Research In Motion (RIM) co-CEO Mike Lazaridis defended the company’s BlackBerry platform in the face of tough questions at a conference today.
In an interview at the conference, Wall Street Journal reporter Walt Mossberg said there’s a growing consensus that RIM’s BlackBerry OS was “looking old compared to some of the other platforms” and asked Lazaridis when the more powerful platform used for the PlayBook would be incorporated into BlackBerry handsets.
Lazaridis said that the company’s operating system for its PlayBook tablet was what it had targeted for multicore systems, including smartphones. He also said the company was focused on becoming a global company.
When asked by PC Mag reporter Lance Ulanoff why the company had not given the BlackBerry Torch high-end hardware of the kind found in the PlayBook tablet, Lazaridis said that the BlackBerry Torch was designed to be a launch vehicle for BlackBerry 6 and that it didn’t mean the company wasn’t planning to put out devices with higher specs.
“I don’t see any dichotomy here,” Lazaridis said. “I see a natural evolution and a lot of innovation happening.”