Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY) News: Multiple Price Points, Phone Debate, Fake BBM on Google Inc (GOOG)’s App Store & More

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Is Apple Like Microsoft in 1995, or Like Research in Motion in 2008? (MorningStar)
Not surprisingly, the company I am most often asked about by subscribers to our U.S. newsletter Morningstar StockInvestor is Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is down around 40% from the all-time high of $705.07 it reached last September. More importantly, it is trading at about a 30% discount to Morningstar’s $600 fair value estimate. While the moat is only narrow, the moat trend is positive, indicating a strengthening competitive position. …The history of consumer electronics companies is certainly not promising. BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) enjoyed a 57% compound annual growth rate in revenue in the five years leading up to 2011. Then revenue promptly fell 44% in the subsequent two years and record earnings turned into annual losses.

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Fake BBM Android app fools thousands, Google pulls it (CNET)
Excited about getting back in touch with your BBM chums on your Android phone? Hold it just one second there, because a fake BlackBerry Messenger has appeared on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play and fooled hundreds of thousands before it was taken down. Remember, folks: don’t download an app or any software unless you’re sure it’s official. The fake app is called ‘blackberry messenger bbm’, created by a developer called Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY). But the folks who make Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) phones are no longer called Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) or RIM: the company changed its name in January. …The fake app plays on a release date previously bandied that turned out to be false. T-Mobile jumped the gun and announced the iOS and Android app would be available on 27 July, forcing BlackBerry to deny that was the official date.

RBWM council dumps BlackBerry for Windows 8 phones (Computing)
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) is set to abandon issuing staff with BlackBerry smartphones as the council looks to move towards a Windows 8-based ecosystem. It forms part of RBWM’s overall strategy of moving towards a smarter working environment, which, when implemented, would make it the first local government authority to operate entirely within the cloud. “We’re looking to roll out Windows 8 phones moving away from the current Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), obviously with the security wrapper around that piece as well. And we have access via the smarter working project and the desktop refresh gives the ability for users to work remotely,” Dan Brookman, RBWM’s chief architect told Computing.

Is BlackBerry About to Pull a Samsung? (Fool)
Competition in the global smartphone market has reached a fever pitch. With several former champions of the mobile-phone space vying for their piece of the pie, we’re seeing companies pursue some bold tactics in hopes of differentiating themselves. One company attempting to regain a piece of its former glory, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), appears that it might be about to borrow a page from one of the current top dogs, Samsung, by taking aim at multiple price points and form factors to potentially appeal to users in some of its most critical markets. In this video, Fool contributor Andrew Tonner discusses the dynamic and how it could help Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) going forward.

RIM’s results to settle new-phone debate (TheGlobeAndMail)
One way or another, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) will prove someone right this week. The Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) maker will announce its 2014 fiscal first-quarter results on Friday. The earnings figures come after weeks of mixed reports on the company from a number of analysts. Within the span of a week, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) was the subject of a two-notch upgrade at one analyst firm, and then a downgrade at another, as observers argued about whether Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s new line of phones was getting better- or worse-than-expected traction. The contrasting views about the company’s prospects were illustrated in a recent report from RBC Dominion Securities Inc. analyst Mark Sue, who raised his estimates for Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) unit shipments, but added that there is still room for concern.