New BlackBerry Phones Release Date

BlackBerry to release 3 new high-end devices targeted toward ‘keyboard aficionados’

By on March 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM.

BlackBerry to release 3 new high-end devices targeted toward ‘keyboard aficionados’

As we’ve written before, BlackBerry’s high-end smartphone strategy seems to involve largely ignoring the masses who want touchscreen-only phones and focussing on the keyboard-loving diehards who have helped keep the company afloat in hard times. CrackBerry brings us word that BlackBerry CEO John Chen said during his company’s earnings call on Friday that BlackBerry plans to release three new high-end devices over the next 18 months that will be targeted toward “keyboard aficionados.” As if to emphasize his point, Chen also made sure to tell us that BlackBerry’s focus “is going to be very keyboard centric” when it comes to making its own devices. BlackBerry has had to drastically cut back on producing its own hardware after the first BlackBerry 10 devices were massive flops and the company has outsourced production of cheap low-end BlackBerry phones to manufacturer Foxconn. BlackBerry sold only 1.1 million smartphones last quarter so it looks like its user base is shrinking down to a small but loyal group of diehards.

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BlackBerry BBM Monthly Active Users

The good news for BlackBerry: BBM is still a huge hit

By on March 28, 2014 at 8:39 AM.

The good news for BlackBerry: BBM is still a huge hit

Although BlackBerry posted a much narrower loss than analysts expected last quarter, this piece of good news was somewhat offset by the fact that the company’s revenues missed expectations and dropped below $1 billion. That said, there is one bright spot for the company that’s unblemished by any dark clouds for the moment: The success of BBM. On the company’s earnings call on Friday, the company said that BBM now had 115 million registered users and 85 million monthly active users, which shows BBM is still growing from the quarter before when it had an estimated 80 million monthly active users. More →

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BlackBerry Q4 2014 Earnings

BlackBerry Q4 loss much narrower than expected but revenue sinks below $1 billion

By on March 28, 2014 at 7:06 AM.

BlackBerry Q4 loss much narrower than expected but revenue sinks below $1 billion

BlackBerry’s last earnings report was truly a thing of spellbinding horror as the company had just taken down its “for sale” sign and posted earnings of -$0.67 per share on $1.2 billion in revenue. The consensus estimate for this past quarter was that BlackBerry would post a net loss of $0.56 per share on $1.13 billion in revenue and the company on Friday beat expectations by posting an EPS of -$0.08 on $976 million in revenue. The revenue decline is potentially worrisome for BlackBerry because it represents a 64% year-over-year decline from Q4 2013 and a sequential decline of 18% from Q3 2014. BlackBerry is also still burning through its cash pile at an unhealthy clip, as its $2.7 billion in cash represents a $500 million decline from the $3.2 billion in cash it had at the end of Q3 2014.  More →

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BlackBerry 10 DoD Certification

U.S. Department of Defense throws BlackBerry 10 a welcome lifeline

By on March 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM.

U.S. Department of Defense throws BlackBerry 10 a welcome lifeline

If there’s one mobile platform that needs a lifeline these days, it’s BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry’s hardware sales have been in free fall over the past year and most of the devices it has sold have been based on its legacy BlackBerry 7 platform. BlackBerry did announce some good news on Thursday, however, when it revealed that BlackBerry 10 had received the Full Operational Capability certification from the United States Department of Defense. BlackBerry 10 is the only mobile platform to receive FOC so far and the company says that the certification will allow “government employees to realize the full security, productivity, communication and collaboration benefits of the BlackBerry 10 solution.” The company’s full press release follows below. More →

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Can BlackBerry Make Money With BBM

BlackBerry’s big moment: Can it make money with BBM?

By on March 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

BlackBerry’s big moment: Can it make money with BBM?

The messaging app market has really started to heat up after Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion and after Alibaba’s investment in the far more obscure Tango granted it a $1 billion valuation. As popular entries like Viber, WhatsApp and Tango have found big strategic partners, the number of stand-alone messaging apps with more than 100 million registered users has dwindled. BBM and Kik are among the most notable indie messaging apps left looking for sugar daddies and their futures will hinge upon whether they can show real potential to generate revenue. That’s why BBM is now at such a crucial juncture: It is dipping its toes in the advertising market for the first time.

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Product Leaks

CEO John Chen declares war on BlackBerry leakers

By on March 26, 2014 at 11:39 AM.

CEO John Chen declares war on BlackBerry leakers

BlackBerry CEO John Chen really doesn’t mess around. In a new blog post on BlackBerry’s official website, Chen vowed to crack down on leaks of future devices and products and said that his company would seek criminal prosecutions against any and all leakers, whether they come from within or from outside the company. Chen acknowledges that BlackBerry fans enjoy seeing devices leaked before their launch but says that they’re doing too much damage to the company to be left unchecked.

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BlackBerry Sues Former Employee Apple

BlackBerry sues exec to stop him from escaping to Apple

By on March 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

BlackBerry sues exec to stop him from escaping to Apple

BlackBerry has probably not been a fun place to work for the last couple of years for rather obvious reasons. So when a company that’s doing significantly better throws one of BlackBerry’s execs a lifeline it’s hard to blame that person for latching onto it as quickly as possible. That said, it’s probably not cool to jump into your new gig if it means breaking a contract with your previous employer and iMore reports that BlackBerry has now sued one of its former executives for trying to flee to the greener pastures of Cupertino four months too early.

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BlackBerry 10.3 Leaked Screenshots

Leaked screenshots show us BlackBerry’s potential Siri rival

By on March 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM.

Leaked screenshots show us BlackBerry’s potential Siri rival

Despite BlackBerry’s dismally low market share in the U.S., it is still working on the next version of its operating system. And now we know what it will look like, thanks to some leaked screenshots picked up by PhoneArena. It looks like the new OS will feature an “Intelligent Assistant” that will presumably work like Siri or Google Now. The new OS also has a number of new features for its camera. It will be able to take panoramas and, more importantly, selfies with timers. The new camera software will also support taking 720p video at 60fps or 30fps. It will also be able to use HDR to improve image quality in high contrast light environments.

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BlackBerry Ryan Seacrest Lawsuit

BlackBerry scores big early win against arch nemesis Ryan Seacrest

By on March 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

BlackBerry scores big early win against arch nemesis Ryan Seacrest

Every protagonist needs an arch enemy: Sherlock Holmes has Moriarty, Batman has the Joker and BlackBerry has Ryan Seacrest, the American Idol host and onetime BlackBerry user who allegedly stabbed the company in the back by ripping off its keyboard design for his Typo iPhone keyboard attachment. BerryReview points out that BlackBerry is now one step closer to exacting revenge on its hated enemy because a judge late last week validated two of the three patents that the company is asserting against Seacrest. BlackBerry still has to prove that Seacrest and Typo infringed upon these patents, of course, but just from looking at the design of the Typo attachment it looks like BlackBerry will have a strong case to make. BGR reviewed the Typo earlier this year and found that “it’s a well thought out, well designed, well made product by two people who can’t live without their physical keyboard.”

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White House BlackBerry vs Android

Even the White House may drop BlackBerry for Android

By on March 21, 2014 at 1:54 PM.

Even the White House may drop BlackBerry for Android

In addition to not doing too well in the consumer market, BlackBerry may be in danger of losing some precious business and government contracts in the future. One of BlackBerry’s most faithful customers is exploring other options, The Wall Street Journal reports, with Android smartphones from Samsung and LG being currently tested by the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communication Agency, which is a military unit in charge of the President’s communications. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Interview

New BlackBerry CEO lobs insults at iPhone owners

By on March 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

New BlackBerry CEO lobs insults at iPhone owners

As BlackBerry looks to pull itself out of the fire and regain its former glory, new chief executive John Chen has so far done a good job of convincing investors that BlackBerry’s chances of a meaningful turnaround are real. As noted in a recent BGR report, BlackBerry shares have been screaming so far in 2014, gaining 36% through the first two months of the year and outpacing the company’s top mobile platform rivals by a huge margin. According to comments made last week, however, Chen’s confidence might be starting to get the best of him. More →

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BlackBerry Z10 Secusmart Voice Encryption

For $2,770 you can own the most secure BlackBerry in the world

By on March 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM.

For $2,770 you can own the most secure BlackBerry in the world

BlackBerry phones still offer the best security of any other smartphones around but what if you want something that, much like Spinal Tap’s famous amplifiers, pushes your security up from a 10 to an 11? If you’re in the market for a BlackBerry that’s more-secure-than-secure then German company Secusmart GmbH has something for you, provided you have the cash.  More →

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