Apple and Samsung Electronics' dominance over the smartphone market, in the United States in particular, is well-known. However, a new measure of just how tight a grip the two companies have comes from research firm the NPD Group, which found that in the fourth quarter the two companies grabbed 68 percent of total U.S. smartphone ownership.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that his main focus is on building back up the company's legacy enterprise business, and argues that customers using smartphones on other platforms would be welcome to use BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and the company's enterprise security and services.
BlackBerry has a new CEO and a new strategy and is ending its one-year partnership with musician and singer Alicia Keys, who had served as a global creative director for the company in a bid to spark demand for its BlackBerry 10 platform and phones.
BlackBerry reported a massive $4.4 billion net loss for its fiscal third quarter, mainly as a result of $4.6 billion in charges. In addition, the company forged a five-year manufacturing deal with Foxconn for the contract manufacturer to jointly develop and manufacture some of BlackBerry's new lower-end devices and manage the inventory associated with those devices.
BlackBerry said former SAP executive John Sims will join the company in January as the president of its Global Enterprise Services business, at a time when Blackberry is shifting away from the consumer smartphone market to focus more squarely on the enterprise.
Two more senior BlackBerry executives will be heading for the doors soon, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Google's Android regained some U.S. market share as of the end of October after losing share last spring, according to a new report from digital research firm comScore. The firm also reported that Apple is the No.1 smartphone maker in the U.S. with 40.6 percent share.
BlackBerry's interim CEO John Chen issued an open letter to BlackBerry's enterprise customers in which he declared that the company is here to stay. He also reminded the market that the company's BlackBerry 10 platform can perform mobile device management for other smartphone platforms, not just BlackBerry.
Struggling phone maker BlackBerry offered some positive news this week with the announcement that 12 small Android phone makers have agreed to pre-install its BBM messaging application on their Android phones. Further, the company launched its BBM Channels service, a Twitter-style social engagement platform within BlackBerry's Messenger service that allows customers to connect with businesses, brands, celebrities and groups.
BlackBerry continued to reconfigure its operations as it tries to revive its business under interim CEO John Chen, and announced the departure of several top executives, including those responsible for the rollout of its BlackBerry 10 platform, which has failed to reignite sales.