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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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    UPDATE: Congratulations, Justin Reynolds! You win a BlackBerry Priv!  Thanks to AT&T and thanks to everyone who entered! And if you didn't win this one, don't lose hope: our second BlackBerry Priv giveaway still has two days to go – and it's open to the whole planet! • The art of re-gifting is a tricky business. Shortly after landing my current gig as Pocketnow's review czar, I received a Pebble smart watch as a gift – a wonderful device, but also one which I'd already owned for quite some time. Thinking it the perfect match for my bicycle-racing, rock climbing, ...

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    Who said non-Android BlackBerries lack access to popular, fun, useful or affordable apps? Now, granted, the BlackBerry World library pales in comparison to Google Play or the iOS App Store. But if you’re one of the (very) few holding on to a Passport, Classic, Leap, Z30, Z10, Q5 or Q10, you can still crank up the out-the-box security, productivity and entertainment. At pretty great prices too, as part of a “Happy Holidays Sale” featuring close to 40 titles stateside. Unfortunately, none of those are available for free, instead requiring between $0.99 and $6.99 payments apiece. The ...

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    We’re less than a couple of weeks away from the theatrical premiere of the seventh installment in the epic Star Wars film series, and both iconic and new characters, as well as symbols instantly associated with the George Lucas-created franchise are already everywhere. You can’t leave the TV on for more than a few minutes without hearing the iconic soundtrack play while the December 18 release date is advertised over and over again, billboards around the world are plastered with lightsabers, and the threatening masked appearance of a cryptic Darth Vader heir is deeply imprinted on the ...

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    2015 has been a very interesting year, mainly because companies have seriously raised the bar for smartphone quality. Today we have great processors, great cameras, great build quality, but is there such a thing as a perfect smartphone for this year? Can we truly narrow down all this goodness and call out a winner? Off the bat let’s be clear, just like there’s nothing perfect in the world, smartphone’s aren’t perfect either. Each year companies push technology further, but there’s always something missing, even from the best flagships. Have you noticed that the Galaxy S6 Edge ...

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    As individual members of the editorial team here at Pocketnow, we often have the luxury of being able to pick up a different phone to use for every day of the week. While realistically it's more hassle than it's worth, theoretically, that would sound pretty cool to all of you. And yet, there comes a time when we'll reach the sunset on the other side of the hills. Giving it all up is not a matter of "if," but "when?" So, what if "when" was now? What would we be toting around as our daily drivers for the next two years? After a particularly strong year of showings from manufacturers large ...

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    When BlackBerry first released its Android-running Priv, the manufacturer was clear that it wasn't about to let the Priv out there and just leave it to largely fend for itself. Instead, BlackBerry committed to regular monthly updates for the phone, just as Google's bringing its own Nexus models in order to keep them ahead of the curve on important security patches. Today the first monthly Priv update is making its debut, and beyond those latest security fixes, the release contains a number of additional improvements, including some enhanced camera performance. BlackBerry reports that the ...

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    BlackBerry finds itself in a precarious place right now, still feeling out market reaction to the introduction of its first Android-based handset, and attempting to gauge the impact that move stands to have on the company's sales going forward. While normally a company in its position would do all it could to expose itself to as many potential users as possible, today we get word that BlackBerry's stopping operations in one market altogether, as the firm informs users that it's about shut things down in Pakistan. The root of the problem is surveillance, and BlackBerry's unwillingness to ...

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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    By embracing Android after years of doing its own software thing from the ground up, BlackBerry arguably took a great gamble. A necessary one, but a risk nonetheless, considering among others the Canadian company’s rock-solid security reputation and the growing malware issues of Google’s otherwise successful mobile platform. The BlackBerry Priv unsurprisingly looks flawed at a first glance, yet as far as data privacy is concerned, its makers insist it’s the best of the best. Yes, even better than 6.0 Marshmallow-powered Nexuses, despite technically running an “obsolete” Android ...

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    We have confirmed a pivot in BlackBerry's choice of software platforms. BB10 might be still in the stable, but it seems as though with a few pieces of baggage and one device already out, it seems that the Canadian OEM is ready to continue its Android drive. Nader Henein, one of BlackBerry's regional advisors for advanced security has said that the Priv "wouldn't be a once-off." "[The license to use Android] is too expensive and it is a mass market product," Henein said. The partnership with Google to put forward Android products has been healthy. It started before the Priv with BlackBerry ...

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    The plague of recently-released devices means that those devices will most likely skip out on the whole "dealdom" of Black Friday. Hey, these companies have blessed us consumers with new wares and we're apparently going to like them enough at full price to buy them, right? It might just be that we're going to be on a clearance streak instead. Take ShopBlackBerry.com and it's 20-percent-ish-off deals until December 1. That is, 20-percent-ish-off select BlackBerry 10 devices. The BlackBerry Classic's on sale for $299 — a bit better than 21 percent off — while the Leap stands at $179 — ...

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    Can we call the Priv a success just yet? Maybe not just yet. After all, we don't dispute the power of real numbers and we have a lack of them right now. We also lack concrete evidence of a further BlackBerry push for the Android ecosystem, other than an all-points render. Add this to the iffy picture pile as five GFXBench runs dated from November 7 have been logged with a test device called the "Blackberry STV100-1." The BlackBerry Priv, by the way, runs under the callsign "STV100-x" and obviously doesn't run with an Samsung-made Exynos processor. The Exynos 7420 in particular has been ...

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    Updated December 9: The Nexus 6 has been dropped from the Google Store. Step back from the food court, I repeat, step back from the food court. Move away from the deals. Seriously, though, you might be on a sales safari come this weekend or a cyber chase on Monday. If you're the type of person to give away phones and smartwatches for the holidays, though, it helps to actually consider what you're getting and how it fits the person you're getting it for. Like a sommelier does with wine, we're given you our suggestions on what phones to look for when you're talking about your dorky cousin ...

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    Gartner’s full mobile Q3 2015 sales numbers are in, and the identities of all the winners and losers should come as no shock to anybody the least bit familiar with recent market trends. Spurred by growing popularity in both China and Europe, Huawei managed to seize a generous 7.7 percent slice of the smartphone pie between July and September, up 2.5 points from the same period last year. Clearly, double-digit global share is the next realistic target for the makers of the Mate S and Nexus 6P, especially if the latter model puts Huawei on the US map. At the opposite end of the spectrum, ...

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    After over a week with the BlackBerry Priv, I'm still not entirely convinced it's real. I was joking when I tweeted that it felt like a phone from an alternate universe, but just barely. If you told me the Priv was a prop from the set of a 2005-era science fiction movie, some decade-old concept for what the future of BlackBerry would be, I'd probably believe you. That's a testament to the level of consistency BlackBerry has achieved with the Priv: no matter what else it is, at its core it's still a BlackBerry. That means it's complex –sometimes needlessly so– and also expensive, ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret the recently unveiled BlackBerry Priv will soon spawn a “range” of sequels, possibly starting with the Android-powered “Vienna”, and although it may feel too early to call it either way, CEO John Chen anticipates robust sales volumes. Already, the Canadian company that’s lost more money than you can count over the past couple of years is apparently “doing reasonably well from a financial standpoint”, despite the handset business not turning a profit just yet. But the gains will come in 2016, according to Chen, who emphasized his confidence ...

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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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