Brand new BlackBerry CEO John Chen has written a letter detailing BlackBerry’s strength and strategy for CNBC, and it was was published earlier Monday morning. It contains humorous lies and is an obvious attempt to spin BlackBerry’s current situation into something less dire. Let’s take a look at Chen’s letter, line by line: More →
This might be hard to believe… if it wasn’t BlackBerry. BGR is able to confirm that the company’s upcoming handset code-named Jakarta — the one that new CEO John Chen is betting will keep the Waterloo-based vendor of a bunch of two-way pagers with web browsers relevant — actually won’t even have a physical keyboard. This is the one of the only features that people still try to cling to in markets BlackBerry plans to target with the Jakarta. We are also told the handset will run BlackBerry 10, so it looks like BlackBerry 7 will finally be phased out even for the company’s low-cost and emerging market-focused products.
I’m curious what price the Jakarta phone will retail for. Anything above $150 would be suicide — you can buy a decent Android smartphone in emerging markets for $150 or even a little less, and there isn’t a single thing BlackBerry does better than an Android phone. More →
Apple has begun seeding a new build of iOS 7.1 to testing partners, we have learned from a trusted source. iOS 7.1 beta 3 is said to bring several important bug fixes in addition to some new features, though our source was uncomfortable detailing these for us at this time. The new build has not yet been released to developers, who just gained access to iOS 7.1 beta 2 on on December 13th. Additionally, as strange as it may be, we are told that iOS 7.1 will probably not be released to the public until sometime in March. Apple has historically released an iOS update around January, but it could be that Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car feature is the reason for the delay here.
Lyve is a new company on the scene, but it’s one industry watchers will have heard about under a different name. Black Pearl Systems, now known as Lyve Minds or just Lyve, is aiming to help make sure you don’t ever lose any of your important moments, like photos, videos and more. The concept isn’t new, but Lyve’s approach is incredibly interesting. It involves leveraging the fact that most of us have more than one device — a computer, a tablet, a phone — by offering a unique cloud service that can move newly captured photos from once device to another, even across platforms like iOS and Android, without you ever having to manually sync a single thing. None of your content is ever stored on the company’s servers, either, just metadata so there’s no concern about your private data being available to anyone else but yourself. More →
It’s been incredibly clear to me for years that BlackBerry as a company was on its way to becoming a complete failure. It’s not just that Apple had introduced a world-changing phone that would flip the entire telecommunications industry on its head. It really wasn’t that. What I saw, from being so closely connected to the company for many years and from all of my sources inside and around RIM, was a company that actually lacked talent among other things, top to bottom. It was a mix of a hundred different problems: company culture no doubt, leadership of course, but this was a company that was so backwards in its thinking, so off its game in just a couple of months after the iPhone was announced, that it actually went on to produce some of the worst smartphones in history. More →
I have kind of had this infatuation with gold phones… In fact, after my good friend Pharrell got a solid gold BlackBerry, I had to have one in 2006 (even if it didn’t work properly). Way back in October of last year, I found out about a company that was anodizing iPhones in practically any color, and as soon as I saw that they offered a gold option, well, it was on. I also had a couple friends who I knew would love a gold iPhone. So, I arranged for two to be sent to Jonathan Cheban and Kim Kardashian. Well… this became the anodization company’s most popular color choice, by an incredible margin. It actually wasn’t even close, and the streets soon became flooded with gold iPhone 5 devices thanks to Kim and Jonathan’s tweets about it, and the phone also appeared on the TV show. It’s now being reported that the gold iPhone 5s, the phone Apple has released today, was jokingly referred to internally as the “Kardashian iPhone” but this isn’t a surprise because the publicity of the gold iPhone started in December and gold iPhone 5s parts didn’t start leaking until around 5 months later. It’s entirely possible that Apple wasn’t even planning on making a gold iPhone until the company saw how popular the color was because of the BGR post, and the Cheban, Kardashian, and Wiz Khalifa (yeah I added that one in there, too) tweets.
The barrier to entry in the world of Sonos has normally been reasonably high. The company’s products sell in the $400 plus range, with the Sonos PLAYBAR retailing for $699. On Monday, however, Sonos is introducing the PLAY:1, a portable speaker that’s smaller and more compact than the PLAY:5 and PLAY:3, and less expensive as well. It sells for $199 and while it features just one speaker (instead of three and five for the other PLAY units, respectively), it really packs a punch. More →
BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations Alec Saunders hasn’t done a great job in his role. But to pop off like this in an email chain that’s sent to a whole heap of important BlackBerry analysts, investors and executives? That’s low, even for someone who has basically failed to try to corral developers and big name partners into developing apps for BlackBerry’s ecosystem. More →
It looks like there is going to be one more build of Apple’s new mobile software before the company releases iOS 7.1 — popular belief suggests that iOS 7.1 will debut with Apple’s new iPads at the company’s rumored October event this month. According to our sources, Apple has seeded iOS 7.0.3 to employees and partners for final testing. We’re not sure exactly when the new software will be released to the public, but we believe it will be sometime next week. The build number of iOS 7.0.3 is 11B491. Apple released iOS 7 to the public on September 18th as a free update for iPhone 4, 4S and 5 in addition to the iPad 2, iPad, iPad mini and the fifth-generation iPod touch. iOS 7.0.1 and 7.0.2 were subsequently released with various bug fixes.
Exclusive: BlackBerry’s newer low cost BlackBerry 10 smartphone slides in below Q5 on price, features
I don’t think I have the words for this, but here we go… Thanks to a close source of ours, we have received pictures and information about one of BlackBerry’s upcoming lower cost handsets, codenamed Kopi. We’re told that this model is set to come in at an even lower price than the BlackBerry Q5, and will feature a faster processor to boot. It won’t have LTE, though it will have a removable battery! Look at it — a Palm Pixi crossbred with a Q5 and it’s not exactly going to win any style awards. More →
It’s a special time when Apple releases a new iPhone and as is always the case, it coincides with a BGR giveaway. For this one, we’re giving away a brand new iPhone 5s in your choice of color. You might be wondering how do I enter? Good thing our friends the bullet points are here to help:
- This giveaway is for a brand new 16GB iPhone 5s in the color of your choice — black/space gray, white/silver or white/gold. The actual model is A1533 and it will be unlocked.
- To enter, all you have to do is follow us on Twitter at @BGR or like us on Facebook here — plus, hey, why aren’t you following us already?
- Leave a comment below letting us know you followed us.
That’s it! This contest will run for one week until September 27th at 11:59 p.m. EDT, and it is only open to those 18 years of age and older. The good news though, is that it’s not limited to U.S. residents — anyone can enter. Good luck!
It’s no secret Apple is working on newer versions of iOS 7 even before iOS 7 is released to the public. We’re able to confirm this two ways: one is through multiple sources of ours and the second is, well, because we have one. Looking beyond iOS 7.0.1, which is an update just for minor bug fixes and enhancements, it is widely expected that Apple is set to debut iOS 7.1 during the company’s special October event where it is likely we will see new iPads, minor Mac refreshes and potentially some Apple TV news. More →