The past few years have not gone well for Research in Motion, highlighted by a number of layoffs, decreasing profits and a plunging stock price. There might be a glimpse of hope for the Canadian company, however, as John Paczkowski for AllThingsD reports that early carrier response to the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform has actually been positive. Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek explains:
“We have been surprised by the strongly positive initial feedback on BB10 from carriers,” Misek wrote in a recent note to clients. “We are a bit puzzled as we expected a more muted response given BB10 is two years late and RIM’s market share has plunged from 20 percent to 5 percent.”
Misek is not placing all of his money on BlackBerry 10, as he still has doubts that the platform can actually be a success. But, at the same time, the outlook appears more positive now than ever for RIM. It is largely considered that BlackBerry 10 will either be RIM’s saving grace or its final attempt to turn around a company that has been spiraling into mediocrity. If the platform fails, RIM could fall to the two-horse race that is Apple and Google. Do you think the BlackBerry still has a chance?