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As BlackBerry clings to a less 1 percent share of the smartphone market in the U.S., the Canadian handset maker announced today that all BlackBerry users living stateside will soon have access to Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. While access to Google Play would have been preferred, the Amazon Appstore is a nice consolation prize for anyone wanting to run Android apps on their BlackBerry phone. Access to Amazon Appstore comes courtesy of the BlackBerry 10.3.2 software update. It's already begun rolling out to BlackBerry Classic users on Verizon and T-Mobile, along with AT&T BlackBerry... Read more...
BlackBerry is taking the phrase 'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!' to heart as it reportedly considers building a smartphone around Google's super popular Android platform. If BlackBerry does indeed release an Android device, it would be the first time in the company's history that it's ventured away from its own software ecosystem.It's been a tumultuous road for BlackBerry ever since Apple's iPhone came onto the scene. That began the company's descent into comparative irrelevancy, as it now sits behind not only Android and iOS, but also Windows Phone in smartphone market share. For a company that... Read more...
It's hard to imagine that BlackBerry was one of the fastest growing tech companies at one point. Back then, the Canadian company was known as Research In Motion (RIM) and it was kicking tail. Fast forward to today and BlackBerry is struggling not just to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, but for relevancy in the mobile world. So, what went wrong? If you ask former co-chief executive Jim Balsillie, he'll tell you that BlackBerry's Storm handset was a major mistake. Speaking at The Empire Club of Canada, Balsillie offered some candid insight into BlackBerry's rise and... Read more...
Remember that Oslo handset from BlackBerry that leaked to the web a couple of months ago? More pictures of the device have surfaced, and while the quality of the new snapshots isn't much better, the multiple angles do end up giving us a better look at what BlackBerry is working on. Short and to the point, the phone currently known as Oslo is basically an updated Passport.Oslo gains a few curves and more rounded edges compared to the original Passport, and in that way it better resembles the customized version of the Passport that landed on AT&T. It also retains the large square-shaped display... Read more...
BlackBerry, or the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) if you prefer, has a seemingly endless playbook filled with strategies to keep the company afloat. A name change is just one of many things the company has tried, in addition to hiring new leaders, launching new products, and when things get really bad, laying off workers. Apparently things are really bad. The struggling smartphone company confirmed on Friday plans to reduce its workforce by an untold number of employees. BlackBerry currently employs around 7,000 workers around the world, though that number will shrink as it... Read more...
BlackBerry isn’t finished yet, and a comeback is in the works. That’s the word from BlackBerry’s CEO, who not only thinks that the ailing company has the potential to rebuild, but believes that the BlackBerry smartphone will be integral to its success. Believe it or not, BlackBerry managed to turn a profit in Q4 of last year and it still has a (very tiny) market for the BlackBerry. Although the square-ish, button-laden phones aren’t creating any real competition to the iPhone or Android smartphones right now, they still have a following among security-minded customers.“If you... Read more...
Fresh off posting a surprise profit amid sagging sales and lost customers, it looks as though BlackBerry is prepping at least three new phones for public consumption, pictures of which have been leaked to the web. One of the phones is the BlackBerry Oslo, a device that's been leaked to the web before, though none of the three have been officially announced. Similar in style to the Passport, especially the version with rounded corners for AT&T's network, it's believed the Oslo will also feature similar hardware. Word on the web is that the Oslo will sport a square-shaped... Read more...
Don't sweat it if you've never heard of the Oslo until now. It's a forthcoming handset from BlackBerry that the Canadian company quietly announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC), and it hasn't made many headlines. Well, until now, that is. And the reason it's in the news now is because a supposed leaked image of the device is making the rounds.By rounds, we mean literally. As in, rounded edges. One look at the leaked photo will conjure up memories of the rounded off Passport for AT&T's network. Like the Passport, it appears the Oslo will be a square-shaped device, but unlike the original, it... Read more...
We're starting to think that if a nuclear war breaks out or an asteroid the size of Texas rams into our planet, all that will be left in the aftermath are cockroaches and BlackBerry. Maybe just BlackBerry. Like Rocky Balboa, BlackBerry has taken beating after beating, yet it's still standing, and believe it or not, it's even making a profit. Well, for this past quarter, anyway. After posting losses of $148 million and $207 million during the company's fiscal third and second quarters of 2015, respectively, BlackBerry somehow managed to get back in the black and come out $28 million ahead in the... Read more...
BlackBerry is taking aim at young mobile professional types with its newly unveiled Leap smartphone for 4G LTE networks. It's an all-touch handset (read: no physical keyboard) sporting a "modern and powerful design" and an edge-to-edge 5-inch HD (1280x720; 294 pixels per inch) display. The device will replace the Z3 in BlackBerry's lineup. "In today's mobile world – influenced by trends like BYOD – where personal and corporate data are frequently under attack from hackers, companies and everyday consumers are finding out the hard way that mobile security is paramount," said Ron Louks, President,... Read more...
AT&T announced back in early January that it would bring the BlackBerry Passport and Classic to its network. Today, America’s second largest wireless carrier announced the official on-sale date for both devices: February 20. The BlackBerry Passport actually had to undergo a bit of plastic surgery before it was even allowed on the network. "AT&T wanted rounded corners. Some of us are more square,” explained BlackBerry CEO John Chen last month. “No other reason than that." Beneath the refreshed exterior, you’ll find all the same hardware as the original including the 4.5-inch 1440x1440 display,... Read more...
For the past few years, Samsung has been riding high atop the smartphone leaderboard when it comes to units shipped. However, during 2014, we started to see a bit of weakness in Samsung’s smartphone portfolio. Its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone was little more than a warmed over version of its Galaxy S4 predecessor, and sales were more than disappointing for the company. Samsung saw its sales lead in China wither away as local OEMs like Huawei and Xiaomi attacked its smartphones with cheaper alternatives. It also recently lost its smartphone sales lead in India and the U.S. Samsung is looking to... Read more...
If you want to boggle your brain, try figuring out if BlackBerry is up for sale, and if so, whether or not Samsung is a potential suitor. Be warned, coming to a conclusion requires navigating a field of 'he said, she said, they said, my mother's uncle's best friend's neighbor said', only to arrive in a field of denials. But for what it's worth, there is evidence to suggest that Samsung is indeed pursuing BlackBerry in a buyout. The rumor first popped up a week ago in which it was reported that Samsung was in talks to acquire the struggling Canadian company for $7.5... Read more...
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) were up nearly thirty percent as the closing bell sounded this afternoon. What could possibly be behind this sudden spike in interest in shares of a smartphone company whose glory days faded years ago? Well, it turns out that BlackBerry may be ripe for the picking, and according to Reuters, Samsung is ready to make an offer that John Chen and BlackBerry’s board may be reluctant to refuse. According to the Reuters report, Samsung is willing to pay roughly $7.5 billion for BlackBerry's assets (including its patent portfolio). Samsung’s sudden interest to “make... Read more...
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