Research in Motion appears not to be inspiring confidence in its remaining corporate client-base, as the Pentagon joins the ranks of those already deserting BlackBerry for pastures new. According to reports issued over the past 24 hours, the Pentagon is to begin implementing widespread use of both Android handsets and iPhones, indirectly confirming dissatisfaction with the overall BlackBerry experience.
The Defense Department is to commission the installation of a system capable of securing and managing upwards of 160,000 Smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. According to the same reports, the system could theoretically be extended to manage at least 8 million devices.
According to the document released by the Defense Department, the move represents “a significant step towards delivering a secure mobile communications capability to the entire agency.”
However, back in the mobile tech world, the move represents a clear indication that governmental offices in growing numbers are dissatisfied with BlackBerry and unwilling to hold out for the ever-delayed BlackBerry 10 release date.
Ever since RIM confirmed the first of many BlackBerry 10 release date delays earlier this year, investors, consumers and corporate clients alike have expressed their dissatisfaction with and growing concern for the Canadian company. Had BlackBerry 10 hit the market at the beginning of the year as planned, it would have indeed faced an uphill battle against the likes of Apple and Android, though not nearly on the same scale as that RIM is facing today.
Somehow, RIM has to keep confidence and interests peaked for at least another five months until BlackBerry 10’s March 2013 release date, which has ceased being a tall ask and is fast becoming a flat-out impossibility. Even with various events taking place all over the world to show-off BlackBerry 10’s new specs and features, RIM seems to be gaining little favor with potential customers and hemorrhaging its existing client-base at an alarming rate.
Regardless of what BlackBerry 10 brings to the table when it eventually arrives, it is beginning to look as though any efforts will be too little, too late.