Our new Mobility Solutions strategy is showing signs of momentum, including our first major device software licensing agreement with a telecom joint venture in Indonesia. Under this strategy, we are focusing on software development, including security and applications. The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners. This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.
End of an era, but not exactly unexpected. This leaves the Priv as the only – ad probably last – modern keyboard smartphone, which is really, really too bad.
I just recently moved back to Android from a Z30 and I really miss the software keyboard (among other things ;-)).
Luckily the Android version of the BB keyboard can be installed on non BB devices as well:
I recently bought a Blackberry Passport, and this makes me sad. Blackberry OS 10 is actually rather nice to use, and the device is plenty snappy and sells for an afforable price. The keyboard works really well, even though you’d think the spacebar being inside the keyboard would be annoying (it’s not).
But I suppose that just making a decent device isn’t enough anymore. If you aren’t Android or iOS, no one cares–even if, like Blackberry OS, you have compatibility with Android.