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BlackBerry Aurora launches in Indonesia and you can’t have it

BlackBerry Aurora launches in Indonesia and you can’t have it

It was just a few weeks ago that TCL and BlackBerry formally launched the first BlackBerry phone of the year, the QWERTY-bearing BlackBerry KEYone. Now the second BlackBerry of the year has also broken cover, but with less fuss and fanfare. The BlackBerry Aurora claims a few “firsts”, like the first BB phone with dual SIM support. But, for many BlackBerry fans, they will probably see the Aurora as the first BB in recent times that won’t be available to the global market.

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More BlackBerry phones coming, one leaks out from Indonesia

More BlackBerry phones coming, one leaks out from Indonesia

It may seem ironic at first brush that there might actually be more BlackBerry smartphones released after BlackBerry itself decided to stop making its own smartphones. That is, of course, also an expected consequence since the production of devices is no longer dependent on BlackBerry’s capabilities. The year may have kicked off with the BlackBerry KEYone, previously the “Mercury”, but 2017 may see at least 5 new BB phones launched. One from BB Merah Putih in Indonesia, might actually be closer to launch.

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BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A keyboard, at a cost

BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A keyboard, at a cost

I used to be a fan of QWERTY keyboards on smartphones, but as auto-correct for on-screen keyboards improved and devices slimmed down with a focus on touch, the charm of a physical 'board faded. BlackBerry wants to bring that back, though, with the BlackBerry KeyOne, a brand new smartphone that differentiates itself from the crowd with its physical thumbboard under a touchscreen. I spent some time trying the KeyOne out here at Mobile World Congress 2017.

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BlackBerry KeyOne pairs physical keyboard with Android Nougat

BlackBerry KeyOne pairs physical keyboard with Android Nougat

BlackBerry isn't dead, and the new BlackBerry KeyOne is aiming to underscore that, not least by giving physical keyboard lovers a new fix for their addiction. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 today, the smartphone previously known as the BlackBerry Mercury has a QWERTY keyboard underneath a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen. Like other recent BlackBerry devices, it runs Android rather than RIM's OS, though with some primarily security and productivity-minded tweaks.

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The next BlackBerry smartphones will come from India

The next BlackBerry smartphones will come from India

BlackBerry may have given up on making its own smartphones, but that doesn't mean you'll never see a new BlackBerry phone ever again. At least not yet. And no, we're not referring to the still to be formally announced BlackBerry "Mercury". This is, instead, about future BlackBerry-branded smartphones not made by BlackBerry itself. Instead, these will be made by Optiemus, a manufacturer in India, who will then be selling these devices mostly in India and a few of its neighboring countries.

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BlackBerry “Mercury” camera said to be same as Google Pixel

BlackBerry “Mercury” camera said to be same as Google Pixel

The BlackBerry “Mercury”, formal name still to be announced, is going to be an interesting smartphone for various reasons. And that might not include predicted sales numbers. What could be the last QWERTY phone in a long while, it is, to some extent, BlackBerry’s farewell to the smartphone-making biz. Now it seems that the TCL-made smartphone might have yet another interesting feature. According to leakster Roland Quandt, the Mercury’s rear camera will feature the exact same sensor on the top-rating Google Pixel.

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BlackBerry “Mercury” to be unveiled at MWC 2017, for real

BlackBerry “Mercury” to be unveiled at MWC 2017, for real

The Samsung Galaxy S8’s absence from MWC next month is probably a relief for many smartphone companies, as they no longer need to fight over the limelight with one of the biggest giants in the market. While that doesn’t really change anyone’s schedules, they can at least make a bigger noise. One that’s sure to try and raise the roof is BlackBerry, who just teased on their shiny new BlackBerry Mobile Twitter account, that the “Mercury”, real name still to be announced, will debut at MWC 2017. For real this time.

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BlackBerry “PRESS” by TCL to debut at CES 2017

BlackBerry “PRESS” by TCL to debut at CES 2017

Well that went fast. It feels like only yesterday when BlackBerry put out the DTEK60. Actually it was just a few months ago, so not exactly an exaggeration. It was no secret that BlackBerry had one last smartphone up its sleeve, perhaps the last of its kind. A smartphone bearing its own, non-sliding physical keyboard has been expected, and it seems it's coming sooner rather than later. At CES 2017, right at the start of the year, BlackBerry and TCL will reveal what is perhaps the last keyboard smartphone, the BlackBerry PRESS.

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BlackBerry “Mercury” to also make it to Verizon

BlackBerry “Mercury” to also make it to Verizon

If all goes according to schedule, or at least according to speculation, BlackBerry might be unveiling its historic last smartphone at CES 2017 next week. What might be revealed there, however, might not impress everyone, but everyone will at least have the chance to find out themselves. According to Roland Quandt, who was spot on in quite a few leaks, revealed that the so-called BlackBerry Mercury will not only be coming to the US, it will also be supporting Verizon's CDMA network.

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BlackBerry Mercury could be the Android innovator in 2017

BlackBerry Mercury could be the Android innovator in 2017

2017 is bound to have its share of impressive Android phones, but one you may want to begin paying attention to is the BlackBerry Mercury. Thus far, Blackberry has been tight-lipped about what to expect in the Mercury, but a number of leaks and reports have painted a fairly clear picture nonetheless. Should these turn out to be true, then the Mercury could end up being one of the most unique Android phones of the year.

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BlackBerry unveils self-driving and connected car research center

BlackBerry unveils self-driving and connected car research center

BlackBerry has announced its new QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center, AVIC for short. This innovation center is a research epicenter within the company for developing autonomous technologies related to vehicles, something it will do in partnership with some automakers and independently. The new research center was announced by BlackBerry CEO John Chen alongside Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today. Among the stated goals are plans to tap local software engineers who will be tasked with existing and new self-driving car projects.

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BlackBerry gives TCL almost full reign over its smartphones

BlackBerry gives TCL almost full reign over its smartphones

It is perhaps to no one’s surprise. After all the BlackBerry DTEK50, and the DTEK60 as well, were made by Alcatel. Now the two companies are just making things official and public. BlackBerry and Alcatel parent company TCL has announced the signing of a deal that fully brings a chapter in BlackBerry’s history to a close. BlackBerry will simply be licensing its software and brand to TCL, who will the design, make, and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones, which pretty much makes it the exclusive BlackBerry hardware partner.

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