Open standards key to tablet success: RIM

John C. Tanner
17 Feb 2011
The tablet wars will be won by companies who support open standards and align themselves with carrier interests, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsilie said Wednesday.
“When you look at how consumer electronics players work with operators, there has to be constructive alignment [between them] to create a transformative experience for consumers and a sustainable business for the operator,” Balsilie said during his Mobile World Congress keynote speech.
From a device design perspective, that means delivering a tablet that not only sports “CIO-approved” security and has enough processing horsepower to support multitasking, but also supports open standards and web tools such as HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript.
The devices should also adhere to existing Web standards – particularly Adobe Flash, Balsillie said in a subtle swipe at Apple, which doesn’t support Flash for iPad and iPhone.
“During the sessions yesterday, many operator CEOs said, we want openness,” Balsillie said. “They want us to bring mobility to web standards.”
Innovation is great, he said, “but it has to be done with a carrier-aligned strategy.”


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