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All posts tagged "blackberry"

  • Surprise! BlackBerry DTEK60 is now official

    BlackBerry may not be designing its own hardware anymore, but that hasn't stopped it from revealing the DTEK60 Android smartphone. The new handset is a follow-up of sorts to the DTEK50, which was only released a few months ago anyway. Of course, BlackBerry will be lending its name to other hardware manufacturers, and judging by the DTEK range, they've been teaming up with TCL for a while now. The DTEK50 looked like a rebadged TCL/Alcatel Idol 4S, while the new DTEK60 bears a resemblance to the TCL 950. The BlackBerry DTEK60 is perhaps more evidence of the company's future hardware plans This extends to the cameras (21MP...

  • Is BlackBerry really pulling out of hardware? Yes (but also, no)

    The announcement from BlackBerry that it will no longer be designing or making its own smartphones has been a long time coming, really. The Canadian firm's smartphone sales have been floundering over the past five years, with the switch to Android coming far too late as well. But what does the news really mean? After all, the company announced a partnership with an Indonesian mobile manufacturer... According to Ian Fogg, head of mobile analysis at IHS, BlackBerry-branded smartphones will still be a thing. "The BlackBerry brand will continue to appear on handsets, but increasingly this will be a brand license and the devices...

  • BlackBerry’s smartphone business is officially dead

    Canadian technology company BlackBerry has announced that it will no longer manufacture its own smartphones, citing missed estimates in its latest financial report. "We have decided to discontinue all the handset hardware development, only hardware," the company's CEO, John Chen, told investors in a conference call. "We believe that this is the best way to drive profitability in the device business." 5 memorable BlackBerry devices from years gone by Before BlackBerry gave in to the giant that is Google and its Android operating system, it was a bit of a mobile device juggernaut. Read more... This move brings a 14-year-old business division to its...

  • BlackBerry brings its suite of apps to all Android Marshmallow users

    BlackBerry's array of apps and services is nothing to scoff at, especially for business and enterprise users. We've already seen its Android apps leaking online though, but now the company is making it official with the release of BlackBerry Hub+. "BlackBerry Hub+ for Android is a new suite of apps that should be familiar to any BlackBerry 10 user. It helps centralise all of the user's communications into a single, unified interface, as well as help streamline many other productivity tasks such as Calendaring, Passwords, and many others," the company explained in a blog post. The suite is available as a 30-day trial,...

  • BlackBerry DTEK50: a secure Android phone for $300?

    Secure Android smartphones, such as the BlackPhone range, haven't had much success in the market. Still, that hasn't deterred BlackBerry from releasing the DTEK50, being a full-touch Android smartphone with no physical keyboard. The new phone features a number of security and privacy features, such as the DTEK security software (to track permissions and when apps access certain functions) and modifications to Android Marshmallow 6.0. Aside from Android and a touch-only keyboard, the device also packs in a 5.2-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 16GB of expandable storage, a 2610mAh battery and 3GB of RAM. In an interesting move,...

  • BlackBerry Priv finally gets some of that Marshmallow action

    BlackBerry has confirmed that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available on the Priv smartphone, several months after the phone was launched. The Priv (review) originally shipped with a well-received take on Android 5.1, bringing the DTEK security manager, the BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Keyboard and several other noteworthy additions to an otherwise spartan formula. What's new in this update then? First of all, the company has updated the DTEK security manager, giving it support for Marshmallow's granular permission controls. "Apps demand access to personal data, even when it's not necessary for the app to function properly. DTEK gives the power back to users to control what to...

  • BlackBerry to launch two mid-range Android phones in 2016

    For BlackBerry, 2016 is still young especially since its PRIV sales have been less than spectacular. The company sold 600 000 phones in its last fiscal quarter, indicating that its R14 000 flagship barely made a scratch on its overall sales decline. Now, CEO John Chen has announced that his company will launch two mid-range smartphones running on Android this year to prop up the PRIV, and provide some much needed respite. Speaking to Abu Dhabi's The National, Chen notes that launching the "too high-end" PRIV before its mid-range phones wasn't "as wise as it should have been." "A lot of enterprise...

  • BlackBerry PRIV review: steeped in potential, lacking in polish

    You might be wondering why on earth there's a BlackBerry review on Gearburn in 2016, but rest assured, the clock hasn't wound back ten years, nor is the company dead. In fact, it's experiencing something of a mantra change. Last decade, the Canadian company was the one challenging Apple for the world smartphone hierarchy. It was selling more phones than Samsung, and it was doing a damn fine job in the process. But since then, the company has fallen from grace, so much so that in 2016, it has done the unthinkable: it has turned to Android. Now, I was pretty...

  • MWC 2016 preview: here’s what you can expect

    Update: We can expect the likes of Alcatel to unveil it's new OneTouch Idol 4, and other devices at the conference too. Read the full story here. Update 2: Please see the revised times below. Our initial times denoted CET time and not South African Standard Time. This issue has now been rectified and reflects time in SAST. It's February, and that for techies means Mobile World Congress. Sunny Barcelona hosts the 30th edition of what is arguably the world's most important mobile device showcase, where some of the biggest names in the smartphone manufacturing market announce and launch new products. So...

  • 5 memorable BlackBerry devices from years gone by

    Before BlackBerry gave in to the giant that is Google and its Android operating system, it was a bit of a mobile device juggernaut. Seeing record profits and sales in 2009, the company (then known as Research in Motion, or RIM) was riding a wave of high numbers, notably with its highest recorded sales figures in a quarter, and revenues of in excess of US$3.4-billion in the third quarter of 2009 alone. Its business was booming, and it came very close to rivaling the iPhone in that regard. But since then, the company's been experiencing a bit of a decline. As...