Blackberry has explained the design philosophy behind its uniquely-shaped Passport smartphone, and it revolves around the company's biggest market: business. Whether on the government or corporate level, business users differ from everyday users, and that's what the large display aims to meet.
When you’ve got an iPhone, your friends know it. Those around you know you're holding an iPhone with just a glance. Over the past few years, several brands have also begun settling their brand well enough that you’re able to identify their smartphone at a glance. What sets your smartphone apart from the rest?
It seems that BlackBerry is really serious about its Passport smartphone, which might call into question the company's sanity. But whether you are enamored or shocked by the revelation of the device, the large smartphone with a square display is real and has been spotted out in the wild thanks to these leaked photos and one video.
This week BlackBerry is suggesting that they "must fight back" against their competitors using an offense constructed entirely of facts. No, they’re not attempting to recreate the "Bears, Beats, Battlestar Galactica" battle between Dwight and Jim on The Office - they’re creating a "Fact Check" portal in which they attempt to cut down web-based articles and comments "trying to incite fear, uncertainty and doubt about BlackBerry."
BlackBerry warned us it had something odd coming, and this is it: the unusually proportioned BlackBerry Passport. Snuck into BlackBerry's latest financial results presentation - where the company announced a smaller-than-expected loss for the most recent quarter - the Passport has a 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 resolution display that's square, not rectangular.
It may be the day for Amazon's own smartphone to launch, but BlackBerry is getting in on the action too, announcing that the Amazon Appstore will be coming to its own handsets later this year. Support for the Android download store will be added as part of BlackBerry 10.3, which the Canadian company says should hit handsets this fall.
Thought BlackBerry was gone? Thought physical QWERTY keyboards have gone the way of the Dodo? Perhaps many thought so too, but BlackBerry clearly doesn't think so, and apparently neither does someone on eBay. A used BlackBerry Kopi, flaunting its glorious hardware keys, is up for bidding on eBay, which is, of course, suspicious considering the device has never been announced.
With connected wearables and the Internet of Things, what happens to your information? Stored somewhere, various companies are jockeying to make sense of it all, and trying to make sense of your data at the same time. Blackberry thinks they have the answer, and are introducing Project Ion as a back-end solution.
BlackBerry has teased an upcoming device with an unusual 4.5-inch square display, potentially making it one of the most outlandish form-factors in the company's smartphone history. The new phone was confirmed alongside the BlackBerry 10.3 SDK Beta, as sticking to the 1:1 square aspect ratio and having a 1440 x 1440 resolution and 453 pixel density.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been forced to respond to suggestions that the smartphone company is looking to sell off its device business, insisting that making BlackBerry handsets - including using a physical keyboard - is still on the agenda. Replying to claims yesterday that BlackBerry was considering walking away from the devices division, Chen said that his comments on the matter had been "taken out of context."
BlackBerry has been struggling for years in the smartphone realm after its handsets quickly fell out of popularity in the face of rivals like Android devices and the iPhone. BlackBerry began to lose its government and business accounts and has found it hard to compete in the current market. Considering the company’s dire fortunes, you might think that it would be out to sell devices through any company that it can work with.