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BlackBerry will stop making phones if they have to

Published by on Apr 11th, 2014, 7 Comments

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The Canadian company is willing to do anything to become profitable again, even if that means they stop making smartphones – the business that brought them to prominence in the first place.

In a recent blog post CEO John Chen said that “I have no intention of selling off or abandoning this business any time soon.” He then told Engadget the following: (more…)

Will BlackBerry devices of the past save its future?

Published by on Mar 31st, 2014, 1 Comment

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BlackBerry has released their earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2014, and it makes for bleak reading. It is the first time since 2007 that the Canadian company has reported quarterly revenue below $1 billion, coming in at $976 million for the three month period. That led to an operating loss of $42 million.

One of the most worrying figures is that 3.4 million devices were shipped during the period, but 2.3 million of those were running the older version of BlackBerry OS. Only 1.1 million devices shipped is running BlackBerry 10 software.
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BlackBerry OS 10.3 beta leaked (video)

Published by on Mar 25th, 2014, No Comments

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Not only do we have details of BlackBerry’s upcoming digital assistant, but now it seems the entire build of the updated operating system has leaked.

There are many aesthetic changes and some parts of the new version of BlackBerry’s BB10 operating system has been completely overhauled. Check out the video below for a look at what BB 10.3 might offer: (more…)

BlackBerry’s answer to Siri and Google Now

Published by on Mar 25th, 2014, No Comments

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Microsoft has recently revealed Cortana, their digital assistant which will bring Windows Phone into the modern are. BlackBerry is also lagging behind, but a leak seems to indicate that they are also working on their own solution to compete with Apple’s Siri and Google Now.

The leak is that of a new build of BlackBerry still in beta phase, and on the updated OS there is an application called “Intelligent Assistant.” (more…)

BlackBerry liquidates most of Canadian property

Published by on Mar 24th, 2014, No Comments

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The bad news keeps on rolling in for BlackBerry fans. BlackBerry needs cash so badly that they are selling off most of its real estate in their home country, Canada. The company will sell over 3 million square feet of property in its homeland, leasing some of it back. It’s very much what Nokia went through in Finland when they were facing massive struggles.

Source: Bloomberg

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New BlackBerry Flagship Announced – the Q20

Published by on Feb 28th, 2014, 5 Comments

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After listening to feedback from its passionate QWERTY customers around the world, BlackBerry today unveiled a new flagship smartphone designed to deliver its traditional QWERTY experience on BlackBerry 10. The new BlackBerry Q20 smartphone will feature the familiar and classic ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’ and ‘End’ buttons and the integrated trackpad to enable the fast efficient navigation and one-handed use that has endeared the brand to its QWERTY customers.

“In my first 90 days on the job, I consistently heard from our ardent BlackBerry customers that the hard buttons and trackpad are an essential part of the BlackBerry QWERTY experience, that made their BlackBerry smartphone their go-to productivity tool. I want these customers to know that we heard them, and this new smartphone will be for them,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. (more…)

Blackberry to run Android Apps

Published by on Jan 15th, 2014, 7 Comments

rsz_blackberry_androidBlackberry is trying every trick in the book to regain its glory days of old. Good E Reader reports that many reputable game and app development companies are being approached by Blackberry to tweak and submit their leading apps on a newly developed section of Blackberry World. Blackberry has, like Apple, stuck to apps developed within their own OS framework but a new firmware update will herald a new era for Balckberry app users. They will be able to directly load Android (apk) files onto their Blackberries. To get the ball rolling Blackberry will offer some new Android apps for download direct from their online app store (Blackberry world). (more…)

BlackBerry shipments continue to tumble, partners with Foxconn for budget smartphones

Published by on Dec 23rd, 2013, No Comments

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BlackBerry’s woes are very well documented, and things aren’t going to get better anytime soon. New interim CEO John Chen will know better than most and said that they only expect to return to profitability in 2016 and are doing their best to avoid further layoffs of the staff.

The company shipped only 1.9 million smartphones to retailers in Q3 compared to 3.7 million last quarter, and lost $4.4 billion. Most of the phones shipped were lower-priced BB7 models, and it lost a massive $2.6 billion on unsold BlackBerry 10 devices. Within the retails chains, a total of 4.3 million devices were sold so customers, of which only 1.1 million were BB10 devices. (more…)

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