Throwback Thursday

Welcome to BlackBerryCentral’s #ThrowbackThursday!

Each Thursday the BlackBerryCentral team will go back in the BlackBerry Chronicles to give you a glimpse of nostalgia. This will include device launches and announcements that made BlackBerry a household name and a superstar status.

This week we will go back to the announcement which changed the company as we know it, brought some hope to the darkening aura surrounding BlackBerry, that date is 9 April 2010 – the announcement of QNX’s acquisition.

On 9 April 2010, BlackBerry announced that it had come to terms with a deal for the acquisition of QNX, a deal which turned out to be worth $200 million USD. However, what is unlikely to be common knowledge is that QNX was not its own company at the time.  It was owned by Harm International Industries, INC. Have a look at this video discussing the deal:

At that time QNX was found in some 17 million automobiles across the world, no small feat for a relatively small company out of Ottawa. Today that number has easily tripled and its software is found in vast number of areas such as medical, space and mobile of course.

Whether or not the acquisition of QNX was worth it is something which can be debated.  But share your thoughts in the comments below!