Smartphone sales to flatten out in 2018 as devices fail to impress

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In previous years, mobile phone models saw big differences from one generation to the next. Smartphone sales are expected to flatten out this year, according to a Canaccord Genuity forecast. Last year, the growth rate reached only 2.7 percent. The Wall Street firm predicts that consumers don’t have many reasons to upgrade this year. This prediction takes the mobile phone growth rate in a different direction than other respected forecasts. The Garner market research firm, on the other hand, said that smartphone sales growth would reach almost 5 percent. Still,…

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Microsoft protects Office mobile apps with BlackBerry security

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The software giant has partnered with the former handset manufacturer to make its suite safer. Microsoft has entered into a new partnership to add BlackBerry security to its Office apps. The goal is to improve the security level of its popular suite of mobile apps. It will be adding the applications to the BlackBerry Dynamics container software. The new partnership between Microsoft and BlackBerry was first announced last week. Microsoft will be adding BlackBerry security to ensure that customers know they can safely use their apps. Among the Microsoft Office…

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BlackBerry patent lawsuit filed against Nokia

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The struggling Canadian is working to claw its way back to relevance in part by increasing its software revenues. A recently filed BlackBerry patent lawsuit is aimed directly at Nokia Corp, accusing the latter company of infringing on the former company’s property. This is the latest step in BlackBerry’s ongoing efforts to boost its royalty collections on its patents and earn more revenue through new software deals. Clearly, the company’s goals include legal actions to try to ensure it will collect on all patents it holds. Bloomberg reported on a…

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BBM Enterprise to offer businesses secure communication

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IT departments have pricked their ears at the news that text-based communication will be safer. BBM Enterprise has undergone an important overhaul and is being launched as a secure text communication option for businesses. This plays into the company’s strong reputation for getting security right. The BlackBerry Messenger enterprise-level app has end-to-end encryption over all methods of communication. This means that regardless of whether voice, video or text communication is used, BBM Enterprise will keep it secure. The new application may be the tool businesses have been looking for when…

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BlackBerry hardware to shut down following plummeting quarterly revenue

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The struggling Canadian company has now announced its cessation of phone manufacturing. Though it didn’t come as much of a surprise to most, the announcement that new BlackBerry hardware is a thing of the past still raised eyebrows. CEO John Chen has been determined to save the smartphone side of the business. That said, after a quarterly report showing plummeting revenues, Chen has now accepted the inevitable. After this fiscal year, BlackBerry will no longer design, make or sell smartphones and other hardware. The second quarter revenue report revealed a…

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BlackBerry DTEK50 is high on security but low on battery life

BlackBerry DTEK50

The second Android smartphone from the Canadian handset maker is also quite affordable. The BlackBerry DTEK50 is the second Android phone released by the Canadian smartphone maker. They have labeled it a “fleet device.” This refers to its appeal to enterprises providing smartphones to their employees. So far, the new BlackBerry smartphone is being received as affordable and very well built. At the same time, the BlackBerry DTEK50 has received applause for its high security level. This is particularly appealing when taking the affordable price tag into account. In fact,…

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BlackBerry Classic is headed to an early (or late?) retirement

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The struggling Canadian handset maker is desperately trying to claw its hardware back to profitability. Not only two years after its launch, the BlackBerry Classic is approaching retirement. The company announced the upcoming end to the smartphone with its beloved standard keyboard. The Classic smartphone was created to give people an option with the physical keyboard they love. However, the company has decided to bring the BlackBerry Classic to an end. This is occurring at a time when the Canadian business is desperately trying to stop its hardware business from…

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More BlackBerry Android smartphones are reportedly in the works

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A new mid-range mobile phone called the Neon is expected to launch this month or early next month. The first BlackBerry Android smartphones, called Priv, were first announced last year. The intention was to excite the market with the mobile phones people had been waiting for. Even more Android based mobile phones will hit the market over the next couple of months. In fact, there are three mobile phones expected from the struggling Canadian company during that time. CEO John Chen indicated that there could be a mid-July launch of…

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Facebook drops BlackBerry BB10 platform support

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The Canadian handset manufacturer is watching some of the largest mobile apps step away from it. Regardless of the efforts that BlackBerry has made to try to convince Facebook and WhatsApp to change their minds about discontinuing their native apps that would support the company’s own operating system, BB10, the applications wouldn’t budge. The company has since responded to the decision and has expressed its disappointment in this development. In a recent blog post on the official BlackBerry site, they stated that “We are extremely disappointed in [Facebook’s] decision as…

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BBM mobile payments are headed to Africa

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BlackBerry has now announced that it intends to start in Nigeria and work outward with its transaction tech. The recovering Canadian handset maker, BlackBerry, has announced that it has plans to make it possible for BBM users in Africa to be able to use a mobile payments service that will let them send money or airtime. The service will launch in Nigeria and will make these transactions “as simply as they transfer photos or files.” This is a part of a broader strategy that BlackBerry has been making into the…

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BlackBerry CEO promises more mobile phones after Priv

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John Chen has now said that he is never going to allow the company to entirely give up on hardware. According to CEO John Chen of BlackBerry, “I am never going to give up the phone business,” suggesting that the Priv will not be the last of the mobile phones that will carry the company’s name. Chen has stated that BlackBerry will continue to produce more smartphones as a part of its business. At the moment the market share maintained by BlackBerry in the United States is smaller than 1…

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