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BlackBerry Priv Verizon release: What you need to know before buying

BlackBerry Priv Verizon release: What you need to know before buying

The BlackBerry Priv has been made available by Verizon this afternoon, and with it, a very unique proposal. A device that runs Android, but looks and feels like a BlackBerry smartphone. That's what this device is. Instead of running a Google-centric experience, you still get the Google Play app store but you're clearly being steered toward BlackBerry's apps. They want you to be secure. They want you to be a BlackBerry user.

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NY Judge rules against DEA in Apple iPhone encryption case

NY Judge rules against DEA in Apple iPhone encryption case

One ruling is released in Apple's battle with the government over given access to encrypted iPhones in court cases throughout the United States. As we pour over what Magistrate Judge James Orenstein's 50-page memorandum and order means for Apple, we can also fairly easily interpret what it'll mean for all smart devices, including those running Google's Android. And Windows Phone. And Blackberry, if you wish. The whole lot.

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Rumors points to Verizon BlackBerry Priv launch March 3

Rumors points to Verizon BlackBerry Priv launch March 3

Verizon BlackBerry fans that have been waiting for the Priv Android-powered device to land might not have much longer to wait. Word is that pre-orders for the device might kick off March 3 with the smartphone being available in stores on March 11. This hasn’t been officially confirmed with any announcement from BlackBerry, so at this time it's still a rumor.

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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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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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