BlackBerry assistant to take on Siri and Google Now

Published by on Jul 17th, 2014, No Comments


Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana, and then there is Google Now. BlackBerry has long been said to be developing a competitor as we reported back in March, although they have been mum, until now.

The Canadian company has now confirmed that it has a competitor in the works and will be showing up on the company’s next major release. It will be called BlackBerry Assistant and will be part of the OS 10.3 update to its latest generation operating system. (more…)

BlackBerry smartphone sales evaporate

Published by on Jun 20th, 2014, 10 Comments


The once all-mighty smartphone manufacturer has all but evaporated into nothing more than service delivery company. A couple of months ago we reported that BlackBerry is willing to stop making phones if it would save them from bankruptcy and it seems that we are certainly heading in that direction.


BlackBerry will stop making phones if they have to

Published by on Apr 11th, 2014, 7 Comments


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


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.

BlackBerry OS 10.3 beta leaked (video)

Published by on Mar 25th, 2014, No Comments


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


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


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


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…)