RIM loses BlackBerry PlayBook product manager to Samsung

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It looks like RIM’s losing more than one team member to Samsung. Ryan Bidan, whom we’ve seen in several official BlackBerry PlayBook demos, is moving on from Research In Motion. He was a senior product manager that handled the BlackBerry PlayBook development. Before that, he handled gaming at Microsoft.

While people in the wireless industry move around all the time, it’s hard for this to look great for RIM among talk about the Wi-Fi PlayBook being phased out of production and the clear sense of employee discontent. The cellular versions of the BlackBerry PlayBook have been pushed back to the fall, and we still haven’t seen Bridge-less e-mail and other productivity apps within the projected timeframe. That said, RIM’s been talking about restructuring, and with the PlayBook spearheading of the next generation of BlackBerry operating systems, the company really can’t afford any more setbacks. I’m curious to see what lessons from the PlayBook launch Bidan brings to Samsung, and likewise what RIM’s new product manager brings to the table.

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  • http://twitter.com/movi3king Yaakov Hirsch

    Im a blackberry user yet i cant wait for google to just buy RIM out. I think you guys blew it already. sorry RIM

  • Mirish326

    To told lee be honest In my eyes I see Google buying Rim by the end of this year. RIM blew it a long time ago. The Blackberry needs a change and it needs a change fast to save it. In my eyes Google buying RIM would be the best choice and the only way to save the Blackberry from fading away. All so by putting Android on it you can bet your butt that sales would go up for the Blackberry.    

  • Mirish326

    To told lee be honest In my eyes I see Google buying Rim by the end of this year. RIM blew it a long time ago. The Blackberry needs a change and it needs a change fast to save it. In my eyes Google buying RIM would be the best choice and the only way to save the Blackberry from fading away. All so by putting Android on it you can bet your butt that sales would go up for the Blackberry.    

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