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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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    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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