Cnet's Marguerite Reardon also made comparisons with the ill-fated WebOS and said that it has become very difficult for an upstart operating system to make a dent in the mobile market where Apple and Google are constantly pumping out new updates and devices that further consolidate their market shares.
"There's no question RIM has a long road ahead of it," she wrote. "Many here were reminded of the failings of other companies that developed slick new software that came out much too late to the market. Palm, which essentially invested the smartphone market with its early Palm Pilots, had lagged behind its competitors for years. ... The WebOS platform, which got rave reviews from the technology press and some consumers ... came much too late."
It wasn't all prognostications of doom for RIM, however, as Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg said that RIM's initial demo of BlackBerry 10 showed that the company was "still in the game," although he emphasized that RIM needed to ship relatively soon in order to make its mark. And the Verge's Joshua Topolsky said that BlackBerry 10 "looks really promising" although he added the caveat that RIM would "have to deliver serious third-party support." And finally, the NPD Group's Ross Rubin said if RIM could deliver on the promises it showed off in its demonstrations this morning, then the company would truly "have its groove back."
For a company that has faced gloomy prospects over the past couple of years, such words of cautious praise were about the best it could hope for at this time.
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