Things just aren’t getting any better for BlackBerry. After posting a disappointing earnings this week, the company announced in a blog post that it will not be holding a BlackBerry Live event in 2014. The focus of BlackBerry Live has always been to connect with developers and partners, and was first launched in 2002.
The blog post simply states “…we’re planning to continue with an engaging lineup of smaller, targeted events taking place all around the world over the next 12 months. These events are designed with a greater focus on the specific business, developer, and partner audiences, and will allow you to get the most out of your attendance.”
There are also reports that the company shut down the development of two low-cost phones, according to a report published by The Wall Street Journal. The phones were targeted for emerging markets, but a timeline of their release was not evident. With BlackBerry’s recent strategic partnership with Foxconn, it may have made sense for the company to kill off these two phones and focus only on the software powering them. The company is still rumored to be working on a few high-end BB10 devices, despite its flagship phones Z10 and Q10 failing to perform as forecasted.