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    We got to know the BlackBerry Priv first as "Venice." As word of an follow-on to the company's first Android device came about, we also heard of "Vienna." And then we wrote about some renders of supposedly new phones: one with an on-body keyboard and the name "Rome" attached to it; the other an all-touch device called "Hamburg." We talked about these renders on our podcast this week as if these were real things from real computers along the information chain. Turns out we fell into the weakest link of that chain with moire, editing and a whole bunch of watermarks — the worst kind of ...

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    There's no getting over it: the BlackBerry Priv is one unusual smartphone, and that means it's not going to be for everyone. From the unusual vertical-slider design, to the beefed-up security software, to the simple fact that this is an Android phone built by BlackBerry, the Priv is anything but your typical smartphone. But even if all those oddities end up endearing you to the handset (and don't get us wrong; there's a lot to like here) there's still been one big stumbling block keeping the Priv from making its way into the hands of more users: a seriously top-shelf price tag. Recently, ...

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    BlackBerry has this uncanny knack for keeping itself in the news year after year, despite its smartphone market share fading away into oblivion. But already this week we've heard about the latest software update to hit a BlackBerry phone, as the Android-based Priv gets its big Marshmallow release, and now we find ourselves checking out a possible leak that might just reveal the next generation of BlackBerry's handset lineup, as a set of renders and pics attempt to reveal the phones codenamed Hamburg and Rome. Company CEO John Chen has already confirmed his intention to release a pair of ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers tend to follow certain patterns, and eagle-eyed fans who manage to pick up on these tend to develop some well-founded expectations for how these companies will behave: when they'll launch new phones, and how older phones will be supported. But when a company does something new, as BlackBerry did with its Android-running Priv, we find ourselves at a loss. With no BlackBerry Android experience to draw from, how can we expect the company to behave? If you were concerned that BlackBerry's efforts enhancing Android with extra security layers might prevent it from ...

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    You're an AT&T customer, right? No? Oh, sorry for assuming. Well, if you're on the Death Star and you've been holding off on the BlackBerry Priv — long held as an AT&T exclusive to some others' chagrin — because it's just too darn expensive, you've had a bit of luck recently. First came the BlackBerry-sanctioned price cut, down to $650 from $700. Then there's a deal, still ongoing as of this post, for an unlocked AT&T Priv — you just have to shell up $450 upfront. Now, for those of you who would rather swallow bite-sized payments, you're still really stuck at this point. ...

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    Update: The podcast is up now and will be sent out at 3pm Eastern on Friday. The HTC 10 makes us wonder if any phone can really be perfect. Galaxy Note 6 rumors are building steam. What might we see on Samsung's next phablet? With the flagship phone market maturing, we'll take a look at why people are waiting longer to upgrade their phones? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and ...

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    If you're in Canada and you don't want the Royal Canadian Mounted Police peeping through your BlackBerry's content, get rid of it. Chances are, if that phone's not for business, the agency has a way to get into it — likely thanks to BlackBerry. An investigation lead by Motherboard and Vice tells of "over one million" BBM messages obtained and then read by breaking BlackBerry's standard end-to-end encryption. The messages were used to pin down suspects of a mafia-related murder in Montreal. The company uses a "global encryption key" on all of its devices while corporate phones pass ...

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    Two weeks back, BlackBerry finally gave us what we'd been asking for for so long (kinda), as the company got around to dialing back the price on its Android-running Priv handset. The unusual smartphone has always been a pretty interesting model, but its top-shelf pricing made it a difficult sell for all but the most ardent Blackberry enthusiasts. A price cut was exactly what the phone needed … but the scant $50 BlackBerry was willing to take off its sticker felt like too little, too late. Luckily, one retailer is stepping up to fulfill our dream of a Priv with a much more wallet-friendly ...

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    In addition to being the most popular smartphone vendor around the globe by a landslide, and producing the two devices consumers and experts appear to agree are the best of the best, Samsung today adds another important gold medal to its increasingly crowded trophy room. This one’s a little unexpected, which probably makes the win that much sweeter, as we all tend to associate BlackBerry or Apple’s names first and foremost with top-drawer mobile security, impenetrable encryption, and data protection. But surprise, surprise, market research firm Gartner ranked Samsung Knox number one in ...

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    BlackBerry caught us all off guard when jumping on the Android bandwagon last fall in a desperate attempt to overturn its ailing financial situation, but at the end of the day, can we conclude that the gamble paid off? In a sense, sure, given a couple of Google-endorsed sequels are reportedly in the works, though Priv sales have hardly been spectacular in recent months. It’s obviously getting harder and harder to convince people the QWERTY keyboard/touchscreen hybrid is a decent deal at $650 and up, especially when it’s stuck on an ancient OS iteration. On the bright side, BB seems to ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen was looking to widespread carrier take-up of the company's first Android phone in order to make its long-suffering hardware unit profitable. AT&T wrenched out an exclusivity clause that meant a long wait for those wanting the Priv on Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Struggling Sprint, though, may be turning its back on struggling BlackBerry. @CU4ABeer Sorry to say but we will no longer carry the BlackBerry PRIV. If this changes in the future we will update customers. JXC — Sprint Care (@sprintcare) April 8, 2016 Sprint corporate has yet to make an official ...

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    What's next from BlackBerry hardware? Last year saw the company jump platforms with the release of the Android-running Priv, leaving us to wonder if this was just a blip on the radar, or the future of the company's handset lineup. Then at CES, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed plans for at least one more new Android model sometime later this year, as well as the possibility we'd even get two such phones. This week he offers some additional information on that front, indicating that both models are still very much on track, while sharing some new details about what we can expect from them. ...

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and comparing mid range phones, ...

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    For his second column on Seeking Alpha, contributor Robert Lehar has decided to grab some attention by killing the BlackBerry smartphone. At least, analytically. With subheads reading "Hardware Results Are Terrible," "The Priv Is Not A Good Product" and "It Is Likely Game Over," it's no wonder that Lehar's conclusion on Waterloo's hardware efforts leaves them "Pretty Much Dead." Unit sales have fallen from above two million in the middle of 2014 to just 600,000 last quarter. Average sales price for the past couple of quarters has hovered around $315. And this is in spite of the $700 Priv ...

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    BlackBerry really had the chance to do something interesting with the Android-running Priv – and to a certain extent, it really did: the phone delivers hardware QWERTY keyboard fans one of their few modern options, it helps bridge worlds between BlackBerry's enterprise users and the rich Android ecosystem, and it enhances Android's existing security measures. If only it weren't for the phone's almost ridiculous launch price: rather than attempt to draw in curious users with a price tag that said, “come on, take a chance on me,” BlackBerry instead priced the phone at the super-premium ...

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    Just how seriously do you take your communication security? The data connection to your email server may be protected by encryption, but what happens once the message gets there? Are you cool with Gmail having to those unencrypted conversations? Or do you place a higher value on your privacy, insisting on end-to-end encryption such that not even the companies controlling the servers over which your message travels are capable of reading it? Last month we told you about some efforts to bring just that kind of security to WhatsApp, expanding beyond end-to-end-encrypted text communication to ...

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    BlackBerry's just not a company that can count on selling a ton of smartphones anymore, and staying relevant has meant making efforts to draw in users with its services. Back in the fall of 2013, well before we saw the manufacturer expand its smartphone line to Android, BlackBerry was already experimenting with just that kind of cross-platform draw, inviting Android and iOS users to come on board with the heretofore BlackBerry-exclusive BBM messaging platform. While everyone was free to pick up BBM and start messaging, BlackBerry reserved certain advanced features for those users paying a ...

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    John Chen wanted to sell five million smartphones over the course of a year or so to see if BlackBerry would have a new mojo in the Android world. While it is looking on track to get there soon, the CEO of the company did make a comment about the long-term viability of selling mobile phones. "My number one focus is to stay in the hardware business beyond September, but I'm also a realist, I'm not going to stay in the business and continue losing money," Chen said. The executive revised BlackBerry's unit sales goal to three million a year at an average price of $300 in order for the ...

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    The BlackBerry Priv's been out for around five months by this point, but the Android-running QWERTY smartphone is still managing to keep itself in the headlines, thanks to developments like the long-coming arrival of Verizon support. Yesterday we found ourselves talking about the Priv once again as a video surfaced that sure seemed to show the handset running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow; everything looked good, but when could we hope to actually lay our hands on the update? Today we finally start narrowing down an ETA, as new information arrives courtesy of BlackBerry itself – while the ...

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    When BlackBerry made the move to Android last year with the launch of the Priv, a lot of long-term fans weren't quite sure what to think, but we saw a phone that was chock full of promise. Or at least, it would be if BlackBerry could overcome a few obstacles. Those included things like making the phone available on more carriers, and doing something about that ungodly price tag – both areas where we've recently seen motion. Now we're checking out another place where BlackBerry is helping the Priv become a more and more attractive smartphone option, as a video highlights what sure appears ...

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    Walking dead platform BlackBerry 10 got another jab in the kidneys as Facebook has decided to stop support of the platform. WhatsApp, a subsidiary of Facebook, will also pull support from BBOS at the end of the year. Ever since BlackBerry introduced the Android-powered Priv phone, the company has been inching slowly away from actively developing its own homebrew. Representatives have said that it'll be Android-only moving forward. And third-party developers are taking notice. The INSIDE BlackBerry blog says that Waterloo remains committed to BB10 and that its dev community is "creating ...

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    Still hyped on the hottest AT&T BlackBerry phone of 2015? We know. We know. All kidding aside, when we had finally gotten word that the Priv had come out of exclusivity from Death Star, we still knew that the waiting was going to be long, especially when the color turned to Big Red. Well, the waiting has been long, but it was a day short of what we were promised when it came to pre-orders. Check out the source link for the Verizon listing of the BlackBerry Priv, coming in at $720 full retail or a straight $30 per month on the installment plan. We don't have an idea of when you can pick ...

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    For a device manufacturer that’s long ceased to carry any weight in the global battle for first place, the OEM podium or even top five or ten, BlackBerry is sure doing a decent job getting US carriers to support its latest flagship. Granted, it’s taken a while for the Priv to reach AT&T and T-Mobile, but now it’s available on both networks, and Verizon subsidies are reportedly next in line. The “when” of the equation remains unconfirmed, though all signs seem to be pointing towards a Big Red pre-order outset this Thursday, followed by deliveries and in-store sales kicked off ...

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    Smartphone software development is a numbers game, and coders want to be sure that the effort they put in to making apps is going to pay off. That's exactly why we talk about the “app gap” between platforms, as devs preferentially prepare software for the most popular operating systems – at the expense of those that don't have quite as large user bases. It turns out this practice is just as important for software maintenance as it is for initial development, and while an app may have once been available for a certain platform, the migration of users to its peers can cause devs to ...

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    Remember how BlackBerry promised the first significant Priv discounts would be offered “around” MWC? Well, we kind of inferred the “significant” part, as BB never talked numbers or percentages, and we may have read the signs all wrong. The security and productivity-focused Android smartphone is now on sale stateside through its manufacturer’s official online store, but sadly, the savings are hardly substantial. Typically sold for $700 unlocked, the BlackBerry Priv costs $650 until February 24, which is exactly on-par with the cheapest outright iPhone 6s. This isn’t the place ...

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