BlackBerry confirmed on Wednesday that its messenger service would come to Android and iOS this weekend.
A report had BBM coming to Android on Friday and iOS on Saturday. It turns out, it was a day off. The Android version will come on Saturday, while the iOS version hits the App Store on Sunday.
BBM was previously exclusive to BlackBerry users, and is much loved by the BlackBerry faithful. But by expanding it across platforms, BlackBerry is looking to take over the likes of WhatsApp, which has garnered more than 300 million users.
BlackBerry has attempted to rebrand BBM as … Read more
BlackBerry may cut up to 40 percent of its workforce, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The company will look to cut across different departments and the trimming may occur in different phases, the Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. BlackBerry had 12,700 employees as of March.
The company declined to comment specifically on the report.
"We will not comment on rumors and speculation. As previously stated, we are in the second phase of our transformation plan," said a representative. "Organizational moves will continue to occur to ensure we have the right people in the right roles … Read more
BlackBerry's messenger service may finally cross the platform bridge in the next few days.
BlackBerry Messenger is reportedly set to make its debut on Android this Friday, and become available on Apple's App Store as soon as Saturday, according to BlackBerry news site CrackBerry.
It's been a bit of a wait since BlackBerry announced in May that its messenger service would be made available across different mobile operating systems. By going cross platform, BlackBerry hopes to compete against services such as WhatsApp, which boasts more than 300 million users.
A BlackBerry representative declined to comment on the … Read more
BlackBerry hasn't thrown in the towel yet.
The Z30, which was previously known as the BlackBerry A10 when it was in development, and which CEO Thorsten Heins has alluded to, is the company's newest flagship smartphone, occupying the tier above the Z10 and Q10.
Samsung is planning to launch its Android-based BlackBerry Messenger app in Africa later this week.
The company reportedly confirmed the news on Monday, saying that its customers in Africa will have access to BBM via the Samsung Messaging Hub on Friday. According to CNET sister site ZDNet, which earlier reported on the news, it's possible that Samsung will have exclusive access to BBM in Africa for a period of three months.
BlackBerry laid off dozens of people from it US sales force on Monday in another wave of layoffs at the embattled handset maker, according to published reports.
The company laid off more than half its sales force on Monday, a source described as close to the matter told Canadian technology blog Cantech Letter, describing the company's consumer sales force as "gone" and the enterprise as "gutted."
The Wall Street Journal separately reported that several dozen sales employees had been laid off Monday as part of BlackBerry's ongoing restructuring, citing people familiar with the matter. … Read more
The iPhone apparently is popular not just with consumers but with the National Security Agency, though for somewhat different reasons.
The NSA can retrieve user data on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices, according to internal classified documents obtained by German news outlet Der Spiegel. Special task forces within the agency have reportedly studied the three mobile platforms with the goal of accessing the contacts, instant messaging traffic, and location data found on the devices.
The classified documents don't point to any "large-scale" snooping of smartphone owners, but they do highlight the historic record of a few specific … Read more
BlackBerry Messenger (or BBM), a marquee messaging app for the BlackBerry OS is coming to Apple's iOS soon.
Alex Kinsella, a longtime mobile manager at BlackBerry, Tweeted today that the company submitted the first-ever iOS version of its communicator to Apple two weeks ago.
According to a third-party app store tracker, it currently takes Apple four days to review an app. That ostensibly puts BBM for iOS a week and a half behind the average review length...assuming that's all there is to the story.
We've contacted Apple and will update this story when we have more … Read more
BlackBerry wants to cut a deal to sell itself to a prospective suitor before November rolls around, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Journal reported late Wednesday that the Canadian phone maker has already been chatting with parties interested in buying all or part of the company. A list of potential candidates has been whittled down with the actual sales process expected to start soon, one of the sources said.
Lenovo is expected to make a play for BlackBerry. Other Asian tech firms also are reportedly eyeing the company. Financial firms … Read more