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.
LAS VEGAS--BlackBerry is testing wearable computing devices internally and a top company executive said he would "love" to see the firm's signature BlackBerry Messenger service running on a wearable. However, the company is not announcing any new devices.
LAS VEGAS--The fastest growing segments of the Internet of Things market include home automation, the connected car market and mobile healthcare and health monitoring, according to a panel of leading IoT executives. However, a lack of standards--or rather, a proliferation of them--is holding back adoption and creating headaches for the industry.
Android smartphones are more vulnerable to mobile malware attacks than handsets running other operating systems, Alcatel-Lucent said as it revealed a sharp rise in security threats to mobile devices
BlackBerry is teaming up with Verizon Wireless to give $150 in bill credits per device to enterprises that upgrade their legacy BlackBerry devices to newer BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 platform.
BlackBerry has been saying quite a lot about its forthcoming square smartphone called the Passport, but has been more circumspect about the other smartphones in its pipeline. According to a leaked product roadmap posted by the BlackBerry blog N4BB, the company will use its 2014 smartphone launches to target four distinct market segments within its existing and potential customer base.
BlackBerry launched a new business unit to manage its patent portfolio and combine some of its top technologies. The unit, which will called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, or BTS, includes its QNX software for embedded wireless systems, its "Project Ion" Internet of Things application platform, Certicom cryptography applications and Paratek RF antenna tuning.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company has finished its three-year-long restructuring efforts, and is now in a position to begin hiring new employees and making strategic acquisitions.