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    If you're not one to tote your smartphone around in a slick-looking holster, do me a favor: go ahead and pull your phone out of your pocket. Or if it's on your desk, flip it over. What's it do? Unless you own one of a small percentage of modern smartphones (or you're a big fat phony) your answer is probably "nothing." As powerful as today's mobile devices are under the hood, most are still lacking in a crucial area: intelligence. Or, if you want to get all Motorola about it, "contextual awareness." Yes, it's Google's new Moto X that's motivated this post - a device that's either the ...

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    The latest smartphone OS marketshare numbers are in from Kantar and they refer to the three-month period that ended in April 2013. Google's Android is still leading the chart of OS percentage share of smartphone sales, with its 51.7%, up from 50.3% in the same period ending in April last year. However, it's growth is much slower than the one at which iOS is trending, up from 39.1% last year to 41.4% this April. Last year the gap between the two was 11.2% and this April it is down to 10.3%; not a spectacular decrease, but a steady trend, at least in the US. There is also good news for ...

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    ___ The BlackBerry Z10 isn't just another new smartphone. It's a symbol of redemption, the net result of the efforts of thousands working to salvage one of the most famous brands in the history of mobile technology. For the first time in years, "the new BlackBerry" isn't just some repackaged business phone; it's an iconic flagship on which rests the fate of the company that now shares its name. "We had to make a serious decision," BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said at the coming-out party for its new smartphones; "adopt someone else's platform, or build a new one from the ground up. We ...

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    The cat is out of the bag and the new BlackBerry -- the company -- is here. For whatever reasons, the market didn't seem to take the news very well and BlackBerry stocks dipped notably. Hopefully the tech world won't be quite as harsh as Wall Street. Most of us will agree that competition is both good and healthy for the mobile industry. Everyone seems to feed off each other's successes and learns from the competition's failures. The end result (ideally) is a better device for each of us, regardless of which platform we've adopted in our personal and business lives. The new BlackBerry -- ...

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    Yesterday's BlackBerry 10 announcement feels like the arrival of a major new player on the smartphone scene. Sure, BlackBerry's been around this whole time, but with how RIM let BlackBerry 7 really stagnate over the past year or so, it's been difficult to treat as a serious competitor. That all changes this week, though, and the availability of the first Z10 handsets in the UK will give smartphone shoppers a new option to consider. So, the question is: are you thinking about making the move to BlackBerry 10? Let's take a look at some of the positives. Just by virtue of being so different ...

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    We've already showed you how BlackBerry 10 looks when compared against Android, but for you Windows Phone fans out there, we wanted to highlight just what BB10's got in common with WP8, and where these two platforms tend to do things differently. Just like we did with Android, we take a function-by-function look at the two operating systems, starting with the first thing you're exposed to when picking up your phone: its lock screen. From there we check out how notifications work (or don't), see how on-device search works, and compare what each platform puts you through when you want to ...

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    Android's the most popular smartphone operating system around at the moment, so you'd better believe that BlackBerry is interested in courting more than a few of those Android users and bringing them over to its new platform. Let's take a look at how BlackBerry 10 stacks up against Android. We put a new BlackBerry Z10 up against a Samsung Galaxy Note II, taking a look at how performing common tasks differs between the two systems. We investigate differences and similarities between their lock screens, how search works on each device, what you'll need to do to launch your favorite app, and ...

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    A brand new OS like BlackBerry 10 can be a lot to take in. After our initial encounter with the Z10, we stepped away from the hustle and bustle of the big BB10 unveiling to sit down with the phone and really give the software and hardware a much more thorough examination. As you've probably heard by now, BB10 is all about gesture control, something that becomes painfully obvious when you're in an app and don't see any on-screen button to bring you back to the platform's home screen. Instead, a swipe up from the bottom of the screen triggers that transition, and that's a gesture you'll be ...

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    BlackBerry 10 is here, and with the first Z10 handsets going up for sale in the UK tomorrow, plenty of users will be soon be unboxing their brand new BB10 smartphones. We managed to get a little bit of a head start on that action, and can now show you just what you can expect. If you're used to tiny Android boxes that are barely larger than the phones they contain, BlackBerry has a curveball to throw your way, as the Z10's practically looks luxurious by comparison, lost in a sea of velvety material. Digging down a little, we got our hands on all the accessories, including headphone and a ...

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    We've been hearing about BlackBerry 10 hardware for well over a year now, and along the way have seen dozens of leaks and read just as many rumors about what we could expect. Last fall, our idea of what RIM's (now just BlackBerry's) launch devices would be finally began to solidify, and we started looking forward to a full-touch device at launch, followed shortly thereafter by one sporting a hardware QWERTY keyboard. After going through a bunch of different names for these models, we finally zeroed-in on Z10 for the keyboard-less model, and today that phone finally went official. At the ...

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    Dreaming about a big 4.7-inch BlackBerry 10 smartphone? Don't count it on it showing up anytime soon, as in a follow-up Q&A session to this morning's BlackBerry 10 launch event, CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed that the screen configurations used on the new Z10 and Q10 models will be those the company sticks with for future BB10 handsets. That means a 4.2-inch widescreen 1280 x 768 option, and a square 720 x 720 3.1-inch screen for the company's QWERTY models. While that's going to make things simple for developers, and help create an iconic look for BlackBerry 10 models, we can see how ...

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    We were just getting our hopes up about the chance of seeing BlackBerry 10 hardware available immediately after today's platform kick-off event, but that's sadly not going to be the case everywhere. Indeed, while the UK gets the Z10 as of tomorrow, and Canada will get it next week, the US will have to wait until mid-March. We had heard that March date rumored earlier, but after having that followed up by all these other rumors of earlier launches elsewhere (now confirmed), we grew optimistic that everyone would be seeing the new hardware sooner rather than later; clearly, that's not the ...

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    Of all the leaked hardware we've seen leading up to today's BlackBerry 10 launch event, no device has been more clear in our eyes than the Z10. BlackBerry is really embracing the idea of models with no hardware keyboards from the get-go with BB10, and the Z10 is intended to highlight just how far the company has come since its QWERTY roots. The Z10 features a 4.2-inch 1280 x 768 display, for a pixel density of 356 ppi. Around back, there's a textured surface to give you a secure grip on the phone, which will be arriving in both black and white. The phone runs a dual-core 1.5GHz OMAP 4470 ...

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    Today's BlackBerry event is more than just about a platform launch: it's about new hardware! We've been looking forward to two BlackBerry 10 handsets, the full-touch Z10, and a hardware-QWERTY model we thought would be the X10. Well, a good event could always use a few surprises, and that keyboard model turns out to be the Q10, instead (Q for QWERTY, get it?). Unlike the BlackBerry Z10 with its widescreen 4.2-inch display, the Q10 goes for a smaller square screen to make room for the keyboard. The Q10's rear panel is covered by what the company calls a glass-weave structure, which ...

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    It's been a long time coming, but after literally years of waiting, the time has finally arrived for BlackBerry 10, the next big chapter in RIM's smartphone story. The company coordinated an ambitious multinational launch event for the debut of its new OS, and beyond the main stage in Toronto, RIM has simultaneous events going on in London, New York, Johannesburg, Paris, and Dubai. With a global audience watching on, CEO Thorsten Heins took to the stage to formally announce the arrival of BlackBerry 10: "BlackBerry 10 is here!" Heins began by discussing just what sort of users RIM designed ...

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