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.
BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins speaks on Apple’s iPhone in an interview with Australian Financial Review and feels “The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old”, in other words he feels it’s outdated.
Heins did acknowledge “Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market”, he also stated, “They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that.”
Technology on smartphones has advanced in the last few years and consumers are always looking for the next best thing and Heins feels “the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly.” BlackBerry can relate as the company took a big hit once touchscreen devices became the new standard.
“One area that the new BlackBerry phones had surpassed the iPhone was in the ability to multi-task-running multiple apps at once” said, Heins. This allows for users to work on their smartphone as if they were working on their laptop or desktop. Read more
BlackBerry is opening their doors to Android and iOS with a security solution for both work and personal data on mobile devices, BlackBerry’s Secure Work Space. Managed by BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) users will have a solution for third-party platforms. These solutions will provided secured client applications for e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing and document editing.
An update for BES 10 will extend BlackBerry security capabilities for data-at-rest and data-in-transit. It will also, provide separation between your work and personal data on your device.
“With BlackBerry Balance technology, we offer the industry’s only true compromise-free separation of work and personal data and applications,” said David J Smith, EVP, Enterprise Mobile Computing. “With Secure Work Space for iOS and Android devices, we’re extending as many of these features as possible to other platforms, critical in today’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) world. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 offers administrators a single, intuitive platform enabling them to effectively and securely manage a variety of devices while protecting their corporate assets and at the same time providing employees the flexibility they desire.”
Secure Work Space is a solution that enables customers to save considerable effort and expense, as they would no longer have to configure and manage expensive VPN solutions.
BlackBerry feels they offer a very “secure and reliable solution” with their Secure Work Space and that it’s a “clear choice for enterprises and governments” to support BYOD policies.
Beta testing for Secure Work Space is already in testing and official availability will be offered by the end of the second quarter. More details we will made available at the BlackBerry Live conference in May.
It looks like the BlackBerry Z10 is going to be available March 15th at AT&T, making AT&T the first of the three carriers to carry the handset. We already know T-Mobile and Verizon will be carrying the Z10 towards the end of this month. T-Mobile on March 27th and Verizon 28th one day apart from each other.
It’s surprising to see AT&T sneak into the picture with the BlackBerry Z10 before the other two carriers. Either way, BlackBerry fans can’t wait for the handset arrive.