During BlackBerry's first quarter financial release on June 28, two interesting developments got lost amid all the noise about revenues, net income and smartphone sales.
The company is planning to manufacture another BlackBerry 7 smartphone and has abandoned efforts to upgrade its Playbook tablet device.
A new BlackBerry 7 device comes as a surprise because the company appeared to be moving all new smartphones to the more powerful BlackBerry 10 software platform.
But BB7 phones are still selling well in emerging markets and the higher-end Bold 9900 is still attracting customers in the corporate sector. Indeed, I read an interesting column last week by one enterprise customer who prefers the 9900 over the new Q10.
BlackBerry also shipped more BB7 phones last quarter than BB10 phones, although the latter devices weren't fully deployed during the quarter.
As for the Playbook, the company shipped only 100,000 tablets last quarter, a shocking number when compared to the 19.5 million iPads sold by Apple in its last quarter.
Chief executive officer Thorsten Heins says he's unhappy with BB10 upgrades to the Playbook, which will carry on with its existing software platform. It's a curious development given that BB10 was first tested on the Playbook.