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    If reports are to be believed it seems like BlackBerry may soon opt for the Android OS to power its devices. While the BlackBerry OS is not a terrible one in and of itself, the lack of developer support and the ever widening app gap mean that they might have to embrace the more popular platform in order to stay alive and relevant in this cutthroat smartphone landscape. However, there’s a difference between  jumping on a bandwagon and doing it right. It would be awfully simple to go for a stock version of android with some added software, and a lot of Android enthusiasts would be happy ...

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    2015 is an interesting time in the high-security niche of mobile technology. Blackberry's making a migration of sorts to Android with not only its services but a device in the works, too. In the meantime, privacy services provider Silent Circle is cranking gears for the second version of its forked Android phone, the Blackphone. The companies pushing out the two platforms and the fanbases following them have shared molotov cocktails with each other on frequent occasion. Philosophies in summary Our Joe Levi has previously dissected the basic differences between what Blackphone and ...

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    Why do so many corporations support BlackBerry and iOS, but not Android? That's a question I get asked quite often, and one that I find myself in the middle of with my own employer. I don't work for Pocketnow full-time. I've got a day job with a manufacturing company right here in Northern Utah. While this takes time away from reviewing awesome new hardware and hacking custom ROMs and Kernels on my platform of choice, it gives me a unique perspective. I carry an Android that I bought with my own money even though my day job offered to buy an iPhone for me. That choice came with some ...

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    BlackBerry may not be the most beloved name in mobile at the moment, but it's hard to deny that the company continues to shine in Enterprise security. There was a time when even the most secure government agencies in the world would only trust BlackBerry, and given the recent trend to move things to iOS lately, BlackBerry needs to find new ways to exist. Android may not be so famous for its enterprise security, but that's about to change. BlackBerry and Google have just announced a very interesting partnership. We're not sure if this is the whole reason for the "AndroidSecuried.com" ...

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    If you pit three struggling companies against each other, what happens next? In an ideal world for the smartphone enthusiast that wants to see everybody succeed ... well, they do. But in reality, things aren't that simple, and the smartphone market becomes an every-man-for-himself race to see who can innovate faster. Who can pack more features. Who can market their products best. That's all easy when you're a giant corporation like Apple or Samsung, with billions of dollars to throw towards whatever research team or ad firm they want, but when you're financially in the red and literally ...

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    We've kept a close eye at BlackBerry's Android plans, mainly because the company's CEO never dismissed the idea. BlackBerry has failed to nail a hit with any of its BlackBerry 10 offerings over the last couple of years, up to the point where there's rarely anything to talk about when it comes to the company that once ruled the smartphone business. A BlackBerry running Android is definitely a smart approach, but we wonder what other things will the approach include. The domain AndroidSecured.com was recently registered by a registrar called MarkMonitor, which shouldn't say much. What's ...

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    BlackBerry isn’t a name you hear mentioned in the mobile space anymore. It’s strange, since they used to be one of the biggest names in the smartphone industry, but like Kodak’s reign over photography, stagnancy deprecates relevance, and BlackBerry quickly fell by the wayside with the rise in popularity of the iPhone and similar products. Sure, they’ve picked back up a bit with BlackBerry 10, but with less than 1% market share, the company’s certainly fallen from its former dominance. Lately we’ve been seeing rumors going around that BlackBerry may be considering making an ...

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    No, it's not 2009. You haven't time traveled. Yes, it's 2015, and we're on the eve, apparently, of not one but two new BlackBerry smartphone launches. We're hearing from three separate sources about the existence of a BlackBerry Dallas as well as a BlackBerry Venice. First, the BlackBerry Dallas – SQW100-4, as it's otherwise known – made appearances in IDA and e-CoM certification for Singapore and Malaysia. It was also spotted in Indonesia through e-POSTEL. The device also went on to appear in Indian imports tracker Zauba, along with what's expected to be the Venice (STV100-3). ...

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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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    Update (July 7, 6:00pm): Job finally done. Thanks for being patient. There's an Apple patent that might have us all sharing files with handshakes in the not-too-distant future. Sprint's new CEO is finally fed up with John Legere and recently said so on Twitter. Android is running on BlackBerry. And there's a 10,000 mAh (or 10Ah, if you prefer) smartphone out there that, judging from the photos, is not the size of a household refrigerator. All this news demands more than a quick blurb on the front page; it should be immortalized in the halls of podcast history, and that's what we're ...

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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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