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BlackBerry UK boss Rob Orr quits with immediate effect (MobileNewsCwp) Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) UK and Ireland managing director Rob Orr has quit with immediate effect The manufacturer said in a statement: “Rob Orr has resigned as managing director of BlackBerry UK and Ireland with immediate effect. We thank Rob for his contributions and wish him well for the future.” Orr (pictured) took over the running of the business in August and replaced Stephen Bates, who became the regional MD for Europe in a newly created role. He spent seven years at Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), first joining in June 2006 as director of carrier product management. Three years later he became vice president of EMEA. Orr oversaw the manufacturer’s launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system in January. Since then, two handsets have been released on the platform – the full touchscreen Z10 and QWERTY-based Q10.
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) Introduces BES 10.1 Cloud Service (USMarketBuzz) Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has launched BlackBery Enterprise Service as a cloud service without much hoopla. The Canadian handset maker has recently introduced BES as a service, in an effort to launch the most recent update to BES. The company has not arranged for a press release about the new happenings but it has started discussing about it. The SVP of Enterprise Software at BlackBerry, Pete Devenyi said that the company is introducing BES 10.1, with a number of companies signed up for trial. The BES 10.1 is supposed to boost Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) as it tries satisfying rising demands for solutions to manage Android as well as iOS devices in a Bring Your Own Device work culture.
Once Again, Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY) BlackBerry Turns its Focus to Customer Service (InsiderMonkey) As of late, when it comes to customer service, there is no stopping Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY). The company is well aware it is fighting an uphill battle in an attempt to chase down the top players in the smartphone industry. Rather than give up on consumers and let them figure things out on their own, the company is taking the next step and doing its best to provide a high level of customer service. ...It appears that Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) BlackBerry is putting so much time and effort into customer service because they are being asked by a lot of people to provide information on how to use their device.
How BYOD Is Pushing BlackBerry Out (Forbes) Last quarter, BlackBerry sales plunged 81 percent to just 0.7 percent of the U.S. market share, down mightily from 2009, when Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) held 20.7 percent of the US smartphone market. Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is certainly hoping that the late-March release of the Z10 will reverse its fortunes this quarter, but it has a long way to go in reaching the heights of its heyday. The BYOD movement is one big reason why. In the late 2000s, BlackBerry was the darling of the enterprise business world. Employer-provided BlackBerrys were standard-issue at many large corporations. IT departments loved Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s secure transport infrastructure, which routed all messages sent from the phone through Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s Network Operations Center. This level of secure encryption was unmatched by early smartphone options from Android and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) -0.31%, which were focused on the consumer market.
Does Tizen have a future? (IntoMobile) We all know Samsung, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and a number of carriers don’t like the fact that current mobile landscape is dominated by Google and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) are also pushing it hard but their respective platforms hold only a fraction of the market. Hence this diverse group of companies will be launching the brand-new Tizen platform, which gets its roots from Samsung’s Bada, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s Moblin and perhaps even Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK)’s Maemo. The first Tizen-based smartphone will be launched later this year and honestly we don’t expect to be wowed by it, despite its potential monster hardware under the hood. The reason is obvious – it lacks apps, big time. And while I’m sure both Samsung and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) will use their huge resources (read: money) to bring developers on board, it takes time for a critical number of high-quality apps to be deployed on a brand new operating system.