BlackBerry is rumored to be working on its first wearable device, BlackBerry SmartWatch. Apple has at last joined the SmartWatch bandwagon by launching Apple Watch. BlackBerry will follow other smartphone rivals by launching its own wearable device.
“We’re doing internal research on different wearables,” said John Sims, president of BlackBerry enterprise solutions, in an interview at Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas. “I would love to have BBM on a wearable, he added. “It’s definitely an area of research for us.”
The specifications are still unknown but BlackBerry is expected to launch this device sometime in 2015. Stay tuned for more updates.
Update : According to Bloomberg report, BlackBerry has won at least 27 new U.S. Patents including ones for conference calling and wearable devices. Among the patents are security features and a user interface for a conference calling system. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said in September that BBM Meetings, a video conferencing service, would debut by the end of this year.
Update : BlackBerry SmartWatch Design Concept by AK Designs
Update: BlackBerry signs patent agreement with Timex group
BlackBerry and Timex Group Enter Patent License Agreement
WATERLOO, ONTARIO and MIDDLEBURY, CONNECTICUT–(Marketwired – Sept. 13, 2017) – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) and Timex Group announced today they have entered into a patent license agreement. The financial structure of the deal includes on-going royalty payments from Timex to BlackBerry. Additional terms of the agreement are confidential.
“This license agreement with Timex demonstrates the strength of BlackBerry’s patent portfolio, and will enable us to focus on further patent licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market,” said Jerald Gnuschke, senior director of Intellectual Property Licensing, BlackBerry.
BlackBerry’s portfolio consists of approximately 40,000 worldwide patents and applications covering a wide array of technologies including wireless communications, networking infrastructure, acoustics, messaging, enterprise software, operating systems, virtualization and cybersecurity.
BlackBerry is a mobile-native security software and services company dedicated to securing the enterprise of things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.
About Timex Group
Timex Group designs, manufactures and markets innovative timepieces around the world. Founded in 1854, Timex Group is a privately held company headquartered in Middlebury, Connecticut with multiple operating units and over 3,000 employees worldwide. As one of the largest watchmakers in the world, Timex Group companies produce watches under a number of well-known brands, including Timex, Guess, GC, Versace, Versus, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Nautica. Launched in 1950, Timex sells millions of watches each year worldwide. www.timexgroup.com
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