Wednesday, December 21, 2016

BlackBerry Is Dead in All But Name

BlackBerry once made phones everybody wanted to own. And then the competition, namely Android and iOS — upped its game, and things quickly went sour. Now, BlackBerry is dead in all but name, with Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL acquiring the BlackBerry brand.
In September, BlackBerry announced it would no longer be developing or producing its own handsets. The company essentially shut down its hardware division, focusing instead on software and services. Because, to put it bluntly, no one was buying BlackBerries any more.BlackBerry Stops Making Phones and Nobody Cares BlackBerry Stops Making Phones and Nobody CaresThe long and drawn-out decline of BlackBerry continues. The latest twist in the tale being BlackBerry announcing it will no longer be developing or producing its own handsets.READ MORE
Now, according to Bloomberg, the Canadian company has sold the rights to “design, manufacture, sell, and provide customer support for BlackBerry-branded mobile devices” to Chinese company TCL. This is the same TCL that made the last two BlackBerry-branded handsets, the Android-powered DTEK50 and DTEK60.
This is a global deal with several caveats. It won’t apply in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, or Indonesia, with BlackBerry already having a licensing agreement in Indonesia, and currently working on one in India. The BlackBerry brand also still means something in these countries, unlike most of the rest of the world.

The New BlackBerry, Same As the Old Palm

Interestingly, TCL previously announced plans to resurrect the long-defunct Palm brand, having acquired it from HP. This was way back in January 2015, and nothing further has yet surfaced. However, TCL clearly thinks there’s some value in acquiring these once-loved-but-now-forgotten brands.Palm Returns From The Dead, Making Money From BitTorrent [Tech News Digest] Palm Returns From The Dead, Making Money From BitTorrent [Tech News Digest]Palm is declared alive and well, Radiohead frontman makes money on BitTorrent, play free MS-DOS games in your browser, use AnyPen on Lenovotablets, and how to draw without using your hands.READ MORE
As for BlackBerry, this is surely now the time to declare the brand dead and buried. Yes, the name will be slapped on TCL handsets released in the future, but if I plaster my Chromebook with Apple logos does it suddenly become a Mac? The answer is No, No, and thrice No.
So, BlackBerry the company is alive and well and managing just fine. But BlackBerry the brand is deader than a dead thing which died mourning the demise of the dodo. Or something.
Do you still own a BlackBerry? Why have you stuck with the brand? How do you feel about TCL acquiring the BlackBerry brand? Would you consider buying a BlackBerry-branded, TCL-made handset? Please let us know in the comments below!
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