As for thoughts from the head honcho(s)? Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO, stated that "overall unit shipments in the quarter were slightly below our forecast due to lower than expected demand for older models," further noting that his firm will "continue to build on the success of the BlackBerry 7 launch to drive the business as we focus our development efforts on delivering the next generation, QNX-based mobile platform next year." Next year is a long, long way away, though, and there's no doubt whatsoever what kind of competition will be in place by the time 2012 rolls around. We'll be hopping on the analyst call here in a few, and you can look beyond the break for any notable mentions.
Update: RIM's earnings call just finished up, and a few more tasty tidbits were revealed. Apparently, the company is planning several surprises at its developers conference next month. Among the goodies we can expect is an OTA software update for the PlayBook that will include native email, calendar and contacts apps along with the much-anticipated Android app player and a BlackBerry Video store (which will have 10,000 movies on launch). RIM also said that its QNX development handsets are currently being tested in house and that the both the phones and the QNX dev platform will be unveiled at DevCon.
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