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.
Since BlackBerry fell into trouble a couple of years ago, it has often been widely mooted that the company would stop making smartphones. Despite sales declining to a standstill, the Canadian giant has kept releasing new handsets. CEO John Chen was brought in to steady the company, something he achieved, and he sat down with Maria Bartiromo for USA Today and explained why BlackBerry is still in the business of making smartphones.
The BlackBerry Leap is BlackBerry's latest smartphone, an affordable entry into the Canadian company?s portfolio. It was launched to bring the best of BlackBerry in a budget package, including BB 10.3.1 software it is a touchscreen alternative to the company's QWERTY packing smartphones. The Leap has been available in the US for some time, but it is now making its debut in India, going on sale in the country early next week.
It was widely predicted by analysts that BlackBerry would record a dire fourth quarter. However, just like during the third period, the Canadian company confounded those predictions and shocked Wall Street with a profit of $28 million for its Q4 ending February 28th.
BlackBerry raised the curtain on the BlackBerry Leap, the company's latest smartphone. The Canadian brand has now released a video that shows of the new handset, which comes with new features such as BlackBerry Assistant and BlackBerry Blend, the latter of which lets you view your content from phone to PC.
The Blackberry Passport was launched last year and was actually warmly met, with critics praising the device and consumers buying it. The problem Blackberry had was that only fans of the company's products wanted the handset, it was not attracting many newcomers to the brand. There was a danger that the solid early sales would dry up, and it seems that is the case, while it is a similar story with the Blackberry Classic.
Blackberry is rolling out a major software update in the form of Blackberry 10.3.1 (BB 10.3.1). The upgrade is arriving simultaneously around the globe and is available on a multitude of the company?s current smartphones. If you are rocking a the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Z3, BlackBerry Q10 or the BlackBerry Q5, you can get the update. It is also rolling out to the Porsche Design P'9982 and the Porsche Design P'9983.
AT&T revealed in January that it would be carrying the Blackberry Passport and the newly launched Blackberry Classic, with the former getting an exclusive redesign for the second largest carrier in the US. Ma Bell has now announced when those devices will be available to purchase, with both available starting from this coming Friday, February 20.
Net Neutrality is a hot topic right now, but what about app neutrality? Blackberry CEO John Chen has compared the two and thinks that app neutrality would be better for the industry. He issued the plea in an open letter to US senate and President Barack Obama.
Blackberry's Passport has been out in the wild for some time, and it has actually been received positively with good sales figures and strong critical acclaim. However, Blackberry still wants its square screened handset to have more of an impact in the United States, and the newly launched AT&T variant may achieve that.