BlackBerry goes full circle with Classic smartphone launch

Back to basics with the BlackBerry Classic

Humbled former smartphone giant BlackBerry has reverted back to a tried and tested design in a bid to restore some of its shattered smartphone market share. The BlackBerry Classic is positioned as the heir to relatively popular designs such as the Bold 9900.

BlackBerry taps cloud startup head as next COO

Marty Beard, chief operating officer at BlackBerry

BlackBerry has announced the appointment of Marty Beard as chief operating officer, who joins the struggling devices and software manufacturer from LiveOps, a provider of cloud-based customer service solutions.

BlackBerry offloads R&D unit to Volkswagen

Connected cars are a hot topic

Although device and software maker BlackBerry has fallen on hard times, it’s long been thought the company may carve a niche for itself in the automotive software space. So it was unsurprising when the company revealed this week that it has sold its European research and development centre in Bochum, Germany, to local auto firm Volkswagen.

A strange sense of familiarity


There is a stereoptypical portait of the London taxi driver as a bubbling cauldron of anger and resentment, white-knuckled hands clenching the steering wheel, scowl alternating between the road in front of him and the passenger in the rear view—a passenger now cast as an audience of one to a spittle-lipped tirade about how UKIP’s immigration policy is too liberal. Many cab drivers would take issue with such a narrow-minded portrait, which is ironic, as nobody loves a bigoted stereoptype like a London cabbie.

Blackberry unveils IoT play

Blackberry CEO John Chen is looking to reposition the firm in the Internet of Things space.

Struggling device vendor Blackberry has announced a new collection of initiatives targeting the Internet of Things, which the firm hopes will enable it to exploit the QNX operating system it bought in 2010. The vendor, which recorded a $5.87bn loss for the 2014 financial year, described the new campaign—dubbed Project Ion— as “a cornerstone of BlackBerry’s vision to offer end-to-end solutions for the Internet of Things.”

Blackberry’s woes deepen with $5.87bn annual loss

Blackberry has reported a $5.87bn loss for the fiscal year ended March 1st 2014

Struggling Canadian device maker Blackberry has reported a $5.87bn loss for fiscal year 2014, which ended March 1st 2014. The loss is over nine times the size of the $646m loss reported in 2013. The firm’s revenue also fell 38 per cent year on year from $11.1bn in FY13 to $6.8bn in FY14.

BlackBerry loses BBM chief


Andrew Bocking has left his position as EVP for popular BBM messaging service at BlackBerry, amid reports that the unit is to be rolled into the enterprise division at the troubled handset maker.

BlackBerry offloads Canadian real estate

BlackBerry is looking to divest its real estate in Canada

Struggling device maker BlackBerry intends to sell the majority of its real estate in Canada. The firm has teamed up with commercial real estate services provider CBRE Limited to strategically divest its portfolio.

BlackBerry’s pursuit of SAP personnel signals strategic shift

BlackBerry’s management restructure has seen the hiring of four former SAP staff

Canadian handset maker BlackBerry’s management restructure has continued with the appointment of Eric Johnson as president of global sales. Johnson is the fourth former SAP executive to join since John Chen took over as CEO, suggesting that the handset maker is looking to regain its focus on the enterprise market.

BlackBerry appoints ex-HTC/Sony exec as handset boss

BlackBerry has appointed Ron Louks as head of devices as part of its management shake up

Struggling Canadian device manufacturer BlackBerry has appointed a head of devices as part of its management shake up. Ron Louks will join the firm as president for devices and emerging solutions, reporting to executive chair and CEO, John Chen, as the firm looks to reverse its fortunes.

BBM to be natively installed on Android handsets in emerging markets

BlackBerry's BBM messaging service will be preinstalled on some Android handsets from December

Canadian handset maker Blackberry has announced that its messaging platform, BBM, will be installed natively on a variety of Android smartphones in emerging markets including Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Blackberry replaces three key management figures

Blackberry has announced the departure of three more key management figures.

In the wake of Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins’ departure following a $1bn investment in the company by Fairfax Financial Holdings, the Canadian handset manufacturer announced the departure of three more key management figures.

Clown cars, gold mines and Happy Meals


There’s plenty of stuff in this world the Informer doesn’t understand and how companies that make no money can rake it in from a stock market floatation is one of them. The Twitter founders buzzed the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday and released 70 million shares to the frenzied masses. Despite opening at $26, the market closed at almost $45, with the company reflecting a market value of more than $31bn. The company’s valuation ahead of the IPO was closer to $17bn.

Blackberry CEO to leave as firm accepts reduced Fairfax investment

Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins will leave the firm as a result of the transaction with Fairfax Financial Holdings

Device vendor Blackberry has announced that Canadian investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings will, in partnership with other institutional investors, make a US$1bn investment in the firm. CEO Thorsten Heins will leave the firm as part of the deal.

BlackBerry to be acquired by Fairfax for $4.7bn

BlackBerry, formerly known as RIM

Late Monday, in the wake of a significant warning on financial losses and job cuts, Canadian vendor BlackBerry announced its intention to be acquired by a consortium led by holdings company Fairfax Financial for $4.7bn.

4,500 jobs to go as Blackberry announces $1bn loss

BlackBerry Bold 9790

Canadian device maker Blackberry has announced it expects to make a loss of approximately between $950m and $995m for its second fiscal quarter. In addition, the firm has announced restructuring plans that will see a reduction in staff of approximately 4,500 approximately 40% of the Company’s global workforce.

Manufacturers experiment with smartphone form factor

BlackBerry's Q10 Gold

With the flat touchscreen form factor dominating smartphone form factor since the launch of Apple’s first iPhone, its handset manufacturing rivals are going back to the drawing board in an attempt to bring innovation back to form factor.

BlackBerry eyeing sale or merger


The board of directors at Canadian device maker BlackBerry has formed a Special Committee to weigh up the idea of selling the firm or running it as a joint venture with a partner. The firm said it would “explore strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment”. It admitted that possible alternatives could include “possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions”.

BlackBerry loses tablet chief; lays off R&D staff

The PlayBook will not feature in the company's future

The head of BlackBerry’s tablet unit has stepped down for personal reasons just weeks after the PlayBook was effectively put out to pasture.

Microsoft and Blackberry slash device prices

BlackBerry has slashed the price of its Z10 flagship smartphone in the US

In a move that could suggest that their efforts to disrupt the mobile device ecosystem have been met with resistance from consumers, Microsoft and Blackberry have both slashed the prices of their devices.