Verizon Wireless adds Good to Android lineup; Bad news for RIM

Verizon Wireless adds Good to Android lineup; Bad news for RIM

Summary: As if Research in Motion didn't have enough to worry about, Verizon Wireless has teamed up with Good Technology to equip all of its Android devices with better enterprise-grade security and management.

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As if Research in Motion didn't have enough to worry about, Verizon Wireless has teamed up with Good Technology to equip all of its Android devices with better enterprise-grade security and management.

Given the onslaught of Android devices and Apple iPhones in the enterprise, Verizon's move with Good appears to be aimed directly at Blackberry Enterprise Server. It's one thing if RIM gets beat in the consumer market, but it's very worrisome of the company loses enterprise traction.

Verizon said that Good for Enterprise will make it easier for IT managers to deploy Android devices from Motorola, HTC, LG and Samsung. The Android-Good for Enterprise combo includes better mobile security and device management such as encryption and remote wipe capability. Good Mobile Messaging is also included for calendar and contact apps.

RIM worries mount: Will its quarter get Torched?

The Verizon-Good deal is also notable because RIM relied heavily on Verizon marketing for the launch of its Storm devices. When RIM launched its latest BlackBerry, the Torch, the company chose AT&T first. Meanwhile, Verizon is clearly in the Android army that has its sights set on the iPhone. RIM's BlackBerry may be the collateral damage.

In addition, the Verizon-Good news is likely to worry analysts. RIM reports earnings Thursday and more than a few analysts expressed worries about the BlackBerry's standing in the enterprise. Adding Good to Android may not ensure enterprise adoption, but it certainly provides a safety blanket to those clinging to BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro said:

In our opinion, the Blackberry 6 OS is a much anticipated and necessary upgrade for RIM devices; however, it only incorporated features and functionality that we believe places it just shy of iOS 4 and Android 2.2. Moreover, our checks with AT&T stores show Blackberry Torch demand that is somewhat disappointing. While we expect Blackberry 6 to create an upgrade cycle for existing Blackberry users over the next few quarters, our findings show that the new OS platform is not compelling enough to significantly sway users from the iPhone or Android-based devices…

The increasing interest in employee-owned devices within the enterprise, combined with advancing features and functionality from platforms that compete with the Blackberry Enterprise Server are  expected to become a material chink in RIM’s enterprise armor.

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Topics: Hardware, Android, Google, Mobility, BlackBerry, Verizon

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  • RE: Verizon Wireless adds Good to Android lineup; Bad news for RIM

    My Blackberry Tour was the biggest POS I ever had so I got a Droid Incredible and and loving it. I will NEVER use another BB.
    terryzx
    • RE: Verizon Wireless adds Good to Android lineup; Bad news for RIM

      @terryzx

      Yea...I had the same experience with the BB Storm...bleh. Got a Droid X...much better.
      bmonsterman
  • RE: Verizon Wireless adds Good to Android lineup; Bad news for RIM

    Agree BB is a POS but within DoD they have a lock on the market because they are deep into the Common Access Card (CAC) smart card requirement. Within DoD we have to digitially sign every message and be able to encrypt using the CAC. I'm participating in a test now with an Android device using Good - works well but doesn't look like we'll get to keep them because they don't meet the CAC signature requirements. We need a generic capability to attach any CAC smart-card reader to any Android phone and have the driver built into the OS as a standard. RIM has built CAC ability into BBs and so hold the high ground. Today, we have to wait on the manufacturer to build that capability into their new phones but it's not a priority.
    victor.powers56@...
  • RE: Verizon Wireless adds Good to Android lineup; Bad news for RIM

    BB has nothing to worry about in the Enterprise market, unless enterprise customers are clamoring for reduced battery life and access to time wasting apps. Droid is a phenomenal consumer platform, but it really holds no advantage for the enterprise. But no doubt, some companies will chase the Droid and iPhone simply for the sexiness and 'me too'-ness of them.
    ejhonda
    • I think you are downplaying that a bit.

      @ejhonda... Enterprise is very interested in how the iOS and Android can integrate with their networks, and give the employees mobile access to BI anywhere. A little more than just a communication device.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
    • You are off base

      @ejhonda : It has nothing to do with 'me too-ness' or 'sexiness'. You are WAAAAAAY off base. I switched from BB to the Droid X and have not looked back. I had 30 days to return the new smart phone but I kept it enthusiastically! The Droid X has great battery life (but you wouldn't know since you don't own one). My only complaint is that the setup can be a bit of a challenge. Once completed though it works great. The screen is great. Its not perfect but there's a lot to like. BB continues to do some of the dumbest things (like Torch exclusive on AT&T. WTF!). Bye bye BB!
      ryork272
  • RE: Verizon Wireless adds Good to Android lineup; Bad news for RIM

    RIM not making BB OS 6 available to the Storm2 and not offering a BB OS 6 device on Verizon is a big part of the problem. What do they (RIM) expect? People to continue buying OS 5 devices that aren't even upgradable?

    I can't stand Android, but I love Verizon's coverage. That leaves VERY FEW choices.
    Asiafish
  • BB Storm disappoints

    Me too. The BlackBerry Storm disappointed me. Now, I'm a few months from getting an Android phone.
    rtrujillo@...
  • RIM is hurt by rim software and phone designs

    RIM has no future if they don't change an adapt. If it is possible to use android os with a secure enterprise server then they better get on board as the rim software sucks and so do the BB phones. i used my BB for a year and was excited to get it to only find out it doesnt really do much of anything and it constantly freezes and the rim os was just god awful. In todays business a phone has to do more then call and email and thats all a BB can do. It does not do what todays businesses need.I'm in the music biz and need ability to get fast online web browsing. I need ability to see flash, i need to be able to send quality video and pictures and to recieve send and play music files. BB does none of this and what it struggles today it does poorly as rim os freezes always has and the torch does the same ait can be seen in all the review videos.RIM better change but don't team with verizon as they are pocket rapists
    Fletchguy
    • RE: Verizon Wireless adds Good to Android lineup; Bad news for RIM

      @Fletchguy Being in the music business, I'm kind of surprised your company didn't consider getting you an iphone or something similar... that would seem to be the logical choice- for exactly the reasons you mentioned.
      I used to use an old BB on Boost, and liked it ok... but, it's true, it didn't do much of anything. I see not much has changed.
      www.dfwsupergeek.com
      unclefixer@...
  • Why can't Americans accept that more than 2 parties can compete?

    That was a joke.

    Good is owned by the patent troll NTP. through Visto who though an old acquisition of a defunct companies patent portfolio holds a Highly contested patent for "automatic delivery of e-mail from a server to a mobile device". They've sued Microsoft, RIM, Palm & Motorola (who used to own Good before they were sued) who all settled. This year NTP has filed suits against Apple, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft & Motorola (again). It probably is bulling Verizion into using it's software.

    How could you not point this out? Did you not check the backgrounds of this little known company who doesn't really sell much software?

    RIM's not going anywhere. Sure there not the default iPhone alternative in North America anymore (they only had that title because Nokias aren't carried much here) but they have the integrity to stand up to governments for their customers interest's. What's being tried by India has already failed in the U.S. and Canada. If they won't bow down to the U.S. with it's patriot act or the country it's based in no one else has a chance of swaying them and in the end they know their empty threats like they were here.

    I think they should push the shift to QNX. From what I understand most of BBOS's userland is JAVA so it shouldn't be difficult. Why is that a big deal? check this out:

    http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/CDN/News.asp?id=40793

    Tell me you don't want a totally secure phone with application up times of 10+ year though 2 OS upgrades! Thats unparalleled, I can't believe HARMAN in it's business couldn't turn it into gold. I also think RIM should go more into the business niche like rugged phones or sleek professional looking ones with aluminium (not aluminum) shells, etc.
    shaunehunter
  • This is somewhat misleading

    This article is somewhat misleading b/c it gives the impression that VZW is bundling the Good client with the devices. That's not the case. Read the press release and you'll see that the announcement certifies these devices.
    apwinthrop