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    As BlackBerry is trudging its way towards new phones, it's still trying to shake all its got out of the "old" new phone. The Priv is only half a year old in real terms, but the launch was eons ago on AT&T. Now that regrets have popped up at the Death Star, perhaps Un-carrier T-Mobile has its own. A T-Mobile customer representative tweeted out that its stores are "not currently" selling BlackBerry Privs. @newfangled0 Not currently! But you can check out our other phones here: https://t.co/fd8VdBBHQz *CelieP — T-Mobile Help (@TMobileHelp) June 6, 2016 It was late last year when CEO ...

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    BlackBerry’s desperate Hail Mary pass last fall couldn’t be converted into an immediate touchdown, and the clock might be running out on the Canadian security and productivity specialist that probably got with the Android times a little too late. CEO John Chen insists things are looking up, and a hardware profit isn’t too far off, but Priv sales numbers reportedly failed to meet even modest analyst expectations. Worse yet, an unnamed “high-level” AT&T executive recently told CNET “we’ve seen more returns than we would like”, which suggests many of the very few buyers of ...

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    It’s sure not easy to keep the Snapdragon 808-powered BlackBerry Priv in the limelight with the recent onslaught of 820 flagships from much more popular OEMs nowadays like Samsung, LG or even HTC, but the unique selling proposition of a physical QWERTY keyboard, industry-leading security, silky smooth software and reasonable pricing might well do the trick. Once upon a time (not that long ago) sold for a whopping $700, the financially struggling Canadian company’s Android pioneer gradually dropped to $600, $500, $450, $400 in the past few months, and now a measly $380. There’s no ...

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    The pal that helps you and many other people pay up is updating its Android and iOS apps. Unlike many other apps, it's providing customers with a good idea of when to expect an update. Version 6.0 of the app, said to have "a new look and feel," will head to devices with Android 4.0.3 or later and iOS 9.1 or later. Windows Phone users will end availability for the current version of the app while both Amazon Fire and BlackBerry OS users will not be able to use the app beyond June 30. Joanna Lambert, Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering, said in the company's blog post: ...

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    Let's talk about audio. How our phones handle music and media is often overlooked for more impressive visuals. Playing games or streaming films looks better on camera. Video game performance can be used to rank phone performance, as most apps really don't tax our gadgets that severely. "Benchmarking" often means looking at artificial test designed to grade CPU and GPU power with scores relative only to how other devices complete the same artificial test scenario. Audio is a bit different though. From listening to music, playing games, or watching films, audio is a vital usage for many ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    We've been watching some of these partnerships for years, and other collaborations are new territory for consumers. Phone manufacturers can generate a lot of buzz and generate some healthy headlines when announcing a partnership with a camera company. It's exciting to see a fancy new label printed on the back of our phones, highlighting a photography reputation designed to impress us. A logo is slapped on the side of the box. Companies deliver press releases, but when actually using the fruits of those partnerships, do consumers actually benefit from these licensing deals? Do we really get ...

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    While BlackBerry’s first ever Android smartphone has hardly been selling like hotcakes, with or without discounts, the Canadian company that’s increasing its focus in the software landscape doesn’t want to throw in the hardware-producing towel either. Not with (modest) shipment goals realized, profits on the horizon, and the high-end, much too pricey Priv set to be followed up by a robust, relatively affordable pair of mid-rangers. Rendered not long ago based on sightings of prototype units, the BlackBerry Hamburg and Rome are further detailed today, courtesy of GFX Bench. Well, ...

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    It's been too long since BlackBerry OS got wide appreciation, especially as we've turned from BB10. But one good vestige of the platform that's made the move to Android was the BlackBerry Hub — a river of communications, calendar and reminder heads-ups and memorandums at a glance. The feature hasn't exactly spread far and wide in the Android world, but it may turn out that a Samsung version of the Hub could reach farther. SamMobile is reporting that the Samsung Focus feature will be launched on the Galaxy Note 6 later this year. The app interface — very faithful to Material Design ...

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    When not busy trying to force Apple’s hand to needlessly undermine its own mobile OS encryption and device security, the US government occasionally gets a half-decent idea of actually acting in the service of the people. Case in point, a joint FTC/FCC examination of the way smartphone and tablet manufacturers, as well as wireless operators stateside, look for, identify and ultimately address vulnerabilities in products designed by them or supported on their networks. Though the two independent government agencies are in this together, the Federal Trade Commission aims to “better ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen wrapped up a talk at the Milken Institute Global Conference today with some media stew. That stew was all up in the company's smartphones — phones that investors have seen the end of and that won't be making money. When a Bloomberg interviewer pointed out Chen's prior pledge to give up on hardware and how critics felt that the decision point was being dragged along, the executive said he wasn't giving any slack at all. "The first time I made that statement was September a year ago. So if people ask me 'how long will it take to see whether you'll make money or ...

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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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