As someone that lives in southern Ontario, the birthplace of the BlackBerry makers formerly known as Research in Motion, I have to admit that I am quite disappointed with how quickly the company has faded into irrelevancy in the consumer electronics industry. BlackBerry Assistant is its latest last-ditch effort that is far too late.
People familiar with the matter claim that members of the Rockstar Consortium are looking to sell some of the patents it acquired from bankrupt communications company Nortel. The group paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for this intellectual property.
Although BlackBerry made a very late entry in the cross-platform messaging apps race, a lot of iPhone and Android users (over 20 million) seem to be using BBM to communicate.