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BlackBerry Stops Making Phones, Licenses the BlackBerry Name To TCL For Android Phones (pcworld.com) 48

The BlackBerry smartphone is dead: Long live the BlackBerry smartphone. From a report on PCWorld: A week after it officially pulled out of the smartphone market, BlackBerry has agreed to license its brand to handset manufacturer TCL. The Chinese company will make and market future BlackBerry handsets worldwide except for India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, where BlackBerry has already struck local licensing deals. This is hardly new territory for TCL, which manufactured BlackBerry's last two handsets, the Android-based DTEK50 and DTEK60. BlackBerry has taken a more direct route out of the handset manufacturing business than Nokia, another of the marquee phone brands of the early years of this century. When Nokia sold its smartphone business to Microsoft, it also gave that company the right to use the Nokia brand for a transitional period. When Nokia got its name back earlier this year, it promptly granted a 10-year license to HMD Global, a Finnish company, to use its name on new phones.
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BlackBerry Stops Making Phones, Licenses the BlackBerry Name To TCL For Android Phones

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  • by bsDaemon ( 87307 ) on Friday December 16, 2016 @04:45PM (#53499641)

    and not even as much of it as they let on.

    Are they the Donald Trump of phone vendors now?

    • Dumbest comment so far. I suppose you believe a Trump reference automagically makes it clever?
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Captain Splendid ( 673276 ) <[capsplendid] [at] [gmail.com]> on Friday December 16, 2016 @05:02PM (#53499747) Homepage Journal
    Die, you misbegotten fucking idiots, die!

    Seriously though, they'll be using BB as a textbook example of how to completely miss an emerging market for decades to come.
    • BB has made several acquisitions over the years which will probably continue to bring in money.

      They just aren't in the consumer market so much anymore.

      QNX is in automobiles including Fords, Good technology is used heavily in governments around the world and, I am sure, they have a raft of IP that they can still license/litigate out.

      • by fnj ( 64210 )

        Snort. QNX was an RTOS developed by Quantum Software Systems 30 years before Blackberry gobbled it up.

        • Is that one of the few things Blackberry will be selling/licensing now? Can't get too greedy, w/ some of the competition out there - Minix, Chorus, even Linux
    • That's tragic indeed. They had a great business platform, but failed to stay on par w/ smartphones. Also their failures and blackouts which had executives clamoring for iPhones, even though at the time, that phone was not a good business phone
    • LPT: Competition keeps companies competitive. Even if you prefer product $X, you should be glad for the existence of products $Y and $Z.

      (I realize you were joking, but it's waaay too common of a sentiment around here.)

    • Die, you misbegotten fucking idiots, die!
      Seriously though, they'll be using BB as a textbook example of how to completely miss an emerging market for decades to come.

      Sigh. Your jovial flamebait disappoints although your final conclusion is accurate. You must be a fan of the clickbait headline strategies.

  • by wjcofkc ( 964165 ) on Friday December 16, 2016 @05:06PM (#53499777)
    I have a Priv and I love it. While I typically shun Android interfaces that are not stock, the Priv's above and beyond not stock is something I really love. The security on the phone is top notch, but I don't see trusting that going all out Chinese. It will be interesting to see what TCL churns out, but I don't think it will be the Blackberry devices I know. It is too bad BB10 flopped, it was actually really great and would have made a great third competitor if their name was not already mud by the time it came out (I own a classic and still sometimes swap sims). Then there was the Canada thing.
    • by mccrew ( 62494 )

      It is too bad BB10 flopped, it was actually really great ...

      (Nodding head) BB10, the Hub, ease of use were all great, but it was too little too late.

      • by wjcofkc ( 964165 )
        I consider the hub under BB10 to be one of the most useful smartphone innovations...well...ever. They attempted the hub on Android but it is unintuitive, and feels like it was slapped on at the last second. It just feels like it doesn't belong. It also restricts flexibility in configuring notifications. Unless you want what amount to duplicates. Sadly, I turned it off. It would be nice if they had got that right, and included a small, discreet, hardware tool belt accessible without having to slide down the
  • Too bad (Score:4, Insightful)

    by lawaetf1 ( 613291 ) on Friday December 16, 2016 @05:42PM (#53500029)

    The BB10 OS was a delight to use. Imagine being able to peak into your inbox no matter which app you have running? I have a Priv now and while I like it (especially the trackpad feature) I still miss the old OS.

  • As a salesman, I sorely miss the physical keyboard. For those of us who need to quickly bang out good looking, professional emails, I have not found a single touch-screen keyboard that holds a candle to the physical keyboards of the classic BlackBerry phones, especially the Bold 9900. I had to add back in to my sig "sent from my phone" because of the persistent typos.
    • by hackel ( 10452 )

      Proofreading is a thing. "Sent from my phone" is no excuse for your sloppiness.

      • Right, which is why it takes considerably longer to type the same email, as I was indicating with the word "quickly". By my estimate, it takes up to five times longer to send a reply on touchscreen than on BlackBerry keyboard, with the biggest time waster coming from the pathetic editing interface that's used for, you know, corrections from proofreading. The sig entry coming because there are still problems. Nothing sloppy about it - respond to 100 emails a day on your touch screen and guess what happens de
      • by mccrew ( 62494 )

        Proofreading is a thing.

        And here on Slashdot, blaming users to excuse built-in technical failings is also a thing.

      • That's why I switched to 'Sent from my back pocket.'

  • by gatzke ( 2977 )

    My Blackberry Priv is the best phone I will probably ever own.

  • their days are long gone. I can't believe anyone wants their name.

    • I have a Priv and it works well for me. But I really miss the BB10 OS on my Z10. It was solid, fast and secure.

  • Brand licensing deals need to be outlawed. The notion is absolutely ridiculous in the modern age, a world where international boundaries mean little. How are consumers supposed to know that their Blackberry manufactured in India is different from another Blackberry manufactured in China, in fact coming from two entirely different companies? This is absurd. Either sell the entire company, or just let it rest in peace.

    • Brand licensing deals need to be outlawed. The notion is absolutely ridiculous in the modern age, a world where international boundaries mean little. How are consumers supposed to know that their Blackberry manufactured in India is different from another Blackberry manufactured in China, in fact coming from two entirely different companies? This is absurd. Either sell the entire company, or just let it rest in peace.

      Nobody wants to buy the company. They tried. They failed. Instead of laying off the remaining few thousand workers they let other companies give them some revenue for the brand name while they target other markets with other brands like QNX. It also means the consumer brand Blackberry will suck unless some vendor can do something novel. It was a mistake and a waste of money to change the company name from Research In Motion to BlackBerry about 3 years ago.

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