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If you’ve been longing for an Android smartphone that has a built-in QWERTY keyboard, but weren’t too impressed with BlackBerry’s Priv, the Canadian company is apparently back at it again with a new QWERTY model. But unlike the Priv, whose slider keyboard could be stowed when not in use, the new Mercury smartphone has a fixed keyboard directly below the display. Unfortunately, we don’t have much to go on other than the two images below of the device that showed up on Weibo over the weekend. You can take this news with a grain of salt for now, but it does at least seem to confirm Blackberry... Read more...
BlackBerry is no longer designing and manufacturing its own smartphones, which means that we’ll no longer see daring designs like the Priv or Passport. What this does mean, however, is that those that are still firmly in the BlackBerry smartphone camp will instead get “new” devices that are essentially recycled designs from other OEMs. In this case, BlackBerry’s newest DTEK60 flagship is manufactured by Chinese OEM TCL and bares more than a passing resemblance to the Alcatel Idol 4S. The DTEK60 is by no means a slouch in the specs department, as it features a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display,... Read more...
If you liked recent, unique smartphone designs like the Passport and the Priv, you won’t be seeing anything like them in the future from BlackBerry. Buried in the company’s fiscal Q2 2017 earnings report is news that BlackBerry is exiting the hardware business and will instead “outsource that function to partners”. This should come as a surprise to no one that has followed BlackBerry since John Chen took the helm. In early April, Chen boldly stated that he would sever BlackBerry’s hardware division if it wasn’t profitable by September. Given that BlackBerry has less than 1 percent of the global... Read more...
Although BlackBerry has definitely seen better days, that isn’t stopping the company from pushing ahead with new Android-based smartphones following the late 2015 launch of its Priv flagship. We’ve known for quite some time that BlackBerry has three new Android devices in development, and the company today announced the first of those devices, the DTEK50, which will be available for $299 unlocked from both T-Mobile and AT&T beginning August 8th. DTEK50, which was previously known by its "Neon" codename, doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue like Neon. And BlackBerry fans looking for a high-octane,... Read more...
Just before the holiday weekend started, there were some fireworks going off in BlackBerry land when word leaked out that U.S. Senate staffers would no longer have access to the company’s smartphones. It was reported that there were only 600 BlackBerry devices on hand, and once that inventory was depleted, staffers would have to choose from Android and iOS-based alternatives. Rather than let this report stew any further, BlackBerry took to its blog to help clear the air a bit regarding its smartphone production. While the original report indicated that Verizon and AT&T were suspending... Read more...
If you’re one of the few out there running a BlackBerry Priv on T-Mobile’s wireless network, you’ll be happy to learn that the flagship Android smartphone is just now receiving Marshmallow. BlackBerry first rolled out an open beta for Marshmallow in early May for unlocked devices, and the update started heading to carrier-backed Priv smartphones last month. The new build is designated AAF153 and will update your Priv to Android 6.0.1. In addition, it also brings some performance and stability improvements for the smartphone. This is likely bitter sweet news, as T-Mobile has already bailed on the... Read more...
It hasn't been a rough stretch for BlackBerry over the past several years. The once dominant smartphone outfit has tried numerous strategies to claw its way back to relevance—a name change, new CEO, inevitable layoffs, and more recently going all-in with Android. Unfortunately, nothing seems to be working for BlackBerry, and its flagship Priv handset isn't the savior the company hoped it would be.An executive at AT&T who asked not to be blamed put it rather bluntly when speaking with CNET, saying the Priv is "really struggling." The executive noted also noted that AT&T is seeing more returns... Read more...
Time are tough for BlackBerry, as they've been for an uncomfortably long stretch now, but the Canadian handset maker isn't throwing in the towel. BlackBerry continues to have high hopes that supporting Android will reinvigorate the firm, and taking a step in that direction, it's making available a custom Android 6.0 Marshmallow build in beta form to Priv owners.When this whole Android initiative kicked off, BlackBerry introduced its Priv handset with a security-focused version of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Right away customers began asking when BlackBerry would update the Priv to Marshmallow, and the... Read more...
BlackBerry tried to put a positive spin on its earnings report for the wireless device maker's three months and fiscal year ended February 29, 2016, but investors balked, choosing instead to focus on a steep drop in the Canadian outfits overall revenue rather than gains in its software and services business. Total revenue for fourth quarter came to $487 million, compared to $660 million in the same quarter a year prior. That resulted in net loss of $18 million for the quarter, or $0.03 per share, on a non-GAAP basis. That's despite BlackBerry's efforts to reinvent itself by supporting Android in... Read more...
Give BlackBerry credit, the company put forth the good old college effort and tried anything it could think of to regain relevance in the mobile world—changing its name from Research In Motion (RIM), dissing the iPhone, shaking up top-level management, launching new handsets—all to no avail. In a last ditch effort, BlackBerry earlier this month suggested it was going all-in with Android, a notion the company reinforced during its recent Priv launch in India. "The Priv device is essentially our transition to Android ecosystem. As we secure Android, over a period of time, we would not have two platforms... Read more...
The mountain that stands between BlackBerry and widespread relevance just got a little bit higher and steeper. How so? According to the latest report published by Strategy Analytics' Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) services, Samsung's Tizen operating system just overtook BlackBerry as the third largest smartphone OS in the world. Android registered a "slight year-on-year" bump in market share, while Apple gained ground on "strong demand for new iPhone models," the report states. Meanwhile, Microsoft, BlackBerry, and Firefox all "drifted down," giving Tizen an opportunity to jump in rank. And... Read more...
With its upcoming PRIV smartphone, BlackBerry needs to strike the right chord with people. While the company was once a giant in the smartphone market, it's taken a nosedive in recent years, and has yet to deliver a product that anyone would consider a "win". Fortunately, PRIV does boast a couple of fantastic perks. For example, PRIV is a high-end model, sporting a Qualcomm 808 SoC under the hood, 3GB of memory, 32GB of storage, 18 megapixel rear camera, and a mammoth 3,410mAh battery. At 5.4-inch, it could also be argued that it's the ideal size for the businessperson or regular folk that want... Read more...
BlackBerry CEO John Chen definitely didn’t leave a good impression when he demoed his company’s upcoming Android slider: the PRIV. The PRIV is BlackBerry’s latest effort to remain relevant in the smartphone market, and Chen’s antic on camera revealed a chief executive that wasn’t familiar with the product he was displaying, and a prototype device that wasn’t quite up to production performance levels. With that embarrassing incident behind it, BlackBerry is going more mainstream with the first official commercial for the PRIV. The video shows the PRIV being used for everyday tasks and gives us a... Read more...
With devices based on the BlackBerry 10 operating system languishing compared to industry stalwarts running iOS and Android (the company sold just 800,000 smartphones in the previous quarter), BlackBerry needs a backup plan to ensure its survival in the cutthroat smartphone market. As we’ve been reporting for months, BlackBerry is shacking up with Google to deliver an all-new, premium flagship smartphone that runs Android. BlackBerry CEO John Chen has now confirmed the device and its name: Priv. “Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry's heritage... Read more...
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