Updating blackberry operating system
Since the latter is being publicly rebuked, including in this report, does the former bear fruit?The recent partnership with TCL is a licensing agreement where it will manufacture Black Berry-branded devices, with a key tenet of the deal being that it only covers Android-based products. If not TCL, then who would make phones running BB10?Perhaps it’s no surprise that Thurber affirmed Black Berry is “continuing to invest in BB10.” Most recently, the company released version 10.3.3 in December after a long wait, and it appears version 10.3.4 may be in the works, though nothing has been confirmed.“BB10 has a strong following around the world in enterprise and government, as well as consumers in particular markets,” says Thurber.“I want to make sure that our customers and users don’t get concerned that we’re not continuing to support and invest in BB10 because we absolutely are.”Since Black Berry doesn’t release any numbers for anything nowadays, it’s not clear how many “millions of users” the company’s OS truly has.It can also increase the device temperature so that it is warmer than usual, cause applications to not open, and leave your Black Berry unable to connect to wireless networks.Unfortunately, Black Berry users who want to back-up their device data could also run into a few problems.Telus’ My Account app stopped its support in November, while Facebook bowed out earlier in the year.Thurber reiterated Black Berry’s disappointment in Whats App’s initial decision, noting executives were pleased with the extension.
As of Q3 2016, Black Berry’s global market share was at 0.1 per cent, according to Statista.
The last time BB10 was updated with new software features was February 2015.
Black Berry CEO Chen has previously explained that BB10 users were set to receive a further two "platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements", with the first due to land in March 2016.
That figure isn’t exclusive to the consumer market — it includes business and enterprise users — but doesn’t include the company’s Android devices, which fall under the 87.5 percent that OS accounted for in the same quarter.
Amidst all that and recent stories about the new ‘Mercury’ device and BB10’s lack of future hardware, Alex Thurber, senior vice president for global device sales at Black Berry, spoke about the future of BB10.