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  • Blackberry phones gain Amazon’s Android app store with BB 10.3 OS launch

    BlackBerry sealed a deal with Amazon on Wednesday that will allow its mobile device users to access the online retail giant’s Android app store. The agreement comes as a last ditch effort by the Ontario-based company to retain its ever-dwindling customer base. It just might work, but we’re not holding our breath. The Amazon Android app store is set to launch on BlackBerry 10 devices as soon as the company rolls out its BlackBerry 10.3 operating system this fall. Although smartphone users powered by BlackBerry 10 will now have access to over 240 000 apps from the Android store, that doesn’t...

  • BlackBerry launches $200 Z3 ‘Jakarta Edition’ for Indonesia

    BlackBerry is launching its latest smartphone this week. The Z3, also called the Jakarta Edition, is a sub-US$200 smartphone designed specifically with the Indonesian market in mind. Apart from a 540×960 5-inch display, the Z3 has 8GB storage and carries a 5MP rear camera. Impressively, it claims a long-lasting battery life of more than 15 hours talk time and 16 days on standby. It runs BlackBerry 10 OS and boasts the usual software features such as Time Shift Mode, a variety of photo filters and the BB Hub which groups all your instant messages, emails and SMSes into one...

  • BlackBerry launches Q20 flagship with ‘classic’ keyboard

    BlackBerry unveiled the Q20 at the Mobile World Congress in Spain this week, sticking to its guns of bringing us another “classic” QWERTY smartphone. Although there’s not much information available about the looks and exact specs of BlackBerry’s latest, it seems the tech giant is staying true to its original design. The Canadian company’s latest flagship shows off a “generous” 3.5-inch touch display which is the biggest for a QWERTY BlackBerry display yet. The smartphone comes with the physical keyboard and includes dedicated buttons for Menu, Back, Send and End. It also has a trackpad which is meant to be an...

  • T-Mobile stabs BlackBerry in the back with iPhone 5s trade in offer

    Use your rusty old BlackBerry as down payment for a shiny new powerful iPhone 5s. That’s what the US telecom giant T-Mobile was hoping its customers would do. This, turned out to be a big mistake. Instead, it opened up a whole can of furious BlackBerry diehards and a truly “outraged” BlackBerry CEO. While T-Mobile might have stepped on BlackBerry’s toes, it did show how loyal its fans are. The controversial T-Mobile offer urges customers to “switch to iPhone 5s” to “get powerful communications and productivity apps — with the ease that Apple is known for.” Customers in turn...

  • BBM update brings Voice, chat Channels to iOS, Android and BlackBerry

    BlackBerry Messenger’s getting a nifty update today in the form of BBM Voice and Channels: Voice will let BBM users talk to each other over WiFi or 3G, while BBM Channels are like chat groups from the nineties, whereby anyone can now form topic channels for users to join says BlackBerry. But wait, there’s always more: the BBM update now has “fast one-click sharing of photos, documents, voice notes”, timed location sharing care of Glympse (share a location with friends, which when the time runs out, vanishes from the chat) and grandest of all, over 100 new emoticons. Feelings, rejoice....

  • BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 update is a big deal, adds radio

    Today, BlackBerry’s rolling out OS 10.2.1 with “hundreds of new enhancements and refinements”. While the embattled company says the update is live, none of our BlackBerrys could find the update. Give your Z10, Z30, Q10 or Q5 a day and the software update should be present. OS 10.2.1 looks to include a decent number of updates, especially the FM radio, and we’ve listed them all below: Customise Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry Hub — BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your messages and notifications in one place. A new feature lets you instantly filter the message list in the Hub....

  • BlackBerry Z30 review: flagship down

    For a while now, I’ve been struggling to enjoy BlackBerry’s latest smartphone, the 5-inch Z30, its “phablet” version of the Z10 (a phone I loved). Where the Z10 excelled, the Z30 fails. With a lackluster display that ruins gesture control and an endless list of bugs, the Z30 trails behind similar Android and iOS offerings. Worst of all is the price: aimed squarely at the high-end market, the Z30 would be a poor choice to make over the comparatively priced iPhone 5c or our phone of the year, the LG G2. It’s not all doom and gloom. There are...

  • Goodbye iPhone, hello BlackBerry: my week with the Z10

    The day my iPhone left me, it rained. I appreciated the dramatic emphasis provided by the storm outside as I stood clutching the phone’s chamfered edges and postponing the moment I had to hand it over. I tried not to be an incarnation of the first world problems meme as I swapped out the SIM card, clicked its tiny plastic edges into an adapter and slotted it into its new home. I squeezed the Z10’s power button and it came to life in a swirl of blue. I was officially a BlackBerry user. Again. The phone I held in...

  • BBM for Android to be preinstalled on new smartphones in Africa, Middle East

    Much to the surprise of… no one, BBM will soon come as a pre-installed app on “a variety” of Android phones, said BlackBerry. BBM is set to drop on to manufacturers across the Middle East, India, Africa, Latin America and Indonesia. From December, the BBM app for Android comes as standard for phones on these networks: Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCOSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and Zen. It’s a must-have app, said BlackBerry. “It is clear that smartphone customers see BBM as a must have app for active conversations. The uptake we have seen for BBM since the...

  • RIM shot? BlackBerry 10 OS update may get Play Store [Update: it's not]

    Update: Google Play store is not coming to BlackBerry 10 OS. A representative from BlackBerry confirms the bad news: “I can confirm that there is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry.” The rep broke the news to CNET just moments ago. Original story: Now for something completely (kind of) different. Google and BlackBerry are in “ongoing negations” to get the Google Play store on the BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 update said N4BB. If this rumour proves to be true, there’ll be a lot more life left in the old BlackBerry yet. N4BB even goes as far as to confirm that the...

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