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    It has been entirely too long since we've talked BlackBerry with you. There's a good reason for that, as the platform's downward slide has continued unabated throughout 2014, with the latest global figures showing BlackBerry sales dipping to below one percent of the total market. But the company isn't giving up without a fight, and today we once again turn our attention to Waterloo as BlackBerry formally launches its latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Classic. If the look of the BlackBerry Classic seems familiar, that's because it's doing its best Bold 9900 impersonation; BlackBerry ...

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    Lately, it's felt hard to find a way to justify spending a lot of time talking about BlackBerry. While the company appears to have staved off its demise, it's not making a lot of forward progress, either, and even what little news we've brought you (like yesterday's deal with Amazon to feature the company's Appstore) often  to just assert that the old glory days of a self-sufficient BlackBerry are gone for good. But for all the hardships BlackBerry has faced, the company's still managing to keep its head above water, as evidenced by today's publication of its Q1 financial figures. Bottom ...

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    BlackBerry 10 already has a lot going for it with its Android app compatibility layer, allowing devs to package Android apps for BB10 without having to recode them for the platform. At least, it's a fine idea, if not slightly hampered by hit-and-miss interest on the part of developers. But today we learn of a new arrangement that should bring a ton of new Android apps to BlackBerry en masse, connecting the platform with the growing selection of software available through the Amazon Appstore. Remember earlier this week when Amazon was bragging about just how big its Appstore was getting? ...

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    It's been a while since we last had the opportunity to talk about BlackBerry at any length, checking in with CEO John Chen to hear about the company's current efforts in Indonesia with the new Z3. While phones will continue to be BlackBerry's core business (at least when it comes to hardware), we know that it's been at least keeping an open mind when it comes to other form factors; we're not expecting to see another PlayBook anytime soon, but we've heard execs say that the idea isn't completely unpalatable. Today we're setting our sights on something a little more compact (though just a ...

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    Being the CEO of a smartphone company may sound like a dream job to many of us, but there's a big difference between running a firm seeing record sales or even a startup chock full of potential, and heading-up a company with sales that are in decline. Last fall, BlackBerry shuffled its leadership amidst talk of a possible buyout, bringing on John Chen to take reins. As BlackBerry introduced its new Z3 to Indonesia last week (above: shoppers line up to buy the Z3), Chen sat down with The Wall Street Journal to talk a little about being a “turnaround CEO,” budget-priced smartphones, and ...

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    During Mobile World Congress this year, BlackBerry made a pair of announcements, but both were quite a bit lacking when it came to details. The company announced its Q20 and Z3, but didn't have so much as a picture of the Q20 to share with us, and precious little to divulge about the Z3's hardware. We were told the Z3 was supposed to go up for sale in Indonesia in March, but that didn't quite happen. Instead, today we learn of the start of pre-orders for the Z3, while also getting those details we've been waiting for about the smartphone's specs. Unlike the Z10 and Z30 with their 1280 x ...

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    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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    Back at the start of March, Google celebrated the two year anniversary of its Play Store (née Android Market) by offering users a few special deals on apps and media. That's well and good for the Android crowd, but what about you smartphone fans who are on a bit of an underdog platform? We've got deals coming your way, too, as BlackBerry announces some special downloads to celebrate five years of BlackBerry World (née App World). With a user base split between BlackBerry 10 and older BB OS revisions, BlackBerry is making sure to offer apps that both groups of users can enjoy. There's not ...

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    Last week, BlackBerry announced a couple new BlackBerry 10 smartphones, including its upcoming Q20 handset. The Q20 is notable for not just being another hardware keyboard model, but also going back to the company's roots by incorporating some old-style menu, back, send, and end buttons, as well as a trackpad. We weren't quite sure how enthusiastic we should be towards the company taking a step backwards with its designs like that, but maybe we were being a little too hasty; after all, we hadn't even seen the smartphone yet. That's probably due in no small part to just how far off its ...

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    You don't have to be paying extraordinarily close attention to the smartphone market to realize that Windows Phone is slowly but surely on its way up, while BlackBerry has been circling the drain. Even with those trajectories being pretty clear, BlackBerry started with enough of a head start to still outnumber Windows Phone users in many markets, including the US. It's taken a long time to get here, but the latest ownership statistics finally suggests that BlackBerry usage has fallen to the point where it's now eclipsed by the Windows Phone user base. For the three month period spanning ...

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    Yesterday we saw Apple announce the arrival of CarPlay, the new system through which vehicle manufacturers can provide an in-dash interface to give drivers quick access to Siri, driving directions, as well as their favorite music. It all sounded like a pretty nice effort, with a number of big-name auto companies planning support. But as we learn more about CarPlay and how it works, one very interesting wrinkle is coming to light: the vehicle side of CarPlay sure sounds like it's running on top of QNX. Yes, that's the same QNX BlackBerry acquired several years ago and which formed the basis ...

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    Last week, BlackBerry broke into the fast-and-furious MWC news cycle with a few announcements of its own: not only would the company be keeping the door open for another tablet in the coming years, but it would also be releasing new smartphone hardware in the form of the Z3 and Q20. The former device was less than interesting, destined as it was for Indonesia, but the Q20 seemed like a BlackBerry fan's NSFW fantasy. As Stephen Schenck described in a follow-up piece: "The Q20 will be the company’s latest model to feature a hardware keyboard, and notably, it has the largest display of any ...

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    Over the years, we've seen many a smartphone manufacturer move into tablets. Some, like Samsung, take to the form factor like a fish to water, and tablets become an established part of their mobile lineups. Some, like LG, saw their tablet efforts go dormant for years, only to recently rekindle things. Then there are companies like HTC, which had some early dalliances with tablets, but seem to have moved on altogether. Where does BlackBerry fall in all of this? We had the PlayBook, sure, but that's coming up on three years old by this point. Will there ever be another? Nothing's certain, ...

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    Yesterday brought us some interesting news from BlackBerry, with the company announcing two new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. While the Z3 will be available in just a matter of weeks, its Indonesian-only focus took some of the air out of the news. But then we also learned about the Q20, the next BB10 model with a hardware QWERTY keyboard, though one that won't hit retail until the second half of the year. The Q20 intrigued us so due to the way it seemed to backpedal in BlackBerry's evolution, restoring the hardware buttons and trackpad from pre-BB10 designs. Now we hear a little more about ...

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    We knew to expect new Androids this week, and boy have we seen a lot of them! Those have been joined by handsets on platforms like Firefox OS, and we even got some updates about where Windows Phone is headed. Today, however, we receive news of a couple smartphone launches that have swooped in largely under the radar, as BlackBerry confirms two new BlackBerry 10 models, its Z3 and Q20. The Q20 will be the company's latest model to feature a hardware keyboard, and notably, it has the largest display of any such BB10 device to date; while the Q10 and Q5 had 3.1-inch screens, the Q20's grows ...

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