RIM Loses First Round in BBX Moniker Fight
Research In Motion has been handed a loss in a trademark infringement suit filed against it by Basis International. Basis is a U.S. software company that owns the trademark rights to "BBX," which is the name recently chosen by RIM for its next-generation BlackBerry platform. Today, a U.S. federal court in Albuquerque granted a temporary restraining order against RIM that prevents it from using Basis' BBX trademark. "Basis built the BBX brand over the course of a quarter of a century to become synonymous with the term 'operating system independent'. RIM's unilateral seizure of that brand to use as a name for their new BlackBerry operating system is destroying that association," said Basis in its original filing. This preliminary order means RIM has to stop using the name BBX in reference to its next-generation platform immediately, though a final outcome for the lawsuit has yet to be decided. Subsequently, one of RIM's official Twitter accounts, @BBDevCon, tweeted Tuesday evening that "BlackBerry 10 is the official name of the next generation platform that will power future BlackBerry smartphones." BlackBerry 10 will now be the name for RIM's new smartphone and tablet operating system, which will blend components of the QNX PlayBook operating system and existing BlackBerry operating system.
Review: BlackBerry Priv for AT&T
The Priv is the first BlackBerry to ship with Google's Android operating system rather than BlackBerry's own BBOS. BlackBerry opted for Android in order to expand the number of apps available to the phone, but it was sure to install its key messaging and security services to make the Priv more attractive to potential business users.
Review: BlackBerry DTEK50
The DTEK50 runs BlackBerry's apps and services on Google's operating system and Alcatel's hardware. It's a curious collaboration of sorts that adds up to a better 'Berry.
Review: BlackBerry KEYone
The KEYone is made by TCL and it runs Google's Android operating system, but this phone clearly has the heart and soul of a BlackBerry beating within. BlackBerry and TCL designed the KEYone together to ensure it offers the best from BlackBerry, TCL, and Google.
BlackBerry to Cease Monthly Updates for the Priv, Launch Trade-Up Program
BlackBerry said this week that it will no longer provide monthly system and security updates to its BlackBerry Priv smartphone. The company originally committed to providing updates for a period of two years.
BlackBerry Weighing Move to Android
BlackBerry is considering whether or not to make a smartphone based on Google's Android platform rather than its own operating system, reports Reuters. Citing sources familiar with BlackBerry's plans, Reuters says the company is working on a slider handset that would have a touch screen and a slide-out physical keyboard for typing.