Blackberry to launch two Android phones. Blackberry will launch two mid-range Android handsets this year, chief executive John Chen has said. One will have a physical keyboard, the other a full touch-screen. Blackberry has no plans to develop handsets for its own operating system, BB10, but will continue to issue updates for existing devices. Its sales fell by almost $200m in the three months to the end of February. Mr Chen said its first Android device, the Priv, had been too expensive. "The fact that we came out with a high-end phone was probably not as wise as it should have been," he told United Arab Emirates news website the National.
Image copyright Getty Images "A lot of enterprise customers have said to us, 'I want to buy your phone, but $700 [£491] is a little too steep for me. Mr Chen had previously blamed the company's poor sales figures on delays in negotiations with mobile networks about its Priv handset. Blackberry said it was "extremely disappointed" by the decision. Not even Google's Android can pull BlackBerry out of its tailspin. We're finally getting a clearer picture of whether people are giving BlackBerry another chance. And things don't look good. BlackBerry said Friday that it sold 600,000 phones in its fiscal fourth quarter, well below Wall Street's expectations of 850,000 and also below the 700,000 units it sold in the preceding quarter. Until now, things had been a little murky. BlackBerry's first Android-powered phone, the Priv, went on sale in November, but it worked with only a few carriers, such as AT&T in the US. T-Mobile began selling the phone in January, and Verizon added it earlier this month.
Sprint still isn't selling it. Beyond token comments by CEO John Chen, like things are "quite positive" and "so far, so good," there hadn't been many indicators of how many people were buying the Priv. BlackBerry devotees (those who are left) and Wall Street alike have been keen to see whether the Priv is resonating with consumers. BlackBerry's phone sales continued to be the primary driver of revenue. Facebook drops support for Blackberry. Image copyright Blackbery. WhatsApp to end Blackberry OS support. Image copyright Getty Images WhatsApp is to end support for a number of operating systems including Blackberry 10, Nokia Symbian S60 and Windows Phone 7.1. The company said it wanted to focus development "on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use".
Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which is used by a billion people worldwide, will stop working on the named operating systems by December 2016. But it will still work on Blackberry's latest smartphone which runs Android. Most of the operating systems that WhatsApp is dropping support for are legacy operating systems, which are no longer updated or installed on new devices. The exception is Blackberry 10, which was launched in January 2013 and is still being developed by Blackberry. "We are also planning version 10.3.4 for later this year with even more security improvements," the firm said in January 2016. However, the operating system has failed to gain traction with smartphone users and now accounts for less than 1% of the market. Blackberry to keep operating in Pakistan. Image copyright AP Blackberry is no longer going to shut down its operations in Pakistan as it has resolved a row concerning its users' messages.
In November, the smartphone firm said it would exit the country after it received an official demand for access to the data. Pakistan's telecoms regulator had said it wanted the messages to help it fight terrorism and crime. Now, the Pakistani authorities have dropped their demand. The original request to see emails and other messages sent via Blackberry phones was made in July. It gave Blackberry until the end of November to comply, warning the firm that it would no longer be allowed to operate in the country if it declined. That deadline was subsequently extended until 30 December by Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority.
Now, said Blackberry boss Marty Beard in a blog, the demand for access has been dropped entirely. In 2014, Blackberry shipped about 5.8 million handsets - 70% fewer than in 2013. Blackberry to 'exit' Pakistan over data-retention row. Image copyright AP Phone-maker Blackberry is to stop operating in Pakistan at the end of 2015 because of government requests to monitor customer data. The Pakistani government wanted to be able to monitor every message and email sent via its phones, it said. In a blogpost, it said it had decided to "exit the market altogether" over the row. It said Pakistan's demand was not to do with public safety but a request for "unfettered access". In July, Pakistan's Telecommunications Authority told Blackberry the servers underpinning its messaging business would no longer be allowed to operate in the country, citing "security reasons". Marty Beard, chief operating officer at Blackberry, said the "truth" of the matter was Pakistan had wanted to look at all the traffic passing across its messaging servers but the phone company would not "comply with that sort of directive".
"Remaining in Pakistan would have meant forfeiting our commitment to protect our users' privacy. Blackberry Priv: The final phone in the coffin? We all know the Blackberry story. Well before Apple's iPhone, Blackberry kicked off the smartphone revolution and brought the office out of the office and into the tap-tap-tap grasp of workers all over the world. Ease of use and security made Blackberry handsets the choice for corporations everywhere - not to mention world leaders. But the Blackberry went pear-shaped. Unable to keep up in a market of sophisticated phones, with vast app stores and big screens, Blackberry was soon seen as a boring business phone. The firm, once known as Research in Motion, has had one glimmer of hope in recent times: Blackberry Messenger was unexpectedly popular with teenagers, but even BBM - as it was referred to - eventually lost out to Whatsapp and Snapchat as a the teen tool of choice.
Blackberry sales now account for less than 1% of the global smartphone market. On Friday, Blackberry launches a new phone, which it is calling Priv by Blackberry. Why? Here's how it hopes to woo companies: Will it work? Embracing Android, BlackBerry may finally put its BB10 software out of its misery. The BlackBerry Priv could change everything for the embattled smartphone manufacturer. The Priv, which the Canadian company confirmed Friday will come out in the fourth quarter, is the first of its products to run on Google's Android mobile software.
The device marks a radical departure from BlackBerry's history of selling products using its own homegrown software. But hardcore BlackBerry fans should look at the Priv with trepidation. The Android device isn't meant to complement the company's existing line of smartphones; it's intended to kill it. "This move to Android is another signal that the company is stepping away from once holy ground," said Chris Hazelton, an analyst at 451 Research. The move would mark a radical new chapter for a company that once dominated the white-collar world with smartphones packing its trademark physical keyboards. Chen highlighted other benefits to a move to Android. That's not to say BlackBerry is doing away with BB10 right away. BlackBerry to acquire Good Technology for $425 million. Smartphone maker BlackBerry announced it will acquire mobile security firm Good Technology for $425 million. In a statement released Friday, BlackBerry says the all-cash deal will help the company expand its mobile security platform aimed at businesses.
Good Technology works with 6,200 organizations, including several in the Fortune 100, says BlackBerry. “Like BlackBerry, Good has a very strong presence in enterprises and governments around the world and, with this transaction, BlackBerry will enhance its sales and distribution capabilities and further grow its enterprise software revenue stream,” said BlackBerry CEO John Chen in a statement. Shares of BlackBerry jumped 3.9% off the announcement. The deal is expected to close near the end of BlackBerry’s third quarter in fiscal year 2016. BlackBerry Ltd’s purchase of Android-related domain names sparks Android phone speculation. TORONTO — BlackBerry Ltd, which has been coy about its ambitions to make a mainstream Android smartphone, fuelled more speculation about its plans this week when it scooped up two Android-related domain names.
Several blog posts in the last two days have noted that the Canadian handset maker bought the domain names “AndroidSecured.com” and “AndroidSecured.net” this week. That spurred more chatter that it intends to build a device powered by Google Inc’s Android platform, which powers the vast majority of smartphones sold across the globe. The purchase of the domain names is particularly interesting since BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen has declined to confirm a June Reuters report that said the company was planning an Android phone.
Speculation that BlackBerry will embrace Android was also spurred this week by a Digitimes report that said the company plans to roll out several models of Android-based phones. . © Thomson Reuters 2015. Blackberry firm unveils new high-security tablet. 16 March 2015Last updated at 09:18 ET By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News The new device runs on Samsung hardware Blackberry-owned company Secusmart has unveiled a new tablet in collaboration with Samsung and IBM. The Secutablet is "based on" the Samsung Galaxy 10.5 and runs on Samsung hardware, the firm said. The additional security it offers is aimed at businesses and governments, but less vigorously protected social media and video platforms can also be used on the device, Secusmart added. The tablet is likely to be priced at $2,380 (£1,609), according to reports.
The Secutablet is compatible with Blackberry 10 and is currently undergoing security certification at the German Federal Office for Information Security. It incorporates IBM's "app wrapping" technology which adds extra layers of security to sensitive data. Blackberry's Playbook tablet has not been a big hit for the firm 'Very specific' "It's aimed at businesses and sectors where security is paramount. Android speculation. Blackberry Leap targets career builders at MWC.
3 March 2015Last updated at 08:40 ET Blackberry says its latest handset offers 25 hours of normal use battery life Blackberry has announced a touch-screen phone without physical keys, at the Mobile World Congress trade show. The Blackberry Leap is not the company's first all-touch phone - but it may come as a surprise, since its chief executive said last March his focus was going to be "very keyboard-centric". The Canadian company has also revealed it is bringing more of its software to rival platforms. Sales of Blackberry phones are falling. The company shipped 7.9 million devices last year, according to research firm Gartner.
That was a big drop on 2013's figure of 18.6 million units, which in turn was well down on 2011's tally of 51.5 million handsets. Blackberry focused on the Leap's security features, during its launch Crowded market Blackberry's Leap runs on its proprietary 10.3.1 operating system and features: The specifications place it firmly as a mid-range, rather than premium, handset.
Blackberry wants to force popular services onto its platform in the name of net neutrality. Blackberry CEO John Chen has penned on the company’s blog his argument for extending net neutrality rules to the application and content layers. He cites the opening up of its Blackberry Messenger service (BBM) on the iPhone and Android platforms.
His complaint is that popular services like Apple’s iMessage and Netflix’s streaming video apps are not available on Blackberry’s platform, and therefore unfairly shut out Blackberry users from these “essential” services. His solution? Get the government to mandate that certain applications and content services be forced to provide their services on the Blackberry platform, in the name of net neutrality. Chen’s claim leads one to wonder if he’d be advocating the same thing if we rewound the mobile market to 2007. We’ll pick that year because neither the iOS nor Android ecosystem existed then. That year, by some estimates, Blackberry owned 10% of the worldwide market for smartphones.
Software platforms differ from pipes in significant ways. Net Neutrality: No on Reclassification, Yes on Adding Content & App Providers. U.S. President Obama and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler have put net neutrality back on the front burner with their recently announced support for reclassifying both wireline and wireless broadband as Title II services. Congressional committees are holding hearings this week to consider these and perhaps other proposals. Here is BlackBerry’s perspective on the important issues raised by the various proposals under discussion. BlackBerry is uniquely positioned to comment on these issues. We are a Canadian company offering service to customers in more than 150 countries.
We provide the world’s most secure mobile communications platform. Based on our experience, we offer the following observations: Defining Net Neutrality. BlackBerry believes policymakers should focus on more than just the carriers, who play only one role in the overall broadband internet ecosystem. Carrier neutrality. No blocking. No locking. Application/Content Neutrality. Desperate call - App makers should be required to make software for Blackberry. Exclusive: Samsung approaches BlackBerry about buyout - source. Blackberry misses expectations as sales stall. 19 December 2014Last updated at 15:57 ET Blackberry unveiled its latest smartphone, the Classic, which features its signature keyboard, on Wednesday Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry has reported a larger-than-expected drop in revenue during the third quarter.
Revenue fell to $793m (£507m) from $1.19bn a year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Chief executive John Chen said the revenue figure was "not satisfying". However, he added that he thought Blackberry might be able to stabilise and grow its revenues by 2016, but that he could not promise profitability. Blackberry reported a net loss of $148m for the quarter, significantly less than the $4.4bn loss it reported a year earlier.
Shares in the company fell over 6% in the wake of the earnings release, before recovering later in the day. A former titan, Blackberry once had a 50% share of the smartphone market in the US, but one estimate now puts its share at only 0.5%. Blackberry Classic goes 'back to company's roots' BlackBerry's Makeover Is Taking Shape. BlackBerry Shipments Rise From Prior Quarter Under Chen. Bad news, BlackBerry: UK user base will fall below that of Windows Phone this year | Technology. BlackBerry to take on IoT headaches with Project Ion. BlackBerry launches low-cost phone for Indonesia. Why we chose to invest in NantHealth. What a Big Investment Says About BlackBerry's Endgame. BlackBerry's Woes Draw Canada's Contrarian Mogul Into Spotlight. 120,000 Apps in BlackBerry World (Spoiler - 47,000 by One Developer) - John Paczkowski - Mobile.
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