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Android BlackBerry could be QWERTY heaven says Google design chief

Android BlackBerry could be QWERTY heaven says Google design chief

Things aren’t looking good for RIM. The Q1 2013 fiscal results showed a massive loss, 5,000 jobs need to be cut from the company, and BlackBerry 10 has been delayed until next year. Reuters reported earlier this morning that Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer approached the troubled company in the past, courting them for a potential Windows Phone tie-up. RIM could turn towards Android too, with Google’s Matias Duarte believing the company could make some great Android hardware.

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RIM confirms first BlackBerry 10 device won’t have physical keyboard

RIM confirms first BlackBerry 10 device won’t have physical keyboard

RIM confirmed today that its very first BlackBerry 10 device will not be featuring a physical keyboard, which has been iconic of the brand. Instead, it will go the route of touchscreen only, featuring a soft-keyboard like the one previewed on the developer version back at BlackBerry World. However, RIM does note that Blackberry 10 devices with physical keyboards will be available in the future.

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Swype Beta June 2012 hands-on

Swype Beta June 2012 hands-on

The first really giant 3rd party keyboard for Android, Swype, has released a brand new iteration of their still-beta build for all to see and love. What we've got here is a brief hands-on with each of the new features that this keyboard for your touch display-having Android devices is bringing forward this summer season. This build is being called "the next generation of Swype!" Can it live up to its own hype?

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RIM: BlackBerry 10 phones with physical QWERTY in pipeline

RIM: BlackBerry 10 phones with physical QWERTY in pipeline

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has insisted that there will be QWERTY-keyboard blessed BlackBerry 10 handsets when the new platform launches, despite the developer device being touch-only. The company prompted speculation yesterday that it was shifting away from its legendary hardware keyboards, when it confirmed plans to distribute a full-touch BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha to developers attending BlackBerry World 2012 this week, and spent keynote time demonstrating a new on-screen keyboard with predictive text.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Mini Keyboard gets official

BlackBerry PlayBook Mini Keyboard gets official

Frustration with text-entry on the BlackBerry PlayBook probably hasn't been the main cause of the tablet's commercial shortcomings, but it's the challenge RIM has taken on with its new BlackBerry Mini Keyboard. Hooking up via an encrypted Bluetooth connection, the Mini Keyboard also has a touchpad for navigating PlayBook OS 2.0 without reaching up to the touchscreen.

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Verizon DROID by Motorola February 10 release detailed

Verizon DROID by Motorola February 10 release detailed

Verizon's DROID 4 by Motorola will land on February 10, the carrier has confirmed, with the QWERTY-slider priced at $199.99 with a new, two year agreement. Announced at CES last month, the DROID 4 has a 4-inch display and a pull-out five row keyboard for easier text entry; inside there's a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity.

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Intel slider concept combines tablet and ultrabook form factors

Intel slider concept combines tablet and ultrabook form factors

The eye-popping Nikiski wasn't the only new form factor that Intel explored in its CES press conference. It also showed off an Ultrabook design called the Slider that's not unlike a few of the smartphones and tablets we've seen in the last few years. Like a QWERTY smartphone, it hides a full keyboard beneath a sliding screen, running on standard x86 hardware and low-voltage chips.

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Motorola Pro+ Review

Motorola Pro+ Review

Motorola's DROID Pro made a play for the disloyal BlackBerry crowd, pairing Android with a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen in a candybar form-factor. Blocky style and a low-res display did the Pro no favors, however, and so Motorola has returned with the Pro+, a smartphone targeting mobile professionals who don't want to be entirely embarrassed by their - or their IT department's - choice of handset. Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Torch 9810 priced for November 7 launch

T-Mobile BlackBerry Torch 9810 priced for November 7 launch

T-Mobile USA has announced pricing and availability for the BlackBerry Torch 9810, the BlackBerry 7 smartphone that pairs both a sizable touchscreen and a slide-out physical keyboard. Set to hit the carrier's 3G network on November 7, the T-Mobile Torch 9810 will be priced at $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

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T-Mobile LG DoublePlay pairs twin touch with QWERTY

T-Mobile LG DoublePlay pairs twin touch with QWERTY

T-Mobile USA has announced its latest Android smartphone, the LG DoublePlay, a QWERTY slider that pairs twin touchscreens with Gingerbread and a 5-megapixel camera. Set to go on sale in time for the holidays, the DoublePlay has a 3.5-inch main display upfront, with a smaller, 2-inch sub-display nestling between the split keyboard.

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AT&T outs ATRIX 2, Samsung Captivate Glide and three more ‘Droids

AT&T outs ATRIX 2, Samsung Captivate Glide and three more ‘Droids

AT&T has announced a full five new Android devices, the Motorola ATRIX 2, Samsung DoubleTime, Samsung Captivate Glide, Pantech Pocket and AT&T Avail, taking the carrier's total 'droid-powered count to 19 this year. The ATRIX 2 and the Captivate Glide are the two most interesting, each packing 4G HSPA+ for up to 21Mbps downloads (network depending) along with 1GHz dual-core processors, 8-megapixel cameras with LED flash and Full HD video recording, and a 4.3-inch qHD display on the Motorola while the Samsung makes do with 4-inches of WVGA Super AMOLED.

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Kindle 3 becomes Kindle Keyboard

Kindle 3 becomes Kindle Keyboard

Amazon will continue to sell the existing Kindle, complete with its physical keyboard, as the Amazon Kindle Keyboard. Although the retailer has announced new touchscreen Kindles, as well as an entry-level model at $79, there's still an option for those who want to enter text without pecking at the touchscreen or shifting a cursor around an on-screen board with a D-pad.

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