BlackBerry has officially detailed BBM for Android release plans this morning. Aside from the availability of the app, this puts the seemingly never-ending series of rumors and leaks to rest. Basically, if you are an Android user and have been waiting for BBM -- now is the time to download, install and begin chatting.
BlackBerry is in hot water. That is, no one except BlackBerry itself. In an open letter to customers and partners published in 30 news outlets in 9 countries, the Canada-based company is basically coming out to say that it's fine and financially stable.
BlackBerry is continuing to field offers for their various services and patents. BlackBerry has asked for “preliminary expressions of interest” from companies like Cisco, Intel, and Google. Even Samsung and LG are said to be interested, with BlackBerry asking that all “expressions” be submitted by the end of the week.
comScore. The research also noted that 145 million Americans owned smartphones, which they attribute as 60.8% of the eligible population. That’s a jump of 3% since May of this year.
Blackberry begin to entertain buyout offers, the concern falls on other OEMs or service providers. The chart, which you see below, shows an alarming trend for HTC, which is currently struggling to regain traction they lost to Samsung and others the past few years. According to this data, HTC may be in an equally tenuous position to Blackberry.
BlackBerry’s recent withdrawal from the consumer market, and subsequent revelation that they lost $1 billion last quarter, we were all left to reminisce on just what led to their downfall. Some pointed to the iPhone, which led the charge into a new frontier of smart devices. Some said the proliferation of Android was too much, and Google’s free-to-use services were just too much for RIM Blackberry.
BlackBerry had been saying that BBM would arrive for Android users before the end of the summer. That launch was later confirmed to be September 21st, however as we saw -- that launch never happened. The 7AM launch time came and went and BlackBerry later confirmed the release plans were put on hold.
BlackBerry. That being the company was destined to fail and was letting go of roughly 4,500 employees and moving strictly to the enterprise markets. They are in rough shape. And now Google and Motorola announced they'll be opening a new office in Waterloo, Canada. Could they be going after some now unemployed BlackBerry staff?