The trying times over at Blackberry mean that even the smallest good news is worthy of interest, but it always comes with a proverbial pinch of salt.
Blackberry claims that its new QWERTY packing square Blackberry Passport smartphone is winning customers at the expense of both Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
Blackberry has launched its virtual voice assistant that has been built in the same vein as Apple's Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft's newly launched Cortana.
Blackberry simply refuses to go quietly into the night and the Canadian brand is hoping to gain ground on the smartphone market with a device with dual cameras. Of course, HTC pointed the way with the One M8, the first flagship to sport dual cam for depth sensors,
Dish Network has accumulated a great deal of frequency licenses that it had hoped to use to launch a wireless network or acquire and pair with an establish player like Sprint or T-Mobile. Such a deal never materialized, so Dish is reportedly looking to earn some money for that unused spectrum by selling it to Verizon Wireless.
The next step towards BlackBerry's road to riches will apparently be the BlackBerry Passport, a phone with a 4.5-inch square display and a physical keyboard underneath it.
BlackBerry today announced that it will supplement its OS with the Amazon Appstore. Tucked away in that announcement was the news that BlackBerry is shuttering the music and video sections of BlackBerry World, meaning we will soon see an end to the digital content side of BB World. Anyone wishing to purchase media will have to turn to the third party apps available on BlackBerry World because the video and music sections will be closed on July 21, 2014. Users will still be able to download content that they have already purchased, but no new sales or updates will take place after next month.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen is focused on making its enterprise business stronger than ever and promoting the Z3 in Indonesia, one of the company's best performing markets. The next project the company would like to pursue is a device with a very large display.
BlackBerry has seen great momentum with its BlackBerry Messenger expanding to Android and iOS, and the next major feature of its service may be even more appealing to people who worry about privacy.
AT&T today announced that the BlackBerry 10.2 update is rolling out now to the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 models tied to its network. The BB10 OS devices gain several new features including actionable lock screen notifications and better battery monitoring so users know which apps negatively affect battery life.