BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) News: Direct Competition, Tamper Detection & Apple Inc. (AAPL)

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Research in Motion Ltd. (BBRY)BBM app on Android and iPhone in testing now (CNet)
BlackBerry Messenger is in testing for the iPhone and Android phones, with the first members of the public trying out the Android app to chat to BBM buddies without a BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY). It’s still early days, as this first beta test of the Android app only involves BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) employees and some of their friends and family. Meanwhile, the iOS app for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices is being tested within BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s walls, and is yet to be tried in the real world. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) announced in May that the popular instant messaging service will be available as a free app for iOS and Android devices this summer. We’re now well into summer — you can tell by looking out of the window, right?

BlackBerry 10 users having problems (MazumaMobile)
It seems BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) aren’t having much luck as it attempts to stabilise its position in the mobile phone market. The release of its latest BB10 devices was supposed to bring it back into direct competition with its rivals, which have recently surpassed the Canadian manufacturer. However, the latest BlackBerry 10 update has caused a number of messaging problems for people with the latest software, according to N4BB. The update has reportedly resulted in many users losing their message history and some are have even been left completely unable to use the service at all.

Android versus iOS phones for business (TechRadar)
Once upon a time the only type of mobile phone you would consider for your business was BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), but those running on Android and iOS are now hot on its heels. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s secure servers and focus on email, coupled with the full on QWERTY keyboards on devices, made it the stand out candidate for workers. It is still a viable option, with the BlackBerry 10 software, new handsets including the Z10 and Q10 and the updated BES 10 backend infrastructure But Android and iOS handsets have come on leaps and bounds and some now exceed the offerings of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY).

BlackBerry 10 to include Fixmo Sentinel app for US govt (TelecomPaper)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) will integrate Fixmo Sentinel device integrity verification and tamper detection service in its BlackBerry 10 platform for the US government. Fixmo Sentinel, an enterprise mobility platform, is used throughout the US Federal Government to meet the Security Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIGs) for mobile device deployments. Developed under a Co-operative Research and Development Agreement with the US National Security Agency, Fixmo Sentinel enables IT organisations to ensure mobile devices start, and remain, in a known trusted state and within corporate compliance.