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Tanya Anderson Perry, formerly of LG and Research in Motion, has joined Shopguard USA as vice president for the US region.
A bit of good news this morning as word just arrived that T-Mobile is planning to release the HTC One nationwide on June 5th. That's very welcome news considering the original retail/branded launch took place in just 300 stores as HTC was sorely lacking global inventory. As HTC kicks up production it seems to already be filtering down as T-Mobile will bring the device to all of their retail and branded locations next Wednesday.
Along with the HTC One launch, the BlackBerry Q10 will also find its way into T-Mobile's retail stores
Canada is a BlackBerry nation no longer, with Apple's iPhone having eclipsed the Canadian handset maker's share of the country's smartphone market well over a year ago. But BlackBerry may yet reclaim its home-country advantage. Research outfit Raymond James says that the debut of BlackBerry's new BlackBerry 10 operating system and the two handsets on which it runs have gone a long way toward repairing the home-turf market share erosion the company has suffered over the past few years. In the fourth quarter of 2012, BlackBerry's share of the Canadian market topped out
In the race for third mobile platform, there's a new favorite: Windows Phone. According to new research from IDC, Microsoft's mobile operating system accounted for 3.2 percent of global smartphone shipments in the first quarter. That's a significant gain from the OS's performance in the first quarter of 2012, which saw it capture a market share of 2 percent. And it was enough for Windows Phone to unseat BlackBerry from its third-place spot and claim the rank for its own.
BlackBerry announced plans on Tuesday to offer its popular instant messaging system on rival devices and introduced a new mid-tier smartphone targeted at countries where its faded brand remains strong.
Tapping into its still robust popularity outside North America, BlackBerry said the new Q5 smartphone would be available starting in July in selected markets in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The Q5 includes the tiny qwerty keyboard that still sets BlackBerry apart from most rivals.
BlackBerry's phones have been off to a weak start in Canada, the home turf of the struggling handset maker. But the new BlackBerrys are getting a warm welcome from Verizon Wireless, the biggest American carrier.
Daniel S. Mead, chief executive of Verizon Wireless, cheered on the new BlackBerry phones at an investor conference on Wednesday morning. He said Verizon Wireless customers were especially interested in the new BlackBerry phone that includes a physical keyboard, called the Q10 (the Q stands for "qwerty"), which has yet to be released on the Verizon network.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is not a fan of tablets.
Heins questioned the need for the mobile devices in an interview with Bloomberg conducted on Monday.
"In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," he said to Bloomberg.
Those are bold words for BlackBerry, which of course has had a checkered history with its sole attempt at a tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook. The PlayBook was a massive flop when it debuted without core BlackBerry e-mail and messaging apps, and is now considered more of a bargain-bin item.
High-end British department store Selfridges has called the BlackBerry Q10 its "fastest-ever selling consumer electronics product." Although it declined to give exact statistics, the store said it was selling thousands of BlackBerry's latest smartphone per hour, and SeekingAlpha reports one store sold 2,000 of the handsets in ninety minutes. This may seem like good news for both BlackBerry and Selfridges, but while it is certainly great for the latter, it's way too early to judge the Q10 a success in the UK.
Selfridges was the only company in the country
If you want to understand the major challenges that BlackBerry faces in the American market, look no further than a new survey commissioned by MKM Partners showing that most Americans don't even know that BlackBerry 10 has launched yet. Per Barron's, the survey of 1,500 American consumers shows that 82.6% did not know that BlackBerry released its newly revamped operating system earlier this year, while 68% said they had no interest in buying a BlackBerry 10 smartphone
BlackBerry reported a surprise quarterly profit on Thursday after shipping 1 million new Z10 smartphones, but the Canadian company still fell short of convincing markets that its turnaround plan is already a runaway success.
BlackBerry shares were up 2.3 percent at midday on the Nasdaq, down from their 10 percent gain immediately after the results came out.
Expressing lingering doubts, some analysts focused on a decline in the company's subscriber base, a potential threat to its long-term growth prospects and turnaround plans. Others, however, zeroed in on strong sales of the new touchscreen