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    At this point, can we even call them leaks? Not only has the BlackBerry “Venice’s” market name been officially confirmed, but we also know for sure the Priv is coming by the end of the year to revive or bury the once mighty Canadian handheld manufacturer. Meanwhile, BB’s CEO clumsily demoed the touchscreen/QWERTY keyboard hybrid despite technically not announcing or detailing it yet, and many an unofficial photoshoot let us in on security enhancements, various Android modifications, and camera capabilities. The MSRP is essentially the last question mark standing, but unfortunately, ...

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    Is it do-or-die time in the smartphone world? Yesterday we heard from Sony about its smartphone plans going forward, with word that the manufacturer was going to be looking long and hard at its 2016 sales performance, and if it can't find a way to make things profitable, could consider major changes to its business model – all the way up to possibly ending Xperia sales entirely. Now we're hearing something similar out of Waterloo, as BlackBerry's John Chen sets a new sales goal for his firm – one that may spell the end of BlackBerry phone sales if the company can't reach it. Bolstered ...

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    In the face of large-scale inside information leakage, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has adopted an original as always approach to pre-release hype-building for the company’s latest stab at a mobile hardware comeback, and first dive in shark-infested Android waters. Instead of adamantly and pointlessly denying the Priv exists, or simply burying his head in the sand until the touchscreen/QWERTY hybrid launches, Chen recently showcased the phone to the public himself, then green-lit the dispatch of a few high-quality renders. As you can imagine therefore, essentially the entire puzzle is ...

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    Wait, has the BlackBerry Priv (née Venice) already launched? Technically, we suppose that's still a “no,” though you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise, considering the very public statements the company's been making about the yet-to-launch smartphone. Earlier today, we told you about how BlackBerry formally confirmed the handset during the company's latest earnings statement (to distract from some less-than-stellar performance, we wonder?), and now CEO John Chen is giving the press an early hands-on look at the Priv in action. Seriously, though, this still hasn't formally ...

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    The BlackBerry Venice Android slider had leaked so many times, in so many different ways, over the course of the summer, that by now little has felt left to work out beyond the phone's final launch details. Earlier this week we started getting a sense of how that might come together, beginning with a formal name for the phone, as the label “BlackBerry Priv” found itself the subject of the latest rumors. Now BlackBerry itself has confirmed that very same Priv name, during the company's latest quarterly earnings statement. CEO John Chen confirms that BlackBerry, “will launch a flagship ...

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    A quick recap of the BlackBerry Venice storyline so far: just as BlackBerry initiated plans to "bring Android to work," rumors and renders of this phone initially surfaced a few months ago, with all the confusion floating around how Android might be involved in the software. The slow roll to more specs and details got us to the four-minute device tour video we got last week. And now, we can confirm that the Venice is no more. Reminiscing of narrow waterways, romantic stone architecture and when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie got us to the all-new "BlackBerry Priv." Enforcement ...

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    We've been reporting rumors and speculating for months, and now we finally have hands-on video of the BlackBerry Venice — irrefutable proof confirming a device that's had the media's practically undivided attention for weeks. Finally, a BlackBerry phone running Android. Michael even wrote a piece touching on why the Venice might be his next phone, but amidst all of the excitement, I always end up feeling like I'm the only one not interested in owning one. I should probably start by mentioning that I've never owned a BlackBerry device before (though I did spent a few weeks with the ...

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    We've heard BlackBerry CEO John Chen give his perspective before on the state of his company's migratory platform and the concept of "app neutrality." Even with the niche it has been relegated to, BlackBerry's slice of the market's pie has had to fight off shrinkage. It may be to the point where the collaboration with Android and the Venice project could've been needed. It might not be. But with where the company's health has stood lately, it would do best to keep in mind its current customers as well as potential ones. At least that's what Chen thought aloud at the University of Waterloo ...

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    Update: Now with more silicon than ever. Hey, do me a favor? Next time you go on down to the Piggly Wiggly, see if they've got them there tablet six packs? I won't have 'em all, I promise; I just want a couple for the road. Yep, things got a little craaaaaazy in mobile technology this week. In the midst of our comprehensive Moto X Pure Edition review and a boatload of hands-ons from CTIA in Las Vegas, we've seen Nextbit announce a cloud-based smartphone, Apple allow an ad blocker into the App Store, and Amazon release, yes, tablet six-packs. And on top of all that, we've got some ...

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    It started well before we reviewed the Moto X Pure Edition. Upon learning that I'd be the one covering that device for Pocketnow, people began asking me almost constantly on Twitter and in the comments whether I'd be getting a Pure Edition of my own. After all, I'd owned the last two generations of Moto X; it made sense to assume that I'd treat myself to the newer, upgraded model once the time came around for my yearly upgrade. And for a while, I seriously considered it. And then that crazy BlackBerry Venice hands on video hit the feeds, and nothing in my world made sense anymore.   ...

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    As we start closing on the rumored November release of the BlackBerry Venice, the Android-running slider has been turning up in some impressive new leaks. Yesterday we got to take a look at some of the best pictures to emerge yet of the smartphone, and today we're able to do those one better with some high quality video footage, courtesy of a Canadian mobile retailer. This isn't just some quick spy-cam action, and for nearly four minutes we get a detailed hands-on look at a fully functional Venice handset. Our narrator shows off features like tap-to-wake, as well as the ability for the ...

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    BlackBerry's first foray into the world of Android-driven smartphones has leaked six ways from Sunday by now, giving us no shortage of previews of this slider codenamed Venice. Earlier this week we got a brief look at one of the phone's most recent appearances, and now Venice is back with a nice selection of new imagery, including a rare shot of the phone's rear. As you can just barely make out in the text surrounding the lens (below), that's an 18MP camera on there, a significant bump up from the 13MP Passport. Beyond this up-close look at the phone's hardware, we also get to see some of ...

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    It's always fun to look at leaks, speculate, pontificate and exaggerate upon them. That is, leaks for devices. Selling private information for investors to trade on before everyone else knows? That's plain illegal. We don't often talk about cases of this ilk, but it's important that we keep in mind the ever-present underbelly of the industries we deal with. 60-year-old James Dunham, a former exec at a Verizon Wireless retail franchise, was sentenced to five months' prison time, five months of home confinement afterward and a penalty of $76,000 on a charge of wire fraud. Dunham admitted ...

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    Although you’d have probably thought the 72nd Venice International Film Festival that wrapped up on Saturday was the more logical choice for a real-life outdoor test of BlackBerry’s upcoming rookie Android effort, the Canadian phone manufacturer elected a venue closer to home to offer a short glimpse of the “Venice” handheld. Unintentionally, we presume, a Toronto International Film Festival attendee let a curious, eagle-eyed bystander take a blurry photo of what looks like a very advanced Venice prototype, carefully sheltered by a nonetheless revealing case. This is by no means ...

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    Clearly incapable of turning its proprietary mobile operating system into a force to be reckoned with for Android and iOS, BlackBerry has reportedly made the decision to strike an unlikely Google partnership several months back. The Canadian company’s very survival as a device manufacturer now decidedly hinges on the success of the Venice, a highly unconventional hybrid phone with Android running the software show, and both a sharp touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard. Purportedly headed for all big four US carriers in the fall, the Venice smiled shyly to Mr. Blurrycam recently, and ...

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    If you've been following the BlackBerry Venice rumors and leaks, you probably know by now that BlackBerry is reportedly planning on bringing an Android-powered smartphone --a QWERTY slider, to be more specific-- to the market. The latest such leak indicated that it will hit all four US carriers in November, with a collage picture attached, which showed off the alleged phone running both Google Play and the BlackBerry Hub. Well, Evan Blass has followed up with another leak, showing off a screenshot that reveals a lot of BlackBerry related apt files. These files will most probably be baked ...

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    Update: If there was a need for a new render from a different angle, in order to blow away any doubts on the QWERTY slider bit, Evan Blass has got us covered with this latest render (at the bottom) The BlackBerry Venice managed to generate a lot of buzz, mainly because it would, according to many, bring the "both of both world", with Android on-board. According to the most recent Evan Blass leak, the BlackBerry Venice is not only real, but it is expected to become official in November, when it will be released on all four national US carriers. It is not yet clear what the BlackBerry ...

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    Showing off an upcoming smartphone well in advance of its formal debut can be a risky move for a manufacturer: are you going to generate buzz, or do you risk fans losing interest as they sit through months and months of unavailability? Five months ago, BlackBerry teased us with a new portrait-orientation slider at MWC, without saying much of anything about how or when the phone might actually launch. Recently, rumors have attempted to identify the hardware as BlackBerry's codename Venice, and suggested that the company could make it one of its first phones that run Android. That very much ...

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    With all the gossip this summer about BlackBerry testing the waters and thinking about releasing an Android-powered smartphone, it can be easy to forget that BlackBerry's still very much interested in coming out with BlackBerry 10 phones. One of the most resilient such models we've seen over the course of the past year has been the BlackBerry Passport, and after the launch of the original edition last fall, we saw a new slightly redesigned version emerge for AT&T back in January. Now it's time for yet another new look for the Passport, as BlackBerry announces its Passport Silver ...

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    If reports are to be believed it seems like BlackBerry may soon opt for the Android OS to power its devices. While the BlackBerry OS is not a terrible one in and of itself, the lack of developer support and the ever widening app gap mean that they might have to embrace the more popular platform in order to stay alive and relevant in this cutthroat smartphone landscape. However, there’s a difference between  jumping on a bandwagon and doing it right. It would be awfully simple to go for a stock version of android with some added software, and a lot of Android enthusiasts would be happy ...

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    2015 is an interesting time in the high-security niche of mobile technology. Blackberry's making a migration of sorts to Android with not only its services but a device in the works, too. In the meantime, privacy services provider Silent Circle is cranking gears for the second version of its forked Android phone, the Blackphone. The companies pushing out the two platforms and the fanbases following them have shared molotov cocktails with each other on frequent occasion. Philosophies in summary Our Joe Levi has previously dissected the basic differences between what Blackphone and ...

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    Why do so many corporations support BlackBerry and iOS, but not Android? That's a question I get asked quite often, and one that I find myself in the middle of with my own employer. I don't work for Pocketnow full-time. I've got a day job with a manufacturing company right here in Northern Utah. While this takes time away from reviewing awesome new hardware and hacking custom ROMs and Kernels on my platform of choice, it gives me a unique perspective. I carry an Android that I bought with my own money even though my day job offered to buy an iPhone for me. That choice came with some ...

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    BlackBerry may not be the most beloved name in mobile at the moment, but it's hard to deny that the company continues to shine in Enterprise security. There was a time when even the most secure government agencies in the world would only trust BlackBerry, and given the recent trend to move things to iOS lately, BlackBerry needs to find new ways to exist. Android may not be so famous for its enterprise security, but that's about to change. BlackBerry and Google have just announced a very interesting partnership. We're not sure if this is the whole reason for the "AndroidSecuried.com" ...

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    If you pit three struggling companies against each other, what happens next? In an ideal world for the smartphone enthusiast that wants to see everybody succeed ... well, they do. But in reality, things aren't that simple, and the smartphone market becomes an every-man-for-himself race to see who can innovate faster. Who can pack more features. Who can market their products best. That's all easy when you're a giant corporation like Apple or Samsung, with billions of dollars to throw towards whatever research team or ad firm they want, but when you're financially in the red and literally ...

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    We've kept a close eye at BlackBerry's Android plans, mainly because the company's CEO never dismissed the idea. BlackBerry has failed to nail a hit with any of its BlackBerry 10 offerings over the last couple of years, up to the point where there's rarely anything to talk about when it comes to the company that once ruled the smartphone business. A BlackBerry running Android is definitely a smart approach, but we wonder what other things will the approach include. The domain AndroidSecured.com was recently registered by a registrar called MarkMonitor, which shouldn't say much. What's ...

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