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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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    BlackBerry might be thinking beyond the charging cable when it comes to plugging in your future smartphone. It has just announced two patent licensing deals with London-based International Game Technology and camera manufacturer Canon. IGT is specifically focused on the gambling and pay-to-play video gaming industries. Global Chief Product Officer Victor Duarte released a statement in BlackBerry's press release: The addition of convenient charging capability to the IGT CrystalCore®, CrystalDual™ and S3000® [video slots] cabinets provides our customers with another feature that enables ...

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    The times are a-changing up in Waterloo, and BlackBerry faces a future that looks very different from what the company might have been expecting just a few years back. BlackBerry 10 as a platform is on the way out, and while support's supposed to continue for time being, everything we've heard suggests that BlackBerry's fate lies in its ability to fully transition over to an Android device maker. And while the company may be in this for the long haul, it might not be bringing all of its employees along with it, as reports roll in of some pretty substantial layoffs. BlackBerry has yet to ...

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    Business has come to Android in India. BlackBerry was in New Delhi this week introducing its first non-BlackBerry OS device, the Priv, to the subcontinent for Rs. 62,900 ($927). The good news so far is that BlackBerry is growing its hardware sales with more potential just unleashed here in the US. On neutral ground, the company will be supporting legacy devices throughout 2016. But if there's any bad news to come out of this, it's that those legacy BB10 phones will eventually go the way of the dinosaurs. Senior director of product management for the Asia-Pacific region Damian Tay said at ...

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    Nothing says “I love you” quite like a special BlackBerry Priv bundle. That’s obviously not true, with diamonds and Deadpool tickets more guaranteed to hit the mark as Valentine’s Day gifts for women and men respectively, but if you’ve been looking into probably the most secure Android smartphone in the world, now’s the perfect time to pull the trigger. You can think it through as well, and wait to see if this is what BB meant by discounts landing around MWC 2016. Until February 24, the Priv ships with complimentary leather smart flip cases and Sync Pods in all the countries ...

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    While the vast majority of the over a billion active smartphone users in India favor low to mid-end devices priced somewhere between $100 and $400, when it comes to flagships manufactured abroad people know to expect pretty insane tags. Even so, it’s surprising, nay, shocking to see BlackBerry charge no less than 63,000 rupees for the security and productivity-focused Priv. That’s considerably north of $900 ($926, to be exact), which isn’t only extravagant by Western standards, it’s ludicrously high compared to other high-profile high-enders in India. Case in point, the iPhone 6s ...

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    In 2016, most chatter that includes the word "BlackBerry" is focused on the company's Priv handset, and for good reason. As BlackBerry's first Android phone, the Priv is a dramatic shift in strategy (and a tacit admission that the company's previous one wasn't working). As one of the few Androids with a physical keyboard, it's also a sorely-needed bit of novelty in a landscape otherwise dominated by ever-homogenizing slabs. Despite its flaws I quite like the Priv, and I'm excited to see what BlackBerry has in store to follow it. There was even bigger news out of the erstwhile king of ...

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    AT&T may have brought BlackBerry's Android-running Priv to the States, thanks to a limited-time exclusivity deal with the manufacturer, but it's already been a couple months since the handset landed, and other carriers have been eagerly looking forward to the day when they could get their own Priv sales started. Earlier this month we saw the rest of the big four lining up to get a shot at the Priv, with Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile alike all getting ready to add the phone to their own lineups. Today we start getting some of the details on just how that will happen, as T-Mobile ...

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    Just how important has the Indian smartphone market become for the industry’s heavyweights, falling giants and rising rookies? Very, considering it’s recently passed the one-billion user mark, second only to China. BlackBerry Priv’s long overdue launch around those parts once again goes to show the Canadian OEM is fully committed to a hardware comeback, relying first and foremost on Android software, but thinking of further developing and refining its proprietary BB OS as well. There’s no word on Indian pricing yet, though based on the country’s particularities and patterns, ...

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    BlackBerry security and law enforcement investigations do not mix. In general, police have had trouble decrypting phones for investigations. Google, Apple and BlackBerry have been stalwarts in making available the option for its device users to encrypt their data and not have it get deciphered by even those companies. While laws may soon come to pass regarding the issue, the Netherlands Forensic Institute seems to have skipped a step in the snafu — and it comes to a potential punch to BlackBerry's reputation. The NFI, which assists police and other investigators with evidence retrieval, ...

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    It’s no longer just the UK government that wants backdoors implemented into all of today’s smartphones for “safety” and terrorism-opposing reasons, as soon enough, New Yorkers may not be able to buy or lease fully encrypted handhelds in the fourth-most populous American state anymore. If a piece of legislation currently in debate at the NY state assembly is ultimately passed, “any smartphone that is manufactured on or after January First, Two Thousand Sixteen, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating ...

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    While BlackBerry has eyes for its future in Android, it's not going to be leaving behind its own platform as we had first been led to believe. In fact, CEO John Chen took to the INSIDE BlackBerry blog to let the public know that software development will go on for BlackBerry 10. Just like he said when the Priv was the hot thing around. The coming version 10.3.3 will be certified for NIAP compliance, meaning it will have passed the strictest government-grade security tests, enabling us to further support our government and regulated customers who use BlackBerry 10 devices and demand the ...

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    Back in the early days of handheld mobile technology we packed around things called "PDAs". Apple made one, which it called "Newton". Palm made one, which it called "Pilot". Microsoft's partners even made them, which went by a few names - Handheld PC, Palm-sized PC, Pocket PC, and so on. Eventually Apple killed Newton. Palm spun off and fizzled, and Microsoft pushed forward (renaming things again and again along the way). Ultimately, our PDAs and cellular phones merged into one device. Microsoft's offering was dubbed "Windows Mobile" (and later "Windows Phone"). Apple got back in (and ...

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    Is all BlackBerry needed to return to smartphone relevancy a new operating system? Last year's Priv may have been the most controversial move the company's made in recent years, dropping BlackBerry 10 OS in favor of good-old ubiquitous Android, and while that choice was a substantial gamble, it's sure looking to be one that's paying off; look no further than the news we received earlier today about plans to bring the Priv to a bunch of new carriers, including those who had previously distanced their lineups from the manufacturer's phones. Now that BlackBerry's got the taste of success ...

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    Update: BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced at the company's CES 2016 press conference that Sprint and Verizon will also have the Priv as well. Chen disclosed that AT&T had a 60-day exclusivity clause that has just expired. More from Chen in our Via link. Our original story is below. T-Mobile's been blazing on upwards for the past few years, though it's been getting majorly checked by competitors, regulators and watchdog groups in the past few months. Whatever you think about its deals and steals, its plans and services and how it operates all of the above, one thing that can make or ...

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    BlackBerry didn’t have anything new to showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, despite the encouraging box-office debut of its rookie Android effort, and loud and clear statements regarding imminent sequels. But that doesn’t mean the slowly recovering sleeping giant can’t make a few headlines from its Waterloo headquarters, taking to the official company blog earlier today to add three more European countries to the Priv’s world tour. Thus far sold through ShopBlackBerry only in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Germany, the security-focused smartphone spreads ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    BlackBerry’s long overdue rookie Android effort has one shot and one shot only to meet ambitious sales goals. It must expand from AT&T to the rest of America’s “big four” carriers as soon as possible, preferably before the rival spring 2016 flagships start to trickle in. Granted, the Priv has been doing a decent enough job at the box-office with just one telecom provider in its corner, but once the Galaxy S7s, HTC Perfumes, and LG G5s go official, its mainstream appeal may dramatically dry up, especially if discounts aren’t enforced in time or they’re capped off at $100 ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we've got our nose to the mobile-tech-news grindstone day-in and day-out, scouring sources the world over in the hopes of bringing you the hottest, most interesting news from not just the biggest names in the industry, but also the fresh faces working their hardest to be the next big thing. With the year rounding to a close, it would be easy to look back and point to some of the biggest stories to cross our path – the launches of the most popular phones, the arrival of long-awaited software updates, and the like – but that's a little dry. After all, if you're half ...

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    While carrier exclusivities are rarely a good idea for a Hail Mary pass-type of device aimed at overturning a company’s long-struggling financials, the BlackBerry Priv should soon break AT&T’s shackles, and expand to Verizon, almost definitely T-Mobile, and likely Sprint too. How soon? That’s impossible to say with clockwork precision, but based on a recent FCC authorization, at least Big Red may be able to pick up the security-focused Android smartphone ahead of February’s Mobile World Congress and the spring onslaught of new high-enders from top-tier BlackBerry rivals. Of ...

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    Samsung almost certainly has the Galaxy S7 on deck for an announcement at or ahead February’s Mobile World Congress, HTC could be smelling the “Perfume” of a comeback in Barcelona, and the LG G5 may roll out in two months’ time as well (though most likely not). For its part, one of the newest recruits in Google’s ever-growing Android army merely plans to reduce the price of the fairly encouraging Priv in a “midlife kicker” effort. That means BlackBerry is aware of the competition’s looming technological advancements, and the effect they might have on the security-focused ...

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    BlackBerry posted some promising financial figures today, and while we're still in the early days of Priv availability, there are at least some signs that things could be about to start looking up for the company. Following the release of that data, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been talking a little about the company's strategy going forward, and in an interview he briefly touched on a topic that we're very curious to learn more about: possible plans for a second Android-powered phone. We've already heard sentiments from BlackBerry execs that the company would likely continue with ...

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    BlackBerry's grand experiment is underway: after years of sagging sales for smartphones running the company's own mobile platform, the manufacturer has expanded its horizons to the world of Android, and just a few weeks back we saw the arrival of the Priv. But even before the Priv got here, we knew that the stakes were high for the phone, with BlackBerry looking to see Priv-driven sales push the company's handset business up into the five-million-a-year range. Is there any chance of that happening? Today BlackBerry's sharing some of its first financial data since Priv sales have begun, and ...

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    Update: Thanks to everyone who entered, but only one of you is going home with the BlackBerry Priv. Our lucky winner is Peter H. in the UK. Peter, be on the lookout for an email where we'll get your shipping info, before we send this shiny new Priv your way. To everyone else, thanks for entering, and stay tuned to Pocketnow for your next chance to win! ___ Is it true what they say about good things coming in pairs? If you're interested in free smartphones, we've got just the ammunition to help support that theory, as we're giving away not one, but two BlackBerry Priv handsets with the help ...

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    HTC promised short lead times for the One A9's Android updates. 15 days, in fact. Turns out that BlackBerry's running on its own speedy pace, too. We told you about the unlocked BlackBerry Priv notching its first security update on December 1. It's been 14 days since then and we now see AT&T coming up with its tailored-update. All the same camera and performance improvements touted with the initial release are here in the Big Orange flavor. Today's also the day when BlackBerry's suite of apps get its updates on the Play Store. Canadian carriers Bell, Telus and Rogers sent out OTAs on ...

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