Last week, BlackBerry blasted Blackphone, saying it has "consumer-grade" security that doesn't stand up to BlackBerry's enterprise-grade security. Blackphone responded in kind through a blog post of its own.
Here's something you probably didn't expect to read: BlackBerry on Thursday posted a profit – its first in five quarters. That's the good news. The bad news is that handset sales are still falling, as is revenue.
BlackBerry boss John Chen revealed Thursday that BBM – the cross-platform messaging app that's come to form part of the company's saviour strategy – now has 160 million active users. However, it appears only half of them are using it with any regularity.
Amazon agreed to grant BlackBerry users access to its fast-growing Appstore on Wednesday. BlackBerry users will now be able to download any content from Amazon's Appstore and it will come preloaded on BB 10.3.
While the risk of attack is deemed by BlackBerry as "extremely small," the company is nevertheless taking the precautionary measure of rolling out patches for Android and iOS users of its BBM app to prevent any possibility of a Heartbleed-related attack.
Following recent reports suggesting BlackBerry is considering exiting the handset business, CEO John Chen has now said there are currently "no plans" for such a move, adding that it could take a couple of years for its smartphone unit to turn a profit.
T-Mobile boss John Legere has made his first comments on BlackBerry's decision to sever ties with the carrier. In an open letter, he expressed disappointment at the move and also announced details of a new offer for the company's BlackBerry customers.
BlackBerry rolled out paid-for stickers for its BBM messaging app Tuesday as the company seeks to monetize the service. Costing $1.99, packs contains up to 25 stickers and feature original artwork as well as familiar characters.
BlackBerry has decided not to renew its licensing deal with T-Mobile, meaning that from April 25 the carrier will stop selling its devices. The severing of ties comes soon after T-Mobile ran a promotion encouraging BlackBerry owners to switch to the iPhone.
BBM forms a key part of BlackBerry's plan to return to profitability, with the company confirming in recent days its intent to bring the software to Windows Phone by July. The messaging app launched for iOS and Android in October last year.