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27
Jul

BlackBerry willing to exit the smartphone market if profits don’t turn around


BlackBerry_Logo_033BlackBerry has taken a backseat to bigger smartphone manufacturers in the past few years, so they’ve diversified and pushed for software instead of strictly hardware. To an extent, it’s worked well for the company. Since their smartphone market share has completely plummeted and hasn’t rebounded, software seems to make the most sense, especially since BlackBerry’s major selling point is security.

In an interview, CEO John Chen stated that if the hardware division of BlackBerry didn’t start growing and turning a profit soon, they wouldn’t be against stepping out of the hardware game and focusing exclusively on software. Despite releasing a few newer devices in both the high-end and budget categories in the past few months, it’s pretty clear that there isn’t much demand for a consumer BlackBerry, and even their government and enterprise customers have explored other options.

BlackBerry is a prime example of a company moving too slow to adapt to the market changing around them. And in this case, with so many users invested in either Apple or Google’s ecosystem for their mobile devices, trying to shift a meaningful number of customers over to a brand new ecosystem is nearly impossible at this point. Just ask Microsoft.

source: Bloomberg

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26
Jul

Pakistan to shut off BlackBerry email over surveillance jitters


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Remember the days when governments were threatening to cut off BlackBerry’s secure email because they couldn’t spy on your messages? They’re back. Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority has ordered local carriers to shut off BlackBerry Enterprise Service from November 30th due to “security reasons.” While the agency isn’t specific about what those concerns are, BES typically encrypts messages in such a way that an outside party can’t (usually) intercept them in mid-flight. Most likely, Pakistan is worried that gangs and terrorists will use BlackBerry phones to chat in secret.

The move isn’t totally surprising for the country, which has gone so far as to require fingerprints as a condition of cellphone service. However, there are questions about both potential abuse and effectiveness. As observers at Privacy International have warned, Pakistan’s intelligence outfits aren’t known for being scrupulous — they’ve spied on journalists, judges, politicians and others daring to challenge the status quo. If BlackBerry were to find a way to offer access to email, it could jeopardize the privacy of many innocent people. Moreover, the BlackBerry shutdown will only do so much when other secure messaging options (such as Apple’s iMessage) aren’t facing similar threats. There’s a chance that the move will prove ineffective as BlackBerry users either switch communication methods or use entirely different devices.

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Source: Reuters

21
Jul

BlackBerry to cut an undisclosed number of jobs


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We’ve been hearing mostly positive news about BlackBerry in recent weeks such as its partnership with Google to make Android more business-friendly, that it would consider making an Android smartphone if it’s security requirements were met, and the ‘Venice‘ smartphone render that made the rounds a couple of weeks ago. Today, we have another reminder that BlackBerry is in a transitional phase with the news that further job cuts are underway.

BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen, is in charge of the company’s turnaround strategy and after eighteen months in the job, he has guided BlackBerry back into profit. Part of his strategy has been to tighten spending, and something that goes hand-in-hand with reducing spending is job cuts, the most recent of which occurred back in May. It’s unknown how many jobs will be slashed in this round or from which departments the cuts will be made. BlackBerry’s share price is down 30 percent this year, closing at $7.68 in New York.

Kara Yi, a BlackBerry spokesperson, had this to say:

“As BlackBerry moves into the next stage of its turnaround, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce. As a result, some employees have been impacted.”

However many jobs are lost in this round of cuts, our thoughts are with the people whose lives are impacted by today’s news. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the people behind the numbers.

Source: Bloomberg

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12
Jul

Android Authority this week – July 12, 2015


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Hello Android fans, rumors of the next Android superstars are sizzling hot and so is summer in many parts of the world. But we don’t mind, as long as we get our daily dose of Android coolness! Here are some of the top news this week: Galaxy Note 5 specs leaked out, along with the phone’s rumored launch time; we’ve added more features to the OnePlus 2’s portrait; an initial set of specs leaked for the LG G Pro 3; further details surfaced about the Galaxy A8 and the Xiaomi Mi 5; Google launched an updated version of Android M; and talk of a BlackBerry-Android connection heated up.

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It’s been a quiet few days for us over here at Android Authority. While we’ve slowed down a bit, it doesn’t mean we’re not working behind the scenes on some cool stuff for the second half of the year. For now we’re looking forward to the OnePlus 2 and, provided recent reports are true, the Note 5, as soon as August. Exciting stuff!

This week we’re putting the excellent LG G4 up for grabs. Visit the Sunday Giveaway page for your chance to win LG’s latest flagship.

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10
Jul

BlackBerry and Google announce BlackBerry Enterprise partnership


It looks like the rumors swirling around BlackBerry adopting Android for their devices have finally come to fruition. The last round of rumors stated that BlackBerry would ONLY adopt Android if there would be enough control over the amount of security in those devices. This was around the same time that an image was leaked of the BlackBerry Venice which is supposedly powered by Android.

Well a URL popped up this week via BlackBerry that essentially introduces the partnership of Android with BlackBerry’s Enterprise solutions, BES12.

Android Lollipop delivers key enterprise functionality and addresses any previous enterprise security concerns. BES12 supports Android Lollipop, allowing you to confidently deploy Android devices in your organization.

Now it’s not known whether we will actually see a BlackBerry running a modified version of Android Lollipop, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. So only time will tell how this integration will actually work. However, seeing these two companies jumping into the same ship together, is a very interesting sight to see.

Via the website found below, you can find descriptions of all the different ways that BES12 can integrate and work with Android Lollipop, while keeping the same amount of security that users have become accustomed to.

Let us know what you think about this new partnership between Google and BlackBerry, and whether this is a sign of things to come for seeing Android on BlackBerry devices.

Source: BlackBerry BES12

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10
Jul

Blackberry and Google join forces in partnership to make business data secure




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Blackberry is name that has been heard on the grapevine quite a lot the last few weeks, due to a rumoured Android-powered Blackberry handset that is supposedly currently in development. Interestingly, Blackberry has made the news again today, but for a decidedly different reason – Blackberry and Google have officially joined forces to make Android devices business secure, marrying Google’s Android Lollipop and Blackberry’s BES12. As Blackberry puts it:

“New features are now available through Android and BES12 that enable organizations to further secure enterprise and personal data on Android devices, set new levels of hardware based encryption, and ensure tight integration with Google Play for Work, for increased application management, while delivering a consistent end-user and management experience across their Android fleet.”


This is the move that Blackberry needed to make considering that they are struggling in hardware sales, and partnering their prowess in corporate data security with the world’s most common smartphone operating system is exactly what the doctor ordered. We do wonder whether Google had already inked this deal when Android for Work was released earlier this year, but there’s no point speculating now. Hopefully this is the real start of Android’s uptake in the corporate world, so we’ll have to see if this partnership has any legs.

What do you think about Blackberry and Google teaming up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Blackberry via Phone Arena

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10
Jul

Rumour: BlackBerry is developing multiple Android handsets with Taiwanese ODMs


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By working with Google to make Android more business-friendly and allegedly developing an Android handset with the codename Veniceit would seem that BlackBerry is ramping up its foray into the wonderful world of Android. Today we have news that the Canadian company is reportedly planning on releasing multiple handsets using the Android operating system.

This report comes from Taiwan news outlet, DigiTimes, who says that BlackBerry plan on releasing numerous Android smartphones in the second half of 2015. BlackBerry has apparently contacted various Taiwan-based ODM’s (Original Device Manufacturers) such as Foxconn, Compal Electronics and Wistron to act as production partners. The ODM’s will be responsible for R&D, marketing, and channel distribution costs. It sounds like a similar situation to Nokia’s N1 Android tablet that was produced by Foxconn, where Nokia licensed its brand name to the manufacturer.

While the handsets will run on the Android operating system, they will naturally feature BlackBerry specific applications, design and software functions such as BES12, BBM, and BlackBerry Blend.

If you are wondering why companies such as Foxconn would enter into such arrangement with BlackBerry, you should remember that BlackBerry is still highly regarded in some markets. The production of an Android-powered BlackBerry handset could boost the value of the Canadian company and ease its legacy users over to Android. You have to commend BlackBerry for recognizing that it needs to try something different it is to survive.

 

Source: DigiTimes
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10
Jul

Report: BlackBerry working on multiple Android devices with Taiwanese ODMs


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Just scant few weeks ago, the idea of BlackBerry doing anything substantial with Android was still confined to a partnership with Samsung or its BBM app. Things changed when an alleged leak emerged of the so-called “Venice“, an Android slider with – arguably – the same display as the Galaxy S6 Edge. Just hours ago news broke of a partnership with Google. It now seems that Waterloo’s plans might be more pronounced than many might have thought, at least provided a new report is accurate.

Digitimes is claiming that BlackBerry may release several models of Android smartphones in the second half of the year. Several Taiwanese ODM (Original Device Manufacturers) are cited as partners, including “Foxconn Electronics, Compal Electronics and Wistron serving as production partners, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain.”

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A partnership with Google was just announced.

The same sources have indicated that, despite the switch to Android, these new devices will include “software functions of BlackBerry OS and application services such as BES12, BBM and BlackBerry Blend.” This will inevitably help those legacy users who are unfamiliar with Android ease their way in as it will serve to provide a type of value-added-service for the Android handsets in an attempt to set them apart from the venerable cornucopia of competition.

As far as costs are involved, the report states that BlackBerry will be handing over “R&D, marketing and channel distribution expenses” thus absolving it from taking on what would otherwise be a rather large financial burden for a company already in critical condition. The move itself is not unlike that which Nokia used when it released an Android tablet earlier this year: the Swedish company’s brand name was licensed, however all other duties were handled locally in Asia.

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Just who might be making the BlackBerry Venice if this new report proves true?

Provided this information pans out, it would raise the issue of just how much sway BlackBerry would have in the design of the devices, and to an extent, the ability of consumers around the world to inherently trust the security of the products themselves. Could each ODM produce an original device made to their own specifications? Would this serve to help the BlackBerry brand, or could it do just the opposite and damage the very strong image that many attach to it? Just who will produce the BlackBerry Venice – assuming the leak is legitimate – and what of the seemingly Samsung supplied screen? Only time will tell.

10
Jul

Blackberry and Google join forces in partnership to make business data secure






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Blackberry is name that has been heard on the grapevine quite a lot the last few weeks, due to a rumoured Android-powered Blackberry handset that is supposedly currently in development. Interestingly, Blackberry has made the news again today, but for a decidedly different reason – Blackberry and Google have officially joined forces to make Android devices business secure, marrying Google’s Android Lollipop and Blackberry’s BES12. As Blackberry puts it:

“New features are now available through Android and BES12 that enable organizations to further secure enterprise and personal data on Android devices, set new levels of hardware based encryption, and ensure tight integration with Google Play for Work, for increased application management, while delivering a consistent end-user and management experience across their Android fleet.”


This is the move that Blackberry needed to make considering that they are struggling in hardware sales, and partnering their prowess in corporate data security with the world’s most common smartphone operating system is exactly what the doctor ordered. We do wonder whether Google had already inked this deal when Android for Work was released earlier this year, but there’s no point speculating now. Hopefully this is the real start of Android’s uptake in the corporate world, so we’ll have to see if this partnership has any legs.

What do you think about Blackberry and Google teaming up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Blackberry via Phone Arena

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9
Jul

Google and BlackBerry team up for a secure enterprise Android


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BlackBerry and Google are having a total peanut butter and chocolate moment here. The two companies have just announced that they’re teaming up to create a more enterprise-ready version of the Android OS. The deal will see the heightened security features of BES12, BlackBerry’s enterprise device deployment service, integrated into Android’s 5.0 Lolipop build and Google Play for Work.

This is a big win for both sides. Google gets a boost to its security ecosystem (not to mention access to a huge new swath of enterprise customers) and BlackBerry gets an Android-based tourniquet to tie off its cash hemorrhage. But enterprise users are the biggest winners of all. They’ll essentially get the same level of security that made BlackBerry the smartphone of choice for world leaders with the massive app library and ubiquitous functionality of the Android OS. What’s more, this lends additional credibility to rumors that we may soon see an Android-driven BlackBerry device.

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Filed under: Handhelds, Wireless, Internet, Google, Blackberry

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