BlackBerry's current flagship, the Android running Priv, is now making its debut in India, with BlackBerry in New Delhi to launch the device in the country. The handset will not come cheaply on the Sub-continent though, costing a massive Rs. 62,900 ($927).
BlackBerry has already confirmed that there will be no new hardware this year running the BB10 operating system, and unless something changes we may never see hardware running the company's proprietary platform ever again. However, the Canadian manufacturer is not turning its back on BB10 and will continue to maintain and update the platform for existing devices, starting with the next upgrade.
Rumors persistently abound that BlackBerry will stop making smartphones soon, but while that is unclear there are some people who will not be getting new handsets from the company. J.P. Morgan reports that its employees will no longer be handed free BlackBerry smartphone, starting in 2016 they will be forced to buy their own.
A BlackBerry smartphone sporting the Android operating system is one of the worst kept secrets of this year, and the company confirmed that the device will be called the BlackBerry Priv. Now the company has revealed the first official image of the Priv, a handset that could well bring BlackBerry back to the big leagues in terms of sales.
Yesterday the official name of the BlackBerry Venice, the company's first device to run the Android platform, leaks as the oddly title Priv. That led to predictions that BlackBerry would ditch its BB10 platform and go completely to Google's Android, something we disagree with. Today CEO John Chen revealed the Priv is indeed real and even hinted that the claims of no new BB10 devices could be true.
Analysts are sometimes right, sometimes state the bleeding obvious, and are sometimes plain wrong, and on this occasion we think Scotia Capital analyst Daniel Chan has got it wrong. He said that BlackBerry needs to ditch its BB operating system entirely and get on board with Google's Android on a full time capacity.
BlackBerry is finished, the company is sinking, give it a year. These are some of the things we still hear about BlackBerry to this very day. Sure, declining and consistently low smartphone sales point to a hardware company that may one day just stop building products. However, the company is actually behaving well for a rebounding giant, having decent quarters and some poor ones, but generally moving in the right direction.
The silver edition of the BlackBerry Passport is now available in the United States, bringing with it a slight change to the company's current smartphone flagship. Some of the changes to the Passport (which we still think is a quality handset by the way) are more noticeable than others, but the result is the most updated variant of the square screened device.
BlackBerry is working on several rumoured smartphones, such as the Android running Venice, although it has yet to be confirmed. Another handset that is still not official is the BlackBerry Dallas (also known as BlackBerry Oslo), but we know the device is now imminent as it has been certified in three countries.
BlackBerry managed to confound analysts during the first quarter and recorded a profit, something that was hardly expected to happen. The company has now announced its second quarter financials, and while they are not as surprising as last period, the numbers should please BlackBerry's CEO John Chen.