Research In Motion’s chief executive Thorsten Heins has hit back at claims that the Blackberry manufacturer is in a “death spiral”, but did admit that current trading is “very, very challenging”. Macworld this morning quoted Heins during an interview with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Metro Morning radio show, in which the chief executive claimed the company is instead passing through a transition period.
Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the men who brought the BlackBerry smartphone to the market, have stepped down from their roles as co-chief executives of Research in Motion after failing to revive the ailing company.
Barack Obama holding his BlackBerry
Research in Motion Ltd continued to lose US market share with its BlackBerry device, while Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Google Inc.’s Android carried on gaining among smartphone users. BlackBerry’s share of the US smartphone market fell to 16.6 per cent in November, down 3.1 per cent from October, according to comScore.Inc.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion has turned down an offer from Amazon.com to take over the company, which both Microsoft and Nokia has considered bidding for. According to sources speaking to Reuters, Amazon hired an investment bank this summer to review a potential merger with RIM, but did not make a formal offer.
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