As BlackBerry fights to get its new platform off the ground and save its smartphone business, Samsung — along with other smartphone makers — has been quick to take advantage of its struggle.
The South Korean company has reportedly expanded its enterprise business and struck a deal to make custom smartphones for the likes of Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Officials say that it is actively targeting “top-tier marketing-driven firms” which it believes may benefit from its smartphone solutions.
BBM Channels, the latest addition to BlackBerry’s popular messaging platform, which made its public debut earlier today after more than six months in beta, is coming to Android and iOS “in the coming months.”
BlackBerry has today announced that its new BBM app for Android is set to come pre-installed on “a variety of Android-based smartphones from leading OEMs.” The popular messaging service will be baked into devices sold across Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and the Middle East starting next month.
BlackBerry just rolled out another new update to BBM for Android, adding a handful of features that were brought to the iOS version back in October. Users now have the ability to organize contacts into categories, and sort and filter lists in BBM Groups. They can also invite friends to BBM.
BlackBerry has dismissed recent rumors that claim it is planning to bring the Google Play store to BlackBerry 10 after screenshots of a BlackBerry Z10 handset running the Google Play app surfaced online this week. The Canadian company says it has “no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry,” and that BlackBerry World remains its primary focus.
BlackBerry has today announced that it has scrapped plans to sell its hardware business, and that it will be replacing current CEO Thorsten Heins instead. The Canadian company has also secured $1 billion from a group of investors led by Fairfax Financial, and its CEO, Prem Watsa, will become lead director.
Worldwide smartphones shipments reached a whopping 251.4 million units during the third quarter of 2013, up 45% from the 172.8 million units sold during the same quarter last year, and 81.3% of them were running Android. The iPhone’s share fell to 13.4%, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform reached 4.1% — an improvement over last year’s 2.1% share.
If you thought BBM was going to be a massive flop on Android and iOS, then you thought wrong. BlackBerry has today announced that the service has added 20 million active users since making its debut on the two rival platforms, taking its total number of monthly active users across Android, iOS, and BlackBerry to 80 million.
BlackBerry has now done away with its waiting list for BBM on Android and iOS, allowing new users to begin using the messaging service right after they’ve signed up. The Canadian company has also promised new features in future updates, including Channels, BBM Voice, and BBM Video.
BlackBerry rolled out the first public update for its official BBM application on the Google Play Store last night, bumping the version up to 220.127.116.11. The upgrade brings a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements, in addition to support for a mass of additional Android-powered devices.