BlackBerry Ltd Releases OS Device Simulator For Devs

BlackBerry Ltd Releases OS Device Simulator For Devs
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BlackBerry has rolled over the operating system version simulator for the developers. The Canadian smartphone maker has released the new simulator for developers to download on their Blackberry 10 devices directly from the BlackBerry developer’s site.

VMware tools needed

In order to run the newest version of the simulator, the developers will need to get some VMware tools, says a report from CrackBerry.

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According to the BlackBerry developer site, developers can download the BlackBerry 10 device simulator for a specific operating system version for testing the app. The developer will need to download the simulator version that has a build number in line with the BlackBerry 10 OS version number. Version numbers can be checked by tapping settings>>About>>OS on BlackBerry device.

BlackBerry shares are surging after the third-quarter results. However, there were mixed analysts responses over the results as analysts at TD Securities and Morgan Stanley differed in their views on the outlook of the company.

Mixed views over BlackBerry post-earnings

TD Securities analyst Scott Penner assigned Buy rating to the stock in a research note to the investors. Penner suggested that the decline in revenue was due to the lower than expected average selling prices for the company’s devices. The Waterloo-Ontario based company is channeling its resources and talents to enhance the software segment, deviating from handset segment.

Penner has assigned a price target of $13 to BlackBerry, noting that the company is bringing in the “compelling new services” and expanding customer base of its software and services, which would fuel its profitability.

Basing his arguments on the comments from Blackberry’s CEO John Chen, Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette gave a bearish view. According to Chen, it will take around six to nine months to take enterprises into confidence to adopt their software. According to Faucette, Blackberry is still to convince the EZPass holders to convert to paying customers. Under the program, companies have made free reservations to buy BlackBerry’s software starting Feb. 1, 2015.

During the earnings call, Chen stated that the company will not be able to post higher revenue until the second half of fiscal 2016, suggesting it would be difficult for the company to earn $500 million in software revenue. Faucette has assigned Underweight rating to the stock with price target of $7 per share.

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