Posts tagged with: BlackBerry 10
  • by | April 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    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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  • by | March 31, 2014 8:04 PM

    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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  • by | March 7, 2014 5:37 PM

    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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  • by | March 7, 2014 4:51 PM

    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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  • by | March 4, 2014 10:54 AM

    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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  • by | March 3, 2014 4:05 PM

    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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  • by | February 27, 2014 4:52 PM

    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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  • by | February 26, 2014 11:41 AM

    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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  • by | February 25, 2014 4:35 PM

    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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  • by | February 13, 2014 4:11 PM

    Earlier this week, we talked about the idea of BlackBerry putting together a smartphone around the upcoming Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 SoC, making it a 64-bit octa-core powerhouse. The thing was, those rumors were seriously forward-looking, far more than usual, and described this hardware not launching until well over a year from now. However, a new source is now talking about a much earlier embrace of 64-bit chips, and claims that a BlackBerry handset featuring such a processor could launch as soon as September of this year. Right away, that has us wondering if we're talking about ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 1:16 PM

    Where are BlackBerry smartphones going from here? We've heard that hardware keyboard should be getting some more attention, and there's been recent talk about introducing some models this year with modern quad-core SoCs. Now one rumor attempts to look even further out, and claims that BlackBerry is planning to develop a handset around the still-unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8994. The MSM8994, based on what's been revealed in leaks, looks to be a beast of a chip. It would be a 64-bit component, apparently with eight processing cores, and would feature a new Adreno 430 GPU. We're ...

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  • by | January 28, 2014 11:40 AM

    Lately, it's seemed like every time we've had the opportunity to talk about BlackBerry, it's had to do with BlackBerry the company: who's leading it, how it seeks to restore its business, and all that. But today we get to put all that off to the side and focus on the phones themselves, as we see the release of a new software update bringing the platform up to version 10.2.1. Following installation, users will notice a whole lot of changes throughout the system. New controls allow the settings menu to be customized, there's the introduction of a picture-based unlock, and the BlackBerry Hub ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 8:03 PM

    Every so often, we get to talking about how much storage is available on our phones out of the box – and not the 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB on the spec flyer, but how much is actually free for us to use, after system software, OEM add-ons, and all that pre-installed bloat is accounted for. The thing is, we only pay a lot of attention to it after we first notice it's a problem – like how Microsoft found itself in hot water when Surface RT owners noticed their “32GB” tablets only having 16GB free. What we don't usually see is a nice breakdown, comparing the situation on a whole lot of ...

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  • by | January 21, 2014 11:17 AM

    When we want to get a sense of the current state of the smartphone market, we often to look to various statistics of one form or another. We can examine reports of new shipments in order to tell which companies are hottest at the moment, or look at reports of device ownership to see who's getting users to stick around the longest. The latest data set to come our way looks at smartphone (and tablet) usage through the eyes of advertisers, and the picture it paints reveals some interesting differences between the various platforms. For instance, while Android smartphones create more ad ...

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  • by | January 20, 2014 11:45 AM

    Last week we took a look at the state of the US smartphone market. Apple, Samsung, and (to a lesser extent) LG were winners, while everyone else seemed to be on the downswing. BlackBerry, especially, showed dismal numbers, with its market share declining by more than half over the course of the previous year. We've been curious to see how BlackBerry tries to resurrect itself this time around, new CEO at the helm, and with a focus more on services than hardware. The platform's always been strong in business and institutional settings, and today we see at least one sign of where BlackBerry's ...

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