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BlackBerry pushes BBM with Android preloads

BlackBerry pushes BBM with Android preloads

Google might prefer Android users to stick with Hangouts for their instant messaging, but BlackBerry has inked a deal to preload BBM on a number of handsets running the OS in mulitple regions. The agreement - which will affect select Android phones offered in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and the Middle East - won't force new owners to register for a BBM account, but it will put the app right in front of them, as BlackBerry tries to push its cross-platform service out from under the shadow of BlackBerry 10.

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Pfizer drops BlackBerry as new BB CEO hints at “BYOD” transformation

Pfizer drops BlackBerry as new BB CEO hints at “BYOD” transformation

Pfizer this week told its 92,000 employees to let their BlackBerry contracts expire and move over to iOS and Android devices. The drug manufacturer cited BlackBerry's declining market share and the floundering mobile company's recent attempt to sell itself as grounds for planning for a sudden unexpected service interruption. This news emerged just a few days after the US Department of Defense announced a contingency plan to replace its 470,000 BlackBerry devices with other brands in case BlackBerry eventually collapses.

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BBM update for iOS hits wi-fi iPad, brings Android battery fix

BBM update for iOS hits wi-fi iPad, brings Android battery fix

BlackBerry Messenger - or BBM - has been updated today to include a list of fixes and feature additions for Android and the inclusion of a couple new devices for iOS. This new version of BBM works with the wi-fi-only iPad now as well as the iPod touch where the first version did not. This update adds Android abilities to do things like sharing a BBM PIN and PIN barcode to social networks.

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BBM for WiFi-only iPad and iPod touch “within 24 hours”

BBM for WiFi-only iPad and iPod touch “within 24 hours”

BlackBerry's BBM instant-messaging service will be updated to run on WiFi-only iOS devices like the iPad and iPod touch "within 24 hours" the company has confirmed. The new version follows BBM's release for iOS and Android in late October for cellularly-enabled devices, with head of BBM Andrew Bocking confirming the imminent update to SlashGear today. The move will mean that owners of non-3G/4G iPad and iPod touch devices will be able to join the growing number of BBM users.

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Pentagon begins preparing for Blackberry’s demise

Pentagon begins preparing for Blackberry’s demise

Blackberry, despite some noble efforts, has found itself unable to pull out of its tailspin, and has been undergoing a long process of deciding what to do with the company, reportedly rejecting offers to sell its assets last month and recently the expected Fairfax buyout falling through. In light of all this, the Department of Defense is now setting up what amounts to contingency plans in the event that Blackberry fizzles away.

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Smartphone spec war wanes as IDC shows average pricing fall

Smartphone spec war wanes as IDC shows average pricing fall

This week the folks at IDC have released their quarterly tracking numbers for shipments of smartphones as listed by operating system. Alongside these numbers, IDC shows an smartphone average selling price (ASP) chart which shows a relatively clear trend: downward. Though many publishers today have chosen to follow the "Phablet" headline opportunity in this most recent report, this pricing trend is set to have one whole heck of a lot bigger an impact on the market in coming years.

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BlackBerry Z30 hits Verizon with 5-inch display

BlackBerry Z30 hits Verizon with 5-inch display

This November those wishing to roll forward with the BlackBerry 10 universe will be able to see it happen on the biggest and most powerful handset ever to run the operating system. This device works with a 5-inch display with 720p resolution and a 1.7GHz processor under the hood. It'll be available from Verizon exclusively, too, so you know you're amongst a somewhat elite club of owners - so to speak.

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Google Play Store to debut on BlackBerry 10.2.1, images suggest

Google Play Store to debut on BlackBerry 10.2.1, images suggest

The newest BlackBerry OS build, 10.2.1, could allow the Google Play Store to be installed, letting users download and install Android apps to run on BlackBerry devices--if the four leaked photos shown below are to be believed. PhotoShop is always a suspect, but the images are plausible. As long as they represent a genuine near-future reality, BlackBerry users will soon no longer have to side-load Android apps.

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BlackBerry rejected Apple and Microsoft split requests say insiders

BlackBerry rejected Apple and Microsoft split requests say insiders

BlackBerry rejected approaches from Apple, Microsoft, Lenovo and others to break up the ailing Canadian company and split its assets, insiders claim, with the firm's patent portfolio apparently of particular interest. Both Microsoft and Apple were eager to acquire BlackBerry's wireless patents, sources told Reuters, but the firm's board decided a piecemeal sell-off was not in the interest of all stakeholders.

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