Smartphones such as the BlackBerry Z30 and
But these mobiles, along with other devices that will most likely be on display at Gitex Technology Week in the emirate from today, come from manufacturers that have struggled to sell their wares in
Part of the challenge: wavering consumer confidence in these firms and the longevity of their products.
Samsung comes in a distant second place with just 13.8 per cent of the market, according to a report from the
At the same time,
"While we are very encouraged by the consumer response to our innovations in this price category, our mobile phones business unit is planning to take actions to focus its product offering and improve product competitiveness,"
Lacklustre mobile sales, combined with continued operating losses, have led
"Gitex is an opportunity for technology, government and business leaders to be inspired by the innovation within the technology industry and find solutions that will address the requirements of their customers, enhance productivity and reduce costs," Mr
BlackBerry, which is based in
At its peak, BlackBerry – once known as Research in Motion – employed nearly 20,000 workers and was valued at about
Meanwhile, interest in BlackBerry's products has waned.
More than 70 per cent of respondents in a survey within the US said nothing could get them to buy a BlackBerry smartphone, including a bigger screen or lower price. That figure compared with 31 per cent for those who said nothing would convince them to purchase a new Android-based mobile, and less than 20 per cent for Apple's iPhone, according to data released in April by the financial services firm Raymond James.
Yet there are signs BlackBerry is weakening in the Emirates, too.
One survey of consumer electronics buyers in the
The changing dynamics have made the
"This shows how important this region is to their overall strategic plan," says Ashish Panjabi, the chief operating officer of Jacky's Electronics in the
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