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BlackBerry said to be mulling Android smartphone move

Canadian mobile company BlackBerry is contemplating making a new smartphone that will use Android as its operating system, rather than BlackBerry’s own platform, according to Reuters’ sources.

BlackBerry focuses on smart-cars with IoT platform

BlackBerry has launched an IoT platform targeted at the automotive and asset tracking sectors. The mobile device maker said its efficient and scalable messaging system forms the solution’s foundation, and claimed it brings high performance to highly mobile industries.

BlackBerry goes full circle with Classic smartphone launch

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

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

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.

Blackberry unveils IoT play

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

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

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

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

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.

Blackberry replaces three 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.

Blackberry CEO to leave as firm accepts reduced Fairfax investment

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

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

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

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.

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