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BlackBerry Priv US pre-order page pulled, details revealed

The Internet is like an elephant. It really doesn't forget. And there are a lot of people willing to help the world remember any kind of mistake, for better or for worse. So when BlackBerry "accidentally" publishes the pre-order page for the much talked about BlackBerry Priv but later pulls it down, the details it has revealed can no longer be unseen. Which is probably good for us, because we're looking at BlackBerry's first Android smartphone that is slated to ship November 16 for a price of $749.

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BlackBerry teases the Priv, Carphone Warehouse starts pre-orders

It's probably not an understatement to say that the Priv is BlackBerry's most interesting smarpthone of late. While the Passport was a curiosity because of its shape, the BlackBerry Priv tries to meld the company's well-known manufacturing skills and enterprise software with Google's mobile platform. But while the most recent leaks and insider information has focused on the hardware features of the smartphone, BlackBerry is now trying to shift the focus to what it says the Priv is all about; privacy and privilege in the mobile world.

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BlackBerry Priv pre-registration confirms a few details

The BlackBerry Priv might just be around the corner if the company already has a pre-registration system ready, although the exact date is still unknown. Together with the pre-registration page, however, BlackBerry is also giving a few clues about the Android smartphone's features. Some we've already heard about and are confirming this time around. Some are a bit completely new to our ears. Suffice to say, BlackBerry is building up the hype bit by bit for what could be the most interesting Android smartphone this time of the year.

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BlackBerry Priv might get a 21MP Sony IMX230 sensor

BlackBerry fans, now you have one less reason to fret over the upcoming Priv. Despite what earlier leaked photos and hands-on testimonies, the BlackBerry Priv might not come with the 18 megapixel rear camera that is clearly marked on the smartphone's rear. Instead, BlackBerry's first fully Android smartphone is now rumored to utilize Sony's IMX230 sensor, which would give it a larger 21 megapixel count. More than that, it could possibly fix the camera's poor low light performance shared by early testers of the much awaited smartphone.

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Early BlackBerry Priv hands on yields a mixed bag

After a string of near misses, it seems that BlackBerry has finally managed to drum up a lot of hype for an upcoming smartphone. Standing for Privacy and Privilege, the BlackBerry Priv is quite the talk of the town, partly because it seems to be BlackBerry's admission of defeat, and partly because of the now rare slider form. But as they always say, looks can be deceiving and a couple of preliminary hands on experiences paint a picture of a Priv that has just as many warts as it has beauty points.

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BlackBerry calls out Apple on security while touting Android

A new promotional spot from BlackBerry suggests that the company will be aiming their new phone "Priv" directly at Apple's iPhone users. According to the company's advertorial text, "we at BlackBerry are happy to see Apple is now taking your privacy seriously." The full-page text spot goes on to suggest that because BlackBerry has built their reputation by "creating the most secure device in the market," they'll be naming their "next generation secure smartphone" BlackBerry Priv. "In recognition of our long history of valuing our customers privacy," said BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry Priv leak confirms hexa-core CPU, 4K video capture

BlackBerry really seems to be trying to spice things up with what could be its highest profile smartphone. That is, after the somewhat divisive and odd BlackBerry Passport. The Canadian tech company has confirmed the existence of the Android-powered BlackBerry Priv but naturally it isn't spilling all the beans just yet. But thanks to some leaked photos of both the device and parts of the software running on it, we're beginning to see just how interesting the smartphone could be, which perhaps bodes well for the embattled company.

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BlackBerry BBM app comes to Apple Watch

More and more iOS apps these are adding Apple Watch support, with many coming from the email and other communication categories. When it comes to direct messaging, however, the big apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are still missing in action. Fortunately for fans of BlackBerry's BBM messaging service, they can now look forward to their Apple Watch being compatible. The BBM app for iOS has been updated, and is available now from the App Store.

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BlackBerry shares rendered images of the PRIV smartphone

BlackBerry definitely let loose a head turner when it finally acknowledged the existence of its first ever full Android smartphone, the BlackBerry PRIV. Unsurprisingly, there have been some positive voices raised in support of the smartphone, but there have also been less than flattering comments, especially after CEO John Chen demonstrated, or somewhat failed to, the smartphone. Now BlackBerry is teasing the public more with a few renders of the PRIV, showing what fans can expect when the smartphone does finally land in the market.

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CEO John Chen shows off the BlackBerry Priv, gets lost

Just because BlackBerry has finally admitted that it does have an Android smartphone doesn't mean everyone might be on board with the plan. And "not everyone" might even include CEO John Chen. The chief executive gave the Business News Network an exclusive glimpse at a working BlackBerry Priv, the company's first "true" Android smartphone. But in trying to demo the smartphone that "runs Google", Chen is visibly seen struggling to figure out how to actually use the device, as well as probably some hints of unresponsiveness with the touch screen.

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BlackBerry Priv confirmed, Android-powered phone will debut this year

After several months of leaks and rumors, BlackBerry itself come out and confirmed that its Android-powered, sliding keyboard smartphone is called the Priv, and will be released before the end of this year. The statements come from BlackBerry CEO John Chen, as part of the company's quarterly financial results report. The phone, which has previously been known as the Venice, will feature "the best of BlackBerry security and productivity," Chen added.

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