BlackBerry Argon, Neon and Mercury Android smartphones specs surface

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BlackBerry CEO already confirmed that the company will release two mid-range Android handsets this year, one with a physical keyboard and one with a full touchscreen. In a recent interview he also confirmed that the lower-priced device will be have a full touch screen. Now specifications of three upcoming Android smartphones –  Argon, Neon and Mercury have surfaced, thanks to @evleaks. These were first posted in a forum last week.

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BlackBerry Hamburg could be a TCL-made Android smartphone

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Earlier in April this year it was rumored that BlackBerry will release two mid-range smartphones codenamed Hamburg (with full touch screen) and Rome (with a physical keyboard and a touchscreen) by the end of this year. A smartphone that was spotted on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s website is seen to be manufactured by China’s TCL that produces the Alcatel line of smartphones.
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BlackBerry reports $670M loss in Q1 FY 2017, CEO confirms full-touch budget Android phone

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BlackBerry today reported a net loss (GAAP) of $670 million or $1.28 per basic share for the first fiscal quarter 2017 that ended May 31, 2016 on revenues (GAAP) of $400 million. This is due to long lived asset impairment charge of $501 million, a $57 million goodwill impairment charge and $41 million inventory-related charge.
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BlackBerry Priv gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow update with several new features

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BlackBerry has finally started rolling out  Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) update for its flagship Priv smartphone, after beta program. The update brings several new features including enhanced privacy, security and usability features, imrpoved BlackBerry Keyboard, better notifications, 24fps 4K video and 120 fps slow-motion video recording and more. Continue reading “BlackBerry Priv gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow update with several new features”

BlackBerry to launch two mid-range Android phones, including one with physical keyboard in 2016

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“BlackBerry plans to launch two mid-range Android handsets this year, one with a physical keyboard and one with a full touchscreen,” CEO John Chen said in an interview to The National during his visit to Abu Dhabi. He also admitted that the Priv “was too high-end a product”, with its target market of enterprise customers. Continue reading “BlackBerry to launch two mid-range Android phones, including one with physical keyboard in 2016”

BlackBerry Priv Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta program registration begins

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BlackBerry already confirmed during the earnings call last week that it is planning to roll out Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) update for the Priv in late April or early May. Now it has started taking registrations for the first beta program so that users can contribute to testing Android 6.0 on Priv. Continue reading “BlackBerry Priv Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta program registration begins”

BBM’s Message Retraction and Timer features are now free to use without subscription

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BlackBerry has updated BBM for Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10 that makes privacy features such as Timed Messages and Message Retraction that were previously only available as part of a BBM subscription are now completely free. These features were introduced back in 2014. Continue reading “BBM’s Message Retraction and Timer features are now free to use without subscription”

BlackBerry reports $238M loss in Q4 FY 2016, 600,000 units of Priv sold in the quarter

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BlackBerry today reported a net loss (GAAP) of $238 million or $0.45 per basic share for the fourth fiscal quarter 2016 that ended February 29, 2016 on revenues (GAAP) of $464 million. Cash and investments balance was $2.62 billion at the end of the fiscal quarter. Continue reading “BlackBerry reports $238M loss in Q4 FY 2016, 600,000 units of Priv sold in the quarter”

BlackBerry Priv Review

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BlackBerry introduced its most expected flagship Priv smartphone running Android back in October last year. It was launched in India earlier this year at a price tag of Rs. 62,990. Mainly targeted at Business users who prefer Android, this is the first Android smartphone from BlackBerry that also has a slide-out physical keyboard that you rarely see on Android smartphones. How good is the smartphone? Let us find out in the review.

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BlackBerry Priv Camera Samples

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BlackBerry launched its flagship Priv smartphone running Android earlier this year for Rs. 62,990. We already brought you the photo gallerybenchmarks and the battery life test results of the smartphone, here we have the camera samples. The Priv has a 18-megapixel rear camera certified by Schneider-Kreuznach, has a dual-tone LED Flash, optical image stabilization (OIS), phase detection auto focus (PDAF), f/2.2 aperture, 6P lens and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with  f/2.8 aperture and 1.7 micron pixel size. Continue reading “BlackBerry Priv Camera Samples”

BlackBerry is the first OEM to roll out monthly Android security patches along with Google

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Last year BlackBerry announced its plans to push hotfixes for critical issues and monthly Android security updates from Google for the BlackBerry Priv smartphone. Earlier this week it rolled out a 17MB OTA update for the BlackBerry Priv that includes Google’s March Android security update addressing multiple vulnerabilities. Today BlackBerry said that it is the first OEM to deliver patches in line with Google’s public disclosure. It also said how BlackBerry it is delivering on its patching commitment. Continue reading “BlackBerry is the first OEM to roll out monthly Android security patches along with Google”