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Reviewing the BlackBerry Z30

In short, high end specs that match the best Android has to offer, but the OS is insanely focused on messaging capabilities to the detriment of the rest of the platform. Step outside the focused remit of the BB10 developers and the Z30 stops being an effective smartphone. BlackBerry is now clearly playing in the niche category, but messaging and connectedness is a good niche to be in. If they can navigate their current corporate issues and still be able to develop the OS and handsets with limited runs in twelve months time, they’ll still be around inn a form

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BlackBerry and the momentum of hesitation

Morgan Stanley are ‘holding off’ on a move to BB10 (as a company they are heavy BB7 users). The reason of course is the long0term support of the platform, which is tied up in the long-term survival of BlackBerry as a company. Developers are hesitant to switch fully to BB10, relying on cross-platform tools such as Unity in the meantime; business clients are hesitant to sign up lengthy support contracts that will impact on their IT department for years; and the high street seems to be turning away from the physical keyboard on the Q10 and Q5. BlackBerry’s quarterly result

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When did Blackberry zig instead of zag?

Although they’ve lost a huge amount of market share, compared to Blackberry, Nokia made the jump to Windows Phone with a few years of cash runway available to them. Blackberry left their ‘hail mary’ pass with BB10 far too late, and were in the process of launching the products during a period where they were contracting the company. The New Yorker’s Vauhini Vara takes a look at where BlackBerry zigged instead of zagged and lost the market? As early as 2009, BlackBerry’s share price had fallen to less than fifty dollars, from its high of two hundred and thirty-six dollars

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Instagram to hit BlackBerry before Windows Phone?

Reports are coming in that Instagram will be available as a listed in the BlackBerry app store. With a huge caveat that BlackBerry’s new OS allows Android apps to run, so this might be a very easy implementation for the Instagram devs to push out, it raises two points. Consumers who ‘want Instagram on their phone’ because that’s what everyone on-line tells them they must have, will have no fear in picking up a BB10 handset. More importantly, it shows the love in the room for BlackBerry, because two years later Windows Phone is still waiting…

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BlackBerry’s Stephen Bates and his version of The Two Ronnies on Mastermind

I get the feeling Stephen Bates has attended a lot of media training to deflect questions. The Two Ronnies went for “answering the question before last”, while Bates this morning went for “answering the question he hoped he was going to be asked, and not the difficult one that was asked.” Here it is, on BBC Breakfast News. I think he got away with it…

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Research in Motion is dead, long live BlackBerry

James Whatley rounds up some points about the BlackBerry 10 launch today. In summary… Two phones, Android apps, terrible BBC appearance, Android apps (really), it’s “quite good”, RIM is now BlackBerry, and the NotAt3GSM meeting will have some samples for people to play with on Feb 28th. I’m hopeful that a review unit will be on its way to Edinburgh, and I’ll let you know my thoughts when and if I have something substantive.

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