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  • BlackBerry: Embrace Android, And Its 1 Billion Users  [View article]
    Agreed. There is no reason why BB can't roll security onto Android. I originally thought they could run the super secure BB10 for business and government and Secured Android for consumers, however they have done so much work on integrating Android into BB10 and made other relevant acquisitions that they could shift focus to Android. Who knows, maybe the new Android is inside a QNX wrapper.
    Sep 29, 2015. 08:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's Smartphone OS Is Dead  [View article]
    It's unfortunate. BB10 is the best mobile OS on the market, just not the most popular. Having used all the OSs, I would choose BB10. Simple, fast, easy and comfortable. But regardless of how good it is, if it doesn't sell, it is done. I advocated years ago for BB to go Android for a consumer phone and BB10 for business. They still can but it sounds to me that they waited too long and now they have to phase out one and the looser is BB10. What would be bad is the consumer now turned off anything BB. If that is the case, then this is the last hardware project you will see from BB.
    Sep 26, 2015. 01:40 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry slides following cautious RBC, Morgan Stanley notes  [View news story]
    IOT reference is to QNX embedded OS. One of BB's best acquisitions. It is already deployed and will expand it's application base.
    Jun 18, 2015. 06:12 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Android Handset Won't Help BlackBerry's Device Sales Or Reputation  [View article]

    Agreed! BB had the consumer market because they were the only player but they didn't care and were actually business focused. So they lost consumers when other players came in who focused on consumers. They tried to gain consumer ground with Z10 but didn't have the ecosystem to support it. They should have tooled an android phone back then.
    So is now too late? Personally, my next phone will be Android and I will wait for the BB version this fall.
    Jun 14, 2015. 11:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Android Handset Won't Help BlackBerry's Device Sales Or Reputation  [View article]
    I disagree with this article. Android is a complete eco system and many manufacturers have benefited from offering devices that use Google's OS. I think this is a good move for BlackBerry. They have long ago embraced a multi-platform compatibility strategy. They still offer a BB10 platform for those that require absolute security for business etc. Manufacturing a device that is droid based will, at last, place a popular consumer product in their lineup. Shop Samsung, Google, LG or BlackBerry, and pick from price, size and features and know you are still getting a droid that all your droid apps will work with.
    Yes BlackBerry doesn't have a strong eco beyond security but they get one automatically by going droid. They should have done this year's ago! Finally they will have a finger in the consumer pie.
    Jun 13, 2015. 06:43 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Adding Android To Phones: Desperation Or Genius?  [View article]
    Like any Company, all they need is one good tipping point idea or product. Hard to believe it now, but at one point Apple was in the gutter, counted down and out.
    Jun 12, 2015. 11:40 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Adding Android To Phones: Desperation Or Genius?  [View article]
    Samsung has made a fortune riding on Google's coat tail, so why not BlackBerry. They should have done this years ago. They have had Android on their phones for the last year anyways (maybe testing the water). BYOD, BBM cross platform, app deal with Amazon, are all first steps leading to this one. Blackdroid is a great name, I think it will pull them out of this swamp they are in. I'm ready to pre-order!
    Jun 12, 2015. 11:35 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Canadian Oil Sands: Sorry, But We Told You To Stay Away  [View article]
    Correct. IF one thing is for certain, Oil prices are manipulated. This 'moment' has come and gone many times. If it is anything like the nat gas collapse then we will see production shutins, acquisitions, maybe even mergers. It will take some time to rebalance the calculations. Wait for the bottom every one, good luck.
    Nov 28, 2014. 11:12 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Passport: No Killer App, Investors Lose  [View article]
    I guess he forgot that this Passport is loaded with the latest BB10 upgrade that gives BB users full access to Amazon for Apps and compatibility with Android.
    Just which killer app are we not getting?
    Aug 19, 2014. 12:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry BBM Is Totally Worthless  [View article]
    I would take from this article that BB has some life again. I thought this type of article was over. This depth of negativity makes me want to reassess BB from on investment perspective.
    As for BBM, to say it is worthless is absurd. PIN invites are simple and fast and doesn't even require me to have the persons personal information. Just a pin. Also, any Group chat in BBM is of itself a Facebook, but a facebook with only those people you want to interact with....no dragging your identity all over the world. No facial recognition snooping either. BBM Channels is very similar to Twitter but far more indepth and functional.
    I don't think the author has used BBM.
    There will always be competition, and other apps that perform similar functions and those that choose between them. That is never justification for spreading negativity.
    Dec 15, 2013. 09:40 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: The Doom Looks Near  [View article]
    The fact is:

    BlackBerry gained it's huge following because at first it was the only smartphone on the market. Consumers piled in to use the instant messaging service BBM.

    BB was happy about that but their focus was enterprise not consumer.

    When a better consumer phone was available, consumers left BB.

    BB produced new phones that were designed for business, but included a few consumer features, but not enough to slow the exodus.

    With BB10 they finally tried to produced a "for everyone phone" but it was too late. Apps were scarce and developers were already building for Apple and Android and Windows. Although the phones are amazing, they are too late to the game. Consumers are already committed.

    So BB turns back to enterprise focus.

    As a smaller niche player they can survive, doling out secure services and taking BBM cross platform.

    Too bad they didn't make the Android Player fully compatible with Google Play, another decision that panned out wrong. If they had, this would be a very different story now.
    Oct 1, 2013. 03:27 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Stopped Me From Purchasing BlackBerry  [View article]
    It is amazing to watch a company destroy itself, even when they have all the potential to lead the market. Even more so when the company was the instigator of the market in question.

    What is good for enterprise customers is not good for consumers. They have to sell to one or the other. Best scenario would have been to sell to consumers, and let enterprise customers benefit from the higher powered devices.

    Android. Why make their new phones "kind of" Android compatible, when they could have offered full compatibility? Because they wanted Android developers to recompile for BlackBerry so they could make revenue selling apps through BlackBerry World. What they missed out on was benefiting from both: Selling made for BlackBerry apps and selling Android compatible phones to consumers. QNX could run Android as a task within BB10. Not only that, consumers would also benefit from BB10. A chance for a dual OS smartphone, lost because they didn't want to beef up the hardware to pull it off.

    It is unfortunate. But that is business.

    BB can survive as a private company focused on software security, enterprise servers and BBM, as a shadow of their former self. Sega did similar.

    As for investing right now? It is a gamble, not an investment.
    Sep 29, 2013. 07:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reports: Lazaridis weighing bid for BlackBerry  [View news story]
    Having Mike back in the driver seat would be interesting. He appointed Thorsten CEO, and he is friends with deep pocket Premier Watsa, and he is very connected to advance technology.
    I think Mike and Premier will take it private. They will hunker down until the waves settle, and then head out into uncharted waters.
    Sounds complicated, when all they need to do is make their Android Player run Google Play apps right off the download.
    Being Android capable would add a lot of value to BB10.
    Sep 21, 2013. 06:17 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Z30 Phablet Has Precisely 0% Chance Of Saving BlackBerry  [View article]
    Unlike this author:

    1. I have often wondered why Tablets didn't have the ability to make calls on a cell network. I assumed cost was a problem. The iPhone was an extension of the ipod touch. Phablets are an extention of the Tablet.

    2. Eye sight is one big reason why Tablets are 7-10 inches in size. Squinting to read text on a website, on a smartphone, is best left to the young. The boomers are still a huge demographic and their eye sight isn't improving. I am ready to dump my smartphone for a Phablet for that very reason.

    3. I don't think most of us have clued in that BB has never been consumer-centric. However, the big business in mobile devices IS consumer based. They are a business oriented company focused on security and communications. Consumers are a tag along in the eyes of BB. Ifnthey really wanted the big bucks from the consumer market they would have made their Android Player fully compatible, and working within the QNX framework. It can be done, they just haven't done it.

    4. The Z30 is not the savior product. It is another product that fits their mobile computing strategy. A product that bridges the gap between phone and tablet and the main reason why they have given up on Playbook development. They won't but they should give all PlayBook owners a trade up deal to move to the new PlayBook - the Z30.
    Sep 13, 2013. 09:11 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Shareholders Treated Like A Sacrificial Lamb  [View article]
    BB should never have made it "seem" as though they were marketing to consumers. As soon as Heins took over, he should have reiterated the fact that BB is and will ever be a business focused software and device manufacturer.
    Maybe we consumers, interpreted the revival of BB and the introduction of the BB10 lineup as their effort to rekindle a consumer presence in BB. If that was their intent, it failed. I don't believe it ever was their intent.
    I think they will go private. Perhaps an amalgamation of Fairfax, Lenovo and one other. They will focus on bringing BB10 to the business world and if any consumers want to come along for the ride then they will be ok with that.
    BB had a huge chance to bring the consumer on board, but they locked up the potential of running android within qnx, forcing die hards to sideload android apps. If they had made the player completely compatible, consumers would have had a blast downloading and running android apps, and also buying apps from BBWorld as they saw fit. They can still do it with BB10.2, but I doubt they will. If they did, you would see the consumer take a fresh look at a dual OS capable smartphone.
    What they are doing now, will help the investors (and the board) but it will throw any existing consumer user under the bus. Essentially closing the door on any consumer market in the future.
    Sep 5, 2013. 06:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment