BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry ditches the keyboard in latest handset

    BlackBerry ditches the keyboard in latest handset

    Yesterday at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, BlackBerry announced the Motion, an all-screen smartphone with a massive battery. Made by TCL under the BlackBerry Mobile brand, the Motion packs a 5.5-inch screen and running on a Snapdragon 625 SoC platform. The phone will be initially available in Middle Eastern markets for around $460 USD. North American availability was not announced. The… Read More

  • BlackBerry, yes BlackBerry, is making a comeback as a software company

    BlackBerry, yes BlackBerry, is making a comeback as a software company

    When you think about dead companies walking, BlackBerry was clearly one that came to mind, but under the leadership of CEO John Chen, the company is actually making a comeback as a software company focused on security, and it’s latest quarterly earnings report suggests the pivot is working splendidly. The company reported revenue of $249 million, which shattered analyst’s… Read More

  • Delphi partners with BlackBerry QNX on its autonomous driving platform

    Delphi partners with BlackBerry QNX on its autonomous driving platform

    Delphi is planning to launch its own autonomous driving solution for car manufacturers and mobility service fleet operators in 2019, and it announced today that it will use BlackBerry QNX as the operating system for the automated drive solution. Both BlackBerry QNX and Delphi are long-time auto industry stalwarts who have been reconfiguring their businesses to focus on the opportunity… Read More

  • The KeyOne is the phone BlackBerry should have made 10 years ago

    The KeyOne is the phone BlackBerry should have made 10 years ago

    The KeyOne is a device from an alternative timeline where BlackBerry didn’t completely whiff and miss the touchscreen revolution. In that parallel universe, Biff Tannen wasn’t elected president and nobody forced devoted thumb-typers to abandon their beloved QWERTY keyboards. It’s tempting to imagine a history where the device arrived on the scene in time to save… Read More

  • BlackBerry’s stock had a great day after the company won a big dispute with Qualcomm

    BlackBerry’s stock had a great day after the company won a big dispute with Qualcomm

    Earlier today, BlackBerry’s stock hit its highest point more than a year, and all it took was a lousy $814.9 million arbitration win. It’s a healthy bounce back for the embattled company, which has spent the last year working to make a major shift from all-in phone maker to software and services company. But while shareholders are likely pleased, BlackBerry no doubt would have… Read More

  • Ford taps BlackBerry talent to double its in-house mobile engineering team

    Ford taps BlackBerry talent to double its in-house mobile engineering team

    Ford has made 400 new engineering hires, the company announced, and will create a new Research and Engineering Centre in Ottawa (yes, it’s a ‘centre’ because it’s Canadian). The majority of the hires come from BlackBerry, where they have extensive experience working with QNX, the operating systems that powers Ford’s SYNC 3, and is used by a large number of the… Read More

  • BlackBerry tries again

    BlackBerry tries again

    Remember when Research in Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones set the bar? My first smartphone was a BlackBerry 7130e. I loved the phone. And then my son gave it a bath in a ginger ale. The 7130e had it all: A scroll wheel, Java apps, a keyboard and a swappable battery that would last for days. That phone came out in 2005 and I had mine until 2009. Ironically, Research in Motion started… Read More

  • The BlackBerry Mercury is now the KeyOne

    The BlackBerry Mercury is now the KeyOne

    If you thought the BlackBerry Mercury had a bit of a codename vibe to it, you weren’t wrong. Today at Mobile World Congress, TCL officially took the wraps of its first true BlackBerry handset, now going by the admittedly less sleek KeyOne (pronounced “key one,”) name. Though I suppose when your company is attempting to plant its flag firmly in the world of enterprise… Read More

  • Watch BlackBerry unveil a brand new phone live right here

    Watch BlackBerry unveil a brand new phone live right here

    TCL, the company that now makes BlackBerry phones, is holding a press conference at MWC in Barcelona. The conference starts at 7 PM CET (6 PM GMT, 1 PM EST, 10 AM PST). We already got a sneak peek at the device during CES back in January. And it’s everything BlackBerry fans love — yes, I’m mostly talking about the physical keyboard. You can check it out live via… Read More

  • BlackBerry files suit against Nokia in a battle of once mighty smartphone brands

    BlackBerry files suit against Nokia in a battle of once mighty smartphone brands

    BlackBerry suing Nokia is 2017 is a bit like the secret Rocky/Apollo Creed fight in Rocky III revealed in 2015’s Creed – two once mighty champions doing battle one more time, with a heck of lot fewer people looking on. Also, there are a couple of series reboots in the works. A lot has changed since the once mighty phone makers glory days. These days both have moved away from… Read More

  • BlackBerry signs licensing agreement with India’s Optiemus

    BlackBerry signs licensing agreement with India’s Optiemus

    This is the new BlackBerry – software licensing powerhouse. With its latest signing, the once dominant smartphone maker now blankets the globe with its manufacturing deals, a completion of its prolonged pivot toward becoming a software and services-only company. This morning, the Canadian company announced an “exclusive, long-term” deal with Optiemus Infracom Ltd, allowing… Read More

  • The BlackBerry Mercury is TCL’s entry into enterprise

    The BlackBerry Mercury is TCL’s entry into enterprise

    There’s some inherent irony in the Mercury. The first BlackBerry device produced solely under the TCL umbrella is far more instantly recognizable as a BlackBerry device than any of the OEM DTEK products the two companies produced as a pair. The phone is still in a sort of pre-announcement stage. TCL was apparently initially planning to wait for MWC in a month and a half to debut the… Read More

  • TCL will be launching new Blackberry handsets soon

    TCL will be launching new Blackberry handsets soon

    TCL isn’t wasting any time getting into the BlackBerry business. A week ago today, the Acatel manufacturer announced that it was officially becoming the major global partner for BlackBerry (excluding India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia – some of the company’s top markets) and now it’s getting ready to show off the fruits of the deal. No shocker here, but… Read More

  • Revenues are down, but BlackBerry’s earnings still give investors hope as the company pivots

    Revenues are down, but BlackBerry’s earnings still give investors hope as the company pivots

    It took BlackBerry a long time to get to this point, and it may take them a while to get out. But while the Canadian corporation’s most recent earnings still have plenty of bleak spots, there’s enough of a change here to make investors hopeful as the company goes full bore into a long-awaited transition to a software/services/branding operation. The company posted earnings this… Read More

  • TCL signs an exclusive deal to build BlackBerry-branded phones

    TCL signs an exclusive deal to build BlackBerry-branded phones

    BlackBerry announced the major global partner in its shift toward a solely software and service company today, and no surprise, it’s TCL. The Chinese hardware maker behind the Alcatel brand has already done a lot of heavy lifting for BlackBerry, as the designer and manufacturer behind the DTEK50 and DTEK60 handsets. Those phones were, in essence, rebadged versions of OEMed devices, with… Read More

  • BlackBerry among 3 organizations set to test self-driving cars on Ontario roads

    BlackBerry among 3 organizations set to test self-driving cars on Ontario roads

    Canadian self-driving vehicle tests are about to kick off on Ontario public roads, with three groups approved to take part in a pilot licensing program that allows autonomous testing with a safety driver behind the wheel. BlackBerry is one of the three, along with the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Automotive Research and Erwin Hymer Group, a German maker of motorhomes and other… Read More

  • BlackBerry teaming up with Ford for broader use of QNX in connected cars

    BlackBerry teaming up with Ford for broader use of QNX in connected cars

    BlackBerry’s QNX division is one of the Canadian company’s rare bright spots: The software maker’s operating system is a key ingredient in the infotainment offerings of a large number of automakers (BlackBerry says it’s currently running in over 60 million vehicles), and it’s now going to become even more integral to Ford’s connected cars. Ford and… Read More

  • BlackBerry’s 5.5-inch DTEK60 is the company’s nicest smartphone to date, but is it enough?

    BlackBerry’s 5.5-inch DTEK60 is the company’s nicest smartphone to date, but is it enough?

    You can’t keep a good BlackBerry down. BlackBerry is dead, long live BlackBerry. Or, at the very least, you shouldn’t count your BlackBerrys before they’ve hatched. Because this certainly isn’t the first time the company has been declared dead, but through a combination of software offerings, intellectual property and a devoted fanbase, the Canadian smartphone… Read More

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