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ABI: Android king of end-of-2013 “1.4 billion smartphone” estimate

ABI: Android king of end-of-2013 “1.4 billion smartphone” estimate

This week the folks at ABI have released a study that predicts a massive 1.4 billion smartphones to be in-use by the end of 2013, 798 million of them Android-based. This set of numbers also suggests that Windows Phone will be in around 45 million smartphones while Apple will retain the number 2 spot with 294 million units - iPhones, the lot of them. This study suggests that by the end of this year the world will have 268 million tablets in-use - seem to you like there's a bit of a difference in the way we use "smart" electronics?

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BlackBerry 10 March release: far too late

BlackBerry 10 March release: far too late

When the company formerly known as RIM first announced that they'd be working on the system that would eventually become BlackBerry 10, it was a year and a half ago. It takes a long time to develop an operating system, even when it's a mobile operating system meant to operate with far fewer abilities than a full-powered desktop OS - but that's not where BlackBerry went wrong. The company known as BlackBerry fell apart the moment they announced a new operating system more than a week before they showed it working in the real world.

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BlackBerry Q10 may not launch in US until May or June

BlackBerry Q10 may not launch in US until May or June

When BlackBerry held a launch event for its new mobile OS at the end of last month, it unveiled two handsets that will be running it: the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10. While the Z10 is a touchscreen-only phone, the Q10 has a physical keyboard remiscient of the devices that made BlackBerry famous. If you've been holding out for the Q10 and you live in the US, we're sorry to say that you might have to wait until May or June to get your hands on one.

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BlackBerry 10 Android Jelly Bean integration confirmed

BlackBerry 10 Android Jelly Bean integration confirmed

This week the development team at BlackBerry working with the new mobile OS BlackBerry 10 have confirmed that they'll be updating Android app integration from version 2.3 Gingerbread all the way up to 4.1 Jelly Bean. This Runtime for Android toolset takes what we know about Android app integration in BlackBerry 10 and moves it forward to apps being developed for the newest Android systems rather than Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This Gingerbread version of Android is, if you did not know, a version of Google mobile OS over 2 generations old - it's high time!

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BlackBerry Z10 Limited Edition Red sent to 12,000 developers for free

BlackBerry Z10 Limited Edition Red sent to 12,000 developers for free

This week the folks at BlackBerry have sent out a whopping 12,000 BlackBerry Z10 Red edition smartphones to developers across the world. Packages have been sent this with a note thanking these developers for "taking a leap of faith" in working with BlackBerry before and through the release of BlackBerry 10. This device appears to be exactly the same as the standard BlackBerry Z10 (see our full review here) device save the limited-edition red color casing.

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BlackBerry Z10 experiencing sell outs, limited stock across UK

BlackBerry Z10 experiencing sell outs, limited stock across UK

BlackBerry has a lot riding on the release of its newest mobile operating system, and it seems that one of its latest handsets - the BlackBerry Z10 - is getting off to a respectable start in some areas of the world. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said in a note to investors today that the BlackBerry Z10 has launched to great consumer reception in the UK, selling out in some places. It isn't doing too bad in other regions like Canada and UAE either, so BlackBerry might just have a winner on its hands.

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BlackBerry Z10 Review

BlackBerry Z10 Review

RIM reborn… and now it's BlackBerry, if you don't mind. Rebranded, refreshed, and desperate to impress, you can't knock BlackBerry's enthusiasm about its now-eponymous platform. Then again, it's had several months of delays in which to practice, and the BlackBerry Z10 - first out of the gate to run the OS - is so close to the two prior variants of developer device that there isn't a long list of new features to be learned. Instead, and with the arguably more important Q10 QWERTY version a couple of months off, it's a case of making an argument for BlackBerry 10 to occupy the coveted "third ecosystem" spot, and the scraps left behind from Android and iOS. Is BlackBerry 10 the OS to give Windows Phone nightmares, reboot BlackBerry itself, and snatch both consumer and enterprise crowns? Read on for our full review.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 31, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 31, 2013

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone. After dropping a new teaser trailer today, it looks like Sony is gearing up to announce the next PlayStation on February 20, 2013, so mark your calendars. Google Glass made a stop by the FCC today, and Temple Run 2 achieved the title of "fastest growing mobile game" 22 days sooner than the previous record-holder. The Windows 8 upgrade discount officially ends today, and the latest figures from IDC peg Samsung and ASUS will quickly-growing tablet sales.

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BlackBerry 10 tablet: three insane steps for success

BlackBerry 10 tablet: three insane steps for success

The BlackBerry PlayBook as it was released back in April of 2011 was a mess, but the first BlackBerry 10 tablet certainly doesn't have to be. Have a look back at our original BlackBerry PlayBook Review and you'll find that right out of the gate the machine was far too "rough around the edges" to be a real competitor with the likes of the iPad or even the first big Android release with the Motorola XOOM. The direction the company is going with BlackBerry 10 presents a unique opportunity to take the tablet market by storm by hitting several specific arenas at once.

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BlackBerry 10′s app library tipped as 40% repackaged Android

BlackBerry 10′s app library tipped as 40% repackaged Android

Just incase you didn't remember from the first time we spoke about the fact that BlackBerry 10 supports rather easily repackaged Android apps back in November of 2011, the point is being made abundantly clear here at the launch of the mobile OS. Here inside the launch week for BlackBerry 10 the 70,000 apps at launch have been called 40% Android in origin by none other than BlackBerry UX designer Don Lindsay as he spoke with PC Mag about the collection. The high conversion rate comes from none other than the basic BlackBerry Android toolset that's ready to rock for Android developers across the nation right this minute.

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