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BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) News: Strategic Breakup, BBM Beta & Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NOK)

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is down 25% year-to-date after the flop of its Z10 and Q10 launches, and investors should steer clear of this dog of a smartphone stock if they know what’s good for them. According to one BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) stock analyst, it’s not just continued steady declines that are a risk, but the very end of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) altogether via a strategic breakup or liquidation. Analyst Kevin Smithen of Macquarie Group has gone on record saying that BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has failed at the consumer market and is slowly losing business customers, too.

Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY)With A Launch Fast Approaching, BlackBerry Pushes Out iOS & Android BBM Beta Invites (TechCrunch)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed this past May that BBM would come to iOS and Android “this summer”, which of course means that advertised launch window is rapidly closing. There’s still no official word on when BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is going to push its cross-platform messaging app out the door, some new images released today indicate things are chugging along at a decent clip. The first image (seen above) was obtained by BGR and depicts a seemingly near-final version of the app running on a Samsung Galaxy S III… though it doesn’t shed much light on what the BBM Android experience is actually like. Those early impressions should be trickling out any day now, as BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has also begun extending BBM beta invitations to certain Android users whose devices run 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

Touchscreen BlackBerry by Porsche Design on the way (StuffMideast)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has already teamed up with Porsche Design for the metallic – and very expensive – P’9981. Now the duo are teaming up for an equally exclusive handset based on the BlackBerry Z10 – at least if these leaked photos from and are anything to go by. The familiar Porsche Design logo is plastered on the top of the handset, and a shot of the case reveals what appears to be a mix of glass and leather weave. The P’9981 was based on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 – which was somewhat dated even when it launched. But the prospect of a premium phone sporting the up-to-date BlackBerry 10 OS is rather enticing. Even if it would burn a hole right through our wallets.

Britvic dumps BlackBerry for Windows Phone (Computing)
Soft drinks maker Britvic is dumping BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) in favour of Windows Phone devices from Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK). The company is currently rolling out Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) Lumia 720 smartphones to 800 staff as part of the platform shift at the company. “A key factor in Britvic’s switch to Lumia is the Windows Phone 8 platform and its easy synchronisation with the company’s existing Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) systems, including Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Exchange email and Microsoft SharePoint, as well as enabling them to access and edit Microsoft Office documents even when they are out of the office,” said Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) in a statement.

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