Articles by Chris Umiastowski

Scotia Capital outlines continued case for upside in Research In Motion shares

Scotia Capital outlines continued case for upside in Research In Motion shares

Chris Umiastowski 34

Scotia Capital analyst Gus Papageougiou published another research note today outlining the upside for investors over the next few months. I sounded off on his previous report in mid-October which outlined the potential upside in RIM if the launch of BlackBerry 10 goes well. As is always the case with reports like this, the report is an exploration of scenarios. Papageougiou does a...

Focusing on the fine points:  BlackBerry 10 home screen needs to be visually stunning

Focusing on the fine points: BlackBerry 10 home screen needs to be visually stunning

Chris Umiastowski 129

  We've all seen the demos of BlackBerry 10 on dev alpha hardware. It looks good, no question. But I'm worried. The marketing has to be strong. And as a student of marketing, I've come to adopt the view that everything is marketing. This is a concept that was explained beautifully in the book "Rework", by the founders of 37 Signals. If you adopt the view that everything is...

What does it mean for RIM to be in carrier lab testing with BlackBerry 10?

What does it mean for RIM to be in carrier lab testing with BlackBerry 10?

Chris Umiastowski 89

Research In Motion had a good day yesterday. They told the world that BlackBerry 10 devices are now in carrier testing in over 50 carrier labs. The stock rallied almost 5% on the news. In short, it pretty much assures us that the new platform will be launched on time, in Q1 of calendar 2013. In fact, as I'll discuss, it even opens the door to a possible January launch (possible, not...

Analysis: Can BlackBerry leverage its HTML5 strength to further own the automotive infotainment market?

Analysis: Can BlackBerry leverage its HTML5 strength to further own the automotive infotainment market?

Chris Umiastowski 38

  Yesterday, QNX Software Systems (wholly owned by Research In Motion), made two important announcements. The first, and most important, is the pending launch of an SDK for the automotive market. This December, based on RIM's open source WebWorks project, the HTML5 SDK for the QNX Car 2 application platform will be released. The second announcement pertains to support for the...

Following BlackBerry Jam Americas, things are looking up a bit for Research In Motion

Following BlackBerry Jam Americas, things are looking up a bit for Research In Motion

Chris Umiastowski 77

It's now a little over a week since BlackBerry Jam Americas. RIM's stock price closed on Friday at $8.22, which is up from $6.37 the morning of Thorsten's keynote in San Jose last Tuesday. That's a 30% improvement in only a few short days. Why is the stock up so much, and is it justified? That's a trick question because, from where I sit, it's fruitless to try to predict short term...

Armchair analysis of BlackBerry Jam Americas 2012 and Research In Motion earnings preview

Armchair analysis of BlackBerry Jam Americas 2012 and Research In Motion earnings preview

Chris Umiastowski 21

This year is a first for me. I've attended every single BlackBerry developer's conference, held annually in California, since DevCon started several years ago. But not this year. I ran into a schedule conflict and had to make a decision. So here I am, back at home, catching up on the keynote videos and reading everything I can to understand stakeholder reactions to the show. It's...

From DevCon 2011 to BlackBerry Jam Americas 2012: How much have things really changed at Research In Motion?

From DevCon 2011 to BlackBerry Jam Americas 2012: How much have things really changed at Research In Motion?

Chris Umiastowski 65

It has been almost one year since RIM's last developer's conference in California. Remember the one where Mike Lazaridis (then Co-CEO) officially unveiled BBX in name only? No product, no demo, and really not much of anything. As Kevin put it, the RIMPIRE Struck Out. At the time I was attending the conference on behalf of Canada's largest newspaper, The Globe and Mail. I published...