Frustrated by the uptake of its BlackBerry 10 phones, struggling BlackBerry is mulling making a smartphone that runs the Android operating system for the first time, reported Reuters, citing sources familiar with the situation.
BlackBerry rolled out on Thursday a major update to its BlackBerry 10 operating system that runs its Passport tablet and latest version of its smartphones. The update gives BlackBerry 10 device users access to Android apps on the Amazon Appstore, among other changes.
Isis, the near field communications-based mobile commerce network spearheaded by Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US, is expanding to the BlackBerry 10 operating system in partnership with contactless payments technologies firm, Proxama.
A handful of private equity firms and other potential bidders are circling embattled phone maker BlackBerry, but interest is tepid and some buyers are expressing interest in parts of its business rather than the whole company, Reuters reports.
BlackBerry said its board of directors has formed a special committee to explore strategic alternatives including a possible sale as the manufacturer mounts a last-ditch bid to accelerate deployment of its struggling BlackBerry 10 operating system.
Unity Technologies released version 4.2 of its Unity game development engine, adding support for the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system as well as Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT.
In the enterprise market, BlackBerry appears to be doing well. But on Wall Street, the company is faring poorly.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has confirmed the company will not adapt its new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system for its aging PlayBook tablet.
BlackBerry is bringing to a close a series of Port-A-Thon events designed to foster developer interest in its BlackBerry 10 operating system, halting payment rewards for developers who port their mobile applications to the platform.
BlackBerry is rolling out the latest version of its Facebook social networking application, highlighted by a series of new photo uploading, viewing and organizing features.