MWC 2014: Microsoft announces nine new Windows Phone hardware partners


Huawei was not the only company to get an early start on Mobile World Congress. Microsoft also today held a press conference. While it had no new devices to unveil, it did announce that it has added nine new Windows Phone hardware partners to “broaden the portfolio of devices for consumers and introduce new price points to accelerate growth in […]

No physical keyboard for Foxconn-designed BlackBerry Jakarta smartphone?

Rumoured BlackBerry 10 C-Series Americano

Following the announcement that BlackBerry was teaming up with Foxconn to develop and manufacture budget-level BlackBerry smartphones for the next five years (if not more), the company cancelled the entry-level devices codenamed Cafe and Kopi that it was developing in-house for 2014. Details are now emerging about the first BlackBerry smartphone that Foxconn will launch instead in emerging markets such […]

BlackBerry cancels Cafe and Kopi smartphones planned for 2014


BlackBerry’s new five year partnership with Foxconn, announced the same day that it announced a US$4.4 billion loss in its latest quarter, has claimed two casualties. The deal will see Foxconn take on a role in both the development, manufacturing and supply management of entry-level BlackBerry devices intended for emerging markets where BlackBerry remains popular. As a result of this […]

BlackBerry announces partnership with Foxconn for emerging markets

BlackBerry logo on F1 car

Along with its latest financial results, BlackBerry today announced a new five-year strategic partnership with Foxconn that will see the two companies collaborate on new devices for “fast-growing markets.” The initial focus will be on a new smartphone for Indonesia and other emerging markets where BlackBerry still has considerable presence. The move also signals BlackBerry’s intention to remain in the […]

Foxconn to manufacture Amazon and Microsoft smartphones for mid-2013 launches?

The evidence continues to grow that both Amazon and Microsoft will launch smartphones next year. The latest comes from Digitimes. Citing “sources from the upstream supply chain,” it reports that Foxconn has received handset orders from both companies. Both are expected to have “limited” shipment volumes initially. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s mobile phone will be powered by Windows Phone 8 but there […]