BlackBerry researching wearables and smartwatches
As the wave of wearable technology starts to pick up pace recent reports suggest that BlackBerry is researching wearables and is likely to be working on its own smartwatch. John Sims, president of BlackBerry enterprise solutions commented during an interview that the company is “doing internal research on different wearables”, confirming that a BlackBerry smartwatch is entirely possible.
The company has been considered by many to be struggling for a while now, and according to rumours, is gearing up to officially announce two new smartphones, the Passport and the Classic, at an event in the coming weeks. It is at this event where we will hopefully find out more about its possible wearable plans.
A new report on PC Mag states that BlackBerry is currently researching wearables including smartwatches and smart glasses. The company is looking for ways to bring its BBM to wearables: “I would love BBM to be running on a wearable,” Sims confirmed. “We’re not releasing anything at the moment, but it’s definitely an area of research for us.”
Whilst BlackBerry has seen its user base decline sharply over recent years, the company believes that there are still a lot of loyal BlackBerry users who still prefer a physical qwerty keyboard. However, we do not anticipate any bold moves from the company until after the Passport launches, as it is likely to make plans depending on how well received its smartphones are. The new devices will be available by November. Following that I’d really like to see the first smartwatch with a hardware keyboard – a BlackBerry smart gauntlet…