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2016 BlackBerry Year in Review

By December 31, 2016Overview
2016

2016 has come to a close and we’re reflecting back on some of the top BlackBerry news across the year. The year brought increasing changes for BlackBerry as they finished out a round of acquisition picking up Encription Limited for security consultancy. Before this, we celebrated three years of BlackBerry 10, took a closer look at the BlackBerry Radar asset tracking system and explained why BBM is the king of mobile messaging.

Here at BerryFlow, we shared our vision for BBM Channels, wrote about a return to the BlackBerry Passport, shared the release of the DTEK50 smartphone in partnership with TCL… We even saw BlackBerry sign new agreements to expand their work with Ford on automotives.
BBM_Channels_Pooter_BRANDWe pit the 2016 flagships against the late entrant, the DTEK60 (which we’ll be reviewing early in 2017), as well as showcased the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running 10.3.3, the latest BlackBerry 10 version publicly released. After this, BlackBerry struck a global smartphone licensing agreement with TCL, expanding on the aforementioned DTEK50 and, to close out 2016 and the Q3 FY2016 quarter, BlackBerry launched an Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center in Kanata, Ottawa.

BlackBerry made impressive strides to transform their business from its reliance on hardware sales margins to a strictly software based model. They’ve stemmed losses from revenue relative to SAF on legacy BlackBerry devices while ramping up their enterprise focus, which will come heavy at the start of the new year. All of this bodes well for the future and we’re happy to continue to catalog this renaissance in secure mobility here on BerryFlow.

James Nieves

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  • Ann-Louise Winter

    Nice summary, James. Happy New Year to you, the team at BerryFlow and at BlackBerry.