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    This could very well be a ploy meant to build last-minute hype around BlackBerry’s Hail Mary pass and latest desperate attempt at regaining lost glory, but whatever the cause, you can no longer order the Priv from the manufacturer’s e-store and hope to receive it in a matter of days. Stateside, as well as up north and on British shores, the extra-secure, extra-productive Android handheld is now “expected to start shipping the week of November 23, 2015.” Ironically, in the US, third-party retailer B&H PhotoVideo currently promises a November 20 rollout, which may however get ...

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    Support for wireless charging used to be one of the most contentious issues you'd face when buying a new handset. Would the phone you were buying support it at all? Would it support the same standard as your existing charging hardware? And even if the manufacturer built such support in to the handset's international edition, would local carrier variants see the feature stripped? By and large, the situation's much better these days: dual-standard support is becoming more common, and carriers are much more likely to leave the ability intact. But that's still not the case everywhere, and as ...

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    BlackBerry's Android-powered Priv smartphone is here, but between the high price and unusual hardware layout, it may not be the phone for everyone. Even if we're all not about to go out and pick one up, a lot of us are still super curious about BlackBerry's take on the Android software experience, so you may have found your interest piqued a couple weeks back when the first apps for the Priv landed on the Google Play Store. Problem was, they weren't compatible with non-Priv hardware, leaving the rest of us Android users out of luck … until now. Some users over on the XDA-Developers ...

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    You should already be used to John Chen’s transparent, leakster-competing nature by now, as time and time again, the BlackBerry CEO has tackled rumors of unreleased products head-on, as well as eternal speculation of his company’s smartphone business exit. Just as the security and productivity-focused Priv started selling stateside, Chen candidly shared his ambitions in a Fox Business interview, teasing an entire “range of products” to follow in the footsteps of the touchscreen/QWERTY keyboard hybrid. There was no word on the software choice of this mysterious “range”, but with ...

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    Update: The weekend is here! Enjoy it with your favorite podcast available at distributors everywhere. If you're tuning into our YouTube edition, a fair warning that almost half of the show is missing for some weird reason. The Android BlackBerry that's got everyone talking; the newest and most affordable smartphone from OnePlus; the obscene forearm-cuff that only a mother could love. Plus, the strap-on that makes any watch a smartwatch and a Cortana clip-on that hints at something familiar. This week's mobile tech avalanche awaits –along with your listener mail– on episode 173 of the ...

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    The BlackBerry Priv is officially on its way, with the first orders of the Android-powered smartphone headed out now. Order the phone direct from BlackBerry and you'll receive an unlocked handset ready to be used on US carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile, but BlackBerry goes out of its way to remind shoppers that the Priv's not going to do them much good on CDMA-based networks like Verizon and Sprint. At least, that may be the case for now, but subscribers at one of those carriers will soon have the opportunity to join in on the Priv fun for themselves, as Verizon confirms plans to sell the ...

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    Seeing as how there was obviously no precedent to set the course for BlackBerry Priv’s software support policies, we really had no idea what to expect from the Canadian company’s rookie Android effort on the update front. It goes without saying Priv’s pre-loaded 5.1 Lollipop flavor differs from Google’s vanilla product, especially in terms of security and data privacy, but BB’s Android skin isn’t overly intrusive, and so, Marshmallow optimization should be a fairly straightforward process. Unfortunately, it appears to be too late for the Priv to achieve 6.0 elevation in 2015, ...

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    BlackBerry made a controversial move when finally jumping on the Android bandwagon, and while the financially struggling Canadian company insists it remains committed to its own proprietary platform, throwing in the OS towel altogether seems the right call nowadays. It started looking that way a long time ago, to be honest, as BlackBerry OS not only fell considerably behind the two market leaders holding the industry in a dangerous duopoly situation, but also lost contact with the bronze medalist. Needless to highlight Windows Phone (or should we say Windows Mobile now?) isn’t in a rosy ...

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    The main selling point for BlackBerry to give the Priv its rather expensive price tag, is the added level of security. BlackBerry is legendary for being the brand that even high-level government agencies trust for more than a decade, and with the recent Stagefright Android threats, we do wonder how the the company plans to retain its title. Today the company has published a blog post that explains the process, even if it only leaves us more skeptical. According to BlackBerry, the Priv will receive monthly security updates. This is all good until you start doing the math on the whole ...

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    While we wait for availability confirmation from Verizon, and hopefully T-Mobile and Sprint as well, AT&T paves the BlackBerry Priv’s way to the homes of US smartphone enthusiasts seeking “enhanced privacy and productivity.” That’s right, our American friends and readers, you’re no longer limited to buying the Android-powered Priv unlocked. Or rather you won’t be starting Friday, November 6, when the physical QWERTY keyboard-furnished 5.4-inch touchscreen device goes on sale through att.com and Ma Bell’s extensive retail store network. It’s certainly good to see the ...

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    Starting roughly ten days ago, the first ever Android-powered smartphone from BlackBerry was up for grabs in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Netherlands. But while everywhere else you could opt to do business with the device manufacturer itself or third-party retailers and carriers like Amazon, Carphone Warehouse or Rogers, the Priv was only available stateside through shop.blackberry.com. That’s no longer the case, although you might be surprised to hear it’s B&H Photo Video that jumps the gun in the US, not Best Buy or Amazon. The New York City-headquartered imaging store ...

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    BlackBerry's first foray into the world of Android-powered hardware is practically upon us: you can get your Priv order in now, and the phone's set to arrive in just a couple weeks. And while the Priv isn't running pure-stock Android, it's certainly got one of the lighter skins you'll find. Despite how much of the standard Android experience BlackBerry's leaving intact, the Priv is still very much getting some custom BlackBerry software, and much of it's going to be deployed on the app level. In anticipation of the phone's arrival, BlackBerry's already started loading a bunch of these ...

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    Are you getting a BlackBerry Priv? The Android-running smartphone opened for pre-orders late last week, with shipments set to start going out by the end of the first week of November. While we're pretty darn excited to see the Priv finally becoming reality (after all, who didn't raise a doubting eyebrow when those BlackBerry Android rumors first started circulating?), maybe not everybody is feeling so enthusiastic: what about loyal BlackBerry devs? After all, with the emphasis BlackBerry appears to be placing on expectations for Priv sales, it would be easy to wonder if the company was ...

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    Update: Thanks for being patient and enjoy! HTC's got a new (and familiar-looking) hero phone, but just how much of a flagship is it? YouTube starts passing around a hat to help pay the rent. BlackBerry's first Android smartphone is yours to order - if you've got the cash. And Verizon and Motorola are so excited about their upcoming launch event that they just can't seem to keep any more secrets. All that plus the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple iPhone 7 rumors this week on the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. Watch the video broadcast from 3:00pm Eastern on October 23 (click here for your ...

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    Months ago, early rumors of a BlackBerry phone running Android sounded like some crazy pipe dream. Could BlackBerry, long the odd-man-out among the smartphone crowd, really be considering a phone that dared to flirt with normalcy? But sure enough, those rumors actually started coalescing into something real, and it wasn't long before we saw BlackBerry confirm the news. In the weeks since, the manufacturer's been giving us a taste of what to expect from the Android-running Priv, leaving one of our biggest questions as when we might hope to finally get our hands on the smartphone. It looked ...

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    If you held out hope BlackBerry would perhaps lower its generally exorbitant high-end smartphone demands to reach bold sales goals, that unfortunately doesn’t seem to be the case, and the Priv should actually cost more than the Passport. Even more than Canadian carrier sources suggested yesterday, namely USD 749 stateside, and CAD 949 up north. The latter tag converts to roughly $725 American, and both exceed current Passport prices by 200 bucks, give or take. Granted, we’re talking an awkwardly shaped, nichey and, above all, aging BB OS-running handheld here, so its comparison against ...

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    When's the Android-running BlackBerry Priv officially going to go up for sale? Even without a formal launch announcement, BlackBerry's already confirmed the Priv time and time again, but for all its willingness to show the slider off, the manufacturer has yet to really spell out how and when you can get your hands on one. We've already seen retailers get pre-orders started, and overnight we saw how Canadian carriers were getting ready for the phone's arrival – but just when will that be? It's still nothing official, but today we get our best hint yet, as advertisements begin discussing a ...

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    O, Canada! BlackBerry's home and native land. And if there's any support for the company's devices, it's got to be at the Canadian carriers. So, with the BlackBerry Priv being teased back and forth across the pond, it's good to know that home will be where the heart is. After we just got done telling you that Bell is opening up to the Sony Xperia Z5, we should first tell that it's also working on selling the BlackBerry Priv as well. It's thanks to a poster promoting Bell's Atlantic region LTE-A service. Carrier number 2 for the phone? A Rogers customer has posted his/her pre-order ...

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    It doesn't take a lot of convincing to get someone thinking that the upcoming BlackBerry Priv's a bit different from your standard Android smartphone. For one, it's made by friggin' BlackBerry of all companies, representing the manufacturer's first foray into the world of Android. Then there's its portrait-mode-slider form factor, an absolute rarity these days on any smartphone platform. But as far as BlackBerry's concerned one big reason users should flock to the Priv is the degree of security it offers. At least, that's what we've heard, but what is BlackBerry really doing to help keep ...

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    Back in the 1990s up until the early 2000s and the dot com bust, the corporate world went through a phase of creating or acquiring websites. Quite a few large corporations wanted their own website- their entry into this new age of the internet and web browsing. Fast forward to 2015 and a similar trend seems to be on the rise, but this time with smartphones. Major corporations, most recently Pepsi, seem to have gained a sudden interest in these pocket computers, and all of them it seems, want a slice of this “mobile pie”. The motivation behind this is simple. The huge rates of ...

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    Does a new smartphone – even a high-end flagship model – really always need a big launch announcement? BlackBerry's been playing it positively cool with its introduction of the Android-running Priv, casually confirming the handset's existence while talking financial figures, and whipping out the phone for a video hands-on like it was no big deal. We just got word that retail availability of the BlackBerry Priv is just a few more weeks away, so you had better believe that we're about to start seeing a lot more of this guy. That retail news brought us a fresh video look at the ...

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    After BlackBerry’s own CEO randomly showcased the Android-running Priv on video a few weeks back, and the half QWERTY half touchscreen device randomly popped up on the Canadian company’s official website on a pre-registration page, it’s only fitting that UK retailer Carphone Warehouse now randomly accepts pre-orders before any other seller worldwide. Technically, before the 5.1 Lollipop-powered phone is even formally unveiled and fully detailed, though the aforementioned road-opening British portal takes care of the latter with little to no fanfare. There are no surprises to report ...

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    Fall can mark the start of a big smartphone slump. Sure, we just got the new iPhones, the new Nexus phones, and Microsoft's first Windows 10 Mobile phones, but we're a few weeks into the season, and our calendar's already looking pretty bleak. There's HTC's next launch a little later this month, and CES looms ahead in the new year, but what about November and December? Well, there's at least one high-profile phone we're still waiting to see arrive, as BlackBerry unleashes its first Android-powered handset, the Priv. We're still waiting for an official launch date, but in the meantime ...

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    BlackBerry's got a hell of a lot riding on its upcoming Android-powered Priv, and if the company's got any hope of meeting its 2016 five-million-phone sales goal, it really needs to convince its users that this hardware is the future they've been waiting for. Thankfully, some early reports have been pretty promising (other have been more of a mixed bag, to be fair), speaking of a well-balanced design that pulls off its vertical slider routine (a move that's becoming increasingly rare) while still managing to keep the phone remarkably thin. One hardware detail we've heard mentioned a few ...

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    The world’s worst kept secret? The BlackBerry Priv, the Canadian company’s upcoming first Android smartphone definitely qualifies, especially as CEO John Chen never looked keen on keeping the previously codenamed Venice under wraps. Still, even after more photoshoots you can count on one hand, including official render dissemination, a few key pieces of the puzzle were left up in the air. The most important unanswered question concerns Priv’s retail costs, though guesstimates aren’t exactly rocket science, and now, there’s a Chinese master leaker who alleges to have inside ...

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