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Android won’t save Nokia or Blackberry

Nokia and Blackberry showed new phones this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The familiar, but faded brands pin their hopes on cheap novelty phones and Android. Nokia played the retro card with a revamped 3310. It’s an expensive novelty for indulgent spendthrifts. There are also three ho-hum conventional Android models. A Finnish start-up […]

BlackBerry phone business ends not with a bang but a whimper

BlackBerry knows all about disruption. It was the top smartphone brand when Apple launched the iPhone in 2007. The phone maker continued to grow for the next three years. Customer numbers didn’t peak until 2011. It’s been downhill ever since Last month BlackBerry finally threw in the towel. The company said it is shutting its […]

Goodbye BlackBerry qwerty keyboard phone

At the New York Times Ian Austin writes: …struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry made a sharp detour from its history on Tuesday when it announced it was discontinuing the last phone to have the traditional version of the company’s iconic physical keyboard and trackpad. BlackBerry qwerty keyboard phones were essential business tools back when most other so-called […]

Android Priv fails to revive BlackBerry

BlackBerry’s Android model, the Priv, failed to revive the company’s phone sales. According to Juniper Research, BlackBerry only sold 734,000 phones in the last quarter of 2015 — a total of 3.7 million for the full year. If anyone is interested, the phone went on sale in Australia today. Microsoft’s Windows phone fared little better […]

An Android phone is not going to revive BlackBerry

Blackberry can’t sell phones using its own operating system. What makes it think moving to Android will change that? Overseas media are gushing about a new phone from BlackBerry. That’s something that hasn’t happened for a decade. The excitement is about the Priv. It’s an Android phone, but not another me-too device aiming to knock […]