BlackBerry will reveal 12 month road map at MWC

BlackBerry will reveal 12 month road map at MWC
BlackBerry CEO John Chen was in New York this morning to help launch the BlackBerry Classic. After releasing the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic this year, most BlackBerry fans want to know what's next for the manufacturer as it continues its turnaround. The CEO says that he plans on revealing a 12-month road map for the company during MWC 2015 in March.

There has been speculation about a new BlackBerry model that would feature a physical QWERTY keyboard that hides when not in use. The QWERTY would consist of three rows of keys on the bottom of the phone. Two of the rows would be covered up when not in use, by using a mechanism on the bottom of the device. This might be just one of a number of new handsets under development by the company.

Back in September, BlackBerry's Ron Louks, head of the company's devices group, said that the Passport would be followed by more devices that would push the envelope. At the same time, Chen said that BlackBerry would have some new devices to show off in Barcelona this March. When was the last time that you could honestly say that you were looking forward to seeing what BlackBerry has up its sleeve?

source: BerryReview

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19 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Uh, isn't it MWC 2015? Eagerly awaiting this announcement. I definitely want to see what innovations BlackBerry unveils next.

12. Alan01

Posts: 628; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

No wonder I've been a day off all of my appointments! Can I blame this on auto correct some how? Thanks, Alan F.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, you sure can, lol!

2. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

This is great news. Johns doing a swell job with managing the company. This is even more exciting as John knows the blackberries success will be not only retaining its existing customers but getting new ones. Show a road map clearly shows he's hard at work.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As much as I enjoy Windows Phone, BlackBerry may be its undoing. Solid hardware, limited production runs and excellent OS. I'd say Chen has his eye on the compass.

4. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I'm a big BlackBerry fan and my Classic will be at my door tomorrow, but the company really needs to learn how to market their products. It doesn't take a huge budget, just a good, clear message (and a lot of online marketing). And at the event today, the majority of it was focused on 9900 comparisons. A phone from 2011! I get it, they're trying to bring over 9900 users that clung to the trackpad, but this should also be seen as an upgrade for the 2-year-old Q10. Is it? BlackBerry sure doesn't seem to think so. It was a very strange and somewhat confusing message. Is the Classic only an upgrade for old 9900 users...

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think it's an upgrade to both handsets, but they really want to pull over those BBOS7 holdouts, especially the ones still using the Bold 9900. There is a HUGE number of legacy BlackBerry users, and they need to bring them over to the more modern OS that is BB10. I agree with your comment about marketing, though. While it has improved a bit online, BlackBerry still has a long way to go when it comes to marketing.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I can give you that roadmap right now: "We are pleased to announce that we will be marrying one of the best mobile OSes with more outdated, junk hardware for the next 12 months. If you like powerful, modern touchscreen-only devices, check back with us once someone with a clue buys us."

7. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Really bro. C'mon. You obviously are not aware of Blackberrys target audience. You also appear to have never owned blackberry hardware. Blackberry hardware is well crafted and durable. I had my first taste in 2006 and had about 4 different models including the awful "storm". The target audience is the enterprise, so no you will not see flagship components like in my note 4. Anyways sounds like blackberry isn't for you. Doesn't make them bad!

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I've actually owned the Passport and two Z10 models. Well built and durable? Yes. The Passport even has decent hardware, but that keyboard has to go. It's a shame because BB10 is so good. Give me an updated Z30 that I can use on ATT with LTE and I'm back on Team Blackberry.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is how I know you've never owned a Passport. The Passports keyboard is one of its crowning jewels. You just don't like hardware keyboards, and that's fine. But don't BS like you've ever owned a Passport.

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

i have owned a Passport, and I returned it on November 17. I knew I hated the regular BBQ keyboards, so I thought I would give it a try. I hated the virtual portion of the Passport keyboard, actually, and think it might have been a better phone with a 4th row of physical keys or been narrower with a software keyboard. The Passport has the best build quality and feel of any phone I have ever used with one caveat: the little panel at the top for the SIM card and microSD card sucks balls. It feels cheap, out of place, and it sounds like it is breaking every time you snap it out of the two slots. Have YOU owned the Passport?

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

In other words: "I read some reviews on the Passport and decided I didn't like it due to a hardware keyboard I didn't understand how to use. The virtual keys that would appear when necessary really threw me off in the reviews. I didn't even understand how they put the sim card or sd card into the phone. Ah, I don't like hardware keyboards, anyway". There, I fixed your post for you. And YES, I have a black Passport to go along with my Z30, Q10 and Z10. The Classic is next on my list.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Napalm, get a life, dude. You've never owned a BlackBerry 10 device to comment intelligently on them.

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You haven't the first clue, so don't act like you do. I'm no diehard fanboy, so I own what I want when I want it.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, I do have a clue...that you lie like a rug. I own what I want as well, which is why I also on an Amazon Fire Phone and two Lumias as well. You've been lying about the handsets you've owned for quite sometime now.

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2454; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Actually previous rumors suggested a return to the consumer market as early as summer of 2015. Whether that is still on track for Blackberry or not remains to be seen, it will depend on how good sales are for the Passport and Classic. Also, it was recently leaked that Blackberry is working on an high end touchscreen device called Rio.

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

"When was the last time that you could honestly say that you were looking forward to seeing what BlackBerry has up its sleeve?" Well, I am interested. But that is a far cry from being "interested to buy". I fell in love with BB10 when it first came out. Played with Z10's every chance I got. Then they just... vanished. I haven't touched a BB device since. So, sure I am interested. But they never really lost my interest. They just are not a consumer device. Give me a device that is mass marketed to be an everyday smartphone, and I will happily be excited. So... what do you have up your sleeve, BlackBerry?

14. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

blackberry will comeback

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