BlackBerry Curve Stories August 19, 2015

After sharing this morning a render of the slide-out keyboard on what is ostensibly an Android-powered BlackBerry Venice, a device which the Ontario-based company has teased but made no mention of what OS its powered by, respected leaker Evan Blass is back with more goodies for the BB faithful. This time he has tweeted out a short video that shows off a render of the smartphone from all angles, with dramatic transitions and animations in tow.

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BlackBerry Curve Stories September 26, 2014

BlackBerry down but not out as it posts lower-than-expected losses

BlackBerry may be finding it tough to compete in a world now dominated by Android and iOS, but it isn’t finished yet. The company has just announced a net loss of $207M in Q2, significantly lower than had been expected and far lower than the $965M it lost in the same quarter last year.

The company is pinning its hopes on its new square-screened BlackBerry Passport phablet, and says that it anticipates breaking even by the end of the 2015 fiscal year. CNBC noted that BlackBerry CEO John Chen said back in April that it could return to profit on sales as low as 10M handsets a year … 

BlackBerry Curve Stories July 18, 2014

A little fun nostalgia for those of us old enough to remember featurephones …

If you’re as old as I am, you probably have fond memories of your first featurephone. They might seem prehistoric now, but some of them were very advanced for their time.

German website Curved has had some fun imagining what ye olde phones might look like running either Android or Windows Phone. They even show what Windows Phone would have looked like on an early Nokia monochrome LCD display.

Check out a few of the photos here, and the full gallery over on the Curved website.

BlackBerry Curve Stories June 30, 2014

BlackBerry responds to reports of 0 percent market share with ‘fact check’ portal

Following a CIRP report claiming that BlackBerry’s smartphone market share was now zero (that is, too small to measure), the company has hit back with a ‘fact check’ portal intended to present its side of the story to what it sees as “sensationalized reports.”

To be fair to the company, the CIRP report in question measured consumer share, while BlackBerry’s strength has always been in the enterprise market, where BlackBerry says it still leads.

[In the Enterprise space] BlackBerry has the largest install base, an unparalleled global infrastructure, and the deepest understanding of how to provide secure, productive mobile collaboration and communications in the enterprise space.

Which may well be true for the moment, but the very fact that the company feels it has to work so hard to present its case is testament itself to its precarious prospects.

BlackBerry announced earlier this month that apps on the Amazon Appstore will be available to BlackBerry 10 owners from the fall.

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