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BlackBerry reiterates its commitment to BlackBerry 10 OS

BlackBerry reiterates its commitment to BlackBerry 10 OS

It's admittedly hard to keep a serious and credible face when one of your own broke ranks to basically negate what you officially said earlier. That might be the sentiment that BlackBerry is going through right now when its senior director for APAC product management Damian Tay mentioned the company's eventual transition to an Android-only platform. Although it already said so last month, BlackBerry feels the need to emphasize again its commitment to its own BlackBerry 10 OS, at least for the near future.

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BlackBerry exec confirms Android-only future for handsets [UPDATE]

BlackBerry exec confirms Android-only future for handsets [UPDATE]

Many have already seen the writing on the wall for the BlackBerry 10 OS, but official confirmation has always been withheld. Granted, these latest comments don't really come from the highest BlackBerry authority, but this is as official as it gets. Damian Tay, BlackBerry's senior director for product management for the APAC region has confirmed what BB10 fans probably dread to hear out in the open: BlackBerry is in the process of transitioning to a single platform ecosystem, and that will all revolve around Android.

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BlackBerry: we’re not abandoning BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry: we’re not abandoning BlackBerry 10

Some side remarks made over at CES 2016 last week have blown up into huge news. For example, Lenovo's "retiring" of the Motorola brand. And then we have BlackBerry CEO John Chen's comments on future BlackBerry devices, with the notable absence of any mention of the company's homegrown BlackBerry 10 OS. Naturally, that has led to speculation on the company's possible full time switch to Android, much to the chagrin of some long time BB10 fans. Now Chen is setting the record straight that they are not ditching BB10 OS. At least not yet and not this year.

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BlackBerry OS is over, on to Android

BlackBerry OS is over, on to Android

This week BlackBerry CEO John Chen essentially confirmed the death of BlackBerry OS. Speaking at CES 2015, Chen confirmed that the company would release one, maybe two hardware devices in the year 2016, and that both of them would certainly run Android OS. Meanwhile they'll continue to support BlackBerry OS - BB10, as you might know it - but there aren't currently any public plans to release any new devices with the operating system any time soon, if ever.

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BlackBerry’s next two devices to run on Android

BlackBerry’s next two devices to run on Android

Fans of BlackBerry in general might have rejoiced at how the Android-powered BlackBerry Priv might have helped put the company back on the smartphone map. But those who are strongly rooting for BlackBerry's self-developed BlackBerry 10 OS might have mixed feelings. They may even have some hurt feelings now, after CEO John Chen revealed that the company might have a new, still unidentified device, and a new smartphone later this year and that both of them will use Android instead of its own BB10.

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BlackBerry Classic limited edition in cobalt blue unveiled

BlackBerry Classic limited edition in cobalt blue unveiled

BlackBerry fans will be glad to hear that a new limited edition version of the BlackBerry Classic has launched. The new smartphone is aiming at fans of the BlackBerry device who want their smartphone to be something other than plain old black. The limited edition device is now available in cobalt blue color. Other than the color, it is the same BlackBerry Classic smartphone that we are familiar with.

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BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

BlackBerry is axing jobs across its smartphone business, as the ailing Canadian company attempts to coax out a profit amid dwindling demand. The job losses, confirmed by BlackBerry this week, are a result of moves to "consolidate our device software, hardware and applications business," a spokesperson for the firm said, with a renewed focus on pushing software and licensing revenues rather than relying on handsets that have singularly failed to set enterprise or consumer markets alight.

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BlackBerry Leap: for “rising stars” with BlackBerry values

BlackBerry Leap: for “rising stars” with BlackBerry values

If you thought that BlackBerry was going back to its physical QWERTY keyboards for good, its announcement at MWC 2015 just proved you wrong. Introducing the BlackBerry Leap, the next all-screen smartphone from the embattled company. The Leap is selling itself as a smartphone for a younger generation, hence the lack of physical keyboards, yet shares in the same features that enterprise-level BlackBerry 10 devices have, including security and Android apps. All supposedly for an affordable entry-level price tag we have yet to know about.

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BlackBerry 10.3.1 update: Amazon Appstore, Blend, Assistant

BlackBerry 10.3.1 update: Amazon Appstore, Blend, Assistant

It has been quite a while since BlackBerry updated its own mobile operating system, but now the wait is over for the BlackBerry faihtful. The company has just announced the launch of BlackBerry 10 version 10.3.1 which, among other things, gives users access to Android apps via Amazon's marketplace. But more than just the new features, one of the important highlights of the update is that it is available for all existing BlackBerry smartphones in the market that are already running BlackBerry 10 OS.

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BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

This week with the full detailed reveal of the BlackBerry Classic smartphone comes word that the BlackBerry company is ramping up collaborative efforts with Amazon. Inside the BlackBerry Classic you'll find BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1, an Android Runtime layer that allows you to work with Android apps, and the Amazon Appstore. Preloaded on the BlackBerry Classic, Amazon Appstore will give users access to a wide variety of popular apps - everything that runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and below has a pretty good chance of running here.

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BlackBerry Classic now available for pre-order, ships mid-December

BlackBerry Classic now available for pre-order, ships mid-December

When it comes to BlackBerry phones, fans have been a wild ride the past few years. At first, a dearth of handsets signaled the end of an era in the eyes of many, while the company admittedly reeled from the iPhone’s entrance onto the smartphone scene. Now that John Chen is leading Blackberry out of the Thorston Heins-fueled RIM doldrums, the company is giving BlackBerry fans what they want. The new (?) BlackBerry Classic is now available for pre-order, with shipping starting next month.

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Don’t worry, Kim Kardashian, BlackBerry is coming for you

Don’t worry, Kim Kardashian, BlackBerry is coming for you

BlackBerry boss John Chen has promised an old-school handset for QWERTY lovers, penning an open-letter to fans of the form-factor in which he expresses his hopes that the BlackBerry Classic will fit the bill. The letter, published on the official BlackBerry blog, addresses stalwart users by conceding that "if it ain’t broke don’t fix it," just as many BlackBerry Bold users - including, somewhat bizarrely, reality TV star Kim Kardashian-West as we found out this week - have been shouting at the struggling Canadian firm for some time.

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