Posted by Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 5 Feb 2015 9:16 pm
When it was rumored that Samsung was in talks to purchase BlackBerry last month, one of the major side-effects was that BlackBerry's stock price skyrocketed. Now, regulators from both the U.S. and Canada are reportedly investigating trading activity around the time of the rumor in order to ascertain whether it was started to profit from the resulting surge in BlackBerry's stock price.
John Chen cries 'discrimination' as discriminating consumers continue to choose Android and iOS
"All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose," BlackBerry CEO John Chen writes in a recent manifesto on net neutrality that spans from carriers to internet service providers to applications themselves.
And you know what? He's...
The head of Samsung's mobile phone division stated today that the company could extend its current partnership with BlackBerry. However, he repeated what the company said last week that Samsung has no plans to acquire BlackBerry itself.
BlackBerry has announced as part of its CES 2015 press event that its BBM messaging service is coming as an app for Android Wear devices. The company said it would be released "soon," but a specific date was not revealed.
Integration looks pretty straightforward, including:
Without touching your phone you can:
See who a new message is from and read it – while loading grocery bags...
We know more than a few of you here are former BlackBerry users and abusers, and so today marks a momentous occasion — the first new piece of BlackBerry hardware in quite some time.
Yep, it's the new BlackBerry Passport. It's big, it's square, and we'll just have to wait and see if it matters a damn in the scheme of things. Or has business already moved on to Android and iOS?
Either way, be...
The folks working on the security-centric Android-powered Blackphone have posted a rebuttal to the criticisms made by BlackBerry recently. The piece focuses primarily on BlackBerry's poor market performance, dwindling stock price, and ultimate reliance on competing platforms.
We'll just let this image speak for itself, but it's cute how they clunked up the notification area first before taking that screenshot. So, yeah. That's the BlackBerry Passport.
Source: BlackBerry; via CrackBerry
Deal opens up official access to Amazon's app catalog for BlackBerry users
The BlackBerry love affair with Android apps opens a new chapter today with the news of a licensing deal with Amazon for its Appstore. With the launch of BlackBerry 10.3 this fall, BlackBerry 10 device owners will be able to download all the Android apps Amazon has to offer while BlackBerry is left "to focus on...
As expected, the latest version of BBM will begin rolling out today across BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. BBM 2.1 brings with it BBM Stickers as well as some new features like pictures in multi-person chats and larger file transfers of up to 16MB. It isn't live at the time of writing, but you should be seeing it sometime soon.
The stickers will be available in both free and paid packs...
Smartphones from LG and Samsung in testing for internal use
White House staff using Android phones? If a new report by the Wall Street Journal is to be believed, that could be on the cards. Sources have indicated to them that smartphones from Samsung and LG are currently in testing, which could ultimately lead to the currently used BlackBerrys being replaced or reduced in numbers.
It's a big update with plenty to take in, so let's break it down
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) version 2.0 for Android dropped yesterday, and it's a pretty sizeable update with plenty to get your head around. Fortunately, we know some good folks who are pretty handy with all things BlackBerry. Our buddies over at CrackBerry have jumped in with both feet and taken a good look at what's what with...
BlackBerry is still a mess. That hardly comes as news to anyone. But with a new CEO at the helm, the company is more focused than ever at not only surviving, but thriving. (That is what companies are supposed to do, after all.)
And if you had any doubts about whether that strategy will include Android, we'll point you to this passage from CrackBerry's lunch with Chen last week in Las Vegas:
Hint: It's short on any actual answers. But it's fairly obvious that getting more BlackBerry services on iOS and Android — never mind any sort of "experience" — might be BlackBerry's best play at this point. Hell, it might be their only play.
And gotta love the "best of luck" at the end.
CEO drops cryptic hint at desire for 'BlackBerry experience' on Android
A few small nuggets of Android news out of BlackBerry's otherwise not-exactly-uplifting quarterly earnings report this morning. We'll break it down here in handy bullet-point form:
More than 40 million new BBM registrations have come from Android and iOS in the past two months. BlackBerry didn't break it down any more...
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