Blackberry News & Analysis
| Wednesday Feb 5, 2014
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak captivated a tech-savvy audience in San Francisco today by warning that society is moving towards "a police state," calling for public resistance to the unrestricted collection of marketing data, and speculating that Apple could produce iPhones that run on Google's "not-so-fenced-in" Android operating system.
| Friday Dec 20, 2013
Despite iOS and Android's huge consumer mobile sales and the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, Microsoft still has a shot at becoming the dominant force in mobile enterprise.
Business connectivity, SharePoint and Office integration for Windows Phone 8 will earn it many friends in the enterprise. And Microsoft will place increasing emphasis on its mobile offering as the desktop market continues to stagnate. As sales rise, developers are returning to populate the app marketplace.
| Wednesday Dec 18, 2013
Gartner may have told enterprises to ditch BlackBerry and consumers have largely turned their back on the company. But many enterprises move to a different, slower beat. So news of the company's new hire might keep them interested in the mobile vendor, at least for a while.
What can new hire John Sims, head of Global Enterprise Services, do to restore some lustre and plain old lust for BlackBerry's offerings? And what should CIOs and IT managers ask themselves before switching from BlackBerry to other solutions?
| Friday Dec 13, 2013
Brand Republic has highlighted its top marketing events of the year, covering the genius and perils of marketing and social media. Here are the lessons to be learned when it comes to engaging, selling or increasing your visibility on the web.
Some of the best marketing and social media moments of the year came from spur of the moment decisions or short-term windows of opportunity, proving that marketers and social media managers for businesses of any size always need to be ready to act.
| 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.