RIM CEO: QNX to Be BlackBerry's Foundation for a Decade
Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins today said that the QNX platform will be the basis of RIM's mobile strategy for the next decade. He reiterated in a call to press this morning that the company believes in the strengths of QNX and the PlayBook 2.0 operating system. He said that PlayBook OS 2.0 and BlackBerry 10 will both arrive "soon" and will ship with the Android player. Heins also noted that the company still believes there is a huge business opportunity to convert feature phone users into smartphone users, so the company will continue to offer entry-level and mid-range BlackBerries in addition to its higher-end models. Heins noted that the company is currently seeking a new Chief Marketing Officer, and wants to see the company communicate better with its customers. "We need to be more marketing-driven, we need to be more consumer-oriented," he said. He also said that the company needs to do a better job at executing its plans and strategies, and that will be one of his main goals moving forward. Heins doesn't believe the company needs significant change, but that it does need to evolve faster with the market. Heins was appointed CEO of RIM on January 22, after former co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie agreed to step down from their leadership roles with RIM.
HTC to Drop Entry-Level Phones, Focus On Profits
Feb 16, 2017
HTC plans to exit the entry-level phone market moving forward and will instead focus its handset portfolio on high-margin devices. The company made the comments during a conference call with media to discuss its fourth quarter financial results.
Google Fit and Apple Health Can Now Talk to Google Calendar to Help Complete Goals
Jan 5, 2017
Google today announced new integration between its Google Goals tool and Google Fit and Apple Health. In order to help ease the process of meeting goals, Fit and Health can automatically record and mark users' goals in Google Calendar as "done." The tool is smart enough to see that if users set goals for something like "run at 6am" but never get out the door until 6:45, Goals will adjust automatically to reflect the user's actual behavior.
Sprint Shuffles Execs, Names New CFO
Aug 3, 2015
Sprint today made changes to its top executives and named a new chief financial officer. Sprint appointed Tarek Robbiati to the CFO position, where he replaces Joseph Euteneuer, who will leave the company.
TCL Outlines Alcatel and BlackBerry Handset Strategy
Jan 4, 2017
TCL, the parent corporation of Alcatel, unveiled its new handset strategy moving forward. The company will continue to build its Alcatel-branded smartphones that target the low/value end of the market.
Boost Founder Wants to See Boost/MetroPCS Divested If Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Goes Through
May 22, 2018
At least one person thinks Sprint and T-Mobile should be required to divest their respective prepaid businesses if they are allowed to merge. Peter Adderton, founder and former CEO of Boost Mobile, firmly believes the market will become less competitive — particularly in the prepaid space — if Sprint and T-Mobile are allowed to merge without any divestitures.
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