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BlackBerry Sells Legacy Smartphone Patents for $600 Million USD

BlackBerry has agreed to sell what it says are "substantially all" of its patents related to its legacy smartphone business. According to a Reuters, Canadian software company BlackBerry said Monday it is selling almost all of its legacy patents related to mobile devices, messaging, and wireless networking to a special purpose company, Catapult IP Innovations, for $600...

BlackBerry OS Devices to Basically Die on January 4, 2022

All devices running BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry 7.1 OS (and earlier), or BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 (and earlier) will reach end-of-life and stop reliably working on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, as will related BlackBerry apps and services. "As of this date, devices running these legacy services and software through either carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no...

BlackBerry Sells 90 IP Patents to Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

BlackBerry has sold a number of its IP patents to Huawei. A new report from The Globe and Mail explains that BlackBerry has sold 90 patents to controversial Chinese tech giant Huawei as part of a larger effort by the Canadian smartphone pioneer to offload most of its intellectual property. According to the US Patent […]

BlackBerry 5G Android Smartphone with Physical Keyboard Coming in 2021

OnwardMobility has today announced new agreements with BlackBerry and Foxconn Technology Group subsidiary FIH Mobile Limited to deliver a new 5G BlackBerry Android smartphone with a physical keyboard in the first half of 2021 in North America and Europe. Under the terms of the agreement, BlackBerry grants OnwardMobility the right to develop, engineer, and bring...

Bell Partners with BlackBerry for Enterprise Mobile Security

Bell and Waterloo-based BlackBerry have announced a new partnership for enterprise customers and mobile security. According to both companies, Bell’s new preferred Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) partner will be BlackBerry, with the latter offering its BlackBerry Protect to enterprise customers. The service leverages artificial intelligence to protect from malware, phishing attacks and checks app integrity....

Today Marks the 35th Anniversary of the Iconic BlackBerry

It was on this date 35 years ago in Canada that Blackberry, or Research In Motion (RIM) as it was known at the time, was founded. It feels like no coincidence that it was also on March 7 that Alexander Graham Bell was granted the patent for the telephone, a technology that he invented, also...

Facebook Sues Blackberry Over Allegedly Stolen Voice Messaging Technology

Facebook hit BlackBerry with a lawsuit Tuesday, claiming the company stole its voice-messaging technology and other patented processes. The social media giant filed a lawsuit against the Canadian device maker in the U.S. District Court of Northern California on Tuesday, reports Bloomberg. The federal court received a 118-page complaint from the social media giant, which accused the smartphone...

John Chen Wants ‘Somebody’ to Make a New BlackBerry-Like Phone

In an interview with Kara Swisher on the latest episode of Recode Decode, Blackberry CEO John Chen expressed desires to see a new version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, although he does not want to be the one to build it. “I think I should find a hardware partner to do this”, said Chen. During the interview, Chen highlighted how the company...

BlackBerry Sues Facebook Over Instant Messaging Patents

Today, BlackBerry filed a lawsuit against Facebook alleging that the social network and its subsidiaries (WhatsApp and Instagram) infringe on the company's messaging app patents. At the core of the filing, which is a total of 117 pages, is the company's proprietary messaging product Blackberry Messenger, otherwise known as BBM. The company is contending that...

BlackBerry Unveils ‘Motion’ All-Screen Smartphone at GITEX

Made by TCL, BlackBerry has unveiled its latest ‘Motion’ smartphone during the GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, which ditches the physical keyboard in favour of a 5.5" touch display and a huge battery. The handset runs on a Snapdragon 625 SoC platform, and will be initially sold in Middle Eastern markets for roughly US $460. Pricing and availability for...