No joke; BlackBerry beats Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter

BlackBerry, in the midst of transitioning from a hardware to a software company, topped Wall Street expectations with its latest earnings report announced this morning. For the fourth fiscal quarter which ended on February 28th, the company grew its top line by 12.2% to $193 million. BlackBerry has turned over design, production, marketing and sales of BlackBerry phones over to companies like China’s TCL. BlackBerry provides the software and collects a royalty based on sales.

The company also is involved with providing software to the IoT. It sells industrial software to manufacturers, and …


A new Android powered BlackBerry tablet could be coming soon

BlackBerry CEO John Chen spoke to analysts today via conference call following the release of the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings report. BlackBerry reported profits on an adjusted basis of 4 cents a share, topping forecasts of a breakeven quarter. During his chat with the Wall Street prognosticators, Chen made everyone’s ears perk up when he said that BlackBerry is moving into the second phase of its licensing program. He noted that one of BlackBerry’s partners is very interested in building an Android powered slate, and as a result “you may soon see a BlackBerry tablet,”  Chen said.

The …

BlackBerry DTEK50 joins the BlackBerry Priv on sale for the spring

The other day, we told you that BlackBerry was offering the Android powered Priv on sale for $349 in the U.S. That is a 30% discount from the previous price. Now joining the BlackBerry Priv on the list of discounted BlackBerry handsets is the BlackBerry DTEK50. The all-touch Berry is now priced at $249, a $50 savings from the usual $299 price for the model. On a percentage basis, that works out to a 16.7% discount.

The DTEK50  features a 5.2-inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. The Snapdragon 617 chipset is under the hood with an octa-core 1.5GHz CPU, and the Adreno …

BlackBerry KEYone's FCC approval brings the phone one step closer to its U.S. launch

The BlackBerry KEYone is supposed to be released next month, and the phone recently took one giant step toward its U.S. launch by getting certified by the FCC. The KEYone is supposed to be the last ‘Berry designed in-house, and the company is using its traditional three-row physical keyboard with a number pad on the left. Some consider the physical QWERTY on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 to be the gold standard, and while BlackBerry might fall short of that with its new phone, it is sure to top the QWERTY that is used on the BlackBerry Priv.

As usual, the FCC documentation doesn’t tell us that …

BlackBerry 10.3.3 update is causing problems for BlackBerry 10 handsets

Starting last November, BlackBerry rolled out OS version 10.3.3 for its BlackBerry 10 series of handsets. While the company turned to Android for its newer models like the BlackBerry Priv, DTEK50, DTEK60 and the upcoming BlackBerry KEYone, there are still a number of BlackBerry 10 handsets that receive updates. A BlackBerry Knowledge Issue article pertaining to the version 10.3.3 update lists a number of problems with the software build:

Slow/poor performanceMenu items missing or slow to respondDevice temperature warmer than usualApplications not openingUnable to connect to wireless networksAs …

BlackBerry Hub update brings dual-SIM support, integration with Kik and Telegram, more

BlackBerry recently kicked off the roll-out of March security update to its Android smartphones. Along with the patch, the Canadian company released a couple of updates for some of its Android apps like Hub, Contacts, and DTEK.

Of the three, BlackBerry Hub is getting the most important update, as we reported a few days ago. The new version of Hub adds dual-SIM support for BlackBerry smartphones like the newly announced Aurora. It will allow users to switch between them just like you would with multiple emails.

The newest version of BlackBerry Hub features support for Kik and Telegram, …

BlackBerry releases a new video showing off its Dynamics Launcher for the enterprise

We can’t forget that BlackBerry is now basically a software company. Yesterday, we told you about the new Privacy Shade app that can be found for ‘Berry handsets in the Google Play Store. It’s a simple, but well thought out solution to a security problem. Now, the company has released a video showing off its renamed launcher for the enterprise, the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher. The latter solves some problems facing employees in the field. 

One solution for workers on the go is to use native apps. But as BlackBerry tells us, these are fraught with danger. There is a decided …

BlackBerry Aurora is now official; CEO John Chen videos congratulatory message

BlackBerry officially unveiled the BlackBerry Aurora this morning, introducing a touch only handset that is going to be made and sold in Indonesia. It is the first ‘Berry to be produced under a licensing deal that BlackBerry signed with BB Merah Putih last September. The Aurora features a 5.5-inch display sporting a 720 x 1280 (HD) resolution. Powering the device is the Snapdragon 425 chipset carrying a quad-core CPU, and the Adreno 308 GPU.

Surprisingly, the Aurora comes with 4GB of RAM inside, along with 32GB of native storage. A 13MP camera adorns the back of the phone, while an 8MP front-facing …

BlackBerry Aurora going official on March 9 with mid-range specs, but packs 4GB RAM and 32GB storage

The Aurora is a new mid-range BlackBerry-branded smartphone that will soon make its debut in Indonesia. BlackBerry Aurora went on pre-order on the first day of the month, and it should have been available for purchase starting March 3.

However, it looks like PT BB Merah Putih, the company handling the distribution of BlackBerry smartphones in Indonesia, won’t be launching the Aurora until tomorrow, March 9.

The smartphone will be available in three colors including Gold, Silver, and Black. Customers who pre-order the Aurora for $262 will also receive a free …

Video shows off the rear camera on the BlackBerry Aurora

As many of you know, the BlackBerry KEYone is not the only new BlackBerry that is going to be released in the near future. As we told you earlier today, the BlackBerry Aurora is expected to be introduced on March 9th, and is the result of a partnership between BlackBerry and Indonesia’s Merah Putih. In fact, the phone’s distribution will be limited to that country. The handset is available to be pre-ordered, priced at the equivalent of $262 USD; those who pre-order the unit will receive a free JBL Go speaker and a free flip case from participating retailers.

A video for the Aurora …