BlackBerry has been stumbling around the smartphone market for a couple of profitable years. After the lacklustre BB 10 series failed to garner many customers, the Canadian firmed tried again with an Android-based solution. After that release, the Priv, has arguably failed to gain traction, the firm is hoping to appeal to a more mainstream audience. According to the latest earnings call, BlackBerry will launch two $400ish smartphones within the year.
Unlike the Priv that cost a stately $700, the new phones will be targeted more towards consumers instead of the enterprise. While that Priv hasn’t sold that badly, sales haven’t been enough to make a profit. With a $400 phone, BlackBerry may still be able to keep the same margins, but significantly increase sales and drive revenue. If the new phone doesn’t pan out, CEO John Chen is considering selling the handset division.
BlackBerry faced an uphill struggle with BB10 but with Android, they won’t have to worry as much about the software side of things. While the Priv wasn’t bad hardware, it wasn’t up to the level you would expect of a $700 device. Hopefully with the upcoming phones, BlackBerry can get it right. After all, there are many well selling and very nice $400 Android phones like the Motorola lineup or the Nexus 5/5X.
Pacific Rim, a film inspired the hit anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, featuring mankind fighting for its survival in giant mechs called Jaegers in response to the threat of giant aliens. The hit film was released several years ago now and was directed by Guillermo del Toro, however, it may seem like its sequel has hit a monster even bigger than the ones it shows on screen.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Pacific Rim 2, set for release in August 2017 and was scheduled to start filming in November, has halted indefinitely. In most cases it tends to be that large films like this may be delayed, but more and more in recent years, this is signs of bigger troubles and struggles, which often lead to the film never making it to your local cinema.
The initial rumours for the budget stood at around $190 million, a little over Jurassic Worlds $150 but still short of films like the Avengers: Age of Ultron which had a whopping $250 million budget. The original film didn’t do great taking in only $101 million at the box office, a nice figure that was only just over half of the films development costings. The success comes from Legend noticing how much it succeeded in China, with support gathering not only for a second film but the second was rumoured to be building up towards a third.
Were you excited about Pacific Rim 2? How did you find the first film? Would you see Pacific Rim 2 in the cinema or would it be a DVD buy several months later?
Pacific Rim, Robots vs Aliens on an unholy level; has made waves in the Sci-Fi genre since its release back in 2013. Well its sequel, Pacific Rim 2, has been pushed back a few months; from its initial release date of April 7 2017 to August 4 2017. This delay is only a tiny amount in the grand scheme of things and a delay can only mean good things for the final product quality.
PR2 Director Guillermo del Toro stated that the film will be a direct sequel to the events of the first movie, continuing its focus on the main characters of Raleigh and Mako, Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi respectively.
“The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast,” del Toro said last June.
The news follows an update from Universal that it’s Warcraft movie is facing a delay from March 2016 to June 2016. I personally can’t wait for the release, I loved the original film; I kept talking myself into the new Godzilla installment was a prequel. Are you looking forward to the film? Let us know in the comments.
Thank you to IGN for providing us with this information