The moment of truth: BlackBerry to announce financial results for Q1 of fiscal 2015 soon

Roughly two months ago, BlackBerry released a financial report that covered the last trimester of the fiscal 2014, which ended on March 1, 2014. Although it was significantly better than previous financial reports, it was more than clear that the company is still not doing well. However, it was only the first financial quarter, during which BlackBerry was completely run by its new head, John Chen, a proven turnaround specialist.

The company's second trimester under his lead ended roughly a week ago and BlackBerry announced today that it is about to release a financial report for the first quarter of the fiscal 2015. The report is due June 19 and we are eager to see if John Chen has succeeded in balancing the books yet again.

Although BlackBerry's CEO is pretty determined to make a difference and bring the company back on its feet, all signs point that this might not happen anytime soon. Just a few days ago, he admitted that certain departments of the company were actually doing worse than he had initially expected.

We suspect that Chen was talking about BlackBerry's handset business in particular, as it continues to lose ground even at home, in Canada, where the company's market share continues to dwindle. However, Chen revealed that he is not considering selling the phone department anytime soon.

We also heard that BlackBerry will release several new keyboard-equipped devices, such as the Q20. It is possible that the rather curious BlackBerry Q30 (Windermere) will be released, too. Only time will tell if these will aid the former Waterloo-based giant.

source: BlackBerry via BerryReview



1. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

I am excited about this. I can see that he's really up to something and the way he speaks, he's capable.

13. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

He's the most capable of turning around company. TRUE but BB is beyond repair.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

You again? SMH.... BlackBerry is definitely NOT beyond repair.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I like their fighting spirit but their chance of survival is pretty slim right now. Samsung is ruthless, LG and SONY are equally ruthless, so does Apple, not to mention the sea of Chinese brands trying to out-bargain each other, they're pretty helpless,no wonder why their user base is rapidly dwindling I'd say give it up?

3. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

What you just said is only about the mobile devision not the whole company

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

If there is one OS that deserves to join the big 2 (iOS and Android), that should be BB10 OS. Its just simply amazing! I'd say, they shouldn't give it up and they should market it more and also get lower priced devices to the markets, fast.

14. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

They can't... SIMPLE.... they can't In android, the development of the OS is carried by Google. The hardware company just pay the hardware part of the development. And since there were more hardware vendor, and more device sold. The hardware development cost were smaller. In BB, especially the BB10, BB only manage to sell LESS THAN 1 MILLION device in 1 QUARTER, and with this number BB COULDN'T AFFORD to compete with android device. BB10 is the failure OS that BB simply has to write off from their book. It was a failure in their tablet, and now in their phone.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'll say this to you AGAIN: BB10 was NOT the OS on the PLAYBOOK. BlackBerry sells more HARDWARE in enterprise than the CONSUMER industry. Sites like this ONLY TAKE the consumer industry into account. JC IS NOT trying to compete with Android,.Apple, Samsung or anyone else in the CONSUMER market. He's focusing on growing his DOMINANCE in enterprise and growing QNX in the "Internet off Things".

23. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

WOW!!! As the BB Geek around here, YOU DO NEED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BB. BB10 *IS* THE OS that evolve from the OS on playbook. BB bought QNX, release playbook using that QNX that were 'enhanced', then further refine it, and rename it into BB10. C'mon. Don't spread lie. THE HARDWARE COUNT IN CONSUMER AND ENTERPRISE is ONE COUNTER. SMARTPHONE. BB didn't sell more device in enterprise. THAT'S A BIG LIE. BIG NO-NO

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

One: The hardware count is not the same. Stop spreading lies. Two: The OS that was on the PLAYBOOK was called the PLAYBOOK OS. BB10 only INCORPORATED some things from the PlayBook OS, like it's SWIPE GESTURES. If you're going to talk negatively about something, at least get your facts straight. And for the UMPTEENTH TIME, BlackBerry DOES NOT need the consumer market or even it's HANDSET business to be profitable. JC can create value for the shareholders and make the company profitable through their enterprise and regulated industry offerings. But you're too CONSUMER MINDED to understand this, I can see this now. So I shall no longer be responding to any of your foolishness.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

They definitely should not give up. BlackBerry will succeed.

15. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

yeah right!

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

I know I'm right!

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1936; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm pretty sure it will be titled "Circling the drain"

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

And if it's not? If the title says something along the lines of "BlackBerry is well on the road to recovery", what will you say then? Will you still spew your nonsense, in utter disbelief that this is happening? Or will you say "good job BlackBerry!"

31. tokuzumi

Posts: 1936; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Blackberry's only asset is their intellectual property. They are unparalleled in the enterprise world, as their security is unmatched at this point by apple/Samsung/android/etc. But I'm not seeing anyone buying blackberrys. I work for a fortune 500 company, and we are switching to a BYOD program, or you can use an iPhone 5C, or Galaxy S4. No more BBs are being purchased. I wish BB the best, but they should focus on their software.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

They ARE focusing on their software. Handsets is just a small part of the equation. As John Chen himself said, "I can create value for the shareholders WITHOUT the handset business. But I can create even MORE value WITH the handset business. Also, what country do you live in? If it's the U.S., then yeah, most are buying Androids and iPhones. Outside of the U.S., especially in emerging markets, BlackBerry handsets are being purchased. But BlackBerry does not need the handset biz to be successful.

33. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

emerging market... lol Where are you?? You just quoting some news on some news website that HOPED bb will survive. Emerging market (ex. indonesia) IS TOTALLY different market compared to united states. In emerging market company DID NOT BUY phone for their worker. Worker buy their own phone with FULL PRICE (not faked subsidize like USA). It has been this way since forever. and that's the reason why BB also DIED in emerging market, because worker don't like BB. So, who buy the BB in emerging market (like indonesia)? If you read BB financial report carefully, BB resurrect/reintroduce the BB7 device. That's because in Indonesia the one who bought bb IS NOT the tech savy anymore. That were the clueless guy that preceive BB as a prestige brand. The clueless guy with very little money. This target market don't care about BB OS7 or OS10, they just go after BB brand. All the one that were capable of trying android and BB already MOVED ON. BB is in deep trouble.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

Ok little boy, let me give you a little lesson: You said the only people that buy BlackBerry are people who are not tech savvy, but people who view BlackBerry as a "prestige" brand. First, let's just say that this statement is your OPINION ONLY, and in NO WAY RELATES TO FACT. Second: You do know that BRANDS are what sell, don't you? It's why Apple is so popular. You think people would be purchasing the iPhone in droves if it was made by Coolpad? Or ZTE? Absolutely not. BRAND is also why when people go out there to buy an Android handset, an overwhelming majority of the buyers choose SAMSUNG. Third: I am well aware of how people purchase phones outside of the U.S. Nothing new here. Fourth: BlackBerry didn't "resurrect" BBOS7, they KEPT it going. Why? Two reasons: BBOS7 handsets still sell, and because of the revenue gained from BIS. Until they can offset the revenue from BIS with QNX or BBM, etc. it is better to keep it going. That's just SMART BUSINESS. Fifth: Maybe you are some technologically illiterate person that can't tell a feature phone from a smartphone, but BB10 users are EXTREMELY INTELLIGENT. WE KNOW JUST HOW GOOD BB10 IS. We don't follow the heard like feeble-minded people such as yourself and your friends do. That's why we stay with BlackBerry. And I, for one, could CARE LESS what you and your group of "monkey see, monkey do" friends use.

35. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I give you one article from WSJ... in Indonesian language. You can use google translate to translate it. Quote: "Pangsa BlackBerry di Indonesia pada 2013 anjlok menjadi 14%, menurut data IDC. Sementara itu, pangsa Android naik menjadi 81%. Penerimaan BlackBerry dari kawasan Asia Pasifik mencapai $169 juta pada kuartal yang berakhir 30 November, turun tajam dari $518 juta yang dibukukan pada dua triwulan sebelumnya." Translation: "The blackberry marketshare in Indonesia 2013 shrink to 14%, android up to 81%. Blackberry income in Asia pacific down from $518 million from 2 quarter before to $169 million in 2013 quarter that ended 30 November"... which is from 30 Agustus - 30 November BB only got $169million, compared to from 28 Febuary - 30 May 2013 when they still got $518 million. THIS IS EMERGING MARKET YOU SAID!!! Quote: "Di Indonesia, aplikasi berbagi pesan WhatsApp, yang memiliki 450 juta pengguna di seluruh dunia, kini menjadi lebih populer dari BBM, demikian survei OnDevice Research, London. Saat ditanya aplikasi berbagi pesan yang paling sering digunakan, 43% responden Indonesia menjawab WhatsApp. Hanya 37% menjawab BBM." Translation... BBM were loosing to What's app. When pooled which messaging system were favorite among indonesian. 43% answered What's app, compared to just 37% who answered BBM... Quote: “Dalam dua tahun terakhir, BlackBerry mengalami kesulitan untuk menembus generasi pengguna telepon yang lebih dewasa,” ujar Sudev Bangah, direktur IDC Indonesia. Translation... In the last 2 years BB is having a hardtime competing with the other platform, specially with phone user starting to understand about the competitor (android) offering (mengalami kesulitan menembus... lebih dewasa)

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014


36. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

last year before BBM comeout for android, BB already going down by 70% in emerging market (indonesia) quote: "penjualan Blackberry di Indonesia terus mengalami penurunan hingga 70" translate "The number of device BB sell in Indonesia is keep going down. it's down 70%.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

So either you think Indonesia is the only emerging market in the world, or you are totally OBLIVIOUS to.other parts of the world. In Africa, the largest CONTINENT on the planet, BlackBerry owns 23% of the market in South Africa and 40 % of the market in Nigeria. BBM boasts over 113 million users for BlackBerry. True, WhatsCrap has many more subs, but BBM has far more DAILY ACTIVE USERS than WhatsCrap.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

CORRECTION: I was incorrect about BlackBerry's market share in South Africa. I am man enough to admit my mistakes, unlike some. BlackBerry's market share in South Africa is as follows: 48% of the MOBILE PHONE market 70% of the SMARTPHONE MARKET. Source: ;)

43. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I got bad news for you... the blog you use as a source is NOT CORRECT. Here is a statcounter data for south africa. bb WAS the leader in market share until Feb 2013, after that bb was GOING DOWN and replaced by android. At it peaked BB control 48% of south africa market, and now (june 2014) only 24%. If you see the graph android keep gaining BIG market share each month. From 13.52% in November 2013 to 32% in June 2014. a 19% market share gain in 7 months. As this counterstat data is a MARKETSHARE data, and not a device sold data, it could mean that in the last 7 month, android sell A LOT MORE THAN bb. Here is a math example. Nov 2013, BB 36.46%, Android 13.52% other 50.02% Dec 2013, BB 33.06%, Android 17.25%, other 49.59% If in Nov 2013 the 36.46% (bb) = 10 million phone that's mean 13.52% (android) = 3.7 million phone. if in Nov 2013, BB sold 100K phone then in December 33.06% (bb) = 10.1 Million then 17.25% (android) = 5.27 million ... thus in november android sold 1.57 million phone. The point is... BB is LOOSING. and YOUR SOURCE is NOT RIGHT. YOUR SOURCE IS WRONG. Would you admit it? south africa, the country you said that BB outsold android, or BB were fine... while in reality android beat BB by A VERY BIG MARGIN!!!

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

Ok, here we go: You are using Statcounter. What you would call a "reputable" source. But Statcounter only tracks mobile OS's through the BROWSER: MOBILE: How do you track mobile devices? We track over 15 billion page views per month across the StatCounter network of over 3 million websites. We analyze every page view in order to gather as much information as possible. With each page view a useragent string is sent which allows us to determine the the browser and operating system used and also to establish if the page view came from a mobile device. In this way we determine the usage of mobile devices, browsers and operating systems. It's more than a safe bet to say that MOST PEOPLE in emerging markets that have a BlackBerry have one that's running BBOS7.x. MOST PEOPLE using a BBOS7.x device in emerging markets like South Africa DO NOT use their phones for web browsing. They use it for "fast multimedia communications." In other words, people use their BlackBerry's in emerging markets like South Africa mainly for communication, NOT visiting websites via their phones mobile browser. Statcounter, therefore, CANNOT be used as a RELIABLE source to track BlackBerry usage. And it ONLY TRACKS USAGE THROUGH BROWSERS, NOT SALES. So sorry to inform YOU(I'm really not sorry, though), but the BLOG YOU ARE USING IS INACCURATE, AND THEREFORE INCORRECT. Oh, and here is ANOTHER WEBSITE posting the same totals that I did concerning BlackBerry's South Africa market share: Oh, and that "blog" where I originally got my numbers from has a reputable SOURCE where the information came from: See? I ALWAYS DO MY RESEARCH THOROUGHLY. UNLIKE YOU. So, are you going to admit that YOUR source is wrong due to inaccuracy? I doubt you will. BlackBerry is HUGE in South Africa.

51. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

YOU LIVE IN USA, I LIVE IN EMERGING MARKET YOU WILL BE SURPRISEDDD!!!! YOU WILL BE VERY SURPISEDDD!!! Here, in emerging market, lots of featurephone user such as BB OS 7 & Nokia S40 DO ALL THEIR BROWSING IN THEIR PHONE BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE COMPUTER!!!! You should see the facebook report on emerging market. In India & Indonesia 85% of facebook user LOG FROM CELL PHONE ONLY. You certainly don't understand the smartphone market at all. All your stat is only make BB looks great. In reality, BB already DEAD. ZOMBIE

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

YOU DO NOT LIVE IN THE ENTIRETY OF THE EMERGING MARKETS. YOU ONLY LIVE IN ONE COUNTRY. YOU CANNOT SPEAK FOR WHAT EVERYONE IN ALL OF THE COUNTRIES OF THIS WORLD CONSIDERED TO BE EMERGING MARKETS DO WITH THEIR PHONE. And using an APP such a an FB app and using your phones BROWSER are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS. LEARN THE DIFFERENCE. And YOU certainly do not understand the smartphone market at all. It's NOT all "doom and gloom" for BlackBerry everywhere, as I have CONSISTENTLY proven to you. And YES, I am a BlackBerry fan and therefore WILL search out good news about BlackBerry, just like you're a "MR ME TOO" BlackBerry bandwagon hater and search out bad news about BlackBerry. I can find TONS of bad news on Apple, Google, or any other company when searched for it. ANYONE can. And as I have CONSISTENTLY proven with my "stats that make BlackBerry look great", they are a company that is VERY MUCH ALIVE. DEAL WITH IT.

44. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

and surprisingly... in nigeria.... according to the blog you gave, bb also dominant in nigeria quote from your blog link: "BlackBerry has more customers in Africa than Android and iOS combined. In fact, BlackBerry says its devices account for half the Smartphones in Nigeria.” and here is the statcounter data for nigeria: Nokia S40/Symbian WAS THE BIGGEST smartphone in nigeria. ANDROID is even BIGGER THAN bb. bb was nothing in nigeria... C'mon, don't quote from some unknown bb zealot blog. it's insulting my inteligent.

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 22331; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're insulting your OWN intelligence, or rather, lack thereof, but continuing to quote Statcounter. See post #47.

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