Research in Motion's (RIM) QNX operating system (OS) will struggle to compete with Google's Android OS and Apple's iOS in the tablet market, according to a research firm.
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RIM plans to migrate all Blackberry devices to its QNX operating system (OS), currently used for its Playbook tablet, in 2012 to create a consistent platform and user experience. Despite this, research firm Gartner says RIM will fail to develop a strong enough ecosystem to compete with Android and Apple in four years' time.
"It will take time and significant effort for RIM to attract developers and deliver a compelling ecosystem of applications and services around QNX to position it as a viable alternative to Apple or Android. This will limit RIM's market share growth," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice-president at Gartner.
However, Milanesi believes RIM will be popular with businesses.
"It will be mainly organisations that will be interested in RIM's tablets because they either already have RIM's infrastructure deployed or have stringent security requirements," she said.
Milanesi says too many manufacturers are prioritising hardware features over applications, services and user experience. "Tablets will be much more dependent on the latter [user experience] than smartphones have been, and the sooner suppliers realise that, the better chance they have to compete head-to-head with Apple."
Gartner predicts Apple will maintain the largest share of the tablet OS market, with 69% of tablet OSs in 2011 and 47% in 2015.
Google's Android OS market share is expected to increase to 39% from 20% by 2015, but be limited by Google's attempts to prevent fragmentation.
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