BBMe offers the same level of functionality and encryption as BBM.
The smartphone is the basic version of BlackBerry KEY2 and comes with the smartphone maker’s iconic QWERTY keyboard.
In the second quarter, BlackBerry's revenue from its technology and solutions business jumped 29 percent to $49 million
BlackBerry, which dominated the smartphone market before iOS and Android devices took over, has been trying to win investor confidence and make money by selling software
In the compliant, Facebook has claimed that the infringements have “caused and will continue to cause damage” to the company’s Messenger and WhatsApp messaging apps.
Optiemus is lining up new devices across various price points for Blackberry as the brand looks to regain lost ground against rivals like Samsung, Xiaomi and others. Currently, the market share of Blackberry is negligible.
The new BlackBerry smartphone called ‘Ghost’ will come with a battery back up of 4,000 mAh, according to the latest leaks.
The company forecast 8 percent to 10 percent growth for the business for 2019, compared with 20 percent in 2018, overshadowing its first-quarter revenue and profit beat.
The phone is designed to attract corporate professionals who wish to stay in touch with the modern business world.
As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will license its QNX and Certicom technology to JLR, as well as assign a team of engineers to support in the development of new Electronic Control Unit (ECU) modules, a statement said.
The product, called Blackberry Jarvis, is being marketed first to automakers - a group of customers the former smartphone maker is hoping will power its turnaround efforts - but could also have applications in healthcare and industrial automation.
The deal follows similar agreements with firms including Qualcomm Inc, Denso and Aptiv Plc to develop autonomous-driving technology with BlackBerry's QNX software, which are expected to start generating revenue in 2019.
The ruling, in a previously undisclosed disagreement over a smartphone technology licensing deal signed in 2012, highlights the financial risks technology companies face from disputes over intellectual property, which are sometimes resolved through confidential arbitration processes unknown to investors. BlackBerry won a $940 million payout from chipmaker Qualcomm Inc earlier this year in a similar case of disputed payments.
BlackBerry said the work of sub-licensing a broad range of its patents to global smartphone manufacturers will fall to Teletry.
Media reports suggest that the latest phone could be called BlackBerry Motion.
BlackBeryy, along with TCL, is making all efforts to revive the once -premier Blackberry smartphone brand
The launch of the phone coincides with the expected launch of Apple's iPhone 8.
Earlier this year, BlackBerry had tied up with Optiemus Infracom to design, manufacture and distribute its devices in India and neighbouring countries. It has a similar partnership with TCL for some other markets.
"India is a very important market for us. The brand still has a strong connect. With the lineup that is planned, I hope to see India among our top 5 markets," BlackBerry Senior Vice President, General Manager, Mobility Solutions, Alex Thurber told PTI.
The phone’s speciality is its four-row BlackBerry keyboard with touch support
The news troubled investors because growth in software sales, which is at the heart of Chief Executive John Chen's plan for turning the Canadian company around, dropped to USD 101 million in the first quarter, or 4.7 percent lower than a year ago.
The contract manufacturer makes products for global device brands like Apple, BlackBerry, Amazon, Motorola, Xiaomi and Sony and has bulk of its factories in China.
Even as India’s smartphones market is brimming with multiple brands vying for space, two of the country’s former favourites are all set to make a comeback.
The two companies agreed last year to arbitrate a disagreement regarding whether Qualcomm's agreement to cap certain royalties applied to payments made by BlackBerry under a license agreement.
In the world of touch-screens, the keypad has become obsolete, but Blackberry is on a mission to make it cool again. On this edition of Techtoyz, CNBC-TV18's Megha Vishwanath puts Blackberry's latest smartphone, the Keyone, under the scanner.