Nearly dead in 2013, Blackberry has fought back under its new CEO John Chen to regain some momentum--particularly in the enterprise market.
For me, BlackBerry makes a convincing case that it will continue to be the go-to mobility solution for enterprises in regulated industries, such as financial, healthcare and defense, as well as government customers. But that will confine it to a niche market. For industries where BYOD is widespread and usability is paramount, I don't see BlackBerry making a comeback, either in terms of handsets or enterprise mobility platform.
BlackBerry bet that the slick new all-touch Z10 would become the firm's new flagship smartphone, giving it the edge to regain its position in the consumer smartphone market lost to the likes of Apple and Samsung. Instead, the company is now writing off $960 million for unsold Z10 inventory and cutting 40 percent of its workforce.
While most of the IT security world's attention was focused on Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, BlackBerry issued some patches of its own on Tuesday, including a fix for remote code execution vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player that effect new BlackBerry Z10s and Q10s smartphones, and PlayBook tablets.
The BlackBerry Q10 handset, the physical keyboard sibling to the Z10, is hitting the U.S. market this week, but not everyone is impressed with the new design and platform.
BlackBerry unveiled this week the next version of its BlackBerry 10 operating system, the BlackBerry 10.1, which enables users of the all-touchscreen Z10 to use Skype, according to a report by ZDNet.
In an interview with Bloomberg on Monday, Thorsten Heins, chief executive officer of BlackBerry predicted the end of the tablet.
BlackBerry said on Thursday that BlackBerry 10 users now have access to more than 100,000 apps, a day before its all-touchscreen Z10 smartphone hit the U.S. market.
A number of analysts have lowered their sales forecasts for the BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen smartphone based on delays in launching the smart phone in large markets like the United States.