BBM app for Android and iOS could complicate things (PhonesReview)
The well-documented wait for the BBM service for Android and iOS devices is creating a fair amount of attention at the moment. Many people are eager to start using BBM cross-platform, and we know from the many comments we’ve received that the release can’t come soon enough for some. However, is it the case that the BBM app for Android and iOS could simply complicate things? BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has promised the BBM app for iOS and Android by the end of September, and there have been several false starts and fake apps leading people to think it has already arrived. Android and iOS BlackBerry Messenger beta user guides with features recently emerged that seemed to indicate we were a step closer to the launch of the apps on Google Play and the App Store.
Univision Upgrades Entire Mobile Fleet with 2,000 BlackBerry Q10 Smartphones (MenaFn)
BlackBerry(R) BBRY and Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced that Univision has purchased 2,000 BlackBerry(R) Q10 smartphones to upgrade all corporate issued BlackBerry smartphones. In addition to upgrading their entire mobile fleet, Univision is offering new BlackBerry(R) 10 apps on the BlackBerry(R) World(TM)storefront. Univision has more than 60 local broadcast TV stations and nearly 70 radio stations, and uses BlackBerry as the backbone of their enterprise mobility and app development road map. When evaluating the latest smartphones available in today’s competitive marketplace,Univision chose to invest in BlackBerry because of the clear enterprise-ready benefits, including security, user experience and total cost of ownership.
A new owner may not be able to save BlackBerry (CNMEOnline)
The company had pinned its hopes on the BlackBerry 10 operating system, but its phones have now slipped into fourth place behind Windows Phone devices, according to IDC and other analyst firms. That slip seemed to play a key role in BlackBerry’s decision, announced earlier this month, to set up a committee to explore options such as selling the company or finding a partner to work with. IDC last week said that BlackBerry’s market share fell to 2.9 percent in the second quarter — its lowest point since the firm started tracking BlackBerry devices. Windows Phone was at 3.7 percent, while Android led with nearly 80 percent and iOS held 13.2 percent.
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) Share Buyback: Short-term Investors Are Rewarded & Long-Term Are Punished (eFinanceHub)
Arabian Business reported on Saturday that BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has released its Gold and White BlackBerry Q10 Special Edition Smartphone in UAE, with prices starting at $1035. Only 24 pieces of the Gold and White BlackBerry Q10 have been launched and they are presently on sale only at a Blackberry boutique in Dubai Mall, the biggest shopping center in the emirate. BlackBerry was once riding lofty on success from the smartphone industry. In 2008 and 2009, when BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) did its share buyback, it was not expected that the company would put itself up for sale in less than 10 years. The experience of BlackBerry with share buybacks might be a warning for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), if CEO Tim Cook pays attention to it.
What’s Holding Up a BlackBerry Sale? (DailyFinance)
Let’s face it: Even though the stock’s performed impressively over the past month or so, things are not going gangbusters at Canadian smartphone shop BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY). In less than a month since the company confirmed what many had suspected, that it’s officially on sale, rumors are already starting to surface that locating that perfect bidder is proving more challenging than hoped. This makes more and more sense as we see the company’s new BB10-based smartphones struggle to gain traction around the world. However, the prevailing hope had been largely to keep the company intact.