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BlackBerry’s next 3 Android phones planned for release by early 2017

BlackBerry’s next 3 Android phones planned for release by early 2017

The BlackBerry OS is clearly dead and buried, and now BlackBerry the company is doing all it can to avoid a similar fate. The smartphone maker is now pinning its last hopes on Android, with three new devices rumored to be in development, despite the BlackBerry Priv, their first phone to run Google's OS, being a major flop upon its release earlier this year.

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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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BlackBerry Mercury (Rome) renderings show slick physical keyboard

BlackBerry Mercury (Rome) renderings show slick physical keyboard

Things aren't going all that well over at BlackBerry in recent years. The company is struggling to design a relevant device that consumers actually want to own. In recent days, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been hinting that the company is working on some new mid-range phones. One of those phones has now turned up in some renderings and it looks pretty good.

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BlackBerry Priv is ‘really struggling,’ AT&T exec says

BlackBerry Priv is ‘really struggling,’ AT&T exec says

The BlackBerry Priv, the maker’s Android smartphone, isn’t doing so great. According to a recently surfaced source, AT&T has seen too many units being returned, with the handset overall “really struggling” to establish itself amongst its competition. The lagging sales are despite efforts on BlackBerry’s part to boost sales — back in April, for example, the company lowered the handset’s price in the U.S., U.K., and Europe, bringing it down to the same general price range as the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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Why I refuse to believe iPhone is forever

Why I refuse to believe iPhone is forever

Over the past several years, I've seen attitudes change when it comes to the iPhone and the mobile world in general. I refer mainly to two groups of people whose understanding of the world tends to reflect society at large, especially when it comes to technology. People who I meet at gas stations on long trips are part of one group - the other is my extended family. According to them, things are changing. Or they have the potential to change.

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PayPal retires Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

PayPal retires Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

Microsoft's exit in the smartphone arena, or at least the hardware side of it, sends all the wrong signals to OEMs as well as app developers, whether Microsoft likes it or, most likely, not. As if by coincidence, PayPal has just announced that it will sunset the Windows Phone version of its app starting June 30. The good news for Windows Phone users is that they won't be alone in their misery, as BlackBerry is doing the same for BlackBerry and Amazon Fire owners.

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BlackBerry Hamburg at GFXBench confirms mid-range Android specs

BlackBerry Hamburg at GFXBench confirms mid-range Android specs

The bevy of announcements dropped at Google I/O may have many Android fans salivating over the idea of new smartphones and tablets carrying Android N soon. Of course, that's not gonna happen yet, even late this year, as most devices still to come will most likely still carry Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Take for example BlackBerry's Android "Hamburg" handset. Yes, another full Android smartphone coming from the embattled Canadian company. And based on this sighting at GFXBench, it will indeed be a mid-range device as rumored. At least it looks to be a decent one at that.

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BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome prototype renders explained

BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome prototype renders explained

In this business, dealing with leaks and unofficial sources is a risky afair. Sometimes you bump into dead ends. Sometimes you end up with red herrings. Of course, in the absence of real deal, which may or may not come, we take what we can. It seems that some did more than just take, in the case of some supposedly leaked renders of BlackBerry's two upcoming Android devices. BlackBerry Central's Dylan Habkirk went public to claim those images as his, but with one important correction: they aren't leaks but actually renders based on prototypes he has seen himself.

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BBM Video released in Beta for Android

BBM Video released in Beta for Android

Thank goodness, BBM Video has arrived (as a public Beta) in the United States this week. I, personally, was beginning to think it'd never arrive. Because I forgot that it existed, to be entirely honest. But now that it's here, BBM Video from Blackberry will be good to test against the masses of video messaging services that may have become complacent in the absence of any real massive competition. OR it'll be fun to speak with your one friend with a BlackBerry phone with video, at last.

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BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

This morning a set of photos of the next couple of BlackBerry handsets have been leaked - both with Android onboard. This bit of information should not come as a complete shock, as it's been all but confirmed that BlackBerry will no longer be making smartphones with their own BlackBerry OS. But the size and shape of these Android-based smartphones are new. They certainly don't look entirely new - they've got designs very closely related to the BlackBerry Priv - but they're newish nonetheless.

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BlackBerry rolls out Android 6.0 for Priv with more features

BlackBerry rolls out Android 6.0 for Priv with more features

Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been out in public for more than five months now but, unsurprisingly, it's adoption rate hasn't even reached a tenth of the Android market. There is, then, some merit to BlackBerry's boast of being one of the few OEMs to have embraced the new version so quickly. Then again, it really only has one Android device to worry about anyway. Still, it's a commendable effort, especially after only a month in beta testing. But rather than simply provided Android Marshmallow to BlackBerry Priv users, it also took the opportunity to introduce some new features to its only Android smartphone as well.

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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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