BlackBerry board exploring 'strategic alternatives' to BB10 status quo

BlackBerry board exploring 'strategic alternatives' to BB10 status quoBlackBerry's board of directors has set up a special committee to explore the company's options as BlackBerry 10 continues to make little impression on its mobile OS rivals.

With BB10's global market share mired on just 2.9%, the committee will consider everything from a partnership or joint venture to selling the company outright as it seeks the best course of action going forward.

BlackBerry announced the news in a press release this morning, and while it obviously didn't say so directly, it's surely the closest we've come to an open admission that the BlackBerry 10 revolution isn't going to plan.

The announcement comes just three days after rumours spoke of a “change of tone” among the BlackBerry board members, and hints that they were “coming round” to the possibility of selling the company off to a private buyer.

“Given the importance and strength of our technology, and the evolving industry and competitive landscape, we believe that now is the right time to explore strategic alternatives,” said committee chair Timothy Dattels on the decision.

However, BlackBerry insists the discussions are in no way a sign that a partnership or buyout is now certain to happen, and says that in all other senses it's business as usual over at Waterloo, Ontario.

Or, in Thorsten Heins-speak: “We continue to see compelling long-term opportunities for BlackBerry 10, we have exceptional technology that customers are embracing, we have a strong balance sheet and we are pleased with the progress that has been made in our transition. As the Special Committee focuses on exploring alternatives, we will be continuing with our strategy of reducing cost, driving efficiency and accelerating the deployment of BES 10, as well as driving adoption of BlackBerry 10 smartphones, launching the multi-platform BBM social messaging service, and pursuing mobile computing opportunities by leveraging the secure and reliable BlackBerry Global Data Network.”

There you have it.

Via The Verge

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 12, 2013 at 19:06

With countless alternatives to BBM - and the NSA turning the whole 'secure chat' notion into a farce, anyway: what do they have to offer? BB10 killed BIS. A blessing for newbies and networks, but also another advantage killed: server-side data compression. No longer can you take a BB online when you have cr*ppy 3G or even just EDGE/2G... Nope. Now Blackberry devices join the bulk of modern smartphones that are mostly useless without a highspeed connection.
That aside? Overpriced and a year behind the competition in terms of staples such a camera performance and 'must have' apps.

I used the Q10 last week. Anyone who thinks it's a way up from the Bold 9900 has some serious fanboi issues. So they cannot even improve on their 2 year old flagship that also lingered on shelves all over the world because it was utterly overpriced and had, amongst other things a camera that was a year behind the competitions. Heck, it was behind the N95 and K800i.

If you can't get real: Pull the plug.


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