BlackBerrry cancels two phones and BlackBerry Live 2014

Last week, BlackBerry announced their latest financial numbers and they were even worse than predicted, with a loss of $4.4 billion for their last fiscal quarter. It was bad all around and as it turned out, it wasn't the only news item revealed that day that will disappoint the BlackBerry faithful.

In a post that quietly went live on BlackBerry's business blog on Friday, the company also announced it would not be holding a BlackBerry Live developer conference in 2014. The company first held the event in 2002, under its original name the Wireless Enterprise Symposium. BlackBerry Live served as the company's largest developer and partner event of the year. 2013's show was held in Orlando, Florida, and was the place when BlackBerry first announced that it would offer its BBM service to Android and iOS platforms.

So what will take the place of BlackBerry Live? The blog stated, " ... we’re planning to continue with an engaging lineup of smaller, targeted events taking place all around the world over the next 12 months." Anyway you look at it, it's clear that the company is trying to cut costs and removing a huge developer event off their schedule seems like an easy way to save money.

The company also quietly shut down two smartphones that were in development; the Wall Street Journal reports that BlackBerry revealed that information in a filing on Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The site's own unnamed sources claim that the phones had the code names "Café" and "Kopi" and were supposed to be made as low cost devices for emerging markets; BlackBerry is now going to let Foxconn design the hardware for future low cost BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

Source: BlackBerry and Wall Street Journal | Image via BlackBerry

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They need to accept their "new" market and stop trying to salvage something that can't be salvaged. How the hell do you LOSE 4 billion dollars?

I wonder who still uses blackberrys, especially when there are iPhone, Windows and android phones out there. Android phones, windows phones, and iPhones offer the same functionality, features, security and tons of apps.

Companies, their "core" customers. in my company, blackberries are preferred for globe-trotting executives because their roaming charges are much, much cheaper than iPhone. Basically, it wins in terms of 'cost saving' benefits and security when their servers aren't down due to some issues.

Atomic Wanderer Chicken said,
I wonder who still uses blackberrys, especially when there are iPhone, Windows and android phones out there. Android phones, windows phones, and iPhones offer the same functionality, features, security and tons of apps.

My provider is Sprint, and I use a Q10. Android does not interest me anymore, iPhone is only slightly interesting but not enough for me to buy\use one and there are no good Windows phones available. My choices are limited with Sprint...

Atomic Wanderer Chicken said,
I wonder who still uses blackberrys, especially when there are iPhone, Windows and android phones out there. Android phones, windows phones, and iPhones offer the same functionality, features, security and tons of apps.

Some people just like the keyboard.. I've been to South America. BlackBerry is still cool over there. Providers are still promoting cheap BBs as their top selling device. ALso some companies still have contracts with BB they suit them just fine. Like you said the others have the same thing with apps. Not really a game changer for most business users.

My wife uses the Z10. Very nice phone way better than Android in my opinion ... the predictive typing on the screen keyboard is awesome and I am told by my brother-in-law that all data is compressed going in and out over data/wi-fi so you do not use as much on your data plan.