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    BlackBerry's just not a company that can count on selling a ton of smartphones anymore, and staying relevant has meant making efforts to draw in users with its services. Back in the fall of 2013, well before we saw the manufacturer expand its smartphone line to Android, BlackBerry was already experimenting with just that kind of cross-platform draw, inviting Android and iOS users to come on board with the heretofore BlackBerry-exclusive BBM messaging platform. While everyone was free to pick up BBM and start messaging, BlackBerry reserved certain advanced features for those users paying a ...

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    Smartphone software development is a numbers game, and coders want to be sure that the effort they put in to making apps is going to pay off. That's exactly why we talk about the “app gap” between platforms, as devs preferentially prepare software for the most popular operating systems – at the expense of those that don't have quite as large user bases. It turns out this practice is just as important for software maintenance as it is for initial development, and while an app may have once been available for a certain platform, the migration of users to its peers can cause devs to ...

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    In 2016, most chatter that includes the word "BlackBerry" is focused on the company's Priv handset, and for good reason. As BlackBerry's first Android phone, the Priv is a dramatic shift in strategy (and a tacit admission that the company's previous one wasn't working). As one of the few Androids with a physical keyboard, it's also a sorely-needed bit of novelty in a landscape otherwise dominated by ever-homogenizing slabs. Despite its flaws I quite like the Priv, and I'm excited to see what BlackBerry has in store to follow it. There was even bigger news out of the erstwhile king of ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    BlackBerry came to MWC this year ready to announce its latest BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Leap, and we've already had the chance to go hands-on with the new hardware. And while the Leap made its formal debut, it wasn't the only hardware BlackBerry brought along to Barcelona, and at its press event this morning the company also offered a sneak peek of a new spin on an aging form factor, showing off an upcoming QWERTY slider model. The BlackBerry lineup is no stranger to portrait-orientation QWERTY sliders, but so far we haven't seen any such models emerge as new BlackBerry 10 devices. At ...

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    BlackBerry just announced its latest smartphone, surprising MWC crowds with news of the five-inch BlackBerry Leap. Unlike recent keyboard-packing models like the Passport and Classic, Leap chooses instead to go the full-touch route. The company claims Leap will be an affordable device, marrying enterprise strength with a modern design. We went hands-on with the phone in Barcelona today to take a look for ourselves. Physically, the Leap is in the same size-ballpark as the Classic, though with much sharper angles. Its camera arrangement is the same 8MP rear, 2MP front setup, and we see the ...

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    When BlackBerry first introduced the Classic two months ago, we knew that the smartphone would be finding a home in the US on AT&T. Shortly thereafter, we saw Verizon getting ready to welcome the handset to its own network, as well. US Mobile may have gotten a head start on both of them with its early January start to sales, but AT&T finally began selling the BlackBerry Classic for itself earlier this week (along with the Passport). That leaves Verizon; when could its users hope to get their hands on the Classic? Today the network makes its plans official, with BlackBerry Classic ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    Another year, another International Consumer Electronics Show behind us. Was 2015's one that will go down as a banner year in the annals of history? We didn't see any huge show-stopping announcements, nor surprise reveals of everyone's-talking-about-it hardware, but the show we did see unfold over the course of last week was still a totally solid offering, packed with lots of great phones, tablets, wearables, and accessories that all came together to place us on some solid footing as we get ready for the rest of this quarter's launches. As we start thinking about gearing up for MWC in ...

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    This past fall, Blackberry introduced the Passport, its Snapdragon 801-powered flagship. With a hardware keyboard, square display, and harshly-angled exterior, it wasn't a smartphone for everyone – though to BlackBerry's credit, the company's not afraid to do things differently from the rest of the smartphone pack. But with the new year upon us, we're also getting a slightly tweaked new edition of the Passport, as BlackBerry smooths-out those corners and prepares to bring a slightly softer-looking Passport to AT&T. Inside, it's the same Passport that launched in late September: ...

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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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