Veteran smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry says it’s moving away from producing its own handsets and will instead license its software to other companies.
The first deal is with an Indonesian partner, BB Merah Putih, which is led by a leading telecommunications distributor in Indonesia.
CEO says current focus is on mid-range Android devices
A report by UAE’s The National says BlackBerry is planning to launch two mid-range Android smartphones this year but doesn’t have any more BB10 devices in the pipeline.
However, it will continue releasing updates for BB10.
Podcast - 15th January 2016
Iain Graham, James Rosewell and Mark Bridge return to review their mobile industry predictions from last year. Which mergers, partnerships and developments did they forecast correctly... and which didn’t work out as planned?
Later in the programme, the team anticipates some of the topics that will be hitting the headlines during 2016.
Specifications and pricing for the BlackBerry Priv have now been revealed.
Consumers are being offered the handset directly from BlackBerry with a UK SIM-free price of £559 incl. VAT or on a contract from Carphone Warehouse. It’s due to be available later this month.
No QWERTY keyboard but a five-inch touchscreen
BlackBerry has announced a new touch-screen smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Called the BlackBerry Leap, it doesn’t have BlackBerry’s familiar QWERTY keyboard but instead relies on a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixel) HD screen.