BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry To Work With Foxconn On New Smartphone For Growing Markets As It Posts $4.4B Loss

    BlackBerry To Work With Foxconn On New Smartphone For Growing Markets As It Posts $4.4B Loss

    BlackBerry announced its fiscal Q3 2014 results today, and the numbers aren’t pretty. The company revealed a whopping $4.4 billion GAAP-adjusted loss for the quarter, which includes a write-down on current inventory of around $1.6 billion. It “recognized revenue” on only 1.9 million BlackBerry handsets, compared to 3.7 million in the same period a year ago, but it also… Read More

  • BlackBerry Cleans House As COO, CMO And CFO Depart

    BlackBerry Cleans House As COO, CMO And CFO Depart

    BlackBerry’s executive shifts may have only begun, after exiting CEO Thorsten Heins was replaced by John Chen earlier in November, as three more high-profile C-levels get the boot today. The company announced today that BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear, CMO Frank Boulben and CFO Brian Bidulka have all departed the company. Bidulka has already been replaced by former BlackBerry SVP… Read More

  • BlackBerry Takes $1B Investment From Fairfax, Others, Replaces CEO Thorsten Heins

    BlackBerry Takes $1B Investment From Fairfax, Others, Replaces CEO Thorsten Heins

    BlackBerry is replacing its CEO and some of its board of directors, according to official PR this morning. The push to replace CEO Thorsten Heins comes as BlackBerry’s purchase deal with investor Fairfax Financial Holdings falls through, according to the release. Fairfax had until today to enter into a definitive agreement with BlackBerry, but reportedly had trouble finding the funds. Read More

  • A Way To Save BlackBerry

    A Way To Save BlackBerry

    The first smartphone I owned was a Nokia communicator, which I chose because the C++ dev kit gave me the most freedom. When the iPhone appeared I did not switch, because mandatory App Store signing to execute code seemed like a major step in the war on general computation. Eventually I rid myself of Nokia and got an Android acting upon a moral imperative. Many hackers adhere to the ideology… Read More

  • Viber Releases Update To BlackBerry App To Catch Up With iOS And Android

    Viber Releases Update To BlackBerry App To Catch Up With iOS And Android

    If you’re a BlackBerry fan, it may feel a bit like you can’t catch a break. But today Viber wants to change all that, delivering an updated version of the free calling and messaging app to the BlackBerry platform. The update marks the first big upgrade that BlackBerry-flavored Viber has seen since bringing voice calls to the platform in April. BlackBerry has been supported by… Read More

  • BlackBerry’s Bad Timing Buries Its Own Flicker Of Good News On BBM Android/iOS Downloads (10M In A Day)

    BlackBerry’s Bad Timing Buries Its Own Flicker Of Good News On BBM Android/iOS Downloads (10M In A Day)

    Timing is everything. Too early and your product will shrivel; too late and it will be overlooked no matter how shiny. Just ask BlackBerry — a company with spectacularly bad timing in recent memory. A string of hesitations and bad decisions made the BlackBerry maker too late to the mobile party again and again. Read More

  • BBM Finally Launches For Android And iOS, Years Too Late

    BBM Finally Launches For Android And iOS, Years Too Late

    If this was 2010, RIM launching BBM on Android and iOS would have been viewed as a nod to open communication and a platform-agnostic product strategy. If this was 2010, it would have been marked as a win for RIM and a sign that company is here to fight. If this was 2010, RIM might still have a chance. But at the close of 2013, BBM launching on Android and iOS is a swan song for Research In… Read More

  • BlackBerry’s BBM Will Hit iOS And Android Today, One Month After Botched Launch

    BlackBerry’s BBM Will Hit iOS And Android Today, One Month After Botched Launch

    Hey, remember when BlackBerry was going to officially roll out BBM for iOS and Android a few weekends ago only to be stymied by technical issues? At the time it was yet another dark mark on BlackBerry’s already sketchy record, but things are finally starting to look up. The company confirmed on its Inside BlackBerry blog that the messaging app will go live in the Android and iOS app… Read More

  • China’s Lenovo Likely Eyeing Portions Of BlackBerry — Not The Whole Pie

    China’s Lenovo Likely Eyeing Portions Of BlackBerry — Not The Whole Pie

    Chinese phone and PC maker Lenovo has once again been linked with a potential BlackBerry acquisition. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal suggested Lenovo is actively considering a bid for all of BlackBerry. However, according to Reuters, which cites a source familiar with the matter, Lenovo is likely only after parts of BlackBerry pie — owing to regulatory obstacles that would stand in… Read More

  • BlackBerry Reaffirms It Isn’t Gone Just Yet In An Open Letter To Customers

    BlackBerry Reaffirms It Isn’t Gone Just Yet In An Open Letter To Customers

    BlackBerry is currently dealing with some serious, serious issues — no one wanted its first flagship phone, one of its co-founders might be making a dark-horse bid to buy the company back, and the company might just end up being parted out to the highest bidders. So what’s a once-dominant smartphone player to do in light of all this uncertainty and depressing soothsaying? What can… Read More