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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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Exploding Kittens Android version release next, then BlackBerry

Exploding Kittens Android version release next, then BlackBerry

The release of the iOS version of The Oatmeal artist's "Exploding Kittens" card game is followed soon by an Android app. The iOS version of this game for iPhone and iPad has gone to the top of the iOS App Store - in just under a day. This, as per usual, has the rest of the mobile universe (mostly Android) asking where their version is. The team behind the development of the Exploding Kitten app for iOS have made clear: the Android version is well on its way.

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BlackBerry PRIV coming to T-Mobile – here’s why you want it

BlackBerry PRIV coming to T-Mobile – here’s why you want it

As of Tuesday, January 26, 2016, you'll be able to purchase a BlackBerry PRIV at T-Mobile USA. This device is different from every other device available at T-Mobile at the moment, and not only because it has a slide-out keyboard. This is BlackBerry's first device with Android, rolling with a decent camera and BlackBerry's own suite of unique apps, as well.

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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 says it will continue to operate in Pakistan

BlackBerry says it will continue to operate in Pakistan

In late November, BlackBerry announced it would be exiting Pakistan due to the nation’s alleged desire to “monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic” within the country. BlackBerry’s withdraw was scheduled to take place after November 30, but was later delayed until December 30 after Pakistan announced its would extend the deadline for its BES servers shutdown order. Now, a single day after the shutdown deadline, BlackBerry has announced a change.

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DxOMark puts BlackBerry Priv on par with iPhone 6s

DxOMark puts BlackBerry Priv on par with iPhone 6s

Looks like BlackBerry has yet another thing to be proud of with its most recent smartphone. While we're still not privy to exact and official sales numbers for the BlackBerry Priv, it has just received a vote of confidence from DxOMark, one of the most cited authorities when it comes to digital photography benchmarks. Earning an overall score of 82, DxOMark puts the Priv on the same level as the iPhone 6s ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Nexus 6 but still below the Galaxy S6 edge+, the Galaxy Note 5, or even the iPhone 6s Plus.

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BlackBerry might have a mid-range Android phone in 2016

BlackBerry might have a mid-range Android phone in 2016

Given the largely positive reception, though not completely positive sales, of the BlackBerry Priv, a lot of attention has again been showered on the Canadian company. And a lot of questions as well. Aside from questions of whether the Priv was the savior that it had hoped it would be, there is also the question of what's next for BlackBerry. According to CEO John Chen, the company is open to the idea of making yet another Android smartphone, but if and only if the Priv does well in the market in the next few months.

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BlackBerry Priv doing well, says tight-lipped CEO

BlackBerry Priv doing well, says tight-lipped CEO

Given the mostly positive reception the BlackBerry Priv garnered during its first days in the market, you'd think it would be doing well. Given how CEO John Chen is speaking highly of numbers, that might indeed be the case. But Chen is also being enigmatic and purposely vague about the status of the Priv smartphone as well as its direct impact on the company's financials, leaving many still wondering if the Priv has really become the company's savior or if it is more of a bright but short-lived star.

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BlackBerry delivers first PRIV monthly security update

BlackBerry delivers first PRIV monthly security update

At the height of the Stagefright Android scare, there were a lot of raised voices pushing for regular security updates, mostly on a monthly basis. Considering the almost convoluted process involved in releasing updates, it isn't surprising that so far very few have been able to keep their promises. One of those few is BlackBerry, who today is announcing its first stability update for its high-profile fully Android BlackBerry PRIV. Included in that batch is its promised security update, the first of hopefully many more regular monthly releases.

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