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    This morning, as we prepared for what turned out to be a pretty solid installment of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, a leaked image hit our feeds that suddenly sent us scrambling to update the rundown. It was the press render seen above, featuring a dramatic view of a sleek new BlackBerry handset with front-firing speakers, a curved glass display ... and Android as an operating system. Sure, we'd heard rumblings about such a thing before, but today's leak put a name to the rumors ("BlackBerry Venice") and a face to the specs (a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.4-inch Quad HD ...

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    Right after the first rumors arrived last month about BlackBerry's supposed plans to release a smartphone running Android, we started hearing a lot of reports that, while they didn't necessarily conflict with each other, sure seemed to be going off in different directions. Would that keyboard-equipped slider the company showed off at MWC evolve into BlackBerry's first Android handset? Would the first such model be low-end or more advanced? And would we see Android editions released for any presently available BlackBerry hardware? Rumors touched on all those points, and on the subject of ...

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    Last time we checked in on the BlackBerry Android-phone rumors, CEO John Chen wasn't making it sound like we had a great shot at seeing such a device hit the market anytime soon. At least, while he didn't dismiss the idea, he also suggested that it would be a significant undertaking that would involve taking a serious look at how Android functions and manages device security. But even in light of those comments, these rumors live on, and today we get to build off some previous intel about a device codenamed Venice with a new leak concerning carrier involvement. To refresh your memory, ...

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    A couple weeks back, BlackBerry found itself at the forefront of smartphone news for the first time in a while, as rumors investigated the possibility of BlackBerry releasing a smartphone that ran Android rather than its own QNX-based BlackBerry 10 OS. We heard about a couple different directions things could go, looked at some hardware leaks, and were left without a lot of confidence as to just whether or not all this might actually happen. We're still not to the point where we can positively confirm anything, but some recent comments made by BlackBerry CEO John Chen sure seem to suggest ...

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    BlackBerry may be planning to introduce a new smartphone that skips BB10 entirely and runs Android, instead: so say rumors that emerged about a week ago. Since then, we've been trying to get a better sense for just what form this device might take – assuming that the reports have a glimmer of truth in them. That's led to a lot of talk about hardware, including the theories that this Android-based BlackBerry could be the slider the company showed off at MWC (one subsequently rumored to have some seriously high-end hardware), or maybe something developed with the help of Samsung. There's ...

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    BlackBerry rumors have been heating up over the course of the past week, all circling around an idea that's either outright crazy or just crazy enough to be true: that BlackBerry could produce an Android-running smartphone. After first hearing about this notion of the company dropping its own BB10 OS for a forthcoming model, the story evolved with the new angle that this device could be a joint BlackBerry/Samsung collaboration. Today we check out some new developments from a pair of sources, both as we hear about some possible specs for this hardware, as well as get to see an image that ...

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    BlackBerry might, or might not, be working on an Android-powered phone. However, a recent report hints that it might, and that we should not rule out that possibility at all. Now there's an interesting bit that is related to the story; remember Eldar Murtazin? The Russian leakster has a track record that can go both ways in terms of accuracy, but we won't judge that here an now. Instead, we'll tell you that according to him, an Android smartphone is on its way, made by Samsung and BlackBerry. The resulting "SamBerry" might or might not have a physical keyboard, but the device resulting ...

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    Five years from now, what form will BlackBerry's business take? Will the company still be selling smartphones, or will it have transitioned to a firm focused primarily on delivering enterprise services for other phones? And if it does keep its smartphone lineup going, what can we expect from its mobile platform? A new rumor suggests that BlackBerry is looking to diversify its smartphone offerings, and that for an upcoming model it may take the unprecedented step of dropping its own BlackBerry 10 OS in favor of an Android-powered handset. Sources claim that an Android-based BlackBerry phone ...

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    If you still count yourself among the loyal contingent of BlackBerry fans, what's your favorite recent model? The full-touch Leap from earlier this year? Maybe the familiar design of last year's BlackBerry Classic? Or what about the unique layout of the Passport? If you're really feeling the Passport with its big square screen and hardware keyboard, you might want to pay attention to this fresh leak of the handset codenamed Oslo, which may just be a Passport in new clothing. We've already seen one Passport variant, as AT&T smoothed-out the phone's sharp corners for its own edition, and ...

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    Mergers and acquisitions are common enough occurrences in the smartphone world, but for every big Nokia-Microsoft or Lenovo-Motorola deal that goes through there are dozens more that don't actually happen, or never become anything more than the stuff of rumor. BlackBerry's found itself the subject of more than its fair share of such rumors, and it sometimes feels that every couple months there's a new company supposedly interested in snatching up BlackBerry. Now it's Xiaomi's turn to find itself in the spotlight, with claims that the company could be working on a merger with BlackBerry. In ...

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    Companies that sell smartphones like to sell popular smartphones; it's hardly a controversial position to take. So when BlackBerry's market share started waning in recent years, T-Mobile decided to take a step away from the company and its smartphone offerings, focusing instead on handsets from platforms that were more in demand. While BlackBerry hasn't exactly reclaimed its past status, T-Mobile has finally warmed back up to its phones, and has found a place for the BlackBerry Classic in its smartphone stable. We know, the Classic is already getting long in the tooth at this point, having ...

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    The BlackBerry Leap was announced on March 3, at the 2015 MWC, as a budget-oriented touchscreen smartphone, aimed at "young power professionals", as the company itself likes to call its target audience. We've managed to get a closer look at the device during our stay in Barcelona, and now BlackBerry is expanding the phone's availability. The BlackBerry Leap is available starting today in the United Kingdom, and, if you're interested, you can grab one from ShopBlackBerry.com or select carrier partners. Other markets, such as Germany, France, United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, ...

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    Mobile World Congress 2015: an iterative flagship smartphone and a reimagined one. A handheld intelligent object and a new midranger from a very old brand. And enough wearable releases to completely cover your forearms in technology. But mainly ... we just talk about the Vive. That’s right: against all odds, a room full of former virtual reality skeptics is rendered screamy-excited by a demo of HTC’s new VR headset – and one longtime MWC veteran even goes on the record to say that the HTC Vive is the most exciting product he’s ever seen at the show. We’ll talk about that, plus ...

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    Just a couple days into its run, and Mobile World Congress 2015 is already starting to slow down - way down.  That's largely a consequence of so many manufacturers jockeying to get their big announcements out first, leading to a pre-MWC Sunday that was positively stuffed to the brim with new hardware. Ever since, the flow of new phones, tablets, and wearables has been slowing down, though we still got a pretty impressive showing yesterday. Today's offerings have been a bit harder to come by, but we still got to see some good stuff. Let's take a look back on what you might have missed. ...

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    BlackBerry came to MWC this year ready to announce its latest BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Leap, and we've already had the chance to go hands-on with the new hardware. And while the Leap made its formal debut, it wasn't the only hardware BlackBerry brought along to Barcelona, and at its press event this morning the company also offered a sneak peek of a new spin on an aging form factor, showing off an upcoming QWERTY slider model. The BlackBerry lineup is no stranger to portrait-orientation QWERTY sliders, but so far we haven't seen any such models emerge as new BlackBerry 10 devices. At ...

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    BlackBerry just announced its latest smartphone, surprising MWC crowds with news of the five-inch BlackBerry Leap. Unlike recent keyboard-packing models like the Passport and Classic, Leap chooses instead to go the full-touch route. The company claims Leap will be an affordable device, marrying enterprise strength with a modern design. We went hands-on with the phone in Barcelona today to take a look for ourselves. Physically, the Leap is in the same size-ballpark as the Classic, though with much sharper angles. Its camera arrangement is the same 8MP rear, 2MP front setup, and we see the ...

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    In an announcement that basically came out of nowhere, BlackBerry's John Chen has revealed a new smartphone. The failing smartphone manufacturer has seen a lot of trouble over the past few years, especially with its smartphone lineup being unable to capture much of the market (whether low-end or high-end), but the OEM still looks to be kicking with this latest smartphone. On-stage at Mobile World Congress 2015, the company's CEO has announced the brand-new BlackBerry Leap. The Leap is an LTE-supporting smartphone targeted on "young mobile professionals who value security and privacy in a ...

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    Back in my early days of "smartphonery", I went with Android and my brother went with BlackBerry - the one with the rollerball. You know which one I'm talking about. Today, the rollerball is gone and the latest and greatest is the BlackBerry Passport. "Hey Joe, you haven't used a BlackBerry in a long time, let's see how you like this new BlackBerry Passport!" That's how the conversation began. I didn't like BlackBerry very much back then, so I came into this "adventure" more than a little biased. (You've been warned.) Days later a packaged arrived in the Pocketnow Utah office. I opened the ...

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    When BlackBerry first introduced the Classic two months ago, we knew that the smartphone would be finding a home in the US on AT&T. Shortly thereafter, we saw Verizon getting ready to welcome the handset to its own network, as well. US Mobile may have gotten a head start on both of them with its early January start to sales, but AT&T finally began selling the BlackBerry Classic for itself earlier this week (along with the Passport). That leaves Verizon; when could its users hope to get their hands on the Classic? Today the network makes its plans official, with BlackBerry Classic ...

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    If the BlackBerry Passport is "not your grandfather's BlackBerry," then the BlackBerry Passport AT&T edition is ... not ... your cousin's, either. That analogy didn't really work out for us, but this unboxing and first-impressions video sure did! That's right: after literally months of fielding comments, tweets, emails and voicemails wondering why we weren't paying BlackBerry its proper due with a Passport review, we finally caved and picked up a BlackBerry Passport sample device. (It wouldn't have been possible without the assistance of the good folks at AT&T, either – so ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    The South Korean smartphone manufacturer, who is currently in the top position and enjoying the majority of the Android (and smartphone, in general) market could soon become irrelevant, claims a high ranking Motorola executive. Samsung could go away, pretty much like its predecessors who were enjoying the same, comfortable, leading position. Of course, this is a prediction coming from a COO of a company, about other (competing) companies. "Every seven years, the person who’s been on top of the market has gone away", said Rick Osterloh, president and chief operating officer of Motorola. ...

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    Last month, we heard the return of an old tune: word was, someone was interested in buying BlackBerry. Such rumors were commonplace in years past, as BlackBerry struggled to find the direction that would keep the company moving forward in a smartphone climate heavy with change. But with the arrival of new leadership and the launch of new hardware like the Passport and Classic, memories of acquisition rumors started fading into the distance. Now all of a sudden there was this new report that Samsung was looking at snatching-up Blackberry. Both companies were quick to deny the claims, and ...

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    Openly carrying a BlackBerry in 2015 is an invitation to be interrupted. You’re bound to be asked by some well-meaning friend or nosey stranger, “is that a BlackBerry? Do people still use those?” And while the answer to both questions is an unqualified yes, the more interesting question (to me) is “what’s that like?” Thanks to the fine folks at GSM Nation and US Mobile, I had the opportunity to spend a couple weeks finding out. The result is the BlackBerry Classic review video below. During my time with the BlackBerry Classic, I took pages and pages of notes over several ...

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    If you care at all about the internet, you're very interested in seeing how things play out at the FCC with its current efforts to investigate reclassifying broadband providers as common carriers subject to Title II regulations. That decision's going to have far-reaching consequences, so it's little wonder that companies that build hardware that accesses the internet – firms like BlackBerry – are speaking up to offer their opinions on the matter. But now CEO John Chen's catching a little heat for his public letter that goes off the rails a bit, losing focus of the net neutrality issue ...

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