Google faces a fight to maintain the dominance of its Android smartphone operating system (OS) even though the platform increased its grip on the global market during the third quarter.
Chinese computer maker Lenovo is reportedly preparing a bid for Canada's BlackBerry that could be made as early as this week, according to a Benzinga.com article that quotes an unnamed source. The news helped drive a spike in BlackBerry's share price.
Some companies in the mobile industry that shed thousands of jobs in recent years are now on the mend. Despite those improvements, continued shifts in the mobile market have forced thousands of workers out of their jobs this year.
Apple maintained its dominance in the U.S. smartphone market over the summer, according to the latest figures from research firm comScore. Given the boffo opening sales weekend Apple had for its new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, that lead is likely to swell through the fall.
BlackBerry executive Alec Saunders, who led the company's developer relations team and has been a key figure at the firm's QNX subsidiary as it has pushed into the Internet of Things market, is leaving the company in the next few weeks.
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BlackBerry plans to release more devices that are differentiated in their design, along the lines of its new Passport phone, which sports a square 4.5-inch screen and a physical Qwerty keyboard.
BlackBerry said it has received 200,000 orders for its new Passport smartphone, the first major smartphone release from the company since 2013. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the new phone, announced earlier this week, sold out in six hours on BlackBerry's website and in 10 hours on Amazon's site. He said the company has now sold enough Passport smartphones to make the device profitable, according to Bloomberg.
BlackBerry officially unveiled its first new, major smartphone since 2013, the Passport, and said that the square device aimed at business users will be available through AT&T Mobility. However, BlackBerry did not announce any other U.S. carrier partners for the device, which could limit U.S. sales.
BlackBerry plans to formally unveil its newest smartphone, the Passport, on Sept. 24 and will sell it for $599 in the U.S. without subsidies, according to CEO John Chen. The phone's launch is scheduled to come just ahead of the release of BlackBerry's earnings, scheduled for Sept. 26. The company is releasing the gadget as it tries to consolidate the gains it has made under Chen in turning around its business.