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This time last year, the death knell was sounding loudly for Research in Motion.
A new Lumia phone from Nokia, this year’s Google I/O and BlackBerry Live — yep, it was a pretty hectic week for us, but also a good seven days for tech news. Even if Google didn’t have any truly new hardware for us, it’s started up its own on-demand music service, gave us more details on Google Glass, redesigned its Maps and, well, it was a very long keynote. Join us after the break for a numerical breakdown of that and the rest of the week’s big news.
During BlackBerry‘s Live event in Florida today, the company announced that its popular BlackBerry Messenger service (a.k.a. BBM) will be heading to iOS and Android later this summer. The app will support cross-platform messaging, meaning that users on BlackBerry can talk with iOS and Android users with the BBM app. The BBM app will support
Today Today at BlackBerry Live, CEO Thorsten Heins announced BBM will launch this summer on Android and iOS. The messaging app will launch globally this summer. “It is a state of confidence,” Heins explained. “The BB10 platform is so strong and the response has been so good that the time is right for BBM to become an independent mobile messaging platform.” Developing…
We’ve gotten word of a new BlackBerry smartphone today, and we now also have some news about familiar one. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have all confirmed that they’ll soon be carrying the BlackBerry Q10, although some are being more specific with details than others. Verizon is saying that it will be available sometime in June (with pricing still to be announced), while Sprint will only go as far as to say “late summer.” T-Mobile will also be rolling out the phone sometime in June, and has confirmed that it will run $ 99.99 down with its new plan structure, or $ 579.99 if you want to buy it outright — that follows business registation for the device, which began last month. We’ve yet to hear anything more from AT&T, but it has already committed to the device and will presumably be launching it in roughly the same timeframe as well.
The CEO of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion will deliver a keynote speech amid speculation that he’ll introduce a lower-priced version of the BlackBerry at the company’s annual three-day conference in Orlando, Fla.
The BlackBerry Q10 might not have been the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone to reach the market, but with its classic QWERTY keyboard it’s arguably the first proper new BlackBerry. Blending the new OS with both a touchscreen and the sort of physical text-entry functionality that BlackBerry addicts have been swearing by for years, the Q10
BlackBerry and Samsung devices have been given the go-ahead for use on Defense Department networks. The approved devices are BlackBerry 10 smartphones, BlackBerry PlayBook tablets using the Enterprise Service 10 system and Samsung’s Android Knox. The Pentagon said earlier this week that it also expects to clear Apple devices using iOS 6 in early May.
Today marks one of the symbolically more important launches in the BlackBerry universe: the Q10, the first keyboard-equipped BB10 phone, is at last available on the company’s Canadian home turf. As promised, customers with Bell, Rogers and Telus (as well as their Virgin Mobile, Fido and Koodo sub-brands) can snap up what’s arguably the true Waterloo flagship for about $ 199 on a 3-year contract, or between $ 625 to $ 700 contract-free. Shoppers are largely buying the same phone no matter the carrier, although Rogers is hoping to lure the undecided with both LTE on an extra frequency as well as access to the white model. Just be prepared for a slightly longer wait if you plan to buy one in person — BlackBerry warns that it’s limiting Q10 supply to the Greater Toronto Area for the first day or two to accommodate demand high demand in Canada’s financial capital.
Nerval’s Lobster writes “BlackBerry 10 is completely different from previous BlackBerry operating systems — with good reason. Its core assets come from a company named QNX, which Research In Motion acquired in 2010. Blackberry 10 features include ‘live tiles’ that dynamically refresh with new information, as well as a revamped keyboard and security upgrades. But what really makes or breaks a phone is the quality (and quantity) of its third-party apps. Jeff Cogswell pokes through the BlackBerry 10 programming API in a quest to see what app developers can do with the platform, and how it compares on that front to Apple iOS and Google Android. His conclusion? Although some of the underlying components are showing their age, BlackBerry has ‘spent a lot of time building up a foundation for a good development community.’ He also goes over BlackBerry 10′s viability for porting apps and building games. But will developers actually work with a platform with such low market-share?”
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DavidGilbert99 writes “BlackBerry is on something of a roll. It finally delivered its BlackBerry 10 platform along with the first smartphone to run the OS, the Z10 in January. This weekend saw the launch of the Q10 and there is an ‘insatiable demand’ for this smartphone with its physical keyboard, says BlackBerry’s UK head Rob Orr. With more devices due to be revealed in May, has the company ?”
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After becoming available on the Z10 just last month, it was only natural for WhatsApp to eventually expand its horizons within BlackBerry 10. And with the Q10 finally nearing its time to take off around the globe, what better time to make the renowned messaging app also compatible with the latest in physical QWERTY keys from the Waterloo-based company. As usual, it won’t cost you a dime to get WhatsApp installed on that BlackBerry Q10 of yours, however a yearly fee of about $ 1 will be due if you’re planning on using it for longer than the first twelve months. Either way, it’s up for download now, so pay the source link below a visit if you’re one of the lucky few to have
RIM’s BlackBerry’s new jewel in your possession a little earlier than others.
Source: BlackBerry World
More details on the BlackBerry Q10′s release in the US are starting to surface. T-Mobile confirmed in an email that its business customers will have the opportunity to register for the device starting next week on April 29th, with availability and pricing details to follow “at a later date.” General consumers will likely have to wait a little longer, if T-Mobile follows the same launch strategy that it did with the Z10. Of course, registration doesn’t actually equate to pre-orders or actually purchasing the phone yet — all we’ve heard from official channels is that it’ll be coming towards the end of May — but it’s still a solid confirmation that QWERTY fans will at least be able to get their BB10 on in the very near future.
The BlackBerry Q10 with its physical keyboard is expected to be available from major U.S. carriers in late May at a suggested price of $ 249 with a contract.
BlackBerry just confirmed to us the target pricing of its upcoming QWERTY smartphone in the US, and the quick takeaway is that keyboards don’t come cheap. According to company representatives, the Q10 is intended to be sold for $ 249 on a two-year contract, which positions it as more expensive than the Galaxy S 4, iPhone 5, One and Z10. Now, the one hiccup in this equation is that carriers may turn around and do whatever pricing shenanigans they please, but outside of special promotions, you can rightfully expect the Q10 to be one of the most expensive on-contract smartphones of the day. With so few compelling QWERTY handsets on the market, however, it seems that BlackBerry is hoping you’ll value a keyboard more than your hard-earned dollar. If it the company’s correct, that’ll mean a lot more profit. If not, well… you know the rest.
If you’re already starting to feel that shiny ‘wow’ factor fade from BlackBerry 10, then you’ll be glad to know about some new features that are primed to appear with the next update. Reports are now flowing in from developers that suggest an HDR camera mode, PIN-to-PIN messaging within the BlackBerry Hub and an improved text selector are all likely candidates for inclusion in BlackBerry 10.1 OS. Other smaller tweaks include the ability to paste phone numbers into the dialer, the option to disable alerts for specific applications and the ability to check for app updates more easily. These reports are based on a pre-release version of BlackBerry 10.1 OS that the company recently shared with its developers, and while the list is by no means comprehensive, it sure beats unsubstantiated rumors.
Gallery: BlackBerry 10.1 SDK OS preview
We’re fairly certain that the BlackBerry Q10 will make its hometown debut on April 30th, but Thorsten and Co. haven’t been very precise about when the handset will land in the US. Thanks to the FCC, however, we know that it can’t be too far out, as the first BB10 device with a physical QWERTY keyboard has been passed fit for human consumption by the federal agency. We would have guessed that professional keyboardist Alicia Keys would have been first in the queue, but she probably got a freebie ahead of time.
Research In Motion says a keyboard version of new the BlackBerry will be available in Canada in the coming weeks and that major carriers are announcing pre-orders.
BlackBerry fans waiting for an opportunity to blend the BlackBerry 10 OS with a more familiar QWERTY form factor may know exactly how long they have left, at least north of the border. Mobile Syrup received this pic tonight of what is purported to be an internal Rogers document, which lists the launch date for the BlackBerry Q10 as April 30th. A few other phones appear on the list as well, revealing the Canadian carrier will be offering the Nokia Lumia 520 and a couple of Doro’s PhoneEasy models. If this date holds up it’s a lot more specific than what we’d heard before — hopefully we’re not left waiting much longer for US release information.
Update: Rogers is going on the record for many more Q10 details… except the ship date. It tells us that the smartphone will cost $ 200 on a 3-year contract, and that Rogers will be the first (but not only) Canadian carrier with the white edition. The Q10 will also be one of the few Rogers smartphones to supplement the usual AWS-based LTE frequencies with the 2,600MHz band, the other notable example being the LG Optimus G. The more eager among us can reserve the Q10 today.
An image of what could be the next-generation of the BlackBerry Curve running on BlackBerry 10 has appeared on the BlackBerryOS forums.
BBM Music may only be roughly a year and a half old, but Blackberry announced in an email to subscribers that it’ll be put out to pasture on June 2nd, and April is the last month they’ll be charged for it. For those who aren’t familiar with BBM Music, it lets users keep up to 50 songs hand-picked from a larger selection in a playlist, and listen to tunes that friends keep in their own collections. Come May, tracks will appear greyed out and become unplayable as BBM contacts stop using the app. Of course, there are other ways to get your music fix. The company formerly known as RIM went so far as to recommend Rdio, giving folks a voucher code for a 30-day pass in the email.
The BlackBerry Z10 is now attainable on three outta the four big US carriers, leading many to wonder what a BB10 phone would be like. Well, if you haven’t had a chance to fondle the handset in-store, Heins & Co’s got another way for you to (somewhat) experience the OS through its “glimpse” website. Load it up in the browser of your iOS or Android device, and it’ll take you through a linear tour of some of the gestures and ways to multitask, as well as show you the BlackBerry Hub, BBM and Time Shift camera feature. It’s far from a full emulation, but at least you’ll be a little more informed at the end of it. Point your portable’s browser at the source link to see what we mean.
redletterdave writes “The new BBM in BlackBerry 10 has the option to automatically share what music you’re listening to as one’s status update. As it turns out, this BBM feature in BlackBerry 10 can actually share anything you’re listening to with your BBM network, including videos. Therefore, any videos viewed in the BlackBerry Z10 browser or media player will be displayed for all of one’s BlackBerry contacts to see, even if you don’t want your network to know you’re watching certain videos.”
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BlackBerry plans to release a larger tablet and two phone-tablets, or phablets, over the next year, according to a leaked road map presentation slide.
A new Blackberry 10 roadmap, leaked by a mysterious Twitter account, shows that Blackberry has a few interesting devices heading our way. Of course, we have to take this information with a grain of salt, but nonetheless, it does show us an interesting new future for Blackberry. In the leaked roadmap, we see that Blackberry
It’s finally time to take a peek at BlackBerry 10‘s first big smartphone presentation here in the United States with the Verizon iteration of the BlackBerry Z10. This device is an all-touch smartphone – that feature a given on most other mobile operating systems, but a relatively new concept for BlackBerry – and works with
BlackBerry today reported a return to operating profit for its fourth quarter amid sales of 1 million Z10 smartphones. But there was also a decline of 3 million global subscribers, down to 76 million.
BlackBerry released its quarterly earnings for its Q4 2013 fiscal quarter, and the company brought in $ 2.7 billion in revenue, with $ 94 million of that being cold-hard profit. This is up from $ 14 million during the last quarter. Furthermore, BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis — who was the company’s co-CEO until January 2012 — has announced
Screws and a little glue — that’s all that stood between an intact BlackBerry Z10 and the curious hands of those iFixit folks. And the results? Well, it’s nothing you didn’t know already: a motherboard, some Samsung flash memory, a Snapdragon S4 and camera modules. So, if you’re the type that needs a little tech carnage to help seal your purchase decision (and, yes, the Z10 is finally on sale in the US), go ahead and click on the source.
BlackBerry began a fight to regain share in the key U.S. market on Friday with the debut of the first phone running its BlackBerry 10 operating system.
Apple’s iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of Blackberry.
After a couple of months of Canada and the UK already enjoying their BlackBerry Z10, the device has finally hit the US and is available on AT&T‘s network starting today, making them the first US carrier to make the new phone available to customers. You can now grab the BlackBerry 10-equipped device for $ 200 after
Blackberry, ever-ambitious and pushing to regain all it has slowly lost, plans to release a flagship handset in time for the holiday season, a phone the company’s CEO Thorsten Heins says he is “very excited about.” This information comes from an interview the CEO had with the folks over at CNET, and while precious few
Yesterday, we reported that the Department of Defense was rumored to be ordering 650,000 iOS devices in order to ditch BlackBerry. It’s actually been reported for the last several weeks that the Department of Defense was aiming their sites on iOS instead of BlackBerry. However, the government agency has spoken, and has denied that they’re
A British government security group said Wednesday said it hasn’t yet evaluated the security of BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Z10.
Hitting one of Blackberry’s key markets in the British Isles, its new smartphone platform (and the Balance software that divides work and personal profiles on the Z10) hasn’t passed the security rigors of the UK’s Communications Electronics Security Group. According to The Guardian, handset contracts with the government and NHS total in the tens of thousands, while the older BB 7.1 passed the ‘restricted’ security level — two levels below the presumably agent-friendly ‘secret’ level — at the end of last year. The Canadian phone maker said in a statement that changes in the approval process had affected the time it’s had to jump through the necessary security hoops, adding that BB10 has already passed similar US and German tests with flying colors. Blackberry added that it is “continuing to work closely with CESG on the approval of BlackBerry 10.” Maybe hiring Adele for that creative director position would have made a difference, or not.
Source: The Guardian
In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that Apple’s iPhone is not the state-of-the-art smartphone it once was. In fact, it’s starting to look a little dusty.
BlackBerry (formerly known as Research In Motion) says it has received an order for one million of its new smartphones, marking the largest ever single purchase in the company’s history.
BlackBerry today announced technology designed to securely separate work and personal data on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, as its Balance software does for new BlackBerry 10 devices.