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Senate ditches BlackBerry, offers iPhone SE and Galaxy S6 instead

Senate ditches BlackBerry, offers iPhone SE and Galaxy S6 instead

Blackberry, despite its best efforts to stay alive, has failed to keep up with its iOS and Android competition, and its days as a ubiquitous brand in the political world has largely reached its end. According to a notice sent out to Senate staffers, including the system administrators, administrative managers, and chief clerks, BlackBerry phones and support will be available for as long as the Senate’s existing phone stock lasts; staffers who want to ditch the phones altogether, though, are being given the option of an iPhone SE or a Galaxy S6.

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Who killed BlackBerry OS? Android or the iPhone?

Who killed BlackBerry OS? Android or the iPhone?

In an interview this week BlackBerry CEO said "I love our handset business, but we need to make money." He was speaking with The National, where he also confirmed that there were, as the publication put it "no plans to launch new devices running the operating system" - the operating system being BlackBerry 10. Meanwhile the company would continue to support and release updates for the operating system for the time being. So whose fault is this?

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Facebook offers BlackBerry one last hope, makes web app available

Facebook offers BlackBerry one last hope, makes web app available

BlackBerry users with devices other than the Android-powered Priv are used to bad news when it comes to their platform of choice, but they were hit extra hard earlier this month when Facebook announced it was dropping support for its native app on the BlackBerry 10 OS, pulling its WhatsApp messaging service as well. What with Facebook being the most important website to hundreds of millions of people, it's easy to understand why BlackBerry users would be upset.

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WhatsApp is ending support for old platforms like BlackBerry, Nokia

WhatsApp is ending support for old platforms like BlackBerry, Nokia

Popular messaging platform WhatsApp has seen almost non-stop growth since its Facebook acquisition a few years ago, even reaching one billion active users earlier this month. The app has been around for seven years now, but with that age and growth the company has decided to discontinue support for WhatsApp on several older mobile operating systems. The good news is that there's a fairly small chance the device you have will be affected, unless of course you're a big BlackBerry or Nokia user. Likewise if you rely on an ancient Android phone.

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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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