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BlackBerry’s has Virtually Zero Share in the Smartphone Market

Blackberry Share

As global smartphone sales to end-users hit nearly 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, once a market leader BlackBerry now virtually has a zero per cent share.

According to the market research firm Gartner, out of more than 431.5 million smartphones sold last year, about 200,000 were BlackBerry devices that were running on its own operating system but that gives it less than half the unit volume of the “other OS” category.

“This wasn’t hard to see coming given BlackBerry’s years-long decline, gradual shift toward Android and recent focus on services.” Microsoft’s Windows phones are not doing good either. The share of Windows fell from 1.1 percent to 0.3 percent in the last quarter of 2016.

BlackBerry Inks Agreement with Optiemus to Manufacture, Sell Smartphones in India

In a bid to provide acceleration to BlackBerry’s transition into a security software and services company, BlackBerry and TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited entered into a long-term licensing agreement recently.

Under the terms, BlackBerry will license its security software and service suite, as well as related brand assets, to TCL Communication who will design, manufacture, sell and provide customer support for BlackBerry-branded mobile devices.

TCL Communication will be the exclusive global manufacturer and distributor for all BlackBerry-branded smartphones with the exception of the following countries India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

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The company announced partnership with Optiemus, a Delhi-based telecom enterprise to licence software and services for the production of secure Android handsets in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Under the terms of the agreement, BlackBerry will licence its security software and services suite, as well as related brand assets to Optiemus Infracom Ltd.

The partner will design, manufacture, sell, promote and provide customer support for BlackBerry-branded mobile devices that offer the full BlackBerry experience, including the trusted BlackBerry for Android secure software.

Source: IANS

BlackBerry Inks Agreement with Optiemus to Manufacture, Sell Smartphones in India

blackberry pic Optiemus deal

Blackberry is prominently known for its secure and luxurious smartphones. The company has announced its collaboration with a Delhi-based firm named Optiemus. The Canadian tech company had inked an agreement for ten years.

According to the pact, Optiemus infracom can manufacture, sell, and provide customer support for the BlackBerry handsets in India. Besides India, the Delhi telecom company also holds the exclusive rights of blackberry in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

BlackBerry is presently confining to the development of its security and other software solutions. it also works on providing regular Android security updates to the platform.
They earlier had the global licensing agreement with TCL Communications.

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With the latest deal between BlackBerry also supports the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. The primary motive of this moment is to establish manufacturing units thereby creating job opportunities to Indians.

Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry in a statement said that “India is a very important market for BlackBerry, so we are delighted our latest licensing partnership will extend the BlackBerry software experience to more customers and support the Indian government’s ‘Make In India’ agenda

He added that with its experience and infrastructure in manufacturing and proven success as our distribution partner, Optiemus Infracom Ltd is the ideal partner to design and manufacture trusted BlackBerry secure Android handsets for customers in India and neighboring markets.”

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Optiemus infracom Pvt Limited has been the official distributor of Blackberry since last year November. The Indian company has sold smartphones both DTEK 60 and DTEK 50 that has an alert system which tells the user if their privacy was at risk.

Ashok Gupta, Chairman of Optiemus Infracom Ltd says “Our exclusive partnership with BlackBerry, a brand synonymous with secure mobile communications, shows how we are continuing to partner and innovate to bring the latest in handset design and experience, combining the security of BlackBerry and versatility of Android, to our customers in the world’s fastest growing smartphone market.

“With our strong end to end play in the mobile ecosystem in manufacturing, retail, distribution and support, we are confident that our journey with BlackBerry will be a long and successful one,”he concluded.

Alcatel A3 XL Launched with Android 7.0 and 6-inch Display

Alcatel A3 XL smartphone

TCL looks to be keeping its efforts on the budget mobiles, and we expected that it would come with brand new mobiles in 2017.Now, the company has launched its A-Series smartphones which are the first-class kind of reasonably priced mobile devices, and the all new Alcatel A3 XL is the best example of it.

Alcatel A3 XL is the first outcome from the company in A-series. Coming to the specifications and features, it is packable one for its price range, and one best feature on it is undoubtedly its display screen. Yes, the mobile comes with 6-inch IPS LF panel. It is fitted within a plastic shell, measuring 165*82.5*7.9 mm.

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On a positive note, the body appears to be available in various colors shades on the frame and textures on the back part. Recalling Alcatel A3 XL specifications, the display has only HD resolution only, and due to this, the sharpness might not be great.

Coming to the hardware, it is equipped with MediaTek MT8735B quad-core chipset, clocked at only 1.1 GHZ. The mobile consists of 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The internal memory will be expandable through micro SD card up to 32GB.

The device runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat) operating system. The main important thing for any mobile device is its Camera. The Alcatel A3 XL comes with 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 5MP front facing camera along with front side flash also. It is only capable of video capture in 720p at 30fps. The same goes for the 5MP selfie shooter. Other important features include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, OTG support and a few set of sensors (G-Sensor. Proximity, Light Sensor).

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Interestingly, the mobile offers a great feature which is a fingerprint scanner. 3000 mAh battery powers the hardware. Alcatel X3 will launch in Asia Pacific, Middle East, African and Latin American Markets during the first quarter of 2017.

Talking about the Alcatel A3 XL price, it is expected around $200 which is approximately Rs 13,550.

Alcatel A3 XL Specifications and Features

  • Display: 6-inch (1280*720 pixels) HD display
  • Processor: 1.1 GHZ quad-core MediaTek MT8735B processor with Mali-T720 GPU
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal Memory: 8GB (Expandable up to 32GB)
  • OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • Camera: 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 5MP front camera
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh