QNX Drives Connected Cars
First off, QNX software, owned by BlackBerry, is being used in infotainment systems in luxury vehicles such as the top connected cars in the world BMW and Ford. In fact QNX software envisions a day, when the car will sense your mood and play songs to fit your mood and style. QNX has been called one of the most valuable assets of the company.
Bring Back QWERTY
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the new BlackBerry is going to very keyboard centric. BlackBerry continued to sell more keyboarded BlackBerry 7 models than touchscreen BlackBerry 10 models.
Security to Secure Services & Income?
Chen plans to shift BlackBerry's focus towards software services such as software to securely manage government/business employee smartphone use for iPhones, iPads, Android and Windows Phone. BlackBerry Enterprise Server has been a very popular platform for enterprise business.
BlackBerry Secure Work Space has passed the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 certification. BlackBerry Secure Work Space splits the business and personal use of iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices.
IT administrators can configure, secure, or wipe sensitive data from devices, while employees can freely use apps for personal use.
iBlackBerry Messenger Profits Chat
Many analysts and pundits report that BBM (BlackBerrry Messenger for all smartphone platforms) could lead to big monetization. Chen stated that the company has a solid BBM monetization plan.
BBM has 85 million monthly users and 113 registered users. The Windows Phone version of BBM is coming soon. In fact it will come preinstalled on some Nokia Lumia models.
Recent, BlackBerry Messenger updates to Android and iOS BBM included voice calls and group messaging via BlackBerry channel for cross platforms communications. BBM Channel users are reading an average of 11.5 posts a day.
TYPO QWERTY Typo Injunction
The Typo keyboard launched by Ryan Seacrest at CES, who wanted a "BlackBerry" experience on iPhone may have been a legal "typo." A judge confirmed that the Typo is likely to infringing on BlackBerry patents. Judge William Orrick placed a preliminary injunctions on sales of Typo keyboards pending a trial.
BlackBerry "is pleased that its motion for a preliminary injunction against Typo Products was granted. This ruling will help prevent further injury to BlackBerry from Typo's blatant theft of our patented keyboard technology." Typo plans to file an appeal.
BlackBerry's fourth quarter loss totaled $423 million. Many would like to see BlackBerry out of the red and back into black, soon.