As a long-time BlackBerry enthusiast and proud Canadian, I want to see Research In Motion turn around the negative sentiment that is now stalking them in the media and gain back the sales momentum and brand popularity they have enjoyed in the past.
But should this challenge prove too difficult in the months ahead or simply take too long to execute in the face of an eroding market cap, what will become of RIM? I’ve pondered this question a lot in recent weeks from every conceivable angle, and it was sitting on a patio sipping my fourth pitcher of Sangria on Canada Day that I concluded Google will buy Research In Motion. It won’t be Microsoft – they’ve made their bet on Windows Phone and Nokia (and the Steve Ballmer at BlackBerry World thing was little more than a PR stunt). It won’t be Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis buying back the company and going private again (though I’m sure they’d love to do that). It won’t be any other company seriously stepping in with a bid. It’ll be Google. Keep reading for my logical reasoning.