New financial reports are out, and it seems BlackBerry isn’t as dead as we presumed. BlackBerry Ltd, we mean. The company shares reportedly rose by 4.6% after hitting a better-than-expected profit. This also pushes the hopes of reviving their ever shrinking phone business. Revenue also grew by 21%, higher than same period last year. Software sales were the major reasons behind this mini-success.
Maybe BlackBerry isn’t as dead as we thought
We have been predicting BlackBerry OS will be dying soon or that BlackBerry is dead. Honestly, the platform has been dying in parts. We’ve seen the signs. Market share already lies at about 0.1%. Important service providers are ditching the platform. The worst hit – Facebook, happened in March. WhatsApp is set to follow by December.
Priv for Privilege
On the flip side, the launch of Android-powered BlackBerry Priv was one strong leap towards restoration. BlackBerry Ltd. projected to sell 800,000 units to remain profitable, but in reality, about 600,000 were sold. This has cut them short, but software sales has kept them afloat. Let’s hope this continues. It would be sad to see a world dominated only by Android and iOS.
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