For many people, the BlackBerry bran is synonymous with smartphones — even as the company has scraped and clawed its way into staying relevant.
BlackBerry, the company that was known for its enterprise-oriented smartphones before the iPhone launched in 2007, today announced that it would stop building its own smartphones. The company will stop research, development, and manufacturing of phones in-house to reduce its capital investment.
In a blog post, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has blasted Apple over its stance on privacy, encryption and refusal to help government authorities. Chen highlights the incident where Apple refused to give access to a drug dealer’s account in an investigation as it would “substantially tarnish the Apple brand.”
BlackBerry has today confirmed that it has agreed to a settlement with Typo, the creator of the BlackBerry-style keyboard case for iPhone. As part of the deal, Typo has agreed to stop selling its keyboards for devices with screen under 7.9 inches in size.
Way back when, BlackBerry was the house to rule all smartphones. Nokia had a stake in that claim, too, but for many BlackBerry was the dominant force to be reckoned with.
While Apple and Ericsson start 2015 in the courts, Samsung is looking to start the year with a pretty big splash.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Friday confirmed that the Waterloo-based handset maker received 200,000 orders for its new Passport smartphone following its launch earlier this week. The all-new BlackBerry 10 device is catered towards business users in the enterprise, featuring a square screen and physical keyboard that doubles as a touchpad.
Since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a new “#gate” situation has broken out and started to gain traction across the ‘net. As people become increasingly paranoid that their new iPhone might bend, BlackBerry took the “issue” to task while on stage announcing their new smartphone, the Passport.