Gadgets galore: BlackBerry CEO’s bold tablet prediction, Google Glass talk

Gadget talk:

• BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is looking five years into the future. A couple of key things he sees: No need for tablets. And his company as “the absolute leader in mobile computing — that’s what we’re aiming for,” Heins said in an interview with Bloomberg. Heins said “tablets themselves are not a good business model,” which could indicate that the company may not release a successor to its PlayBook tablet.

But back to the present. By one measure (that of Strategy Analytics, released last week), global tablet shipments reached 40.6 million units in the first quarter of 2013, a 117 percent surge from the year-ago quarter. Gartner, another research firm, earlier this month predicted that shipments of traditional PCs such as desktops and laptops will decline nearly 8 percent this year — because of the rise of smartphones and tablets. Another Gartner prediction: It expects BlackBerry devices to be a distant fourth to Android, Windows and iOS devices through 2017.

• It will probably come as no surprise that Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square fame doesn’t think much of Google Glass but is more excited about “something on the wrist that feels natural,” he tells the New York Times. Something like Apple’s rumored iWatch, perhaps? As we’ve mentioned before, Dorsey takes an Apple-like approach to design, and he has talked about being inspired by Steve Jobs. But he tells the NYT that he thinks it may not yet be time for Internet-connected glasses. He calls them “maybe a 10-year answer, but not in the next five years.”

• Meanwhile, Twitter may be testing a Google Glass app, if a since-deleted tweet spotted by TechCrunch is to be believed. Does Twitter Executive Chairman Dorsey know about this?


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  • William D. Volk

    Blackberry’s CEO prediction on tablets has inspired us to launch a puzzle in our iOS crossword game, Crickler.

    The “Worst Tech Predictions EVER” puzzle features Blackberry’s CEO’s Thorsten Heins’ claim that “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore” and other infamous tech predictions from the past. Notable examples include Michael Dell’s 1997 suggestion that Apple Computer shut down and return their money to shareholders, Sir. Alan Sugar’s claim that the iPod would be dead by 2005.