Good news for BlackBerry fans who were sad to learn about the news that BlackBerry smartphones will no longer be available! TCL Corp., a Chinese handset manufacturer, will be in charge of selling Blackberry's future phones.
BlackBerry and TCL entered into an agreement that gives the Chinese manufacturers rights to the branding and sales of BlackBerry phones. Bloomberg News reported that the move is part of Chief Executive Officer John Chen's plan to ultimately focus on software acquisitions.
BlackBerry fans are thinking about what the agreement means to future BlackBerry handsets. ITPRO reported that one of the BlackBerry devices designed with the help of TCL has poor performance and the number of unique features is limited.
Basing on reviews of BlackBerry DTEK60, BlackBerry fans may not be expecting much. While there are many Chinese smartphones in the market, only a few have better performance than competing brands.
The agreement between BlackBerry and TCL will allow the Chinese manufacturer to sell BlackBerry handsets all over the globe except Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. This could mean that sooner or later BlackBerry fans will once again be able to buy BlackBerry-branded smartphones all around the world.
PCWorld reported TCL will now handle not just the sale of BlackBerry handsets but also their design, manufacturing and marketing. It is not yet immediately clear whether TCL plans to update BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60.
Jobs & Hire previously reported that BlackBerry's Android phone, DTEK60, features a security software that is popular among BlackBerry users. It is not immediately clear whether new handsets under the TCL and BlackBerry agreement will have the same feature.
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