Jean-Louis Gassée on the future of BlackBerry after the company’s quarterly conference call:
Inevitably, the How Many Moves Remain? question comes up. Blackberry professes to do more than just devices, it claims to offer strong enterprise services and says it will propagate its BBM (Blackberry Messenger) to other platforms including Android and iOS. It also promotes a form of (limited) compatibility for (some) Android apps on its newer smartphones. But is anyone buying and in numbers that can save the company?
More to the point: Who wants to buy Blackberry (the company), for what reasons, and at what price?
They’ve discontinued their tablet and the new BB10 operating system, despite years of belated effort, doesn’t come anywhere near Android or iOS.
There’s not much of value there to buy.