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All posts tagged "Z10"

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • BlackBerry A10 leaks: big screen, beefy battery

    No one expected BlackBerry to sit on its haunches after the release of the Z10, Q10 and Q5. But that’s what the A10 is for, a 5-inch, full touch BlackBerry with something most new BlackBerry’s don’t have: excellent battery life (we hope). Care of a leaked slide from Crackberry, we now know that the A10 comes with an integrated and possibly non-removable 2 800mAh battery. This is the type of phone you should care about. It is sadly though, impossible to tell if these specs are accurate or not, being that this is from a leak and all, but whatever....

  • One-fifth of all BlackBerry Z10 apps are Android ports

    Wondering why so many apps in BlackBerry World seem like shoddy ports? It’s because one out of five BlackBerry apps is really an Android app, says Martyn Mallick, BlackBerry’s vice president for global alliances and business development. Shortcuts like this are one of the reason for people’s lack of trust in the new BB Z10. According to AllThingsD, 20% of the 100 000 apps on BlackBerry World are straight Android ports. According to Mallick, it’s all down to what the users want. “We give them a very nice on-ramp to get onto the platform, our users deserve to have great...

  • 7 hot games for the BlackBerry Z10

    Maybe I should change the title to “7 games worth playing”, as there’s a fortune of rubbish titles on BlackBerry World. The seven games below though are the pick of the crop. Sadly, none of these are Z10 exclusive titles, with most of them being upscaled Android games. Regardless, the Z10 is an excellent gaming machine, with an ultra-responsive screen and a rather powerful CPU capable of smoothly running most titles. On that note, here’s 7 of the best for your Z10. Asami — Free No one seems to have Asami on Youtube. Spooky. This run-forever game is enticing and confusing....

  • WhatsApp for BB Z10 review: about bloody time

    The exclusion of WhatsApp from the Z10 was a crime against humanity. WhatsApp, along with Instagram, Skype, Flipboard and streaming radio apps, are the pillars of any smartphone app experience and a must-have. But when the Z10 launched, none of these apps were present. Today though, WhatsApp has casually appeared on BlackBerry World and it’s still the same, hassle-free instant messenger the world has come to love. Talking’s overrated I’ve used WhatsApp since its inception on the iPhone 3GS. It began so innocently, as an app with no marketing behind it, but one that thrived on word of mouth as its...

  • How to sideload Android apps onto BlackBerry 10 with a Mac

    Fascinating title, better subject. The BlackBerry Z10 is a finely crafted piece of art, and a phone that we hope manages to break BlackBerry’s bad luck streak — it just may if BlackBerry manages to push out the important apps in time. Skype, Spotify, Whatsapp, a good game besides Sonic 4 and many more are sadly still absent. There is however a way which, while legal, forces users to snatch sometimes pirated apps in order to get their fix. I’m speaking about sideloading, a method of uploading Android files (APKs) into Android devices. BlackBerry 10 devices can run Android...

  • BlackBerry Z10 review: the best BB ever made

    So here we are. BlackBerry gifts us with the Z10, one of two “10” models released into the wild, with the other being the touch-and-type Q10. The BlackBerry Z10 is an otherworldly treat, a combination of blood, sweat and gears combined into a user-friendly smartphone that is fast, accessible and brimming with a heady catalyst of ideas. Here’s a BlackBerry you can finally be proud to own. Pity about the apps though — it really lets down the whole package, but not enough to squash the mighty PlayBook mini. Geek warning: I’m not going to ramble on about specs,...

  • Sideload Android apps onto the BlackBerry Z10 with a PC

    Personally, I think BlackBerry’s new Z10 full touch smartphone is the best product it’s ever launched. Slick, fast, button-free and iPhone-pretty, the Z10 is a bold step for a company seen as locked in the past. There is one issue though, a glaring one that I’ll touch on in my review: there’s a serious lack of quality apps on BB10 OS. Skype, Whatsapp and Instagram are nowhere to be found. So what’s a geek to do? Easy, sideload Android apps onto the BB Z10. This is how you get Whatsapp, Skype, Instagram, Flipboard and everything else for the BlackBerry...

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