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Enterprises – particularly those in the healthcare and defense sectors – have the same need for real-time communications as any other company but differ in the level of security they require. To address this market, one-time Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry just announced the launch of BBM Enterprise SDK.
While we still don't officially know the new name of BlackBerry's forthcoming device (code name: Mercury), we will soon enough, as BlackBerry teased the announcement in a short video tweeted from the company's official Twitter account. The new device will be formally launched on February 25 in Barcelona, the Saturday before the official start of Mobile World Congress 2017 on the 27th.
BlackBerry is going to write a cheque for $75 million to invest in a new autonomous vehicle testing hub over several years.
The company’s chief executive John Chen said the smartphone pioneer was looking elsewhere for growth and most of its cash was going on engineering jobs.
Priced considerably lower than BlackBerry's first Android phone, the new DTEK50 is being touted by the Canadian firm as "the world's most secure Android smartphone." Available for pre-ordering today, the $299 DTEK50 is set to ship on August 8.
Faced with steadily declining sales of phones running its proprietary BlackBerry operating system, the company last year came out with its first-ever Android smartphone, the $699 Priv. Aimed at security-conscious professionals, the Priv has seen disappointing sales, which CEO John Chen blamed on the device's steep pricetag.
It looks like Blackberry has placed its handsets production onto death row and, failing a last minute appeal, could be headed for silicon heaven soon.
Chief Executive John Chen said a decision would be made by September on the future of the unit, which has suffered a sustained drop in sales in recent quarters.