Android Dominates Smartphone Market

With devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 under its belt, Google’s Android operating system continues to dominate the smartphone market. In fact, a recent report found 81.3 percent of all smartphones sold use the Android OS. That means that out of 251.4 million smartphones sold globally in the third quarter of 2013, 204.4 million of them were Androids. There are a few reasons for its popularity. First, Blackberry’s fall from grace has played a part, with users jumping ship to Android devices. But, and maybe most importantly of all, Android appeals to a diverse range of customers. Apple, their biggest

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BlackBerry Bombshell

BlackBerry dropped a bombshell this morning, announcing its CEO Thorsten Heins is leaving the company after news broke that Fairfax Financial will not be purchasing the Canadian smartphone pioneer outright after all. Replacing Heins will be interim leader John Chen, who is the former head of Sybase Inc. He will assume the position of executive chair of the board. And though Fairfax won’t be taking over the company, it will still be involved – plans call for BlackBerry to raise $1 billion by selling convertible notes to investors which include Fairfax. BlackBerry is still seeking additional outside investment and rumor

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BlackBerry Posts Open Letter to Consumers

BlackBerry is tackling its consumer confidence issues head-on this week by publishing an open letter in print publications around the globe. In it, BlackBerry assures customers the company is still reliable, sustainable and business-focused with superior security and enterprise management. “We have substantial cash on hand and a balance sheet that is debt free,” says the letter. “We are restructuring with a goal to cut our expenses by 50 percent in order to run a very efficient, customer-oriented organization. “These are no doubt challenging times for us and we don’t underestimate the situation or ignore the challenges we are facing.

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BlackBerry Bought By Fairfax

It is the inevitable news we have been waiting to break for months: BlackBerry has been purchased by its largest investor, Canadian investment firm Fairfax, which reportedly paid $4.7 billion U.S. for the ailing Waterloo-based mobile firm. According to recent market values, Fairfax paid more than what BlackBerry is actually worth. Prior to the transaction, Fairfax held 10 percent of BlackBerry. In a statement, Fairfax Chair and Chief Executive Prem Westa said the “transaction will open an exciting new private chapter for BlackBerry, its customers, carriers, and employees.” He also promises that Fairfax can “deliver immediate value to shareholders.” Do

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Would BlackBerry Benefit From Android? Probably Not.

Android phones are leading the market, and Samsung is dominating the smartphone industry. There have been more than a few suggestions that BlackBerry should have jumped on the Android wagon instead of developing its own OS. But, as pointed out by Mary Branscombe in this ZDNet article, all that Android touches isn’t gold. In the first quarter of 2013, Samsung sold over 70 million handsets, about 40 million more than Apple. That’s impressive. However, all companies producing Android-run devices didn’t share in the glory. LG – the third biggest name in the industry – only sold 10 million handsets in

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BlackBerry For Sale?

Is BlackBerry heading for the auction block? Reports this morning indicate the ailing Canadian smartphone giant is contemplating some big moves and could even be willing to sell the company. In a statement, BlackBerry said a special committee will investigate ways to increase profits, including forming “possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances.” The announcement sent stock prices up Monday, continuing the trend that started late last week when rumors of the company going private started to circulate.

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BlackBerry Q5 Coming to Canada

Although it was originally intended for markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the Blackberry Q5 will be launched in Canada on Aug. 13. It will be the third BlackBerry smartphone released this year. So why decide to bring the Q5 to Canada now? Well, the Ontario-based company is using a patriotic angle as an explanation. “Canada is out home, and bringing the Blackberry Q5 smartphone here is a testament to our strong partner support and ongoing commitment to delivering innovative technologies that enable Canadian enterprises and consumers to improve how they connect and communicate,” said

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BlackBerry CEO asks for investor patience

Are there any BlackBerry shareholders out there? In the last few years the value of your investment may have gone down, but Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins asks you to stay patient. According to him, good things are coming for the company and its investors. Or at least that’s the message he delivered at this week’s annual general meeting, the day before shares dipped below $10 for the first time in months. It has been over a year since Heins has taken the reins at BlackBerry. Reaching out to anxious investors at the meeting in Waterloo, Ontario, Heins said, “Blackberry

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BBM coming to iPhone, Android

While many have chosen not to go the BlackBerry route when purchasing a smartphone, there is one feature they may regret passing up. BlackBerry Messenger, also known as BBM, is a popular chat function that has increased the smartphone’s popularity, especially among youth. But with fewer people wanting the actual device to accompany BBM, it has forced an evolution. BlackBerry recently announced a version of BBM is expected to be released sometime this summer, and will be available for iPhone and Android. Though the date isn’t specific, we can anticipate we’ll be seeing BBM users on all kinds of devices

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BlackBerry announces new phone, BBM roll out

Big news in BlackBerry land this week, as the Canadian smartphone maker hosts its BlackBerry Live showcase conference in Florida. One of the biggest announcements has been the company’s plans to roll out its signature BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM) to iOS and Android devices. Though some analysts have scratched their heads at the move – after all, BBM is what is keeping some users tethered to their BlackBerry device – CEO Thorsten Heins seems confident it’s the right strategy. “We have a unique asset and we want to let BBM flourish,” Heins was quoted as saying. “It’s time to bring

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