Jolla wants to set itself apart from others. Now that the smartphone has left the port, it's time to wait and see if it will hit or miss the mark. But in the meantime, we can take a look at this Finnish company's end product that, in all honesty, is a mixed bag of curiosity and disappointment.
BlackBerry is going to go the preinstalled route with BBM. Coming by way of a recently issued press release, BlackBerry has said the BBM messaging app will "soon come preinstalled on a variety of Android based smartphones from leading OEMs." The key here though, more than the OEMs, having BBM preinstalled will be more dependent on the market.
two more executives are leaving the company. COO Kristian Tear and CMO Frank Boulben are departing, and doing so at the same time. Blackberry CFO Brian Bidulka is also being replaced by former Blackberry SVP James Yersh. Board member Roger Martin, who has been around since 2007, is also leaving.
Nokia's abandoned projects and employees, releases its first smartphone in two weeks' time. While the device runs its own mobile platform, called Sailfish OS, it might be interesting even to Android users on both a hardware and software perspective.
BlackBerry may have already released BBM for mobile platforms other than its own, but it is not fortunately not leaving it at that. Especially when BBM has supposedly surged in popularity again. The company is now pushing out its first major update, bringing in a number of new features for the messaging app on Android and iOS devices as well.
BlackBerry isn't backing down on the road it has taken to support running Android apps on its own mobile platform. The company will actually even step up its game in the next iteration of the BlackBerry OS by adding significant and important features to its Android Runtime compatibility layer.
some pictures were circulating showing the Google Play Store running on a Blackberry Z10. There was no animation, or video, just still images of the Play Store on a Blackberry device. Many speculated that Blackberry had turned the corner we all wanted them to and adapted to life with Android. Blackberry, however, has shot that one down.
BlackBerry's new CEO seems to be quite coy when answering questions about the company adopting Android en masse, these leaked photos prove that the company is already walking down that path. If this is the real deal, we might be seeing Google Play, and therefore Android apps, running on BlackBerry devices soon.
Blackberry hardware has always been top-notch, so we’re sure they’d move units, maybe even better than with their own OS.
Fairfax Financial will instead lead an investment group that will inject more than $1 billion into Blackberry. The radical shift in direction doesn’t come without casualties, though.