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BlackBerry phone manufacturing is dead: now outsourcing only

BlackBerry phone manufacturing is dead: now outsourcing only

BlackBerry has announced that the company will no longer be developing hardware internally in their latest quarterly earnings call. In their latest announcement, they've suggested that their newest strategy includes "focusing on software development, including security and applications." This should come as no surprise to those familiar with the unit sales numbers of BlackBerry devices over the past several years, with each year - and indeed each quarter - decreasing in size for quite some time now.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry’s third fully Android smartphone, and probably its last for the year, is perhaps the strangest yet. Not exactly in terms of specs but in the price for those specs. Although related to the already launched DTEK50 by name, it is pretty much a high-end beast, at least based on BlackBerry’s own spec sheet. At the same time, however, the company might actually be putting a price tag that’s lower than equivalent smartphones this year.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 “Argon” exists, seen at FCC, Wi-Fi Alliance

BlackBerry DTEK60 “Argon” exists, seen at FCC, Wi-Fi Alliance

Barely a week ago, we saw signs that BlackBerry’s once rumored “Argon” Android smartphone was actually still on track to be launched. In fact, it would be formally named as the DTEK60, after the DTEK50 unveiled just last July. That has now been practically confirmed in certifications spotted at both the FCC and the Wi-Fi Alliance. In addition to the confirmation, the sighting also hints that the smartphone is likely to break cover soon, wrapping up BlackBerry’s schedule for Android devices for 2016.

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BlackBerry “Argon” DTEK60’s existence leaked by BlackBerry

BlackBerry “Argon” DTEK60’s existence leaked by BlackBerry

BlackBerry apparently isn’t done with Android smartphones yet. Or at least isn’t half done. If you remember the days preceding the announcement of the oddly named DTEK50, there were rumors about “Neon” and “Argon”, even a “Mercury” smartphones coming up. Well, “Neon” eventually became the DTEK50 we know today and, apparently, Argon is going to be the DTEK60 after all. That is according to a product page that was, funnily enough, “accidentally” published by BlackBerry itself. And even if BB takes the page down, the Internet now knows and will remember.

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BlackBerry Hub+ arrives on Google Play for Marshmallow devices

BlackBerry Hub+ arrives on Google Play for Marshmallow devices

We've been seeing BlackBerry enter the realm of Android hardware with the release of the PRIV and the recently revealed DTEK50, but now the company is looking to make a splash on the software side of things. BlackBerry announced today that it's rolling out BlackBerry Hub+ to a wider range of Android phones, giving Android users who don't own BlackBerry hardware a chance to try out its software suite aimed at organizing their social lives.

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BlackBerry DTEK50 Android phone aims for greatness through security

BlackBerry DTEK50 Android phone aims for greatness through security

We've not yet put our hands on the BlackBerry DTEK50, but based on our experience with the design it's based on, we can say that it's probably a pretty good Android phone. Have a peek at our most recent report on what BlackBerry has done to use Alcatel's design knowledge to create this new device. This is the DTEK50, a device that BlackBerry leads with suggesting is their thinnest smartphone ever - one with a great camera and top-notch security features.

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BlackBerry’s newest phone shows lack of care for Android innovation

BlackBerry’s newest phone shows lack of care for Android innovation

We're living in an age in which we don't just have companies copying smartphone design language, they're releasing old phones with new names. A BlackBerry smartphone has leaked today that's very clearly using the same body as a device that's previously been released by a different company. Alcatel designed this device - we can't ask Alcatel yet whether or not they'll actually confirm it, but its either that or they've got some lawsuit business they need to attend to. UPDATE: Learn more about the actual final release today as the DTEK50 is revealed in full.

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BlackBerry Neon Android smartphone leaks with mid-range specs

BlackBerry Neon Android smartphone leaks with mid-range specs

A new image of a BlackBerry Android-powered smartphone has leaked directly from BlackBerry. The device is the BlackBerry Neon (DTEK50) smartphone. The image was gleaned directly off BlackBerry servers after someone hit the go button a bit early on part of the website for the device that will go with its official launch. This will be the second Android device from BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry will still make smartphones against all odds

BlackBerry will still make smartphones against all odds

The past years haven't exactly been kind to BlackBerry, once the king of enterprise smartphones. Although every new device it puts out is naturally touted as a hit, targeting very specific demographics, none have been able to pull the company out of its slump. That, however, isn't stopping CEO John Chen from putting out more smartphones, one of which is already expected this year. That despite the growing opinion that BlackBerry should step out of the smartphone hardware business entirely.

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AT&T BlackBerry PRIV finally gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow

AT&T BlackBerry PRIV finally gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Back in April, BlackBerry, who tries really hard to always be up to date with the latest in Android, finally released an update that brings Android 6.0 Marshmallow to its one and so far only Android smartphone, the BlackBerry PRIV. That said, it also mentioned that carriers themselves will only be rolling out the update starting May 3rd. Unsurprisingly, few actually followed that schedule. Now two months later, AT&T is finally making that promise real by rolling out Marshmallow and all the goodies BlackBerry included in that update.

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BlackBerry promises it won’t ditch the physical keyboard

BlackBerry promises it won’t ditch the physical keyboard

Those who still love BlackBerry tend to love it for one reason only: the physical keyboard. Kim Kardashian has a stockpile of them because of the keyboard. Companies have braved lawsuits to bring the keyboard to other phones. And yet, Blackberry struggles. The company recently announced the discontinuation of its BlackBerry Classic device, and with that announcement came fears that BlackBerry's physical keyboard days are over.

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BlackBerry Classic has been officially discontinued

BlackBerry Classic has been officially discontinued

In late December 2014, BlackBerry introduced the return of a classic with its then-new BlackBerry Classic smartphone. Larger than the Q10 and better capable than BlackBerry devices of old, the Classic was praised by BlackBerry fans and regarded well enough by some critics. Still, the company has struggled to find a foothold in the modern smartphone market, and it has put many of its products to rest because of this. Today marks the official discontinuation of the BlackBerry Classic.

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