Blackberry News & Analysis
| Wednesday Nov 27, 2013
BlackBerry has introduced an updated version of its messaging app that makes the service a social network — but Android and iOS users will have to wait for the new features.
Owners of BlackBerry 10 and Blackberry 7 devices can use BlackBerry Messenger Service (BBM) to join in social media chat across channels and interact with people, brands, celebrities and communities. In the near future, the feature will also be extended to Android and iPhone users.
With massive user growth of BBM, is this a threat to the likes of Facebook or will others just mimic it as we move to a more mobile social landscape?
| Thursday Oct 31, 2013
Growth for big social networks like Facebook and Twitter will inevitably flatten as users look for options that better match their needs.
Enter the likes of Steam (a PC gaming service stretching out to TVs) and BlackBerry's BBM (a popular app looking for bigger things). Steam has more than 60 million users and BBM has more than 80 million. What else could come along to shake up social networks in the near future?
| Wednesday Oct 30, 2013
In just one week, 20 million new users signed up to use BlackBerry's BBM service through a free app available on the iPhone and Android stores.
But even that good news has a caveat for the struggling Canadian handset maker, which is pivoting to software and services and still looking for a buyer. The app rates only 2.5 stars on iOS and garnered a reportedly suspicious four stars on the Android store.
| Monday Oct 7, 2013
BlackBerry may be slipping in market share and stock price, but it could also become a hotly-bidded property. In addition to an offer on the table from a Canadian investment firm, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company is also talking to, or looking to talk to, Cisco, Google, Intel, LC, Samsung and SAP, among possible others.
| Friday Sep 27, 2013
BlackBerry continues to bleed red as it takes a massive hit for the unsuccessful launch of its first all-touch Z10 smartphone. However, it continues to reposition itself as both a company and a smartphone/services player, with several options still available that could see it emerge as a niche but revived vendor.
| Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
While at the top both Apple and Samsung continue to see flattening, but dominant, sales and market share, the battle for No. 3 is heating up with Microsoft accelerating and the sad sight of BlackBerry perhaps heading into a terminal tailspin.
| Monday Aug 12, 2013
Amid signs the company is looking for a buyer, BlackBerry's next big thing has been given an early airing via a lengthy video. While the Z30 might not save the company, it looks like a great swan-song device, with the size and styling of the current top Android devices.
| Monday Aug 12, 2013
With no massive fightback in the market, despite positive reaction to its BB10 smartphones, BlackBerry is looking at its options, including the possibility of sale or partnerships to continue fighting the device and mobile enterprise services battle.
| Friday Jun 28, 2013
In its third-place battle with Microsoft for smartphones, the comeback BlackBerry kid continues to make gentle headway, having shipped nearly seven million smartphones, but can't maintain a profit as it gives a gloomy outlook to investors.
| Tuesday Jun 25, 2013
As recently promised, BlackBerry has released its secure workspace app to enable workers to share content safely on almost any device. Will playing nicely with ecosystem rivals help BB's bank-end sales, or will the move put another nail in its hardware strategy?
| Tuesday May 14, 2013
With its premium Z10 and Q10 models now out on the shelves, BlackBerry has to go the Nokia route and widen its portfolio to broaden appeal and affordability around the world. The company took a first step down that road today at its BlackBerry Live event.
| Friday May 3, 2013
As Apple rumbles toward yet another App Store milestone, there's hard cash (well iTunes gift cards) in it for the lucky few who download an app at just the right time.
| Monday Apr 29, 2013
The Q10 has got BlackBerry moving with a U.K event over the weekend that saw thousands of devices per hour being sold to well-heeled executives and exporters at the luxury Selfridges stores.
| Wednesday Apr 24, 2013
Europeans and Canadians prepare to welcome the first "proper" BlackBerry 10 device, while America gets ready to buy the new Galaxy S4 by the million, not letting some less-than-stellar review comments get in the way.
| Sunday Mar 31, 2013
Having received modest interest and a total bath on their first tablet products, Surface and PlayBook, various reports suggest Microsoft and BlackBerry will be trying again to compete with the tablet giants soon.