BlackBerry cancels two phones; BlackBerry LIVE now dead

BlackBerry cancels two phones; BlackBerry LIVE now dead
BlackBerry has put the kibosh on a pair of BlackBerry 10 handsets that were going to be built when Thorsten Heins was CEO. The 86'd models were codenamed the BlackBerry Cafe and the BlackBerry Kospi. According to a well-placed source, both models were low-cost handsets intended for the emerging markets. The same source says that a couple of high-end models, known inside the Canadian manufacturer as the Ontario and Windermere, are still expected to be produced.

As we've told you, contract manufacturer Foxconn has inked a deal with BlackBerry and will design, produce, and handle the inventory of BlackBerry's new low-cost models for the next five years. New BlackBerry CEO John Chen says that he would like to see Foxconn also handle high-end devices as well. The first low-end model to launch from this partnership, codenamed the Jakarta, is expected to launch in Indonesia this coming April. BlackBerry is supposed to receive a certain return on its investment, and any profit above that amount will be split by Foxconn and BlackBerry.

BlackBerry has also canceled its customary BlackBerry LIVE conference for 2014. The manufacturer will replace this with a number of smaller conferences to be held around the planet next year. These get-togethers will be more focused on specific topics and BlackBerry is hopeful that this will make them more useful to those attending.


source: BlackBerry via WSJ

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14 Comments

1. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Ah well. I honestly liked BB10. Hope it doesn't die.

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I think BB10 is the most beautiful OS ever. I would like to get it on a Z1 with android apps lol.

14. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Update to leaked OS 10.2.1 and you can do just that.

2. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I know this is impossible but.... if BB moved to android sooner they may still have a place in the market...

5. sianto

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

No they won't, they would be crushed by every other million Android phone maker.

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

BB is bigger the ZTE, Hauwei and Kyocera brands. The only names I now outside of the heavyweights. It would compete just fine with HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony. The only real big names in Android land for phones. When did 8 = million? BBM gets millions of downloads in Android and Apple land...and yet they would be forgotten if they went Android? I dont even want them to go all Android, but some kinda Android, QNX/BB10 mix.

9. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

The move to Android will just increase a little bit the sales but not too much because they DO NOT have killer features like S4, Note3, and from windows:Lumnia 1020 and etc. If Nokia will make an ANDROID version of Lumnia 1020 wich has an amazing 41mp camera, then I tell you that many mobile brands will fail, unless they will put a 100mp camera in their phones. Nokia is increasing in Europe but in many European countries Blackberry will remain unknown. In 2008 they wanted to introduce some models but it was a big failure.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

If people gets variety of apps in a store and choices of design with good prices then no OS or OEM would die.

4. sgamao

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

BlackBerry will not die anytime soon because they still have the best solutions for enterprise and because BB10 is growing up very quickly. Soon it's going to be easy to download Android apps' apk without sideloading and if they can make some nice phone out of the Foxconn partnership they are just going to fill a certain niche of the market. After the all company will be slimmed down cutting some costs it will take a few months before they become profitable again. And, by the way, BB10 rocks!!

6. sianto

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Sure does, already running the leak on my (way to cheap) Z10!

10. x78_nothing

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

with new leaks OS 10.2.1.1925 make BB10 even more beautiful, installing apk as simple as in android, fluids, snappy, can share picture to IG direct from native gallery. QNX is super OS .. then why people still talk about switch to android, when BB10 can use android apps?

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Unless things have changed...its running Android apps in an emulator. Its not gonna be the same experience. They would be better off getting their own native versions.

11. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Just die already. Your already a sinking ship

13. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

Very sad because bb10 os is better and modern then others I tried my 1st bb10 this year and put my previous android and wp to garbage

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