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Famed phone leaker Evan Blass (you might know him better by his Twitter handle, @evleaks) is at it again, this time with a few more shots of BlackBerry's forthcoming Venice handset. According to Blass, Venice has been "confirmed" to launch in November on all four national U.S. wireless carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Venice is a slider phone that sports a large touchscreen display. It slides up to reveal a physical QWERTY keyboard, giving owners of the device the best of both worlds, or so BlackBerry hopes. The Canadian outfit has been struggling for the past several years, and despite releasing several hyped up handsets, it hasn't been able to reclaim its former glory. BlackBerry... Read more...
Let’s be honest here, BlackBerry 10 isn’t exactly a vibrant, thriving operating system. BlackBerry has less than one percent smartphone market share and simply can’t compete these days with the flashy iOS flagship smartphones coming out of the woodwork from Apple and Android flagships from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Motorola (just to name a few). So it should come as no surprise that BlackBerry is looking for a backup plan of sorts to advances its efforts in the smartphone race, and what better partner could the Canadian company find than with Google? As we reported in June, BlackBerry is set to release a smartphone equipped with a sliding [hardware] QWERTY that runs Google’s... Read more...
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 Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 customers. For everyone else, the update will arrive in the "coming weeks" to... 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 once sat on top, it can't be anywhere near content to now find itself staring at less 1 percent... 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 fall from prominence. But where things get really interesting is when he talks about the Storm, a... 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 with QWERTY keyboard underneath, along with much of the same hardware, assuming the leaked specs... 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 looks to "consolidate device software, hardware, and applications" businesses. Here's a look at the... 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 look at the U.S. Army, they’re still rolling out all BlackBerry,” CEO John Chen told Business Insider... 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 won't have sharp corners.AT&T apparently didn't like the design of the flat corners either, so... 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 fourth quarter ended February 28, 2015. It boggles the mind. It's even more surprising when you look... 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, Devices and Emerging Solutions. "BlackBerry Leap was built specifically for mobile professionals who... Read more...
The numbers don't lie -- Android is the most popular mobile platform on the planet, and it's not even a close race. According to the latest data from International Data Corporation, Android at the end of 2014 was installed on 81.5 percent of the world's smartphones. That works out to over a billion people, but it's still not everyone. Not that Google is likely to ever achieve a 100 percent share, there is room for growth, particularly among business users. That's where the company's new Android for Work program comes into play. As Google sees things, smartphones and tablets are underutilized in the workplace by the majority of workers, leaving their potential for business and innovation largely... 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, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and the huge 3450... 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 billion. BlackBerry denied the rumor, as did Samsung, though perhaps they should have kept mum about... 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 a deal” comes just two months after the two companies entered a strategic partnership to bring BlackBerry’s... Read more...
BlackBerry took Wall Street by surprise this morning by posting an adjusted third-quarter operating profit, a sign that its comeback strategy and restructuring efforts might be on the right track. However, BlackBerry's revenue tumbled 34 percent year-over-year to $793 million, highlighting the uphill battle that stands ahead of the Canadian handset maker.For the period ended November 29, 2014, BlackBerry reported a net loss of $148 million, or 28 cents a share. That's much better than the $4.4 billion loss, or $8.37 per share, that it reported a year ago. These figures also come just ahead of BlackBerry's Classic handset launch, which combines today's high-end hardware and specs with BlackBerry's... Read more...
Not only is BlackBerry getting back to its roots by releasing a Passport device that harkens back to the company's glory days, it's also willing to get in the trenches and fight aggressively to win back customers, especially those who may have flocked to Apple while it was busy experimenting with a name change and other questionable strategies. Heading in to the holiday season, the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) has rolled out a trade-up program in which current iPhone users can receive up to $550 for switching to a Passport. The incentive includes up to $400 (USD or CAD) in cash back for trading in an iPhone device, plus an additional $150 USD ($200 CAD) from BlackBerry.... Read more...
Someone at BlackBerry's been watching Matthew McConaughey's goofy Lincoln commercials, and specifically the one that states, "Sometimes you've got to go back to actually move forward." Not to reminisce or chase ghosts, mind you, but to see where you came from, as McConaughey advises. What the flip that has to do with Lincoln, we're not really sure, but in BlackBerry's case, the Canadian handset maker is pinning its hopes on the aptly named BlackBerry Classic. The BlackBerry Classic represents a return to what once made BlackBerry devices popular to begin with -- the well designed physical keyboard with a top row of navigation keys, trackpad, and a size that feels appropriate in your hands. At... Read more...
On one hand, we have to give credit to BlackBerry for attempting to think outside the box as it struggles to find relevance in a crowded mobile market. However, we're not sure the Canadian handset maker's new Passport device with its large square screen and touch-sensitive tactile keyboard is the answer to the company's problems. BlackBerry certainly thinks fondly of the Passport. The company dedicated a blog post complete with sketches, rough schematics, and a video to the Passport's design. And in case you're wondering, the answer is yes, the device was inspired by (and named after) actual passports. "Inspired by actual passports, the universal symbol of mobility, the size and form factor of... Read more...
In an internal memo to employees, BlackBerry CEO John Chen essentially told the company's remaining workers that they can exhale, the worst is behind them, including layoffs. Not only that, but Chen said he plans to hire workers in specific areas, which is somewhat surprising after BlackBerry just finished shrinking its workforce by around 60 percent over the past three years. "We have completed the restructuring notification process, and the workforce reduction that began three years ago is now behind us," Chen stated in the memo. It's been a long and rough road for BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM), which has tried numerous tactics to reinvent itself. No longer... Read more...
BlackBerry's bread and butter has always been the enterprise sector, and in a bid to make sure it retains that market, the Canadian handset maker went out and acquired Secusmart, a major player in high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises, and telecommunications service providers. "We are always improving our security solutions to keep up with the growing complexity of enterprise mobility, with devices being used for more critical tasks and to store more critical information, and security attacks becoming more sophisticated," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "The acquisition of Secusmart underscores... Read more...
As part of BlackBerry's attempted comeback tour, the Canadian handset maker today officially unveiled its new BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition smartphone during a launch event in Jakarta, Indonesia. As the model name implies, this budget friendly device is being built exclusively for Indonesia, though the other notable thing about the Jakarta Edition is that it's BlackBerry's first handset co-created with Foxconn. Otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn's parent company), you might recognize the name from any of the many other devices it builds, including Apple's iPhone and other gadgets. There's a market for low-cost handsets in Indonesia (and other parts of the world), and it's currently... Read more...
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