BlackBerry Android Phone Leaked Specs

Leak: Could these be the specs for BlackBerry’s first Android phone?

By on June 18, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

Leak: Could these be the specs for BlackBerry’s first Android phone?

We learned recently that BlackBerry is planning to release its first-ever Android phone this fall and N4BB may have just found the device’s leaked specifications. Specifically, N4BB has posted a list of specs for a device that’s now codenamed “Venice” that will be a touchscreen-equipped slider device similar to the old BlackBerry Torch. This is significant because it seems the Android phone BlackBerry is working on will also have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well. More →

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BlackBerry Android Smartphone Rumors Slider

So it’s come to this: BlackBerry is reportedly making an Android phone

By on June 12, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

So it’s come to this: BlackBerry is reportedly making an Android phone

Hardcore fans might find it hard to accept it, but this doesn’t change the fact that BlackBerry isn’t going to storm back and beat iOS and Android anytime soon. The company failed to win the hearts of consumers, and it’s now considering something rather radical: Making Android phones. More →

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BlackBerry Co-CEO Balsillie Interview

Ex-RIM co-CEO Balsillie offers brutally frank reflections on BlackBerry’s downfall

By on June 9, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

Ex-RIM co-CEO Balsillie offers brutally frank reflections on BlackBerry’s downfall

While Research in Motion certainly made many strategic missteps over the years, it never really had a shot at going toe-to-toe against Apple and Google in the consumer smartphone wars. Ex-RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie on Tuesday gave a talk at The Empire Club of Canada in which he gave a brutally frank assessment of his former company’s downfall as a major power in the phone industry. More →

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BlackBerry Xiaomi Merger Xiaomi President

Xiaomi’s president did not actually say Xiaomi ‘will acquire BlackBerry’

By on June 4, 2015 at 9:50 AM.

Xiaomi’s president did not actually say Xiaomi ‘will acquire BlackBerry’

A post on Weibo from Xiaomi’s president seems to be saying that his company “will acquire BlackBerry,” although it turns out that is not the case at all. G for Games points us to remarks made by Xiaomi president and cofounder Bin Lin in which he flat-out states that Xiaomi will buy BlackBerry. Skeptical of a Google translation of the Xiaomi president’s remarks, G for Games looked at the original text and broke it down word by word and, lo and behold, it seems he really did say that his company would be buying BlackBerry. However, a closer inspection reveals this is not what the Xiaomi exec actually said. More →

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BlackBerry Vs. Ryan Seacrest Typo

BlackBerry scores a knockout punch against archenemy Ryan Seacrest

By on June 1, 2015 at 5:27 PM.

BlackBerry scores a knockout punch against archenemy Ryan Seacrest

Score a win for BlackBerry. Per The Wall Street Journal, BlackBerry has reached a settlement with Ryan Seacrest’s company Typo in which Typo has agreed to stop selling its smartphone keyboard attachments for any devices whose screens measure in at less than 7.9 inches. Since Typo primarily made keyboard attachments for iPhones, this effectively means it’s game over for Seacrest’s knockoff keyboard. More →

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BlackBerry Vs. Android Vs. iOS Market Share

It will soon be impossible for BlackBerry to lose more market share

By on May 27, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

It will soon be impossible for BlackBerry to lose more market share

BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently offered some very good reasons for BlackBerry to keep making new phones, although he acknowledged at this point that he’s making them for a tiny audience. How tiny are we talking about? The latest numbers from Gartner show that BlackBerry is somehow still losing market share in the smartphone wars despite the fact that its overall share of the market has been well below 1% for the past year. More →

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iPhone Launch

How Google and Android benefited from Microsoft and BlackBerry’s blindness

By on May 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

How Google and Android benefited from Microsoft and BlackBerry’s blindness

If there’s one advantage Apple didn’t have when it released the iPhone, it was a head start. Years before the idea for the iPhone even crossed Steve Jobs’ mind, BlackBerry devices were absolutely killing it in the marketplace. Even Microsoft, which tends to get laughed at for missing important trends in the tech space, had been working on various Windows Mobile devices going all the way back to 2000.

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Compensation $3.4 Million

BlackBerry CEO’s compensation falls from $86 million to ‘only’ $3.4 million in 2015

By on May 25, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

BlackBerry CEO’s compensation falls from $86 million to ‘only’ $3.4 million in 2015

Let’s hope BlackBerry CEO John Chen hasn’t already blown through the massive $85.8 million compensation package he received in fiscal 2014. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Chen’s compensation for fiscal 2015 has fallen to “only” $3.4 million, although the Journal notes that all but $1 million of last year’s compensation “was from restricted shares that vest over five years starting from Mr. Chen’s hiring in November 2013.”

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BlackBerry Vs iPhone

Here’s what BlackBerry’s co-CEOs said the first time they saw the iPhone

By on May 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Here’s what BlackBerry’s co-CEOs said the first time they saw the iPhone

BGR was one of the first sites to call BlackBerry’s coming downfall, and we gave the world an unprecedented inside look at the company’s decline. At one point, we even became an outlet for executives at the company to anonymously plead with the company’s top brass in an effort to turn things around. Of course, those pleas fell on deaf ears and the company came crashing down around them.

BlackBerry is now a shell of its former self, and the company continues to struggle to find its place in the industry. Adding insult to injury, BlackBerry has to relive its toppling yet again thanks to the upcoming release of a new book that pulls back the curtain to give us a new inside look at BlackBerry’s epic decline. More →

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iMessage Vs BBM

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

By on May 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM.

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

True story: a little over a year ago, a friend of mine asked me to help him pick out an Android phone because he was tired of his iPhone. For a few hours spread out over the course of a week, we chatted off and on about what he didn’t like about the iPhone and what he was looking for in a new phone. We finally landed on the HTC One, and he went out and bought one the day his contract was up. But then just three days later, he switched back to his iPhone.

“I can’t live life as a green bubble,” he told me.

There is indeed something addictive about those little blue bubbles. But truth be told, iMessage is hardly a full-featured messaging platform. Its feature set is barebones at best, and now there’s a new feature in the BBM for iOS beta app that iMessage users will be jealous of. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Interview Phone Sales

Why is BlackBerry still making phones? CEO Chen gives a very smart answer

By on May 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Why is BlackBerry still making phones? CEO Chen gives a very smart answer

One reason that BlackBerry is lucky to have John Chen at the helm is that, unlike his predecessors, he’s very much grounded in reality about the state of the company. So while former CEO Thorsten Heins was known for making delusional statements about there being nothing wrong with the company even though it was in a downward spiral at the time, Chen has helped stabilize things and has forced BlackBerry to focus more on its core strengths. More →

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Classic Sale Announced

The feud between BlackBerry and T-Mobile is finally over

By on May 7, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

The feud between BlackBerry and T-Mobile is finally over

Remember when T-Mobile was trying to convert BlackBerry users to the iPhone and BlackBerry decided to end its licensing agreement with the “Un-carrier?” Well, it seems the two have patched things up because the two announced on Thursday “a new partnership to bring the BlackBerry Classic to the Un-carrier’s Data Strong network and its approximately 57 million individual and business customers.” More →

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