With the new year just a few days away, I figure now would be a good time to engage in the end-of-year tradition of predicting the future, or at least giving it a good attempt before New Year’s Eve.
Like last year, predicting BlackBerry’s 2016 is difficult. Instead of betting everything on one product, BlackBerry has placed their bets on many products and services, which can make it more difficult to predict what will fly and what will sink. BlackBerry’s future is still relatively uncertain, and you can see that in the stock price. We fans know they’ll do well and continue their turn around, but that’s about it. Chen has said he won’t keep making devices if he can’t make the unit profitable, but he didn’t say how long he’s willing to wait. Also, BlackBerry has repeatedly said they’re not dropping BB10, but they haven’t released a roadmap either, beyond saying that 10.3.3 and 10.3.4 will be released in 2016. He’s said they’ll be seeking to do more acquisitions, but didn’t give anymore info.
And with so many people spreading false rumours and trolling, we really don’t have a lot to go on. But, we must soldier on. So, without further ado, here are my BlackBerry predictions for 2016:
- BlackBerry will surpass their $500M goal for FY16 revenue for software and services. I expect them to report a FY16 revenue of at least $550M for software and services.
- The Passport2 will be released between August and October. It will look like the PassportSE, but will have updated specs, including a Snapdragon 820, and a camera based on the one in the Priv.
- They’ll release another Android phone. It will probably have a candybar form factor.
- BlackBerry will either release a roadmap for BB10, or at least give more info about the future development of BB10. That’s right, future development. BlackBerry will not be abandoning BB10.
- BlackBerry will not abandon BB10.
- Release of BES with Good Tech integrated in it, though probably not completely integrated.
- More e-commerce features will be added to BBM.
- BlackBerry will buy the Calypso product from Haivision, or even buy Haivision. Calypso is basically Watchdox for video. I tweeted BlackBerry about it a few months ago, but they never replied. They have to buy it, because it fits in too well with their strategy. :-)
And that’s it. Do you agree ? Disagree ? What are your BlackBerry predictions for 2016 ? Head over to the UTB forum and let us know in the discussion.