its Open Auto Alliance, Google appears poised once again to bring its Android OS into automobiles. Moreover, Google's Open Auto Alliance could be just the first move Google has in the works to attack BlackBerry and its broader Internet-of-Things ambitions before it truly gets started.

In the following video, tech and telecom specialist Andrew Tonner discusses Google's recent move and one key advantage that Google enjoys over BlackBerry in this emerging software battleground.

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  • Report this Comment On June 04, 2014, at 2:51 PM, melegross wrote:

    I find Mr. Tonner to be spactacularly uninformed regarding technical matters.

    Android and QNX do not compete in this space for a good reason. It's the same reason why Apple, with iOS isn't competing.

    While both Android and iOS can provide a front end for entertainment, navigation and communications, neither OS is usable for what QNX is, and that is running the automobile itself. QNX was specifically designed for that purpose, and neither Android or iOS can do so.

    Apple, with its CarPlay system, using iOS, acknowledges that by working with QNX. I can't imagine any other scenario for Android that would function any differently.

    So while both all,e and Google will tred on the space Blackberry has for a front end for the automobile internals, QNX will remain in place.

  • Report this Comment On June 04, 2014, at 4:02 PM, k1moops wrote:

    For machines to communicate to other machines they have to use adapters running on one another, there is no other ways to achieve communication between machines. Adapters are built on agreements between vendors and manufacturers, there is no other ways to achieve agreements. BlackBerry has always been a go-it-alone vendor and manufacturer with very limited experiences with Customer and Supplier relationship management and influences, whereas Samsung and Apple have overwhelmingly superior Customer and Supplier relationship management years in the making, and both Samsung and Apple are hundreds of times larger, richer, more experienced, talented, and managed than BlackBerry which is just trying to make something useful of its relatively newly acquired QNX microkernel. Making Internet of Things work is far far far far far more than making in-car stereo systems, Karmon sold QNX to BlackBerry for $200 million because of the utterly limited scope and role QNX can play in anything more than embedded systems. Google has deep and vastly superior apps such as Google Street Map and Speech Control, Pattern Recognition and Learning, and others which are absolutely vital in realizing this Internet of Things, BlackBerry, meanwhile, still cannot handle directly downloading and running apps from Google Play. The verdict is already clear that BlackBerry must combat Google heads-on in a winner-takes-all survival battle which Google has no doubt in winning.

  • Report this Comment On June 04, 2014, at 4:17 PM, k1moops wrote:

    Internet of Things is based on the workflow concept, which is defined as the sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion; in short, workflows are defined as sequences of steps with attached control information and appropriate content. People who think workflow is totally automated without human interaction are wrong. One of workflow's principle component is the required approvals often handled by humans. Workflow is really an attempt to seamlessly merge Man and Machines together, an area long mastered by Apple, albeit in visual computing for many years since the first Apple MacIntosh. I see Apple leading the way with its own freshly initiated project to allow iPhones to open garage doors, microwave ovens, etc. iPhones have long been used to control BMW vehicles, and now Apple is creating its own Internet of Things apps, I see great successes in this new Apple Internet of Things adventure.

  • Report this Comment On June 04, 2014, at 5:14 PM, k1moops wrote:

    One more thing. The absolutely major reason why Internet of Things has never gone farther than Remote Controls is the unpredictability of real life scenarios. Openly relying on the definitions of real life scenarios and implementing workflows around them casts exponentially huge costs in handling exceptions and outright errors. This is also the reason why Electronic Data Interchange is only embraced in very very very limited transactions such as invoice, advanced shipment notice, and sales orders. Even regular daily transactions like merchandise returns are too complex for EDI handling. Internet of Things will be severely limited, Apple is doing the right thing making iPhones open and close garage doors, and not much more.

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