Something that is becoming more and more standard in most vehicles is an infotainment system of some kind. A few years ago, I was at an event where Ford was demonstrating a few of their vehicles with the Mircosoft Sync system. I was very impressed with what it had to offer and the way the interface appeared to work. So much so, that I purchased two new Ford vehicles within the next year.
After a few years now, I am not as impressed with the system. The are constant lags, and there never seem to be any updates for the system software. I know I have complained on more than one occasion that the system was flawed.
It appears that Ford has listened, or maybe this is something they have been working on for years anyway. Ford has announced that starting with 2016 year models, vehicles will now be running Sync 3 which will be powered by BlackBerry’s QNX software. I can surely say this is a very welcome upgrade to the vehicle’s infotainment systems. It does not appear that older vehicles will be able to upgrade, which really sucks for me.
According to Ford:
Although SYNC 3 is optimized for hands-free use, an all-new touch screen delivers an experience similar to a smartphone or tablet.
Quicker response to touch as well as voice commands and smartphone-like gestures including pinch-to-zoom and swipe are central to SYNC 3, along with crisp, modern graphics.
For more information on the new Sync 3 system, please see the Ford press release below.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen posted an open letter to their remaining BES corporate and government clients asking them to hold on and not change device management companies.
Mr Chen’s key points?
Our EMM customer base is much larger than any of the other vendors in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management – and is growing.
We manage more mobile devices than any other vendor. Period.
We move more secure mobile data than anyone else.
We have substantial cash and are not a small VC-backed “pure play” MDM player seeking additional funds every year.
Mr Chen also stated that they are going back to their roots. I can only draw a conclusion that he does not see a future for BlackBerry in the consumer market and is hoping to get the company back to a focus on enterprise. I do wish them well and BlackBerry has fought more than any other company I have ever seen in a situation like this. Read more
We are a little behind in this review, but that’s because I have been using the device for months and months instead of just a few days or a week as in typical reviews. I have been a BlackBerry loyalist since 2006, however in the past few years they had started to drop off my radar since they were not keeping up with the trends and technology that other smartphones were offering. I admit, I left BlackBerry and went to an iPhone for personal use. However, when BlackBerry 10 was announced, I again because intrigued by where BlackBerry was going and what they were going to have to offer.
I started off using the BlackBerry Z10 and found it to be a good device, but it just didn’t feel like the BlackBerry I had become so accustomed to. When the BlackBerry Q10 was launched, I saw exactly what I had been looking for. A sleek new device offering the BlackBerry 10 experience AND a keyboard! For those of you that have used a BlackBerry in the past, you have to admit, there is just something about that keyboard experience.
Today BlackBerry has officially launched the BlackBerry 9720. Granted the smartphone is new to the BlackBerry line-up it doesn’t scream wow. It falls into line with the older BlackBerry smartphones.
The BlackBerry 9720 comes equipped with the famous QWERTY keyboard, 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 806 MHz Tavor MG1 processor, a 5 megapixel EDOF (Extended Depth of Field) camera and running Blackberry 7.1 OS.
Some new features have been designed into the BlackBerry 9720 like a dedicated BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) key as a shortcut to the application and your even able to share pictures right from the camera. Just one touch allows you to send your photo to the popular social networks you use.
The BlackBerry 9720 will be available in 5 different colors black, blue, pink, purple and white. Color choices will depend on carrier. No pricing on the handset has been released at the moment, but I’m sure more details will surface soon.
BlackBerry has posted their BlackBerry Live 2013 Keynote on YouTube in 4 segments to make it a little easier to watch versus over two hours in one video.
BlackBerry has started off the keynote with the announcement of the Q5.This phone is designed to be an entry level BlackBerry in emerging markets. BlackBerry is describing the device as “youthful” by offering it in a variety of colors.
The Q5 features a 3.1″ Touchscreen with QWERTY keyboard and will start shipping in early July.
Can’t make it to Florida for BlackBerry Live? You can watch the keynote live right now. Just follow this link.
Today BlackBerry released their Q4 2013 earning for the fiscal quarter and announced that Mike Lazaridis (former co-CEO of RIM, now BlackBerry) has decided to retire as Vice Chair and a Director of the Company. Lazaridis will be stepping down from the BlackBerry Board effective May 1, 2013 to work on his new venture with Quantum Valley Investments.
“I admire Mike for his many achievements and for his vision in helping bring BlackBerry 10 to fruition,” said CEO Thorsten Heins. “On a personal level, I am grateful to Mike for his help, guidance and advice during my first 15 months as CEO of BlackBerry. I wish him all the best.”
Lazaridis words on leaving BlackBerry:
“With the launch of BlackBerry 10, I believe I have fulfilled my commitment to the Board,” Lazaridis said. “Thorsten and his team did an excellent job in completing BlackBerry 10. We have a great deal of which to be proud. I believe I am leaving the company in good hands. I remain a huge fan of BlackBerry and, of course, wish the company and its people well.”
BlackBerry for the fourth quarter brought in $2.7 billion in revenue, with $94 million being profit. This is up from $14 million in the last quarter. In the last quarter BlackBerry also lost 3 million users bringing their global users to 76 million.
The BlackBerry Z10 has just launched in the U.S. and we wont being hearing about those results for three more months. The earnings call for the current quarter will give us a good picture of how the Z10 roll-out went.