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Chen: BlackBerry 10 "far from dead"; Android powered "Vienna" to launch in 2016

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen took over the Inside BlackBerry blog today to write that the BlackBerry 10 OS is far from dead. The executive notes that the platform will receive security and privacy enhancements in 2016. He adds that BlackBerry 10.3.3 will be certified for NIAP compliance, which means that it will pass the hardest government based security tests. Chen said that another update to BlackBerry 10 scheduled for this year will take the platform to 10.3.4, bringing even more security enhancements to the OS.

While this is all well and good for those rocking the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic or other BlackBerry 10 devices, new hardware loaded with the OS is not on the roadmap. Speaking of which, Chen says that when ready, BlackBerry will share its roadmap to media and consumers. He did say that another Android powered phone is coming this year. That most likely will be the BlackBerry Vienna.

"Consumer and enterprise fans of our workhorse BlackBerry 10 smartphones such as Passport, Classic and others can look forward to many security and privacy enhancements in 2016. The coming version 10.3.3 will be certified for NIAP compliance, meaning it will have passed the strictest government-grade security tests, enabling us to further support our government and regulated customers who use BlackBerry 10 devices and demand the highest levels of security. We are also planning a version 10.3.4 for later this year with even more security improvements."-John Chen, CEO, BlackBerry

Images of the Vienna show that it has a physical QWERTY on the bottom of the phone that is always available for use. In other words, the Vienna doesn't have a slider mechanism that covers up the keyboard when you're not using it. The pictures we have of the handset show that it doesn't have the premium build that the Priv has, so we expect it to be priced lower than the $699.99 that the device remains priced at. According to Chen, that price will be coming down, possibly as soon as next month.


source: BlackBerry via Crackberry

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posted on 08 Jan 2016, 21:19

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10436; Member since: 14 May 2012)


There's still hope!

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 21:27 1

2. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1837; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Hopefully we'll get another high end BB10 handset between this year and the next.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 06:15 1

10. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 268; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Blackberry's primary focus must be survival right now. I think Blackberry should release more Android handsets like Priv this year. From what you can read on the Internet, the Priv is an excellent phone and unique in the industry. If Blackberry updates the processor to SD820, I might buy one.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 22:07 1

3. NFSHesham (Posts: 257; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


Are you kidding me ? No devices , the major problem with BB10 devices is that most are heavily underpowered and underperforming that's why they didn't get much attention .. If a Snapdragon 61t device with 2 GB of ram , 13/5 MP cameras / 5 inch 720p or 5.5 720p with 2800 or 3300 mAh batteries on BB10 is released , you'd guarantee yourself a successful midranger

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 23:56 1

4. Subie (Posts: 466; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


I thought the Passport received lots of attention and had lots of computing power (sd801). The most innovative phone of 2014 IMO.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 00:13 2

5. meanestgenius (Posts: 9762; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Not sure what you mean "heavily underpowered and underperforming". The BB10 powered BlackBerry Passport is a beast when it comes to actual usage. And devices like the Classic and Z30 perform quite well. BB10 isn't as power hungry or resource hungry, and performs very well on lesser hardware.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 06:36 2

11. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1837; Member since: 29 May 2014)


It's evident you've never used a BB10 device. Otherwise you wouldn't have made that statement about underpowered and underperforming.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 00:15 1

6. meanestgenius (Posts: 9762; Member since: 28 May 2014)


While I am doubtful about seeing a new BB10 powered device this year, I'm hopeful that we will see one next year.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 01:49 1

7. BobLawblaw (Posts: 304; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


Imagine if Nokia had gone with Android like Blackberry has instead of Windows. One can dream I suppose..

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 01:57

13. kambuto (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


I really like, that Nokia did not went with Handroid.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 02:24 1

8. GreenMan (Posts: 936; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Yes Chen, Blackberry 10 is far from dead... It's FOSSILISED by YOU, my fine lad...

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 03:53 1

9. meanestgenius (Posts: 9762; Member since: 28 May 2014)


No it's not. Chen has done what he had to do in order to keep his hardware division viable. That's good business sense. He's not making decisions based on emotional ties.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 13:58

12. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 265; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


One could hardly call the build of the Priv premium. It was a mostly plastic casing and the rear back panel flexed and gave in when it was pressed. It isn't premium.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 12:57

14. isprobi (Posts: 632; Member since: 30 May 2011)


This is good to know. As much as I like my Sony Xperia Z5 Premium I still think BB10 is a better OS than Android. Obviously app support is the main downside to BB10 but for me not so much.

posted on 11 Jun 2016, 18:14

15. peterpanp (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jun 2016)


To all doubters fooling themselves: fool.com: investing/general/2016/04/11/its-official-blackber​ry-10-is-dead.aspx

"The writing has been on the wall for BlackBerry 10 for quite some time, and Chen has now conceded that there are no plans to launch BB10 devices in the future. The company will continue to support it and release updates for the beleaguered operating system, but this is the end of the road for BB10."

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