BlackBerry is still pushing BlackBerry Messenger – more popularly known as BBM – to compete with all the other messaging apps out there. We won’t question their commitment to their once hugely popular chat and messaging platform – and even now they’re still pushing new features to the app.
BlackBerry isn’t giving up anytime soon. Yep, the Canadian smartphone pioneer is still in the business. CEO John Chen is still confident that the company can still be relevant in the market today. Recently, it released a new model in the form of BlackBerry Paspport—a phone that combines touchscreen goodness with the familiar physical QWERTY keyboard.
They’re still the top smartphone in the market in terms of device shipment, but OEM Samsung has suffered a minor slip in numbers, according to data released by the IDC for the second quarter of 2014. Meanwhile,when it comes to platform, Android has dominated the market with an 85% share in the second quarter, leaving Apple, Blackberry and Microsoft Windows Phone in the dust.
Using Android apps on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone is about to get a bit easier thanks to Amazon. A newly announced deal between Amazon and BlackBerry will have the Amazon Appstore coming available on BlackBerry 10 smartphones. This is expected to happen "this fall" with the arrival of BlackBerry 10.3.
Things have been rather silent on the BBM front lately, but that's supposed to change today with the rolllout of the next version of its Android app. In version 2.2, BlackBerry is making it easier for more people to join in on the BBM fun.
T-Mobile is at it again with another "promo" that will surely ruffle BlackBerry's feathers once more. This time, however, the US carrier is encouraging its BlackBerry-toting subscribers to switch not to an iPhone but to any Samsung smartphone.
The latest comScore figures are out, and show little change in the order of smartphone OEMs with regard to market share in the US. Of interest is the gains and losses some have made, with one notable company having dropped off on a significant way. Don’t worry, though — Android is still on top.
Not willing to let BlackBerry have the last word, T-Mobile's outspoken CEO has just posted an open letter to BlackBerry's loyal fans. In essence, the carrier is reassuring this part of its userbase that it is all business as usual and that they might even want to stay longer after all.
Blackberry is in sharp decline, that much we know. Having been on a downward spiral for years, the company was outraged at a recent T-Mobile promotion offering current Blackberry owners incentive to upgrade to an iPhone. T-Mobile tweaked the promo to be more Blackberry friendly, but it didn’t help the Waterloo OEM. Reports suggest around 94% of blackberry owners jumped ship.
In an interview with CNBC at MWC this week, Blackberry CEO John Chen was asked about the WhatsApp purchase. Considering he runs a company that exists almost solely as a messenger service for consumers, putting him in direct competition with WhatsApp, his opinion is of interest. The answer to the question was unsurprising, as Chen said he’d gladly accept a similar offer.