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dang i love the styling of BB. wish they offered hardware with android OS.

they have that spy high tech look. that is why i also like sony phones.
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BlackBerry admits Android, iOS helped cause their demise





With BlackBerry’s recent withdrawal from the consumer market, and subsequent revelation that they lost $1 billion last quarter, we were all left to reminisce on just what led to their downfall. Some pointed to the iPhone, which led the charge into a new frontier of smart devices. Some said the proliferation of Android was too much, and Google’s free-to-use services were just too much for RIM Blackberry.


It turns out, everyone was right! In the global economy, emerging markets like India or China are increasingly important to an OEM’s bottom line. In those markets, Android and iOS have a strong foothold, and no sign of letting up. BlackBerry now admits it couldn’t keep up with demand:
“The intense competition impacting the Company’s financial and operational results that previously affected demand in the United States market is now being experienced globally, including in international markets where the Company has historically experienced rapid growth. The increase in competition encountered by the Company in international markets is due to the recent entry into those markets of global competitors offering high end devices that compete with the Company’s BlackBerry 10 devices, as well as other competitors targeting those markets with lower end Android-based devices that compete with the Company’s lower cost devices.”
That was included in a regulatory filing by Blackberry, released shortly after news leaked of their withering sales numbers. It was said to be part of an earnings call BlackBerry scheduled, then promptly cancelled due to a buyout offer from their leading shareholder.
Further details about BlackBerry’s slide point to a diminished North American presence, where BlackBerry noted $414 million in sales. While that accounted for 26% of sales, their presence in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa brought in $686 million, or 42% of their sales revenue. This was all in contribution to a 55% decline in overall device sales, where Blackberry saw a $942 million loss.
In regard to their enterprise sector, where Blackberry will focus their efforts moving forward, losses abound. Their services sector saw a decline of 27% to $724 million. This all contributes to BlackBerry laying of 40% of their workforce, and funneling their focus to four devices, all meant for the enterprise market. It won’t be easy, though: Apple, Google, and Microsoft have all made serious inroads to mobile enterprise and service solutions in BlackBerry’s absence.
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Blackberry lives: won’t sell after $1 billion injection in private funding, new CEO






Things weren’t look too hot for Blackberry when it was reported that the company was looking to sell to Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion over a month ago. Many industry pundits expected such a sale to result in dismantling the company piece by piece and selling off different sectors to the highest bidders. Thankfully (and I do mean that), that won’t be the case.

It’s being reported that Blackberry has called off the sale. We’re not sure what sort of behind-the-scenes mojo caused a “stay of execution,” but Blackberry was somehow able to secure over $1 billion in private funding (from Fairfax Financial and other unnamed investors) to stay afloat. With that, it seems CEO Thorsten Heins’ reign at the top of the company will come to an end. Taking his place at an interim level is John S. Chen.
“I am pleased to join a company with as much potential as BlackBerry,” said Mr. Chen. “BlackBerry is an iconic brand with enormous potential – but it’s going to take time, discipline and tough decisions to reclaim our success. I look forward to leading BlackBerry in its turnaround and business model transformation for the benefit of all of its constituencies, including its customers, shareholders and employees.”
John Chen is credited with helping Sybase, an information systems company, navigate stormy waters in troubling times. While his new role at Blackberry isn’t yet solidified with the promise of a long-term gig, it seems there’s no one better to help right the ship in the short term.
So what does this mean for Android, and the entirety of the mobile ecosystem? A couple of different, polarizing things:
  • Companies like Huawei or Lenovo looking to gain stronger footing in the North American market no longer have a legitimate chance at this experienced company. Their chances at global success haven’t been completely shut down with this news, but it does force them to find new ways to break in.
  • Competition is guaranteed from a healthy amount of different angles. If Blackberry continues to innovate and finds a way to put pressure on everyone else, it’ll make Google, Apple and Microsoft work that much harder to make sure their own offerings stay relevant in this fierce market.
Yes, we all joke about the relevance of Blackberry and how our one friend is the only person we know still using a Blackberry phone, but the truth of the matter is that it wouldn’t have been good for anyone to see Blackberry dissipate. While today’s news doesn’t guarantee long-term success, it does mean they’ll have another real chance at becoming a major player in the mobile space again.
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it's like watching a bug that keeps fighting against the water rushing down the drain. eventually it will die :/
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BlackBerry’s first Foxconn phones to debut at MWC




BlackBerry isn’t only suing Ryan Seacrest these days — it’s also getting ready to release some new smartphones through its new manufacturing partner Foxconn. Focus Taiwan reports that the first Foxconn-produced BlackBerry handsets will make their debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, although we still don’t know for sure how many new devices Foxconn plans to show off just yet. BlackBerry signed a deal with Foxconn to produce handsets aimed at emerging markets last year, which gives the company more space to refocus its efforts on producing enterprise-centric software and services. Although BlackBerry’s first Foxconn-produced handset, codenamed “Jakarta,” will be a touchscreen-only device, CEO John Chen has said that he wants to see physical keyboards on the majority of new BlackBerry handsets going forward.
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Physical keyboard: only one aspect that Blackberry can't give up that is making them less and less successful.
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BlackBerry to Air Force: You’ll regret dumping us for iOS, Android






The S.S. BlackBerry keeps springing leaks when it comes to its business with the United States military. Just over a week after the United States Army placed an order for 7,000 Samsung phones that will be used to replace legacy BlackBerry devices, CrackBerry reports that the U.S. Air Force has similarly ordered 5,000 iPhones that will also replace older BlackBerry phones. Even worse, CrackBerry says that this is just the start and that all Air Force staff will have their BlackBerry devices replaced with iOS and Android devices at some point in the future.
BlackBerry is clearly not happy about this situation and it’s released a statement letting the Air Force know it will rue the day it switched from BlackBerry to rival operating systems.
“The ongoing threat of cyber attacks requires organizations to be vigilant about mobile security,” BlackBerry writes. “For customers that have the highest security requirements, such as those in government, there is nothing more secure than a BlackBerry device managed by a BlackBerry Enterprise Server… Our competitors have not been tested in the field or subjected to the long-term rigors of high stress applications, making their security model difficult to trust. BlackBerry remains the best option for governments around the world.”
While it’s true that Samsung has had a lot of hiccups in its first attempt at deploying a comprehensive smartphone security solution, it also hasn’t stopped the U.S Department of Defense from adopting Samsung phones. If the military can successfully deploy iOS and Android without compromising its members’ security then it will be a major blow to BlackBerry’s claim that organizations need BlackBerry devices if they value security above everything else. That said, if adopting iOS and Android leads to major security breaches for the DOD then BlackBerry will undoubtedly get the last laugh.
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BlackBerry CEO: We’re readying a new flagship phone that will steal users away from Android, iPhone




Just as Thorsten Heins did before him, a new BlackBerry CEO has managed to talk his way into some nice gains for BlackBerry shares in recent months. After diving from the mid-$11 range last fall to a low of just $5.75 this past December, BlackBerry’s stock has climbed nearly 70% in the past three months as Chen continues to convince investors that BlackBerry has a real shot at a comeback. While the new BlackBerry Z3 and BlackBerry Q20 represent BlackBerry’s latest attempt to stop users from fleeing its platform, Chen said recently in an interview that his company is working on a new flagship phone that won’t just keep current BlackBerry users on board, it will steal new users away from Android and the iPhone.
“There are some moments that are really great,” Chen told CNET during a recent interview. “This is why there’s quite a bit of good chance for us to turn this thing around.”
According to the site, Chen fessed up about an exciting new flagship phone that BlackBerry is currently working on. He broadly teased more flagship phones in the works during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress trade show earlier this week, but Chen offered a bit more detail while speaking offstage.
“While the Q20 is the BlackBerry for its hardcore user base, the other flagship BlackBerry is intended to win over new customers,” CNET’s Roger Cheng wrote. “And there’s a strong chance it will launch this year, although he said he couldn’t guarantee it.”
Could it be the mysterious BlackBerry “Windermere” BGR exclusively revealed last week?
Some might recall that former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said similar things about the BlackBerry Z30 when teasing its debut. A source speaking to BGR late last year said that the Z30 release was the slowest smartphone launch he could recall, however.
Will things be different this time around? Chen is doing a terrific job of convincing investors that is indeed the case.
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Just as Thorsten Heins did before him, a new BlackBerry CEO has managed to talk his way into some nice gains for BlackBerry shares in recent months. After diving from the mid-$11 range last fall to a low of just $5.75 this past December, BlackBerry’s stock has climbed nearly 70% in the past three months as Chen continues to convince investors that BlackBerry has a real shot at a comeback. While the new BlackBerry Z3 and BlackBerry Q20 represent BlackBerry’s latest attempt to stop users from fleeing its platform, Chen said recently in an interview that his company is working on a new flagship phone that won’t just keep current BlackBerry users on board, it will steal new users away from Android and the iPhone.
“There are some moments that are really great,” Chen told CNET during a recent interview. “This is why there’s quite a bit of good chance for us to turn this thing around.”
According to the site, Chen fessed up about an exciting new flagship phone that BlackBerry is currently working on. He broadly teased more flagship phones in the works during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress trade show earlier this week, but Chen offered a bit more detail while speaking offstage.
“While the Q20 is the BlackBerry for its hardcore user base, the other flagship BlackBerry is intended to win over new customers,” CNET’s Roger Cheng wrote. “And there’s a strong chance it will launch this year, although he said he couldn’t guarantee it.”
Could it be the mysterious BlackBerry “Windermere” BGR exclusively revealed last week?
Some might recall that former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said similar things about the BlackBerry Z30 when teasing its debut. A source speaking to BGR late last year said that the Z30 release was the slowest smartphone launch he could recall, however.
Will things be different this time around? Chen is doing a terrific job of convincing investors that is indeed the case.

Unless this fucking device prints money......Nah...
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I love how every flagship for the last...how many years?...has planned on stealing people away from Android and iOS.
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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.

According to iMore, BlackBerry senior VP of software Sebastien Marineau-Mes gave the company two months notice that he’d be leaving for Apple back in December. However, Marineau-Mes’s contract clearly stated that he needed to give BlackBerry six months notice before accepting a job at another company, which is why BlackBerry sued him to keep him in Waterloo for another four months. iMore says that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice this month ruled in BlackBerry’s favor, meaning that Marineau-Mes will have to serve out the remainder of his term at BlackBerry without parole.
“BlackBerry will not stand by while a former employee violates his employment contract,” the company told iMore. “It is unfortunate that we had to take this step, but we will do whatever is necessary to ensure that employees honor the agreements they make with us. When we enter into an agreement with an employee, as we have with Mr. Marineau, we expect him to honor his commitment just as he would expect that we will honor ours.”
BlackBerry’s decision to sue to keep Marineau-Mes seems to be another sign of its renewed sense of fight under new CEO John Chen. Chen has also decided to pick fights with both T-Mobile CEO John Legere for showing disrespect to the company and with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest for creating a BlackBerry knockoff keyboard attachment for the iPhone.
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BlackBerry’s unreleased Kopi smartphone shown again in high-quality leaked pics






BlackBerry’s future remains as unclear as ever, but according to CEO John Chen, the one-time mobile giant will continue pumping out new devices as long as there are customers interested in buying them. One of those devices could be BlackBerry’s Kopi, a purportedly cheaper alternative to the high-end smartphones Chen alluded to last month. We revealed the Kopi late last year, and after months of silence, a new batch of high-quality photos have surfaced on Techrum, showcasing the phone from every possible angle.
Despite a speedier processor, the cost-efficient BlackBerry phone should cost even less than the Q5, which was released last year as BlackBerry’s “budget” phone. The new source also confirms that the Kopi will not support LTE and will contain a 2100 mAh removable battery. Other specifications include a 3.2-inch display, HDMI and microUSB ports and plastic casing around the device. Take a look at some of the photos below, and then head to Techrum for the rest.

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Hello 2004.....whats that? you want your thick phones back?

and no LTE support.....Jesus BB just give up....
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and no LTE support.....Jesus BB just give up....
BUT IT HAS A PHYSICAL KEYBOARD.
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Why BlackBerry doesn’t care if you think its new smartphone looks hideous






The new BlackBerry Passport phone is not going to win any awards for beautiful design. But then again, it’s not supposed to — it was designed specifically to appeal to BlackBerry diehards who want a phone primarily for productivity purposes and who don’t care what it looks like.
In a new blog post explaining the Passport’s design, BlackBerry says that the device has been “designed from the ground up for the working professional in mind” and lists several different types of professionals who will want a device that combines a large display with a physical QWERTY keyboard to help them get more work done.
BlackBerry also touches on its decision to give the Passport a square display instead of the standard rectangular one by explaining that it’s been crafted specifically for reading eBooks, webpages and PDFs.
“Consider how IMAX screens start with a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio projection for conventional movie trailers and then expand to their true dimensions (and the audience goes, ‘ooh’),” BlackBerry writes. “The Passport is like the IMAX of productivity, and you don’t have to sacrifice screen real estate, vertically or horizontally.”
Nonetheless, we do have to wonder about one aspect of the Passport’s design that might give professionals pause: How comfortably it will fit into your pants pocket. As you can see from the picture below, the Passport has some very sharp corners and is much wider than other flagship phones on the market, so we’ll be interested to see whether it’s comfortable to sit down with the device in your pocket or if the Passport’s corners will constantly jab you.
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A phone that most definitely won't fit in your pocket, looks awkward as hell to hold, and uses a virtually unsupported OS.

Another grand slam, BB. Good effort. Thanks for playing.
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I thought they were dead. I guess they are still clinging onto life.

They will never make a comeback because of apps and games. IOS and andriod have tons of useful apps and great games. Main stream will never see a blackberry because app developers don't care about a dying platform.
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BlackBerry CEO: If I Could Build A ‘Secure Android’, I Would





There have been a number of rumors circulating over this year already and ones which have caused a mass of headlines to emerge off the back of them. The most recent and possibly the most intriguing emerged last week when reports surfaced suggesting that BlackBerry might release an android device. This one in particular, garnered a lot of attention thanks to the seemingly distant relationship between BlackBerry and its own operating system and that of android. Not to mention, that in spite of what seems to be an increasing sliding of the market share occupied by BlackBerry, there are a number of consumers who are still (or at least would be) interested in a new BlackBerry device. Especially, one running on Android. As such, the rumors did cause quite a stir.
Well, to add to the stirring, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has appeared in a video interview this morning and made some interesting comments. During the interview, Chen is quickly asked (and by his reaction seemingly not expecting it) about the rumors surrounding an android BlackBerry device. In his response, Chen does not admit that BlackBerry are working on one, but he does not deny they are either. In fact, his comments were along the lines that BlackBerry only build “secure devices” and if he could build a secure android one, he would.
Of course, none of this does mean that BlackBerry are building one or even thinking about building one. However, what it does mean it that they are not adverse to the idea of building one. Not to mention, that if they can find a way to build a device which runs on Android but also offers the security expected by BlackBerry users (both former and current) then that will be something they would seriously be considering doing. Either way and at the very least, this latest snippet of information is not going to do much to help the fuelling of speculation that an android BlackBerry smartphone is coming. Those interested can watch the brief interview (and even briefer android comments) by clicking the source link below.

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BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO), which has been coy about its ambitions to make a mainstream Android smartphone, fueled 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 (GOOGL.O) 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.
In the past three weeks, however, Chen has said at least twice that he would only build an Android phone if he can "secure Android".
BlackBerry downplayed the significance of its domain name purchases in an email on Friday, saying: "BlackBerry frequently registers domain names to support the breadth of our cross-platform portfolio. Android is an important part of our cross-platform enterprise software strategy."
Indeed, one of the domains, "AndroidSecured.com", currently redirects users to a BlackBerry enterprise-focused site.
But that has not stopped a barrage of chatter on tech blogs about the purchases being part of BlackBerry's plan to build its own secure Android, going beyond supporting existing Android phones on its BES12 device-management system. BES12 allows corporate and government clients to secure Android-, iOS-, Windows- and BlackBerry-powered devices on their networks.
Under the leadership of Chen, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company has been pivoting toward software and device management as its recent devices, powered by its BlackBerry 10 software, have failed to win mass appeal. Analysts and tech gurus believe a move to Android could give BlackBerry's device arm a new lease on life.
The company already helps provide enhanced security for some of Samsung Electronics' (005930.KS) Android line-up. It also helped U.S. aircraft maker and defense contractor Boeing Co (BA.N) build Boeing Black, an ultrasecure Android smartphone for defense and security customers.
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Some new information about Blackberry’s forthcoming Venice phone has arrived. If you didn’t know, this would be Blackberry’s first phone that runs Android. Evan Blass, who has semi-retired as the man behind @evleaks, has released renders of the handset, and you can see it’s clearly running Android.

Today we get a release window to look forward to, as well as a clearer idea of how widespread this device will be once it lands. We’re told to lookout for a release in November, and that all major US carriers will be offering it on store shelves.
Other new information we gather today includes the revelation that this thing might run Google Play, which also means a full complement of Google Play Services apps and features. Companies who traditionally favored other operating systems tend to make forked versions of Android which uses third-party app stores and services, so we’re glad to see Blackberry is breaking the mold.

We also get confirmation that the phone will be loaded with Blackberry’s security and enterprise suite, a move which was pretty obvious after they teamed up with Google to promote better Android security. Finally, we know that the device will have Lollipop at launch, and that there will be an easy content transfer app to move all your stuff from a Blackberry device to the Venice.
The Blackberry Venice should be a very interesting device for those who miss their physical keyboards, and we can’t wait to see it in the flesh once the Canadian company is finally ready to unveil it.
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Rumored BlackBerry Venice Images Show Sliding QWERTY Keypad






Long standing rumors have suggested that Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion) will launch its very first Android-powered smartphone in the coming weeks. The handset will most likely be called the BlackBerry Venice, or at least that’s what most leaksters seem to believe at any rate. While we have seen purported images and renders of the same at various stages over the last few weeks, the recent images have been published by the editor of French website NowhereElse, Mr. Steve Hemmerstoffer, also known by his Twitter handle, @OnLeaks. The photographs of what is claimed to be a “genuine prototype”, seem to indicate the presence of a sliding keyboard, which apparently corroborates previous leaks regarding the upcoming gadget Previous rumors had claimed that the upcoming handset would feature the BlackBerry trademark physical QWERTY keyboard, which is a rarity for mainstream Android devices these days, to say the least.
While the BlackBerry Venice is tipped for launch at the upcoming IFA event in Berlin, Germany, information about its hardware remains mostly sketchy. From whatever we’ve read previously, it would seem as if the gadget would feature curved edges on both sides along its length, on the lines of Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy S6 Edge+ and come with front-facing speakers like HTC’s flagship One models. The current images, if legit, does seem to corroborate those claims. The display panel will reportedly have a QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, and while the current leak doesn’t mention the size, previous leaks have mentioned a possible 5.4-inch panel on the Blackberrry Venice. The smartphone will reportedly also come with 3 GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 SoC, which means hexa-core processing power for the much-rumored upcoming handset. Mr. Hemmerstoffer also says that the BlackBerry Venice will sport a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megaixel secondary selfie-cam on the front.
Whether BlackBerry will completely abandon its BB OS in favor of Android or make two different lines of products is still not something which is certain, but previous, unconfirmed rumors have suggested that the company might actually launch a BB OS 10.3 version of the smartphone for all current BlackBerry aficionados. Either way, the Android-powered version of the smartphone is said to be available in the US on at least two carriers at launch – AT&T and T-Mobile. All the available ‘information’ about the BlackBerry Venice are strictly in the realms of rumors, and based on aggregated hearsay from various sources, so a generous pinch of salt might well be in order. All the leaked images can be seen in the gallery below.

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BlackBerry Posted Official Images of Priv Yesterday





The Priv from BlackBerry, aka Venice, has been the target of many leaks over the past month, and it seems BlackBerry, a company that touts their security, has had enough. In a blog post, the company released three official images of the device, leading fans of BlackBerry to either embrace the upcoming device, or express their distaste for its usage of the Android OS.
Two of the released photos show the profile of Priv (below), while the other is an angled shot of the frontside (top). It is certainly an interesting device, and BlackBerry states we will soon know more information, including when and where you can purchase it.
The images do not offer anything too new, but we do get a good look at the Priv’s side button configuration, which is unique to say the least. It appears a power button sits between the volume up and down buttons, possibly leading to a bit of confusion. Other than that, it’s a slider phone with a full QWERTY running Android, made by BlackBerry.
Once availability and pricing is known, we will be sure to let all of your slider fans know.
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BlackBerry Could Exit Smartphones Next Year If Not Making Money





A year ago it might have seemed unlikely that BlackBerry would be once again dominating the headlines and especially in the Android world. But that is exactly what has been happening over the last few weeks and months. While a number of smartphones have landed from the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG and even the two new Nexus devices, there is a keen interest in what BlackBerry has to offer and can bring to the market. Again, especially the Android market.
By now, it is no secret that BlackBerry will be releasing an Android running smartphone. The company has already announced the device which is going by the BlackBerry PRIV name and are currently in the pre-release promoting period. For some, the release of an Android BlackBerry is not only news to be followed, but also highlights BlackBerry’s admittance of the fact that they need to enter the Android sphere to stay viable or relevant in the smartphone market, with the slow decline of their own BB operating system continuing.
Well, on that note, BlackBerry CEO, John Chen was talking today at a Code/Mobile event in California and revealed some interesting thoughts. Firstly, Chen made it clear that if BlackBerry can’t become financially successful in the smartphone world by this time next year, there is a high chance they will exit the smartphone market altogether. With the impending launch of the company’s first Android smartphone, it seems likely that with Chen’s current statements, this will be a make or break device for them. Which is a sentiment that has been heard before in recent weeks.
On a slightly separate note, Chen was asked about the duality of running two OSes going forward and according to the report, Chen suggested that if he could bring all of the security features from BB10 over to Android successfully, he would consider abandoning their own OS for Android within the next one to two years. Although, that might not sound too revealing, it does further highlight that BlackBerry is considering an Android-only future. Although, that does seem to be highly dependent now on the success of PRIV.
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