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    Who knew that breakfast television would be such a popular medium for spreading the word about mobile enterprise company BlackBerry? Apparently, the American Broadcasting Company's program "Good Morning America" knows. "GMA" is celebrating 40 years of broadcasting with a 40-hour-long non-stop broadcast that started at 5pm ET this evening. As of this post, we're currently watching hordes of girls screaming their affection for One Direction's Harry Stiles on the live stream. But we're also watching for some in-person giveaways for the AT&T version of the BlackBerry Priv being. Weather ...

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    Android might still eat iOS's lunch in terms of global usage share, but with the annual bean counts coming up in the tens of billions, you have to wonder how much money the iPhone makes for Apple. Well, at least for this past quarter, it seems like we've reached a high watermark. 94 percent. That figure according to Canaccord Genuity research. Samsung came in second place with a staggering 11 percent while Sony, HTC, BlackBerry and Lenovo ended up in the negatives and, thus, accounts for the mathematical discrepancy. Compare these numbers with the shipment report from this quarter: the ...

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    Brett Dennen isn't the only one that loves a comeback. John McCain isn't the only Comeback Kid. And it took a comeback for Apple to be in the elephant position it's been in for several years now. BlackBerry CEO John Chen believes the company can pull a Justin Timberlake and bring sexy back. Now we know that T-Mobile CEO John Legere believes so, too. How? Like in this lede, through word association. Seriously, a word association game. Who knew those things could be so telling? For example, when a CNET reporter mentioned "5G," COO Mike Sievert responded with "2020." It might be as early as ...

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    Whether you're a recent transplant from BB10 or a curious convert from another Android phone, odds are you're facing a steep learning curve if you've just bought a BlackBerry Priv. Whether you're bowled-over or underwhelmed by BlackBerry's first Android smartphone, the sliding monster with the full QWERTY keyboard is one of the most feature-laden devices on the market today. With so many facets vying for your attention, its easy to get overwhelmed and miss out on the minutiae that make moving into a new phone so enjoyable. After three days with a review device, here's eight of our ...

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    Update: The staff of the Pocketnow Weekly does not guarantee that you will retain a romantic relationship by introducing your JDate, FarmersOnly or TrekPassions date to this podcast. Please consult our latest Terms & Conditions regarding dates made with other dating services. Download at your own risk. We get a late-night delivery from a mysterious man in an unmarked minivan – and he comes bearing an wrist watch right outta the future. We get our Apple iPad Pro ordered up, and we find a friendly Canadian to tell us what to expect. And we finally spend a few days with the ...

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    The ever-popular BlackBerry Priv. Well, at least it's popular right now (we'll wait until Vienna to match up its scale). It's the star phone for the struggling hardware division of BlackBerry, so it has to succeed out of the gate. But excessive amounts of success in itself can bring returns of struggle. After notifying customers of potential delay of shipments last week, it has now aimed to get its backlog cleared out within the next 12 days. // d;d++)c[d].apply(u,n);return u}function a(t,e){f[t]=s(t).concat(e)}function s(t){return f[t]||[]}function c(){return n(e)}var ...

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    Every smartphone geek knows about the "honeymoon phase," the epic high immediately following the delivery of a new device, during which it can seemingly do no wrong. This phase has been documented in countless unboxing videos at Pocketnow and elsewhere, and it's what led to my near-manic elation in the BlackBerry Priv first-impressions piece I wrote earlier this week. Novelty junkie that I am, the honeymoon phase represents the absolute zenith of my time with a new device. Usually, it's all downhill from there. Less often talked about is what comes next, the inevitable slump that I'll ...

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    BlackBerry is still committed to BB10 support, but given the recently-released, high-profile and high-in-demand Priv, you'd think that the company seems a little torn in its software development. But it wouldn't make sense for the Canada-based OEM to just go one-and-done with the whole Android deal, right? Especially considering that the Priv is considered as "step one" towards getting its devices unit back to profitability. Enter the BlackBerry "Vienna," a phone much like the BlackBerry Priv (codenamed "Venice," so watch out for another name) in terms of height and keyboard, except ...

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    It’s hard not to get psyched about BlackBerry’s beautiful, dual-curved, powerful, productive and, above all, super-secure rookie Android effort at first glance, but are people willing to risk 700 whopping bucks on the precarious company’s last-minute “Hail Mary pass?” Yes, they are, it turns out, at least judging by pre-order delivery times estimated on the Canadian manufacturer’s website, and third-party retailer shortages. It was only yesterday that we saw Shop BlackBerry shipping slip to “the week of November 23”, and already, new prospective buyers are cautioned their ...

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    As I write this, I have known the BlackBerry Priv for three hours. It's sitting beside me, plugged into the wall, only about halfway through downloading the mess of apps I asked it to sync when I typed in my Google account info. My hands-on time with the phone amounts to a total of perhaps four minutes, one of which was spent positioning the phone for a mildly amusing tweet that more people than usual seemed to like. All this is to say: this is not a BlackBerry Priv review. This isn't even a hands-on. This is more like the editorial equivalent of an unboxing video, a setup for the ...

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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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