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  • BlackBerry finally releases Priv – its first Android phone

    BlackBerry has finally gone over to the dark side. In a bid to find some relevance in our smartphone world dominated by iOS, Android and Windows, the company has just released its first Android smartphone. While most of its features are on par with that of your latest Android smartphone sporting Lollipop, there are a couple of areas where the tech giant is hoping the Priv will really shine through. True to its legacy, the Priv comes with a slider QWERTY keyboard. Like the Passport, this physical keyboard is also capacitive and supports swipes for additional navigation options. Flexible to the...

  • BlackBerry reveals its Android privacy plans for the PRIV

    The BlackBerry PRIV is no longer a secret after the company finally announced its plans for an Android-based slider a few weeks ago. But one key question emerged from the news: how will the move to Android affect BlackBerry's focus on privacy? A new blog post published by David Kleidermacher, BlackBerry's chief security officer, highlights the processes BlackBerry's undertaking in order to make the PRIV a "secure and private smartphone experience." BlackBerry will essentially take the base Android Lollipop OS and perform "extensive surgery under the hood to augment Android’s privacy and security capabilities." The company doesn't quite say what that...

  • BlackBerry Priv will rock Android Lollipop, launch before year end

    It's possibly the worst kept secret in the smartphone space this year, but finally, BlackBerry has officially confirmed that it's working on an Android smartphone that will launch before year end. Coming in a rather underwhelming way (an earnings report, of all things), BlackBerry has finally confirmed the device aired rather briskly at MWC 2015 earlier this year. The company's calling it the Priv (previously known as the Venice) which mirrors its feelings about security, and it will feature BlackBerry-beefed up privacy features running on top of Android Lollipop. Of course, you might be wondering why on Earth the company, with its...

  • BlackBerry ‘Venice’ leaks again with live images, more spec news

    BlackBerry's upcoming slider smartphone is fast becoming tech's worst kept secret of the year (nope, not even the iPhone 6S really comes close) and now, we have another batch of images showing the device in its Android glory. Thanks to Taiwanese site Tinhte, we have an even better idea of what the new smartphone will look like, and it's definitely different. What we definitely know thus far is that the Venice will be a slider, and boast BlackBerry's famous QWERTY keypad. Additionally, it's almost definitely going to run Android Lollipop, and not BlackBerry OS, judging by each and every leak displaying...

  • BlackBerry’s Android-powered smartphone GIFs leak on Twitter

    We love a good GIF, and even more so when its of BlackBerry's purported Android phone. That's right, the BlackBerry Venice has been spotted yet again, this time in video, thanks to @evleaks, or Evan Blass. The leaker extraordinare posted twin GIFs of the phone's button layout, sliding mechanism and camera composition, among others, which lends credence to previous leaks that this is, in fact, something BlackBerry is definitely working on. Back at CES 2015, BlackBerry CEO John Chen did reveal a sliding phone, but the real question is: is this it? Another pertinent query is: will it really run a version of...

  • BlackBerry Leap finally arrives in South Africa

    BlackBerry has announced the availability of its next touchscreen smartphone in South Africa -- the BlackBerry Leap. The phone is the company's latest contender in an ever-thickening mid-range market, boasting devices from Samsung, Sony and many other brands. BlackBerry largely owns this space in South Africa though, with a recent report by Phonefinder suggesting that the company's Z3 smartphone is the most popular device in the country. Read more: BlackBerry Z3 is South Africa’s most appealing phone, according to Phonefinder The Leap is springing slightly above its weight though, unlike the Z3. It boasts aa 5.0-inch screen, a large 2800mAh battery which...

  • BlackBerry Classic review: expensive nostalgia

    Ah BlackBerry. Probably the most misunderstood technology companies on the planet was once a tour de force on the mobile device world stage. Since its massive decline of a few years back, Waterloo has slowly clawed itself back on the map, and in other segments like network backends and security. At present, the company is thriving. It's easy to get nostalgic when pondering the days of BBM, BIS and all sorts of B-related acronyms, but it seems BlackBerry has a harder time letting go than the rest of the world. The BlackBerry Classic, for all intents and purposes, is probably the...

  • Unboxing the BlackBerry Classic [Video]

    We've been using the BlackBerry Classic now for over two weeks, and it's a bag of mixed nuts. Cashews and pistachios though. Clearly BlackBerry has been putting in an inordinate level of care when packaging its devices in modern times, and it shows -- the Classic easily has one of the nicest boxes of any 2015 device we've seen. The 3.5-inch 720p-squared screen, Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage cocktail is protected from roughage by a premium black and silver cardboard shell. When popping the box open, the phone sits snugly on top, with its full...

  • BlackBerry ‘Slider’ announced at MWC 2015, alongside ‘Leap’

    BlackBerry has been lurking around MWC for the past few days now, without revealing so much as a new partnership with Samsung on the Knox encryption tool. Today's press conference however, the company spread its wings once again, and outed two new phones that are so ridiculously different in thinking that we're still stumped in the office. The BlackBerry Leap, first of all, seems like just another one of those 5.0-inch full HD smartphones that have taken over this year's mobile announcements, but a closer inspection shows a bit more drama than that. "The BlackBerry Leap fits nicely into the BlackBerry...

  • BlackBerry 10.3.1 brings Assistant, Blend and Android app support [update]

    Update: The full device list that will receive the BlackBerry's latest OS update has been outed, and includes the following devices: BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, Q5, Porsche Design P9983 and P9982. Additionally, the BlackBerry Classic's software has been updated to 10.3.1.1565. BlackBerry has pushed updates of its BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 on Thursday, giving users of the Z10, Q10 and Z30 a chance to upgrade to the latest software platform. The company's newest phones, including the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport already have the latest version installed, which allows users to access and install Android apps and a host of...