Posts tagged with: BlackBerry 10
  • by | January 7, 2014 4:10 PM

    We're coming up on the one year anniversary of the BlackBerry 10 launch – a year that BlackBerry probably wishes it could forget, if not just get a do-over. Neither the platform nor its hardware really resonated with the public in the way it needed to, and as a result, the company nearly ceased to exist. But now BlackBerry has found itself a second (third?) wind, got itself a new CEO, and is committed to moving forward with making smartphones. If you were a big fan of the progress the company made away from its hardware keyboard roots this year with models like the Z10 or the new Z30, ...

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  • by | December 31, 2013 7:01 AM

    "The BlackBerry Z10 isn’t the strongest reboot the RIM of old could have delivered," we wrote back in February in our Z10 review, "but it gets an awful lot right about the smartphone experience." We continued: "In a broader sense, it has accomplished something not many products out of Waterloo have managed in recent years: it’s made us excited for the next BlackBerry." The next BlackBerry to cross our desks turned out to be the Q10, the Z10's QWERTY-packing little sibling. And while we rather liked the plucky little curveball, we were left a bit skeptical that many folks would go out ...

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  • by | December 27, 2013 7:02 PM

    The end of the year in tech is already dominated by lists - best of, worst of, top 5, bottom 50 - you get the picture. So rather than foist another array of numeric bullet points upon you on our last podcast of the year, we've decided to dedicate this show to you, the listener ... and more specifically, to those of you who've written to us. That's right - just like we did back in the summer, for the last show of 2013 we're focusing entirely on listener mail on this, episode 076 of the Pocketnow Weekly. The backed-up emails in our inbox span the full array of tech topics, ranging from ...

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  • by | December 3, 2013 4:58 PM

    One fact that's emerged from all the events surrounding the BlackBerry buy-out deal that fell through, the decision to keep on going with its existing business, and the move to new leadership has been that BlackBerry refuses to go down without a fight. While we see OEMs on other platforms continue to dazzle us with advanced model after advanced model, pushing limits every chance they get, BlackBerry has seemed content to keep pushing forward at its own pace. It's clear that the company still wants to keep making handsets, but a lot of talk about its future has focused on its enterprise ...

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  • by | November 26, 2013 1:07 PM

    This past spring, BlackBerry announced BBM Channels, a new social extension to BlackBerry Messenger, letting users create pages of their own content – the titular Channels – that others can then subscribe to. It's been in beta testing on BlackBerry platforms ever since, but today we finally see the company pull all the stops and go forward with plans to leave the Beta Zone, bringing BBM Channels to all its users. Actually, it hasn't happened just yet, but it's been confirmed for today, and availability should be just a couple hours away. Both BlackBerry 10 and classic BBOS users will ...

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  • by | November 18, 2013 1:16 PM

    BlackBerry refuses to die. The company has managed to side-step the once seemingly overwhelming threat of having to sell itself off, is fixing itself up with a new CEO, and despite all the setbacks it's faced, plans to continue on making smartphones. We just saw the BlackBerry Z30 launch in recent weeks, but what about further down the road – where might BlackBerry hardware go from here? It could be a long while before we see some new BB handsets, but some new rumors attempt to give us a little preview of what to expect. First up, there's the so-called Z50, which may be next year's ...

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  • by | November 12, 2013 1:13 PM

    For what seems like the hundredth time to date, the rumors of BlackBerry's demise may have been a bit premature. Don't get us wrong; the company seems farther away than ever from being able to recapture its former glory, but we now know it intends to solider on, rather than slicing itself up and selling off to the highest bidder. As the story of BlackBerry the company continues, so too does that of its phones, and today we get some additional details of how its latest will arrive. Late last month, we saw Verizon announce the BlackBerry Z30. The five-incher was set to start selling sometime ...

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  • by | October 31, 2013 7:56 PM

    The Nexus 5 has arrived, and this isn't just another flagship. As the Nexus handset of the year, this is the phone that best reflects Google's vision for Android, both where it is now, and where it's going form here. And as you've no doubt seen from our heavy coverage of rumors and leaks leading up to today's launch, that means the Nexus 5 is finding itself simply getting a boatload of attention. There's a lot to like about the Nexus 5, and while a solid chunk of that is thanks to the latest Android 4.4 code the phone will arrive running, we can't just ignore the underlying hardware ...

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  • by | October 28, 2013 3:52 PM

    BlackBerry's future is very much uncertain at this point; who knows what will become of the company another year for now, much less who will own it? Still, as long as BlackBerry's still around, carriers continue to show support for BlackBerry 10, and recently we've been looking at efforts to bring the Z30 to Verizon. Over the weekend, a press render of the smartphone for the carrier leaked, and just in time, too – today, Verizon makes things official, announcing its US exclusive on the Z30. We know, the Z30 itself has been on the books for over a month now, but this will mark its ...

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  • by | September 23, 2013 3:12 PM

    BlackBerry's been going through a real rocky time lately. While that little hiccup with the cross-platform BBM launch is embarrassing enough, it's got nothing on the company's financial woes. Last week, we heard about a new round of layoffs, later confirmed to slash 4,500 jobs. Sure, BlackBerry was trimming the fat, but what about those rumors of a straight-up sale, really circulating in full-force since this summer? Today, the other shoe finally drops, and we get news of Fairfax Financial's intent to buy BlackBerry in a $4.7B deal. So, what does this tentative deal mean for BlackBerry ...

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  • by | September 2, 2013 4:23 PM

    The next few days will likely be big ones for Android, and Apple could be just over a week away from announcing its new iPhones. Then Windows Phone has GDR3 and all that quad-core, 1080p jazz to look forward to in the coming months... so where does this all leave BlackBerry? Today we get a couple of updates on where the company's heading, hearing rumors both about a possible release for the Android and iOS ports of BlackBerry Messenger, as well as talk about T-Mobile showing a changing attitude towards the platform. We've been seeing a spate of developments concerning those BBM ports ...

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  • by | August 30, 2013 3:14 PM

    Over the past month, we've seen BlackBerry finally start facing some hard realities about its place in the market. While in the past, the idea of selling off parts of the company might have been solely the stuff of gossip, news that the company is now looking to "explore strategic alternatives" to the way it's done business in the past has made it seem like anything was a possibility – that maybe desperation was beginning to rear its ugly head and force BlackBerry to admit the precarious situation it found itself in. Now, we hear a little more about possible plans for the future, with ...

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  • by | August 30, 2013 11:30 AM

    Enterprise clients have long been BlackBerry's strength. The company offers some fantastic tools for administrating devices, earning favor with IT professionals. However, all the other major smartphone players have been eying the enterprise market as well, and competition is now fiercer than ever. With the release of BlackBerry 10, will we see companies upgrade from their employees' BBOS 7 devices to new BlackBerrys? One report suggests that it's Windows Phone that may actually be stealing away many of these once-BlackBerry users. Bear in mind, this isn't the result of any market-wide ...

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  • by | August 26, 2013 1:20 PM

    We already have a series here at Pocketnow lamenting the choices of smartphone and tablet manufacturers, and trying to learn something from their most visible mistakes. It's called Worst Gadgets Ever, and it's a fun little video series that you should check out. But sometimes, a broader look at the industry's development is useful - and given the right attitude, it can also be fun. Earlier this year, our own Taylor Martin took you on a tour of smart phone form factors that are officially dead - not necessarily due to poor decisions, but owing to the constantly shifting mobile landscape ...

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  • by | August 13, 2013 5:34 PM

    Last year was a quiet one for BlackBerry – or RIM, as it was still known then. BlackBerry 10 was in development, and BlackBerry 7 was going stagnant. As most of us waited to see what BB10 would bring, a group of investors had their own strategy for the company's future. With talk of a BlackBerry sale back in the news, investor Robin Chan reveals the attempt he was involved with last year to chart a very different path for the company than what we've ended up seeing. Chan and his fellow investors wanted to see BlackBerry reinvent itself as a company focused on services, and were thinking ...

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