Posts tagged with: BlackBerry 10
  • by | August 12, 2013 10:49 AM

    Last week, we were talking a little about rumors that HTC might be interested in putting the company up for sale. Of course, we made the inevitable comparisons to other companies that have long been rumored to be looking to offload their phone businesses themselves, with BlackBerry near the top of that list. Later in the week, rumors once again returned to the possibility of BlackBerry seeking out a buyer. Today, however, we get some official news that sure adds a lot of weight to all that rumor and speculation, with word that the BlackBerry board has decided to "explore strategic ...

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  • by | August 6, 2013 4:44 PM

    Last week, we started hearing that the upcoming BlackBerry smartphone, rumored as an A-series device, and referred to as the A10 for a while, would end up launching as the Z30. When some resources from leaked BB10 builds started depicting the Z30, that idea really felt like it had some legs to it. Now we've got a new image of the hardware to check out, showing just how much larger it will be than the existing Z10. Instead of the 4.2-inch screen on the Z10, the Z30 steps things up to five inches. Just as we saw when Apple introduced the iPhone 5, that transition means adding an extra row of ...

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  • by | August 2, 2013 4:22 PM

    Back in early June, we heard rumors about a new BlackBerry 10 model that would be the first to arrive from the manufacturer's so-called A-series, possibly launching as the A10. What was so interesting about this theory was that the A10 wouldn't be a new budget device, but a flagship to take the place of the Z10. We've seen a few leaks since then of hardware that could be this A10, but could we be getting this news all wrong? What if this device is really going to arrive as something else entirely? That's what a new rumor suggests, offering that what we've been calling the A10 could instead ...

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  • by | August 2, 2013 12:35 PM

    A few days back, we got to check out the rear cover for what appeared to be an unknown BlackBerry model, and the general styling of this component suggested it might be tied to the development of a new Porsche Design BlackBerry. Based on the shape of the bottom edge, our hunch was that this might be based on Q10 hardware, with a hardware keyboard and all, but today a series of new images arrives, clearly making this phone out to be a full-touch model, presumably built around the existing Z10. What's odd is that rumors claim this model could arrive as the P’9982. Sure, the last Porsche ...

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  • by | July 30, 2013 4:27 PM

    Normally, when we tell you about some crazy expensive boutique smartphone, it's largely due to curiosity or a desire for completeness, rather than suggesting that it's actually a model any of us will go out and purchase. That's what makes the Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 so interesting: it's actually managed to sell respectably and establish a high profile for itself – if you watch House of Cards on Netflix or Community on NBC, you've likely seen characters sporting P’9981s. The problem is, that's still a BlackBerry 7 model, and this is 2013. Now it looks like we might just be ...

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  • by | July 12, 2013 3:43 PM

    Yesterday we got a look at what's supposed to be an image of one of BlackBerry's upcoming BB10 smartphones, the A10. While a slate like the Z10, we saw a design that diverged from that model, picking up some more Q10-like styling along the way. Today we've got a new image to check out, and while it's being presented alongside the theory that it's the rear cover to the A10, we're not quite so sure. So, what's wrong? Well, the A10 has been rumored to be a five-incher, while this seems just a bit smaller. That image of the A10 we saw yesterday also looked to have a more gradual curve around ...

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  • by | July 11, 2013 6:56 PM

    A little over a month ago, we started hearing rumors of an upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphone that would arrive as the A10. Supposedly, this phone would arrive to complement the Z10, Q10, and Q5 later this year. Specifically, there was mention of Sprint giving the A10 a home sometime this November. That was all interesting enough, but besides that name, didn't tell us anything about the phone itself. We might just be getting a little closer to the story on this A10 today, upon the leak of what could be the first image of the A10. Like the Z10, bookending the other side of alphabet, the A10 ...

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  • by | July 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    It's weird when holidays fall in the middle of the week, because either you're kicking off a long weekend with the special celebration, or you're returning to work the next day with a fuzzy brain, a sunburn, and sand in your hair. We're in the latter situation this week at Pocketnow, the American portion of the team coming down from a day of BBQ and a night of fireworks ... but in our case, it's a good thing. Because today's the day for our weekly mobile tech podcast, and we love us some mobile-tech podcasting. We hope you do, too, because today's Pocketnow Weekly is quite possibly the ...

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  • by | July 4, 2013 7:00 AM

    Let me preface by saying I got my start in the tech industry by being a die-hard BlackBerry fan. And the last thing I wanted to do when I got my hands on the latest batch of BlackBerrys was write another "end of BlackBerry" article. As I explained in my Pocketnow Insider bio, I ate, slept, and breathed BlackBerry back in the day. I wrote about BlackBerrys between and even during my classes and two other jobs. And even after trying webOS, iOS, and Android, it was hard to cut ties and drop the platform altogether. I had spent the better part of three years using nothing but BlackBerry, and I ...

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  • by | June 28, 2013 12:20 PM

    The BlackBerry quarterly earnings call to investors is giving us more than just raw numbers on how the BB10 launch has been going, and we also get a few updates on other aspects of BlackBerry news. Unfortunately, just like those sales figures themselves, there are some more upsets in store here. The PlayBook's QNX-based OS made it the forerunner of the BlackBerry 10 devices we know today. When full-on BB10 launched back in January, we heard from the company that it intended to deliver the PlayBook an update to transition it over to BB10 proper – the idea of an all-new BB10 tablet was ...

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  • by | June 28, 2013 10:57 AM

    Ever since BlackBerry 10 launched, we've been curious to get an accurate assessment of just how well it is (or isn't) doing. We've heard everything from glowing claims of strong sales to suggestions that the new platform has already flopped; who's right? Well, today BlackBerry released its most recent quarterly figures, and they don't paint a particularly strong picture of BB10. These latest numbers look at March, April, and May, so while they miss some very early Z10 sales in its first markets, they should capture the overall momentum of the launch. BlackBerry reports sales of 6.8 million ...

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  • by | June 27, 2013 6:22 PM

    I openly admit I was unmoved by the Q10 and Z10 announcement from BlackBerry in January. Maybe it was, as they say, too little too late. Or maybe the Q10 was just too "old BlackBerry" for my refined tastes in smartphones. Whatever the real reason, I had no desire to pick up a BlackBerry 10 device, even as a former BlackBerry fanatic. I have history with the platform and a special place in my heart for the company, a deep-seeded desire for the company to pull itself out of this rut and rival the other major players. Unfortunately, my anticipation and excitement for new hardware and software ...

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  • by | June 19, 2013 2:01 PM

    It's been six years since the popularization of the touchscreen keyboard began in earnest, an eternity in the fast-paced world of mobile technology. But in contrast to -and maybe in defiance of- that breakneck pace, many less-cutting-edge consumers still cling to the more tactile artifacts of yesteryear. Even in 2013, these folks will settle for nothing less than a true physical keyboard on their smartphone. And though the options in that space have dwindled dramatically in recent years, some solid contenders remain. The BlackBerry Q10 is one of them. We glimpsed it briefly during our time ...

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  • by | June 13, 2013 5:40 PM

    We're still pretty new to the world of BlackBerry at Pocketnow, having started coverage in earnest just this past winter with the unveiling of the BlackBerry Z10 -and the company's next generation platform- in Toronto. Since then, though, we've given the fledgling new smartphone ecosystem its share of comparisons, reviews, and even re-reviews ... and it's about time we turned our focus to the second BB10 smartphone from the folks formerly known as RIM. It's time to review the BlackBerry Q10. Before we get there, though, we've got to take it out of the box - and that's just what you'll get ...

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  • by | June 12, 2013 10:33 AM

    Who's the person responsible when a smartphone company really nails a handset launch? Who do we blame when a product bombs? While there are any number of engineers, designers, marketing folk, and executives involved with the release of a new device or service, when it comes to giving one of these corporate entities a face, more often than not we look to the company's CEO. Sure, up on this same level we can find all matter of presidents, board members, and chairpeople (persons?) overseeing a company's business, but in the end it's the Chief Executive Officer making the managerial decisions ...

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