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BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ spotted in leaked images, complete with physical keyboard

BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ spotted in leaked images, complete with physical keyboard

We've known for some time that the BlackBerry of years gone by is nearly dead and gone. The company has already abandoned its BB10 OS in favor of Android, and soon it won't even be making its own phones. But one element it continues to cling to for its devices is the physical keyboard. Case in point is the "Mercury," the codename for the much rumored, and possibly last, "traditional" BlackBerry phone.

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Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Unlike flagship smartphones, those on the mid-range are a dime a dozen. In fact, some manufacturers have more than two in that category at any given time. It results in an irony of choice, which, while giving you dozens of options to fit your budget and style, can also paralyze you with indecision. To help you in that crucial decision-making process this shopping season, we present you some of the best wallet-friendly smartphones that have landed this second half of the year, offering you the best bang for your buck when you don’t have much bucks to spend in the first place.

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Best of Android flagship phones of H2 2016 – The Pros and Cons

Best of Android flagship phones of H2 2016 – The Pros and Cons

The year is about to come to a close, but before that is, of course, the holidays and the shopping season and the shopping that goes along with it. If you’ve been waiting until then to make that long-planned high-end smartphone purchase, either for yourself or a lucky, special someone, the good news is that there is quite a lot to choose from. The bad news: there is a lot to choose from. To help whittle down the selection, here are 8 of the most notable Android flagship smartphones that popped up in the second half of the year.

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BlackBerry to give the keyboard smartphone one last hurrah

BlackBerry to give the keyboard smartphone one last hurrah

It is an end of an era for BlackBerry. Under the charge of CEO John Chen, the former smartphone giant has shifted its focus from a complete product stack to a software development house. There will still be BlackBerry phones of course, but those will no longer be made by BlackBerry itself. And chances are, they will be your traditional all-screen smartphone.Well, except one. Chen has finally confirmed that the company will pay tribute, perhaps one last time, to the classic keyboard-wielding phone that made the company popular.

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Verizon updates BlackBerry Priv to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Verizon updates BlackBerry Priv to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

While the BlackBerry Passport may have been the company’s most popular smartphone by way of eccentricity, the Priv is arguably it’s most contentious because of how it represented the company’s full embrace of the Android platform. Still, it has had its fans, especially with its sliding keyboard, and BlackBerry hasn’t forgotten them, and neither has Verizon. Now months after rival AT&T did so, Verizon is finally pushing Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the BlackBerry Priv, along with some special features of its own.

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BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry has penned a deal with Ford that will see it developing car software, the company has announced. This could prove a vital part of the company’s efforts to grow beyond the bounds of its failed mobile business, but the extent of BlackBerry’s automotive efforts aren’t clear at this time. Ford isn’t new to using BlackBerry-built software, though it has previously acquired it through Panasonic. With this new deal, the automaker will be getting it straight from BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 official: here’s what you’re getting

BlackBerry DTEK60 official: here’s what you’re getting

To the complete surprise of no one, BlackBerry has finally and officially acknowledged the existence of the BlackBerry DTEK60. Of course, that also means that sales can finally kick off as well. BlackBerry must already know that almost everything about the DTEK60 has been leaked anyway, so instead of focusing on the smartphone’s high-end hardware, the company instead turns your attention instead towards why you’d want to buy the BlackBerry DTEK60. Aside from not exploding, of course. In a nutshell, it all boils down to whether you buy into BlackBerry’s idea and implementation of enterprise-level security.

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BlackBerry “Mercury” specs spotted, Android 7.0 inside

BlackBerry “Mercury” specs spotted, Android 7.0 inside

It’s almost ironic that just after BlackBerry officially confirmed that it’s turning itself into more of a software development and licensing shop, more tidbits about BlackBerry smartphones start popping up. And it isn’t just the BlackBerry DTEK60 “Argon” either. Now we’re also hearing more word about what is only known as the BlackBerry “Mercury”, seen on Geekbench bearing some rather mid-range specs. What is interesting, however, is the revelation that it would run Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box. Or the rumor that it will have a physical QWERTY keyboard.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 pre-order appears on B&H, still unannounced

BlackBerry DTEK60 pre-order appears on B&H, still unannounced

Some retailers just can’t contain their excitement and “accidentally” put up product pages even before their official debut. That’s usually the case with popular smartphone brands, but it seems that even BlackBerry is not safe. B&H Photo might have gotten ahead of its self when it started the pre-order season for the BlackBerry DTEK60. Problem is, BlackBerry itself hasn’t even formally acknowledged its existence yet. Then again, we mostly already know everything there is to know about the higher end cousin of the DTEK50.

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BlackBerry 10 OS might actually live to see another day

BlackBerry 10 OS might actually live to see another day

It is almost ironic that the move that many have billed as the death of BlackBerry might actually be the one that saves BlackBerry 10 OS as well. Now that BlackBerry has moved towards being more of a software development and licensing shop, it means that the company won’t have be concerned about tanking sales of BB10 devices. Instead, they can simply license the operating system to manufacturers with a vested interest in it and let them worry about the sales instead.

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BlackBerry phone manufacturing is dead: now outsourcing only

BlackBerry phone manufacturing is dead: now outsourcing only

BlackBerry has announced that the company will no longer be developing hardware internally in their latest quarterly earnings call. In their latest announcement, they've suggested that their newest strategy includes "focusing on software development, including security and applications." This should come as no surprise to those familiar with the unit sales numbers of BlackBerry devices over the past several years, with each year - and indeed each quarter - decreasing in size for quite some time now.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry’s third fully Android smartphone, and probably its last for the year, is perhaps the strangest yet. Not exactly in terms of specs but in the price for those specs. Although related to the already launched DTEK50 by name, it is pretty much a high-end beast, at least based on BlackBerry’s own spec sheet. At the same time, however, the company might actually be putting a price tag that’s lower than equivalent smartphones this year.

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