A busy day in the BlackBerry World

By Bla1ze on 19 Jun 2014 11:16 pm EDT

Today was a pretty awesome day for BlackBerry and BlackBerry fans all around. Yesterday BlackBerry announced their partnership deal with Amazon and that was pretty awesome as well, but for some folks it felt like a precursor to some possibly bad news waiting within BlackBerry's earnings report. Get the good news out because there's probably some not so good news coming. However, anyone who did have that on their mind was pretty quickly proven wrong for even thinking that.

Earnings Report

The earnings report came out and the numbers weren't that bad at all, some would even say amazing and fantastic all things considered. There's still plenty of work to be done, but for now there are great changes happening. Cash climbed to $3.1 billion, up from last quarter's $2.7 billion, revenue was $966 million, down only $10 million from last quarter or 1%, operating expenses dropped another 13% from last quarter and suddenly BlackBerry was making some good headlines for themselves. Not across the board mind you, but that's just the way it is.

On top of the earnings, BBM is currently on a roll with registration of BBM users hitting 160 million with 85 million active monthly users and with expected growth to reach 100 million active users when more initiatives roll out such as BBM hitting Windows Phone in July and being preloaded on Nokia and LG devices. If that's not enough, new features and additions are coming to the service, such as the expansion of BBM Money, more stickers, and even more advertising options for larger corporations through BBM Channels.

Device News

Finally, BlackBerry didn't want to leave us all with just that. From there, they unveiled the BlackBerry Passport, previously known as the Windermere, and finally showed off the already announced BlackBerry Classic to the masses. I noted a while back that I was having a change of heart with the Passport in terms of its looks and I figured others would as well when they saw the final product. As it turns out, the REAL images of the Passport changed some people's minds and thoughts about the device. Not everyone, but overall, I'd say a lot who were against it based on the crappy leaked images might think differently now.

As for the Classic, well it IS a Classic device. To me it looks like a retro (but aggressively revamped) Bold 90xx series device and you know what? There's not a damn thing wrong with that as I see it. In fact, it lends some credit to 'My Classic BlackBerry' we posted about and I think it'll do well for BlackBerry. Out of all the devices, the Classic is the one I'm waiting for the most. I'll have a Passport as well come September when it's released but my 'I need a new BlackBerry' desires won't be fulfilled until November-ish when the Classic arrives.

Wrap Up

I think that about sums everything up for today. Again, it was an awesome day for BlackBerry all around, so if you missed out on anything be sure to check the roundup of links I've gathered for you here.

To close this one out, we did indeed record a CrackBerry Podcast today so be sure to check out the video for that. We'll have the audio and usual podcast links for it posted tomorrow for you folks who prefer to just listen than watch or listen to the podcast on the go. It was pretty good despite me forgetting to change cameras for about a min or so at the start. Kinda funny. Feel free to make fun of me for it. I laughed myself when I realized it. We also touch on the whole 'no new all touch devices' thing if you were bothered by only seeing new keyboard devices shown off. That's it for now, Bla1ze...out!

Topics: BBRY Editorial

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A busy day in the BlackBerry World


I think he only has Eyes for ibimmer... or he's on a business trip making Big Cash $$$, more than you've ever seen in life.

"Classic" better be called "Bold Q20" or "Bold 10" 

It was!

And BlackBerry needs to hurry up so they can take my money!

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers but has Frenchie pics :) [/URL]

The classic looks amazing!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  ) new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureeverthatishortenedabit

This clown again?

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  ) new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureeverthatishortenedabit

Pretty good day but they still need to convince carriers to offer the new keyboard models. Are they just destined for enterprise? Or will they be widely available to consumers in stores? Nobody addressed those questions.

I'm guessing that ShopBlackBerry.com becomes more and more important going forward.

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

Maybe U.S. will be able to get the new devices on launch day now. Yayy! :D

Posted via tin can telephone

Sean- The full touchscreen device has been discussed for Spring 2015. We should all be happy to keep our beautiful Z10's and Z30's until then, and the BlackBerry Passport has me thinking of getting back on the keyboard train. After all, it is the best of everything, keyboard, screen size and the best OS on the planet! Big day today, but marketing the Passport and Classic is TRULY the top priority right now.

Via The BlackBerry Z10 Experience.

Only disappointing news is that there is no new high end all touch phone on the horizon. I still like my Z10 but I'm ready for something fresh.

Posted via CB10

Listen to the podcast - "We also touch on the whole 'no new all touch devices' thing if you were bothered by only seeing new keyboard devices shown off." Just because nothing was shown off today, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Remember, BlackBerry deals in FISCAL years.

Good write up but the consumer does not in the "FISCAL" year. So that's a miss match and should have nothing to do with new products rolls out.

You strike when the irons hot. Not when it fits into your fiscal year.

We may disagree from time to time but your a good ace.

Using a BlackBerry Z10! The "UnDroid"!

Did Chen not already state 4 devices including an all touch high end? I swear he did. It's only obvious anyways there's going to be a Foxconn built phone soon enough for North America at least. BlackBerry spoiled us rotten with the z30 and with 10.3 coming they will want to capitalize on it with a new full touch device.

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Chen announced that there will NOT be an all-touch, high end phone this year. They're moving away from supporting users like me that don't have a "Work BlackBerry". It's, unfortunately, all about the "prosumer" now.

I have more friends because I do drugs!!

I personally think they should have shown off a new all touch device along side the classic and passport. Why? To the rest of the world outside of BlackBerry fans it kind of looks like we live in our own world with keyboard devices.
But if they had shown off an ultra powerful all touch device the rest of the world would buzz about it

C00121953 channel for car freaks!!

What else could be fresher than a BlackBerry Z30? Besides pumping up the specs for a new all touch, I don't see how a new device would bring something new.

Having said that, what are the new features we would like to see in a new BlackBerry?

Posted via CB10

I like my Z30. A lot.

But that doesn't mean there shouldn't be a newer, higher-end device with higher res screen (either 1080x1920... or 1440x2560!!!), bigger storage (come on, 32GB, please!), faster than 2GHz cpu, wireless AC Wi-Fi, and even better camera.

Good marketing and lots of it is required for future consumer success, but great specs are the prerequisite.

Posted via CB10 from my Z30

More premium design is what I'm askin for... maybe a full-touch device like the BlackBerry Classic... imagine that phone without keys and belt... but with belt would be nice also in a 'full' touch device.

Posted via CB10

I'm all about design (and of course reliability) as well. I love how the Storm 2 looked, LOVE how the Z10, especially in white, looks. Hated the 9850/60 design. I thought it was boring and plain looking because of it.

I'm not such a huge fan about the Z30's aesthetics as well, but of course am a fan of the phone of course.

The HTC once is a nice in terms of design, but that's all that it's got going for it since it isn't a BlackBerry. :)

Anyway, if they do add the belt to the next touch screen model, I hope they don't make it boring like the 9850/60 did.

I have 3 Q10s 2blacks and A white and I can't wait for the classic to arrive cos am scooping it up immediately as I don't do contracts I buy my devices outright.

Posted via CB10

I have 2 black Q10's. One will be up for sale shortly to start building the Passport fund.

Don't at this point see any compelling reason whatsoever for me to dump a the Q10 for the Classic.

Indeed, got a Q10 myself and don't see the need to upgrade to the Classic, i'm used working without a trackpad now. The real pictures of the Passport are a lot better than the previous ones. BB or CB should get more real pictures out cause most pictures now appearing on the Passport, are the old ugly ones. When it comes out, I will take a serious look at the Passport as a home device and the Q10 stays my daily runner, mainly because its size and handiness.

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Olééé, Olé,Olé,Olé BlackBerry...BlackBerry


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This was the best day for BlackBerry in--literally--years.

I'm even warming to the Windemere, er, PASSPORT! My curiosity has been piqued...

Michael Clewley was saying today he felt similarly when he first saw it, but after making it his daily driver he has absolutely fallen in love with the big screen - keyboard combo.

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

That's awesome.

I guess this thing has been specifically built to suck you right in.... LOL

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

...but BB10 already has a great "suck" factor, but if people aren't going to spend time with it, it won't suck them in. Maybe BB should take a cue from Legere and let people use the Windermere for a week for free... Partner with a specific carrier in each region and build back some of that "aspirational" quality BB devices used to have. BTW Passport isn't a Foxconn device is it?

that Classic looks so 'last century'. BlackBerry needs to start improving the look and feel of the Z10 and Z30.

Posted via CB10

Seeing the Passport in Chen's hand has sent me into a frenzy. I have been measuring pictures, paper, and basically anything that will give me an idea as to how it will look in my hand. It's so far away from what I am used to in a BlackBerry that it looks short and stubby standing alone, but sleek and professional in his hand. All in all it was a good day and hopefully the beginning of many more to come.

Posted via CB10

This numbering system is dead, and we can already speculate about the name (noun or adjective - passport or classic) it will carry.

Z50 sounds so yesterday....

Master, Touch, BerryPad, BerryPadPhone, B.O.S.S.touch, .... any crazy name welcome.

A year ago if you had told anyone BlackBerry's next high-end keyboard phone was gonna be called Passport, people would have thought either you or BBRY had now completely lost it...

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Bla1ze,if you'd like to give away a Passport to a fellow BlackBerry fanatic...i volunteer.

Tim Smith from my Z10 on Rogers

Thanks, I'm self-employed and got next to nothing done today, ..... :-)

(had a few successful hours in the morning that will pay the bills....)

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

The Passport will be the company's "statement" device. It's big and has a physical keyboard. It's a no apology, in your face BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10

I think they have a patent for "electronic device with a screen" and file lawsuit against everyone claiming the invented everything they stole from BlackBerry (sorry...."improved")

Z30 Vivo Brasil

Yup. Keep it simple. Just refresh the specs to 3 gigs of RAM and 32 GB on board memory and a few other goodies and keep calling it the Z10. Or Z10 S if you want to piggyback on what consumers already know means "upgraded in small increments".

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

Agreed. Been saying this for a year. Improve current device specs. Builds brand loyalty and device recognition.

Posted via CB10

I agree 100%. I think 3 they should max out on three keyboard and three all touch and just keep upgrading the specs. Wouldn't it be cheaper for them in the long run?

Next BBM update....BBM Peek

For me, Z10's size and form is really the perfect size and form in mobile phone... upgrade its hardware to enhance UI experience will make it more competitive with those current top mobile phones...

Posted via CB10

I thought you are on a diet. Don't you know eating late in the day is bad for your waistline? Did you at least have chocolate cake for dessert? LOL

Posted via CB10 on BlackBerry Q5

Just wanted to say : Bla1ze, you are off to a good start as EIC. Keep it up -The Nation needs you. ;)


Posted via CB10

Kevin with all due respect. YOU ARE ALWAYS CORRECT on your pre earnings view of BBRY! Last time you said be careful it wont be all rosy and it was bad. This time you said it shall be better!! Hates Off!!

Nice writeup Bla1ze, I'm sure you'll kick ass as EIC of CB, you have the true BB spirit in you it's plain to see! Kevin was getting too caught up in his fancy watches and corporate duties it seems :)

Canadian fed gov finally just approved BB10 for use!!!!! Should be ordering devices within next month or two :)

Posted via CB10

Show me a Blackberry in Twilight and I will like it.

Screw this. Show me Bieber with a BlackBerry (hey I want the copyright on "Bibr BB") and I'll like his music.

Z30 Vivo Brasil

Perfect day, perfect Company. I don't care about past mistakes. I live in Argentina and since I am using BB10 some friends of mine have turned from Andriod and iPhone to BlackBerry. Main point they are happy and that is all.

Best Regards

Blaze for president of Crackberry! He is the biggest poster of well written and informative content anyways!

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Great editorial summary, Bla1ze. It was a busy day for you, too!

Posted with my Q10, SQN100-2, Radio

Nice post, as a good record of the most positive day BlackBerry has had in several years. Will the fall of this year mark the beginning of a new era for BlackBerry ? How will the Amazon- BlackBerry relationship evolve?

Posted via CB10

Great day and thanks for great summary article! I'm intrigued by both, but I didn't think the classic would catch my eye, but I thought it looked pretty hot.

Posted via CB10

I'm sorry but the Passport is by far the biggest waste of money yet for BB. They are literally going to sell less than 500 of these in a 12 month period, if that. I just really want a Z10 2 (not a Z10 plus aka Z30) with the same footprint and a ridiculously large battery that can actually last a full day. Then I will make my way back to a BB10 device.

Doomsayers and negative types were wrong half a year ago and they were wrong today....

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Did you happen to get a look at the device sales numbers released yesterday? They sure looked pretty "doom-and-gloomy" to me.

Loving my Q10

Square screens! Was it modeled after Spongebob's pants? Take a look at all the fan made concepts, they are beautiful rectangular screens.

Posted via CrackBerry App

With the BlackBerry passport they did a absolutely amazing job because they got back to their roots. Why you might ask?

1st) Business users: this device makes absolutely sense for people that want to rock the hell out of their smartphone. Great big screen, amazing keyboard, touch sensitive? I love it.
2nd) You can distinguish it by first sight. It's a BlackBerry. The form factor and look will definitely throw a lot of attention. And yes, it looks like "this is a damn serious business device here".
3rd) Can't wait for the new OS. I am a hardcore business user. No games. Remote desktop, Internet browsing, documents etc. With the bigger screen I can more easily work with my companies web based configuration and changes management (software development). It will be amazing.

As you see, my heart beats faster when I think of the device. This was different when the first OS10 devices were released. I currently rock a Q10 but it's something "in between". Like a gap they needed to fill until they got it right.

Please make the keyboard useable as a trackpad. I'd love to work with a cursor on the browser again, so there's noo need to first zoom in to push a tiny button.

It's something completely crazy. And I love it.

Heads up BlackBerry. I guess you made it back home where your business users are already waiting for you.

Posted via CB10

Now BlackBerry has no excuse not to release a new tablet based on a 7-inch screen version of the BlackBerry Passport and provide full integration with a BlackBerry 10 smartphone via BlackBerry Bridge... I'd buy it.

Posted via CB10 on BlackBerry Q5

This is the best article, Blaze. Thank you! Everything that's been going on in one place. :-)

I have nothing but positive thoughts all around from the financial statements to the new hardware to yes even stickers on the ubiquitous BBM! :)

I like my coffee BlackBerry Black! What?

Damned if I know, and it's driving me crazy also. I especially can't see myself going without the numbers on the keyboard. That's pretty nutty.

Loving my Q10

The passport features an all new touch - capacitive keyboard that allows swipe gestures on the physical keys. Swipe from right to left on the keys to delete a word, swipe down to select numbers/symbols or down again for special characters. Not sure about word predictions yet, cant wait to see it in action!

Sent from my Z10. Or was it my Q10? Either way, it was sent from an awesome phone.

Definitely getting the Classic, not sure on the Passport yet. Have to see it in person and feel it in the hands but it looks good to me.

BlackBerry needs success which the new devices... I hope it will happen... for me the most sold phone of the 3 will be the z3 ;) and then the classic... the Passport is cool... but I don't know what people will think about it :(

I hope with the new phones they come with good batteries I love the Z10 but the battery is not good even with all the tweaks you can do.

Great Blackberry day, great reporting (top job B1aze). Looking forward to the Umi analysis. I know this wasnt officially a device exhibition day but I do wish a touch device had been announced (as suggested by others, a Z10 2 would have been perfect). However, I get the feeling that the Passport and Classic are part of a strategy from Chen and that the lack of a touch screen device is purposeful. Interestingly I was always a keyboard guy until the Z10 when excitement for BB10 made me get one on release day. Now I feel I want touch. Maybe the Passport will be the happy medium but my gut feel is that this is a business device for productivity.

I can't wait to try all these new devices but I'm really wanting an all new super bad ass touch screen device in my hands asap.

Posted via CB10

Maybe a lowercase W for world? I thought this article is for the store. XD

Sent from my BlackBerry smartphone.

Wow Bla1ze that article is almost Jubei-esque. Ha! Ha! Great synopsis of the situation. I must say the BlackBerry Passport looks intriguing although I would prefer a new 7-inch tablet.

Posted via CB10 on BlackBerry Q5

So any word on timing for video chat on ebbm? Want to video chat with my iPhone and droid peeps.

Posted via CB10

It was great but I am disappointed that there is nothing in the Toronto sun about it this morning. Instead there is some iWatch story I could care less about.

Posted via CB10

I love how its "crappy leaked images" because crackberry wasn't the 1st to leak it.. honestly the leak images are pretty much identical what do u mean by crappy??? I loved the passport from day one now jump on bandwagoners

Posted via CB10

Disappointing news. No replacement devices for z10 or z30. No high end touch screen devices. They get us used to a touch screen and then nothing on horizon for another fiscal year. They may have just lost this die hard BlackBerry fan. They can't expect us to wait forever. High end device users switch devices often. Not three years later. Very disappointed.

Posted via CB10

I guess you could say BlackBerry is back...

*puts on sunglasses*

In a ~~B1aze~~ of glory...


Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

Overall, looking good, even accounting for the real estate sales.
Looking forward to hearing how the Z3 goes down in India.

Posted via CB10

Love my Q10, but still looking forward to new phones this Fall. Great job, Blaze and gratz on the new title!

Posted via CB10

Any word on how many of the 1.6 million phones sold were OS10? I didn't see any numbers in the report.

Posted via CB10

Seriously if you feel that way why are you here trolling? If you didn't notice crack-berry is for BlackBerry fans

Posted via CB10

One thing that I would like to eventually see is BlackBerry finally settling down with a consistent naming scheme for their handsets.

These latest models skew things even more. We went from just numbers, to letters and numbers, now to just names.

Seems to be, that the Classic will be a huge device, based on the picture round about 135x74mm with a visible screen of 3,7 inch. So it comes near the Z30 (141x72mm) which I call too big for the pocket and is much bigger than the current Q10 (120x67mm, 3,1 inch screen).

I really would love to see a compact portrait slider not bigger than the Z10/Q10, while the technical data could be high end anyway :-)

I like the look of the classic- looks just like my 9900 I had.I really don't get the passport though- It looks pretty ugly and it's huge! Will it even fit in your pocket?

Posted via CrackBerry App

Great day for BlackBerry and great job Bla1ze for being on top of the articles! It took me a couple days to get through all of them!

 OS 100-4/Verizon Z10

I'll prefer the Classic,because it really looks classic and I believe it applications and functions will be perfect than the other devices, been a new device..... Thumbs up Blaize

One of the scarier ideas for me is that z30 might be termed a legacy bb10 device. I think I would like that more than the new ones and that sucks.

On the other hand passport/windermere looks pretty cool. But I'm pretty used to and happy with virtual keyboards - especially the one on my z10...

Posted via CB10

Saw the BlackBerry classic and compared to my Q10, I still go for my Q10. Just waiting for 10.3 update

Posted via CB10

I just want to get my hands on a z30!!! Great recovery by BlackBerry.

I like reading comments in Crackberry. Some of you guys are really hilarious!

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I'm a bit gutted about the passport. I was really looking forward to the new designs and I just do not like the look of it at all.

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