BlackBerry revives its own fortunes with Rosberg’s F1 win
Here at GoMo Towers our trusty BlackBerry tablet – the PlayBook, mysteriously went into a continuous loop. It kept trying to restart but never offered us the Login screen (so we could enter the password). We discounted the usual ‘water damage’ explanation for mobile devices suddenly deciding to malfunction and decided it was ‘software rot’. The obvious solution, therefore, was to try to update the tablet’s mobile OS. The easiest way (and probably only way) to do so was to plug the tablet into a Windows based PC via a USB cable. And it worked. Oh & Nico Rosberg won the first 2014 F1 race.
If you’re wondering what ‘software rot’ is, the answer is a theory expounded by our great friend Dr Chris Bidmead. (Who? -Ed).
He argues that although there is no logical explanation why perfectly good software code should cease to work, somehow it manages to do so. Hence, the software mysteriously ‘rots’ over time.
The antidote to ‘rot’ is to update the software and GoMo was delighted to discover that when we plugged the tablet into a Windows PC running BlackBerry’s desktop software – not only was the tablet recognised but an OS update was also available.
Hence, we followed all of the onscreen prompts for the software upgrade and – once the PlayBook had sufficient battery storage power, the new software was successfully installed.
Incidentally. we tried the procedure for full factory PlayBook reset before the software upgrade and it didn’t work.
You are supposed to hold down three keys (Power, Volume +,Volume -) simultaneously and the device should hard reset.
In our case the infinite loop carried on and the tablet refused to restart properly.
Now back to Formula One racing. GoMo chooses to interpret it as an indication that BlackBerry’s fortunes in general are reviving.
So the fact that Nico Rosberg, the F1 driver for McLaren Mercedes AMG Petronas sponsored by BlackBerry, won the first 2014 F1 race in Australia looked really good for the smartphone supplier.
The next Formula One race is in Malaysia on March 30th . A country which we regard here as pretty close to BlackBerry’s favourite market – Indonesia.
If Rosberg & Hamilton can win on the 30th, we reckon sale of BlackBerries will soar.
Especially if BlackBerry manages to launch the Z3 entry level BB10 device in time.