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.
We 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.
- Celebrating three years of BlackBerry 10
- BlackBerry acquires UK-based Encription Limited
- A Closer Look at BlackBerry Radar Asset Tracking System
- BBM is better than Snapchat at ephemeral messaging
- A New Vision for BBM Channels
- My Passport to Privacy
- BlackBerry’s new DTEK50 smartphone has arrived
- BlackBerry Signs Agreement with Ford Motor Company for Expanded Use of BlackBerry’s QNX and Security Software
- BlackBerry DTEK60 vs Samsung S7 vs iPhone 7: How do these handsets spec up?
- Passport Silver Edition revisited on BlackBerry 10.3.3
- BlackBerry Secures Global Smart Phone Software and Brand Licensing Agreement with TCL Communication
- BlackBerry Launches QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre
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.