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  • 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...

  • BlackBerry 9720 review: too little, too late

    While both the Q5 and 9720 look the same to a layman (as opposed to BlackBerry fans), the 9720 sets you back R2 600 compared to the Q5’s ridiculous R5 000. The Q5 was slaughtered for being over-expensive and having a user interface that’s a bit all over the place. The 9720 is not much different. Instead, it got lower specs to target a more budget-friendly crowd and of course, OS 7. The latter characteristic seems to be the only thing that counts in its favour but when I considered its alternatives, it didn’t win my heart. The 9720 carries...

  • BBM for Android and iOS review: robust chat made the BlackBerry way

    I waited a long time for this, and it’s here, but was it worth the endless delays? BBM for Android and iOS is exactly the same as BBM on BlackBerry, minus some features. It’s also apparently been downloaded over 10-million times since release. Is this app enough to keep BlackBerry in the public eye while it recoups from fiscal hell, or is it simply the final nail in the coffin for a company that, for most, died out long ago? Think of it like this: with the app, there’s now less reason to own a BlackBerry. BBM (and free internet)...

  • Here’s the new BlackBerry Z30 with BB OS 10.2

    BlackBerry’s just announced the Z30, a 5″ touchscreen smartphone which has the “biggest ever” screen yet, for a BlackBerry. It also launches with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, which is coming to the Z10, Q10 and Q5 mid-October. Outside of the new 2880mAh battery and the 5″ Super AMOLED display, the Z30 is pretty standard fare from BlackBerry. Here’s what separates it from the its brothers and sisters though. Along with a 1.7Ghz CPU, the 5” Super AMOLED will deliver “larger, clearer and more vivid” content, which is a trick the S3 and S4 have been doing for years now. The...

  • Have a look at BBM for Android [beta] in this video

    BlackBerry Messenger for Android is coming real soon and today has been captured on video, first posted by BlackBerryOS. If this is the beta version of the app, then kudos to BlackBerry because the app interface looks exactly like BBM for OS 10. We’ll explain more after the video which neatly explains what is, and what isn’t included with the refurbished app, care of this very chatty beta tester. Most interestingly, the video details NFC contact sharing. Tap to share, or click on the OS 10 social sharing button for other options. The phone demoed with BBM for Android is...