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6
Feb

BlackBerry laying off 200 employees between Canada and the US


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We all thought BlackBerry could make a comeback with the Priv, but things still aren’t looking good for them. BlackBerry has now laid off hundreds of employees from Canada and Florida.

Those affected are specifically from their home Waterloo offices and Sunrise, FL location. The total will be around 200 employees combined.

“As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global work force. As a result, approximately 200 employees have been impacted in Canada and Florida. For those employees that have recently left the company, we know that they have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions.”

BlackBerry has also recently shut down their “Built for BlackBerry” certification program for BlackBerry 10 apps last month. These recent cuts could mean BlackBerry is heavily moving away from native app development and focusing more on Android, which explains the need for less in-house employees. However, it could also mean they are badly hurting for cash. I am hoping it is not the later.

Source: MobileSyrup

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6
Feb

Layoffs at BlackBerry affect 200 workers, including BBM co-founder



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BlackBerry is a company in transition as it looks for ways to remain relevant in the highly competitive smartphone marketplace. While it’s latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv, has demonstrated BlackBerry’s desire to explore the Android ecosystem, it’s remained resolute that it isn’t going to move away from its homegrown BlackBerry 10 platform. Actions speak louder than words, however, as a number of layoffs at BlackBerry have apparently hit its headquarters in Waterloo, Canada and office in Florida. Here’s the statement given by BlackBerry regarding the layoffs:

As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce. This means finding new ways to enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities, while driving toward sustainable profitability across all parts of our business. As a result, a small number of employees have been impacted in Waterloo and Sunrise, FL. It also means that BlackBerry is actively recruiting in those areas of our business that will drive growth. For those employees that have recently left the company, we know that they have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions.


The number of layoffs was originally thought to be as many as 1000 people, but the number is apparently close to 200, with layoffs allegedly affecting the BlackBerry 10 device teams. One notable layoff was BBM founder Gary Klassen – it’s not entirely clear what this move signals for BlackBerry, but it’s not likely to be the last personnel shuffle we see in the coming months.

What do you think about the layoffs at BlackBerry? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: MobileSyrup via engadget

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5
Feb

Report: Blackberry lays off a third of its Waterloo staff


Citing multiple sources, Mobilesyrup reported Friday that Blackberry has laid off roughly 35 percent of its workforce in Waterloo, Canada — where the company is headquartered. That translates into about 1000 people losing their jobs. According to Mobilesyrup, the BB10 and Devices divisions suffered the deepest cuts with 150 members of the latter team getting sacked. A small number of workers from Blackberry’s Sunrise, Florida office were also let go.

Blackberry has issued a statement confirming the layoffs:

As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce. This means finding new ways to enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities, while driving toward sustainable profitability across all parts of our business. As a result, a small number of employees have been impacted in Waterloo and Sunrise, FL. It also means that BlackBerry is actively recruiting in those areas of our business that will drive growth. For those employees that have recently left the company, we know that they have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions.

The layoffs aren’t a complete surprise, however, given that the company has recently begun transitioning to the Android OS in favor of its BB10 operating system.

Source: Mobile Syrup

4
Feb

BlackBerry Priv makes way to Australia via Optus


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BlackBerry is expanding availability of its Priv handset all the way to Australia.

Starting today, the BlackBerry Priv can be purchased in Australia through Optus. Optus will let you set yours up with a postpaid plan. The other option would be to purchase the device at full retail price and pay on a month-to-month basis for talk, text and data. BlackBerry has already made the Priv available in the United States as well as Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, India, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Although we received word from BlackBerry of the Priv’s expansion, the listing is yet to be posted on the Optus website. It should be posted soon. In the meantime, you can view the variety of plans at the Optus website.

Hopefully more countries are on the way!

Source: BlackBerry

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2
Feb

February security patches make way to the BlackBerry Priv


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Last month we were shocked at how fast the BlackBerry Priv got its security patch update. This month, the update began hitting units in half the time.

So far, BlackBerry has been really on top of things when it comes to updates. Just yesterday, Google published the factory images for February’s monthly security patch updates. Only hours later, BlackBerry rolled out theirs. Security is one of BlackBerry’s highlighting focuses with its transition to Android, and it doesn’t want to depress users about delayed updates either.

The update includes this month’s security patches, which will hopefully keep Priv units out of harm’s way until March. All unlocked Priv units should receive the update within the next few days. Carrier variants are expected to get it sometime next week. If you don’t get the notification right away, be patient. You can try going into settings under ‘About Phone’ and then ‘check for new software updates.’ Let’s hope BlackBerry continues pushing timely updates in the future.

Source: BlackBerry

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2
Feb

Will BlackBerry abandon BB10 in favor of Android?


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BlackBerry CEO John Chen is hoping for a brighter future in the device manufacturing business. And though it hasn’t been clearly stated, it seems Android is a main factor in this mysterious equation for success. They have been sticking to the outdated (albeit secure) BB10 for years, but the BlackBerry Priv could have simply been the first of many Android devices to come.

Rumors of at least one new Android-running device coming from BlackBerry in 2016 have been spreading. Furthermore, the company is not dismissing the possibility of a mid-range Android phone coming in the future. This is enough commitment as it comes, but it seems that’s not where they are stopping. The latest statements from BlackBerry senior director Damian Tay suggest we will see more Android BlackBerry phones. Much, much more.

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In fact, it seems the company may be considering straight out dumping their BB10 platform in favor of Android! Now, that’s a move I would call radical… and as Android fans we certainly wouldn’t dislike it.

“The PRIV device is essentially our transition to Android ecosystem. As we secure Android, over a period of time, we would not have two platforms, and may have only Android as a platform [for smartphones]. But for now, we have BB10 and Android platforms for our smartphones.

The future is really Android. We went for Android essentially for its app ecosystem. In addition, all the enterprise solutions that we have been doing have been cross-platform for a long time now. So it’s a natural progression towards Android.”

-Damian Tay, senior director, APAC product management at BlackBerry

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Tay also mentions that the main reason why they keep selling BB10 handsets is government use, but the hope is to transition to Android as the company becomes more of a services provider, instead of a platform pioneer.

BB10 continues to be the more secure option, but the plan is to bring their Android handsets up to speed. Only then will BlackBerry be able to pull such a move.

Will they reach that point? Only time will tell, but until that day comes we can at least continue to enjoy more Android devices coming from BlackBerry. We know how much you love their keyboards and build quality, and definitely understand why.

 

1
Feb

BlackBerry Priv February security patch is now rolling out


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The BlackBerry Priv is starting to receive the February security patch and it’s still the first day of the month. That’s exactly what you would expect from a company as focused on security as BlackBerry, but in all honesty it’s not the kind of behaviour you’d probably ever hold out hope to actually see. This now makes the third month in a row that BlackBerry has managed to roll out its monthly security patch in the first couple of days of the month.

We’ve managed to deliver our security updates the same day as Google’s Nexus devices receive theirs – and in some cases, even before.

Of course, those that bought their Priv through BlackBerry will get the update first, but BlackBerry’s carrier partners have also agreed to fast-track security patches to get them into the hands of users as quickly as possible. After all, BlackBerry’s reputation depends on it.

As BlackBerry noted in a blog post: “The majority of our carrier partners have pledged support to our efforts, and some have even taken measures to facilitate quicker certification of our patches. As a result, we’ve managed to deliver our security updates the same day as Google’s Nexus devices receive theirs – and in some cases, even before.

BlackBerry Priv February security update

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So check your status bar for the update notification and if you don’t see it yet, you can check for it manually by going to Settings > About > System Updates > Check for Update.

In case you’re wondering how BlackBerry manages to get security updates out weeks ahead of everyone else, it’s because the company pushes the patches itself rather than waiting on carrier partners to do it, much like Google does with its Nexus devices. In fact, BlackBerry only accepts carriers that are willing to agree to this set up. This makes perfect sense because, as mentioned above, BlackBerry’s reputation depends on it.

Screenshots courtesy of Tahir Ally (Twitter) and Will Keaney (Google+).

30
Jan

BlackBerry goes all in, says their future is with Android


BlackBerry_Priv_AngleBlackBerry’s Priv was a major change for the company, marking the first time they’d shipped a device running Android instead of any of their BlackBerry OS iterations. So far, it’s done pretty well for the company; well enough, in fact, that the company said they were planning on launching another Android device later this year, which will probably end up being the Vienna we’ve been hearing about

Earlier this month, CEO John Chen said the company was doubling down on Android and only shipping Android-powered devices in 2016, but we might see that exclusivity go a little further than just this year. Damian Tay, head of BlackBerry’s Asian Pacific operations, made some comments about how the Priv was BlackBerry’s “transition” over to Android products. That doesn’t give much hope to anyone that’s holding out for another BlackBerry 10 device.

He also noted that the company considers Android the future, and there wouldn’t be much point in maintaining both operating systems simultaneously. Plus, BlackBerry’s enterprise efforts were cross-platform anyway, so moving that side of things over to Android is basically already finished.

This doesn’t 100% spell the end of BlackBerry 10, as sometimes these comments are mistranslated or misunderstood. But either way you look at it, if BlackBerry has success with Android this year, they probably won’t be keen on changing a winning formula. Sorry, BlackBerry enthusiasts.

source: Economic Times

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29
Jan

BlackBerry giving you $100 worth of accessories if you buy a Priv before February 24


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Still on the fence about springing for that BlackBerry Priv? They say the early bird gets the worm, but it looks like procrastination has saved the day for you this time. BlackBerry just started a new promo that sees you getting $100 worth of BlackBerry accessories if you buy a Priv between now and February 24, 2016.

So let’s take a look at what all you get when you take the dive for a Priv. For $699.00, you get the basic Priv Bundle. This comes with the titular smartphone, of course, but you’ll also be getting two pretty cool accessories to boot.

OUR REVIEWS OF THE PRIV

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First off is the Priv Leather Smart Flip Case in black. This fashionable and protective case is made of genuine Nappa leather, and it fully encases the device front and back with a viewing window for notifications. It opens like a checkbook, and if you’re worried about having that flap awkwardly hanging open while you’re on the phone, fear not: the designers took that into consideration, so you can keep chatting away even with the case closed. The Priv Leather Smart Flip Case would normally cost you $59.99, but you’re getting it for the low, low price of free.

What’s more is that you’ll be getting a Priv Sync Pod. This is a sleek and minimalist dock that displays the smartphone at an upright angle while it’s charging or transferring data. Great for bedside tables or office desks. Normally the Sync Pod would run you $39.99, but if you take advantage of this offer, you won’t be paying a cent.

Are you among those still undecided about making the jump to BlackBerry? Does this promo sweeten the deal enough to coax you over? Let us know in the comments below!

Next: Best Android phones (January 2016)

28
Jan

[Deal] BlackBerry kicks off its Valentine’s Day promotions for the Priv


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If you’re thinking of picking up a new phone for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, BlackBerry has your back. The Canada-based company has just kicked off a fantastic deal on its latest handset, the Priv. For the next 26-days, all customers who purchase the device from the firm’s online store will receive a complimentary accessory pack worth $99, together with a free Leather Smart Flip Case and Sync Pod.

Just in case you missed its announcement, the Priv is BlackBerry’s first Android-powered smartphone. It packs a 5.4-inch curved edge 2K display, a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 dual-core processor, an Adreno 418 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable internal storage, an 18-megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, a 3,410mAh non-removable battery and a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

The handset ships running the latest build of Lollipop, but is expected to receive the long-awaited Marshmallow update in the coming weeks. The manufacturer has also promised to roll out timely upgrades for the next 3-years.

If you’d like to act on this promotion and snag a great smartphone with a neat set of accessories, hit the source link below.  

Source: BlackBerry

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