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Just before the holiday weekend started, there were some fireworks going off in BlackBerry land when word leaked out that U.S. Senate staffers would no longer have access to the company’s smartphones. It was reported that there were only 600 BlackBerry devices on hand, and once that inventory was depleted, staffers would have to choose from Android and iOS-based alternatives. Rather than let this report stew any further, BlackBerry took to its blog to help clear the air a bit regarding its smartphone production. While the original report indicated that Verizon and AT&T were suspending... Read more...
The reign of the Blackberry on Capitol Hill has come to an end. Blackberry phones had long been the phone of choice for members of Congress, but Blackberry recently informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices has been discontinued. BlackBerry’s smartphone market share was below 1% this past year, and the company sold just 500,000 units by May 31st while Apple sold 51.2 million units through March 26th. Why then are Blackberry smartphones so popular among members of Congress and their staff? The long battery life, an email-heavy focus, and an easy to use interface... Read more...
It hasn't been a rough stretch for BlackBerry over the past several years. The once dominant smartphone outfit has tried numerous strategies to claw its way back to relevance—a name change, new CEO, inevitable layoffs, and more recently going all-in with Android. Unfortunately, nothing seems to be working for BlackBerry, and its flagship Priv handset isn't the savior the company hoped it would be.An executive at AT&T who asked not to be blamed put it rather bluntly when speaking with CNET, saying the Priv is "really struggling." The executive noted also noted that AT&T is seeing more returns... Read more...
PayPal is making quite a few changes this June. Customers using older versions of the PayPal mobile app on Android and iOS will be required to upgrade to version 6.0 Starting on June 3rd through June 30th. They are also discontinuing PayPal app use for Windows Phone, Amazon Fire, and Blackberry. Joanna Lambert, PayPal Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering, stated, “It was a difficult decision to no longer support the PayPal app on these mobile platforms, but we believe it’s the right thing to ensure we are investing our resources in creating the very best experiences for... Read more...
Apple has been in the spotlight for the past few months due to its defiance of FBI requests to unlock an iPhone 5c at the center of an ongoing investigation. The US Government contended that Apple should comply with a lawful request that was in the interest of national security, while Apple pushed back, stating that the order not only went against its ideals but would appall the Founding Fathers. The US Government eventually dropped its case against Apple the day before both were to appear in court after a third-party was able to assist in unlocking the iPhone 5c in question. Although this matter... Read more...
Time are tough for BlackBerry, as they've been for an uncomfortably long stretch now, but the Canadian handset maker isn't throwing in the towel. BlackBerry continues to have high hopes that supporting Android will reinvigorate the firm, and taking a step in that direction, it's making available a custom Android 6.0 Marshmallow build in beta form to Priv owners.When this whole Android initiative kicked off, BlackBerry introduced its Priv handset with a security-focused version of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Right away customers began asking when BlackBerry would update the Priv to Marshmallow, and the... Read more...
BlackBerry tried to put a positive spin on its earnings report for the wireless device maker's three months and fiscal year ended February 29, 2016, but investors balked, choosing instead to focus on a steep drop in the Canadian outfits overall revenue rather than gains in its software and services business. Total revenue for fourth quarter came to $487 million, compared to $660 million in the same quarter a year prior. That resulted in net loss of $18 million for the quarter, or $0.03 per share, on a non-GAAP basis. That's despite BlackBerry's efforts to reinvent itself by supporting Android in... Read more...
Give BlackBerry credit, the company put forth the good old college effort and tried anything it could think of to regain relevance in the mobile world—changing its name from Research In Motion (RIM), dissing the iPhone, shaking up top-level management, launching new handsets—all to no avail. In a last ditch effort, BlackBerry earlier this month suggested it was going all-in with Android, a notion the company reinforced during its recent Priv launch in India. "The Priv device is essentially our transition to Android ecosystem. As we secure Android, over a period of time, we would not have two platforms... Read more...
We can’t say that we didn’t see this one coming. BlackBerry has been circling the drain for quite some time, and its Blackberry 10 (BB10) operating system — which was supposed to be its savior in the face of immense pressure from iOS and Android — has proven to be anything but. That became even more clear when BlackBerry announced its flagship Priv smartphone last year, which just so happens to run the Android operating system. In an interview conducted during CES, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed that it will no longer develop smartphones running on its own BB10 operating system. Instead, like... Read more...
Canadian phone maker BlackBerry today announced that it's pulling out of Pakistan next month due to government requests to monitor communications of its customers. Even though BlackBerry's struggling to regain share of the global smartphone and mobile OS markets, the company said that forfeiting its commitment to protecting user privacy is simply not an option. The Pakistani Telecommunications Authority notified the country's mobile phone operators that BlackBerry BES servers would no longer be allowed to operate in the country, citing "security reasons," according to BlackBerry COO Marty Beard.... Read more...
Google's latest Android OS, Marshmallow, has been out for an entire month. You might think, then, that any device from this point forward to hit the market will feature it right out-of-the-gate. Of course, that's not the case. In an ideal world, that's how things would play out, but when so much effort is needed to prepare an OS for the launch of a new device, it's virtually impossible for a company to upgrade at the last minute to the latest hotness. The best they can do, then, is aim at getting an update out as soon as possible. That's BlackBerry's intent. The company has just launched its latest... Read more...
The mountain that stands between BlackBerry and widespread relevance just got a little bit higher and steeper. How so? According to the latest report published by Strategy Analytics' Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) services, Samsung's Tizen operating system just overtook BlackBerry as the third largest smartphone OS in the world. Android registered a "slight year-on-year" bump in market share, while Apple gained ground on "strong demand for new iPhone models," the report states. Meanwhile, Microsoft, BlackBerry, and Firefox all "drifted down," giving Tizen an opportunity to jump in rank. And... Read more...
It's been an exciting week for BlackBerry, its fans, and those who've been wanting to see the company score some big success with a new smartphone release. Kicking the week off, the company's PRIV smartphone was shown off in good detail, which included specs in addition to a close-up of the hardware design. Continuing that, we learned yesterday about what "PRIV" is all about: privacy, and security. That isn't just marketing; BlackBerry has gone to pretty impressive lengths to make sure that PRIV is indeed the world's most secure Android consumer phone. Being that PRIV sports high-end specs, a hardware... Read more...
With its upcoming PRIV smartphone, BlackBerry needs to strike the right chord with people. While the company was once a giant in the smartphone market, it's taken a nosedive in recent years, and has yet to deliver a product that anyone would consider a "win". Fortunately, PRIV does boast a couple of fantastic perks. For example, PRIV is a high-end model, sporting a Qualcomm 808 SoC under the hood, 3GB of memory, 32GB of storage, 18 megapixel rear camera, and a mammoth 3,410mAh battery. At 5.4-inch, it could also be argued that it's the ideal size for the businessperson or regular folk that want... Read more...
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