BlackBerry phones face thumbs down

BlackBerry smartphones may still have millions of fans around the world thumbing away on older models, but the battery life of the famous handset has slipped into the red. John Chen, chief executive, has made no secret of his willingness to abandon the Canadian company’s uphill battle to revive its handset division. Earlier this year, he set a September deadline for its profitability. With quarterly results being announced tomorrow, Mr Chen may choose the moment to reveal whether its much-loved hardware will survive, at a company whose website now proclaims: “Software is the new BlackBerry”. For many, a decision to close the unit would be an inevitable consequence of BlackBerry’s downward spiral since the ill-fated BlackBerry 10 launch in 2013… There is still hope that a much smaller, more focused BlackBerry could succeed as a niche player and companies such as the rejuvenated Nintendo have proved that persistence can pay off.

 

Nic Fildes

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