BlackBerry's shares tumbled nearly 8 percent Thursday, the most in two weeks, as financial analysts questioned the strength of early sales of the Z10, the company's flagship smartphone running its new BlackBerry 10 platform.
Viber Media released a new beta version of its over-the-top BlackBerry messaging application, introducing free voice calling for users on devices running the legacy BlackBerry OS 5 and OS 7 but not the new BlackBerry 10.
Downloads from the four leading application storefronts--Apple's App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World and Microsoft's Windows Phone Store--climbed to a total of 13.4 billion worldwide during the first quarter of 2013, an 11 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2012, research firm Canalys reports.
Telefónica received a €200 million line of credit from the Canadian export agency to purchase BlackBerry handsets and services.
Apple's iOS narrowed Android's U.S. smartphone market share lead during the three-month period between December 2012 and February 2013, digital research firm comScore reports.
BlackBerry will shutter its cloud-based BBM Music service in June, less than two years after the music discovery initiative rolled out to consumers.
Despite shifting much of its energy to rolling out its fledgling BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, BlackBerry still plans to introduce new devices running the legacy BB7, targeting consumers in developing nations.
Google's Android mobile operating system led U.S. smartphone sales during the three-month period ending in February 2013, buoyed by gains made by partners Samsung Electronics and Sprint Nextel, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports.
Just in time for the beginning of the 2013 Major League Baseball regular season, BlackBerry is rolling out the popular MLB.com At Bat application to its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Separately, BlackBerry is also updating its Facebook and Twitter social networking apps.
An Amazon smartphone could well be announced tomorrow. I really don't know. I have no insider insight into the company. But what I do know is that Amazon has very little chance of being successful in the smartphone market, if it does decide to enter the business. Here are five reasons Amazon would do well to let the rumors of an Amazon smartphone remain just that: