The bad news for BlackBerry (BBRY) fans: The BlackBerry 10 Skype app is an Android port and not a native app. The good news: Skype has told CrackBerry that it is “closely collaborating with BlackBerry” to make sure that the ported app runs smoothly on the new platform. Among other things, Skype says it plans to ”open up some of the integration points available to native apps in the OS so that they can also be used by the Skype application” and thus “allow Skype users to see notifications, to start the app from the Hub, and to see their Skype contacts in the native phone book.” Although BlackBerry’s first BlackBerry 10 device is reportedly off to a hot start so far in terms of sales, the company is still finding it hard to get some key apps natively onto its platform. CrackBerry’s Bla1ze, for one, comments that he’d “just rather see Skype go native” since “Skype isn’t hurting for any development money and creating a native BlackBerry 10 app isn’t hard.”
One of the unique features of the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 operating system is the ability to run Android apps. This is achieved through the company’s “Runtime for Android apps” program, however it isn’t perfect. For one, the runtime environment is based on the two-year old Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and not a recent version, but BlackBerry (BBRY) on Monday announced that it plans to eventually update the Android runtime environment to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, CrackBerry reported. This will allow Android developers to port their Android 4.0+ apps to the BlackBerry 10 platform, however the company didn’t give a specific time frame as to when the update will be complete.
The best news BlackBerry could possibly get: 50% of BB10 pre-registration in Canada may have come from iPhone, Android users
BlackBerry (BBRY) laid all its cards on the table last week as it unveiled its new BlackBerry 10 platform and the two next-generation smartphones that will carry it through the first half of the year. BlackBerry fans were blown away, but as we discussed in a feature last week, the real challenge for the struggling smartphone vendor will be wooing users away from leading smartphone platforms. Early reviews were not convinced that the BlackBerry Z10 would gain much ground in this regard, however a recent research note from CIBC suggests BlackBerry may already be off to a phenomenal start. More →
Despite showing clear promise and being a tremendous upgrade compared to earlier BlackBerry software, BlackBerry 10 didn’t receive the warmest welcome when it was unveiled earlier this week. At least one leading market research firm thinks BlackBerry (RIMM) has done enough to gain some good traction in 2013, however. ABI Research released new estimates this week projecting that the BlackBerry 10 installed base will reach 20 million by the end of 2013. The firm also says Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone platform, which struggled to garner interest in its early days, will see its installed base climb to 45 million by the end of the year. More →
BlackBerry doesn’t need to catch up with Android and iOS overnight, it needs to live to fight another day
The biggest criticism of BlackBerry’s (RIMM) revamped mobile operating system and smartphone line so far is that they don’t give iOS or Android users any compelling reasons to switch brands. And this is certainly true — BlackBerry 10, for all its virtues, doesn’t do anything significantly better than the top two mobile operating systems and seems designed mostly to please the faithful and not win new converts. At the same time, I think this sort of criticism is based on somewhat unrealistic expectations for what a revamped BlackBerry would be able to achieve in its first iteration. Put simply, making its own loyal fans happy might have been the best that BlackBerry could do in this particular product cycle. More →
BlackBerry’s (RIMM) next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform has received mixed reviews out of the gate, but most seem to agree that the new OS and first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones will do little to attract interest from users of rival platforms. But as analysts continue to back off BlackBerry and investors lose confidence, Goldman Sachs sees a big opportunity for clients. More →
When BlackBerry (RIMM) announced that more than 70,000 BlackBerry 10 applications would be available when its new platform launched, users were ecstatic. That big number was too good to be true, unfortunately, as we and many others noticed in our time spent with the BlackBerry Z10. While the app store includes some big names such as Rovio’s Angry Birds and various titles from Electronic Arts (EA) and Gameloft, it still leaves much to be desired. The company is said to be “in talks” to bring popular apps such as Netflix (NFLX) and Instagram to the platform but nothing is certain. Despite all of this, BlackBerry has announced that more than 1,000 of the top app developers are developing for BlackBerry 10. More →
As anyone who invested in mortgage-backed securities last decade knows Wall Street isn’t always right. That said, BlackBerry (RIMM) can’t be all that happy to see that Street analysts’ reaction to its BlackBerry 10 operating system and BlackBerry Z10 smartphone have been mostly negative. Reuters has a representative roundup of analyst comments about BlackBerry’s grand rebirth on Wednesday and they don’t paint a pretty picture. Among the highlights are analysts from Credit Suisse, who say that they “see limited scope for traction in the hypercompetitive smartphone market” for BlackBerry 10; analysts at Evercore Partners, who praise BlackBerry 10′s “dramatic improvement” but who also “expect a muted consumer response due to RIMM’s damaged brand image”; and Barclays Capital analysts, who are worried that BlackBerry has priced its new devices far too high.
BlackBerry 10 was introduced to the world on Wednesday and Wall Street was not impressed. RIM (RIMM), now rebranded as BlackBerry, saw its stock plummet 12% after having been propped up over the past couple weeks and it continued down another 6% in pre-market trading on Thursday. It’s not that people think BlackBerry 10 is awful, in fact the new OS has garnered a fair amount of praise so far. It’s just that no one seems to think BlackBerry’s new effort is enough to get the company back in the game. More →
Say this for BlackBerry — they seem to know they have an app problem and they’re working hard trying to fix it. A BlackBerry spokesperson has told AllThingsD that the company is “in talks” with both Instagram and Netflix (NFLX) to make mobile applications specifically for the BlackBerry 10 platform. However, the spokesperson also added that they “could not confirm when those apps will make their way into the store,” so BlackBerry fans may have to wait a while before they have access to two of the biggest apps in the mobile world. As we noted earlier, Instagram’s absence on BlackBerry 10 is particularly glaring because RIM claims it has a strong partnership with Instagram owner Facebook (FB).
Research in Motion (RIMM), now officially known as BlackBerry, announced the availability of its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones at a press event in New York City on Wednesday. The flagship 4.2-inch BlackBerry Z10 will be available on all four major carriers in the United States and will launch in March for $199, on Verizon at least, with a new two-year agreement or $599 off contract. The device will also be released in the United Kingdom on January 31st, Canada on February 5th for $149.99 on a 3-year contract and in the United Arab Emirates on February 10th. Pricing information hasn’t yet been announced for the BlackBerry Q10 QWERTY keyboard smartphone, although the company expects the device to be available to consumers by April.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article claimed the BlackBerry Z10 was now available for ”preorder” but this is not the case. Some carriers have launched BlackBerry 10 landings pages, however, that allow customers to sign up for more details.
BlackBerry is back! Or is it? With a brand new operating system, brand new hardware, and a restructured company with some new people, Research In Motion (RIMM) has done everything possible to make the company’s brand new flagship smartphone a success. It combines the tried and true hardware we all know and love with a new take on the BlackBerry software experience. But is it enough to fight through the sea of iPhones, Android phones, and even Windows Phones? More →
Research In Motion (RIMM) is largely responsible for shaping the modern smartphone, but the company rested on its laurels and sat still while the rest of the industry underwent a major shift. The result is the debacle RIM faces today. The future of the company now rests squarely on RIM’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform, and the world will now get its first official glimpse at the two new smartphones that mark the start of RIM’s comeback attempt. We already know plenty about the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry X10 smartphones thanks to a series of leaks, but today we’ll hear all the key details surrounding these two phones straight from the horse’s mouth. We should also find out preliminary launch details during today’s event, as well as with some details about RIM’s sales and marketing strategies. Our live coverage of RIM’s BlackBerry 10 unveiling follows below.