BlackBerry’s biggest software update carrying the 10.2.1 version number is finally here. Existing BlackBerry 10 OS devices such as the BlackBerry Z10, Z30, Q10 and Q5 should be getting a notification to update by now.
The new software upgrade brings a lot of new improvements in terms of usability and also not forgetting the ease of installing Android apps via its APK format. On the BlackBerry Z10, it is about 276MB to download and it varies depending on the current version and model you have. If you still haven’t receive any notification, you can head over to Settings > Software Updates, then tap on Check for updates.
If you still haven’t seen it yet, check out the full hands-on walk through of the new BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS here.
BlackBerry’s highly anticipated update – BlackBerry 10.2.1 is now rumoured to roll out next week beginning 28th January. When it comes to software updates, BlackBerry seems to be pretty quick with its international release especially in Asia Pacific.
There’s a lot to look forward to with the latest software update. Despite its tiny 0.1 increment from Blackberry 10.2, it brings a host of new UI enhancements that will improve usability and more levels of user customisation. You can check out all the new features in a hands-on video here.
The biggest addition would be the ability to install Android Apps via APK files. For those who are new, APK is the original Android installer file and previously Blackberry 10 OS requires a conversion from APK to BAR file in order to install Android apps. In short, the new update gives BlackBerry users easier access to the wide variety of apps available on the Android platform. The only hurdle is the lack of a Google Play Store but don’t worry as there are alternative solutions such as Droid Store that would do the trick.
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For those using BlackBerry Z10, Z30, Q10 or Q5, installing Android apps on your BlackBerry 10 device is going to get a whole lot of easier. In its next BlackBerry 10.2.1 software update, anyone can install Android apps with its APK file.
For those who are new to this, APK is basically an Android Package File which you can run to install. Usually this happens in the background on the Google Play store for a hassle free experience. The only hurdle that’s stopping regular people from installing Android apps is the lack of a “Google Play” store in the BlackBerry system. Obviously the folks at BlackBerry won’t allow such a blasphemous act. Therefore, only those with some technical knowledge of side-loading would get to enjoy a wider choice of apps from the Android platform.
Now there’s an app called Droid Store which allows BlackBerry users to install Android apps directly onto their device. This offers easy one click downloads with out the need of side loading or finding for APK files. At the moment, it doesn’t support Google logins which means that you’re limited to Free Apps for now. In the future, it could be possible to download paid apps that have been purchased under your Google login.
For those running on a leaked version of BlackBerry 10.2.1, you can download it here. To install it, you would need to side load and the instructions for sideloading is available here. The Droid Store will not work on current official BlackBerry version 10.2 and below it as it lacks the APK Installer support that’s only coming with BlacBerry 10.2.1.
Can’t wait to get BlackBerry 10.2.1 on your smart phone? If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get it earlier over here. As always, do proceed with caution.
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BlackBerry has finally announced its premium Porsche Design P’9982 that runs on their latest BlackBerry 10 OS. Underneath the internals are the same as the BlackBerry Z10 but comes with a much generous 64GB of on-board storage. If that’s not enough, there’s also an expandable microSD slot that supports up to additional 64GB.
It is powered with the similar dual-core 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM and the screen retains the identical 4.2″ display that does 1280×768. Juicing up the device is a 1,800mAh battery and it also supports 4G LTE with our local telcos(Band 3, 7) supported. For imaging, it comes with a 8MP main shooter and a front facing 2MP camera that does 720p video.
What you get for the premium price tag is the use of more upmarket materials. The back is wrapped with Italian Leather while the frame is made of stainless steel. For that extra exclusivity, the Porsche Design BlackBerry comes with a special BBM Pin number that starts with 2AA prefix. BlackBerry also offers a variety of accessories including a uniquely designed leather sleeve and multi-coloured leather back covers.
On the software side, there’s a customised Porsche Design look and feel as well. With the use of premium materials, the Porsche Design P’9982 is slightly thicker at 9.5mm (Z10: 9.0mm) and heavier at 140 grams (Z10: 137.5grams).
Being a Porsche Design, the P’9982 is priced at a rather premium 1,500 Pounds which is about RM7,600 if converted directly. It will be available through Harrods and Porsche Design Online Store. As comparison, its previous BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 which is based on the Bold 9900 was released in Malaysia at RM6,338.
Check out the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982 promo video and unboxing after the break.
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After rolling out its BlackBerry 10.2 OS update last month, there’s a lot to look forward to in their upcoming 10.2.1 update. Although the tiny incremental in number doesn’t sound much, it brings a host of new features particularly the ease of installing Android Apps.
Previously Blackberry 10 users would need to convert or find Android apps that are in BAR file format to install. With the new 10.2.1, installing Android apps is as simple as installing an APK file which can be retrieve easily with APK downloaders such as this.
In terms of usability, the new OS update brings major UI improvements where you can tap directly into a new message from the home screen and BlackBerry Hub now comes with a customisable pinch mode which lets you Filter mails by Unread or Priority by simply pinching out. Another welcome feature is the battery percentage level which is now displayed in the lock screen or while peeking. The pull down quick settings is now customisable as well, so you can add in toggles such as NFC and even LED Flash light on it. So far there’s no word on its official roll out date but we reckon BlackBerry Q10, Z30, Z10 and Q5 users shouldn’t be waiting too long for this one.
Watch the 7 minute walkthrough video of the BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS after the break.
About 3 months ago, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982 had surfaced online which is basically a premium device that’s based on a BlackBerry Z10. This marks BlackBerry’s second collaboration with Porsche Design followed by its P’9981 that was based on the BlackBerry Bold 9900.
Previously the guys at Tinhte.vn had leaked high resolution photos of the upcoming device and now they have uploaded a hands-on video which gives a better idea in terms of usability. You can watch the full video after the break.
With the recent shake up over at BlackBerry, it is uncertain if the device would actually be made available. If someone is going to pay a premium for a Porsche Design BlackBerry, the Z10 hardware looks rather dated right now and it makes more sense if the upcoming Porsche smart phone is based on the Z30 instead.
As comparison, the Z10 runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4.2″ display and a modest 1,800mAh battery while the Z30 is kicking a faster dual-core 1.7GHz processor with a 5″ display and a much larger 2,880mAh battery. Currently the Z10 4G LTE version and the Z30 are priced at RM1,899 and RM1,998 respectively.
BlackBerry has announced that it will be rolling out its BlackBerry 10.2 operating system update this week. The latest update brings a host of new features including BlackBerry Priority Hub, BlackBerry Natural Sound, Notifications on the lock screen and a couple of app enhancements.
It will be rolled out to existing BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry Q10 users starting with Canada, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Europe beginning week. Users in Latin America and the US will be getting on November onward. The recently announced BlackBerry Z30 already runs on BlackBerry 10.2 out of the box. For the full list of 10.2 updates and enhancements, hit the source link below.
Now, 5 million is a massive number and, presumably, many Android and iOS users have waited eagerly for a long time to get their hands on the service. But what does it all mean?
Well, fact of the matter is, BlackBerry is still very much in the lurch. The company is on the verge of being broken up and sold for parts, while its co-founders look for cash to save the once proud organisation from the brink. Add to this the close to US$1 billion of unsold BlackBerry Z10 slowly going obsolete in warehouses and store shelves around the world and it doesn’t take a Wall Street analyst to see that the company’s continuity is grimm.
To think about it, 5 million downloads is not that impressive when you consider the number of iOS and Android users combined reach the hundreds of millions. Is there demand for BBM when users are flocking to more entertaining and open messaging platforms like WhatsApp, WeChat and Line? Perhaps. Or maybe people are just curious to try BBM to see what all the fuss is about.
But let’s look at the bigger picture. BlackBerry (previously Research in Motion) was once an industry leader. Just five years ago BlackBerry was in an enviable position, it was the fastest growing tech company, the most profitable, the most promising, and to think its most encouraging headline today is about the number of times one of its apps was downloaded — and those downloads doesn’t necessarily translate to active users mind — just tells us what a sad, sad state BlackBerry is in today.
So what does it all mean? Get ready to say goodbye to what was once a truly great industry icon.
Things are getting desperate for BlackBerry as the company consider breaking itself up to be sold for parts if Fairfax Financial Holdings — its largest shareholder — is not able to raise the US$4.7 billion required to take the troubled company private reported Bloomberg citing an inside source.
BlackBerry has until November 4 to seek other options while the Fairfax group raise the necessary funds. Prospects don’t look good as a source close to the matter say the group may not be able to deliver the goods the Bloomberg report continues.
SAP, Cisco and even rival Samsung, were approached by BlackBerry advisers for a buyout bid but the companies have indicated that they’re only interested in acquiring parts of the once formidable Canadian tech giant. A breakup would enable interested parties to do just that — bid for BlackBerry’s most valuable pieces, such as its patents or enterprise network .
“If you break up the company, you’re going to get more than the company is worth right now,” Sachin Shah, a strategist in special situations and merger arbitrage at New York-based Albert Fried & Co. told Bloomberg. Whether Fairfax’s bid is successful or not, “breaking it up sounds more appetizing for all involved,” he said.
Closer to home, BlackBerry Malaysia Managing Director has left his position a little over two years after assuming the role, his departure is presumably linked to the recent company development.
The final chapters of BlackBerry, a company that once took the mobile industry and commanded an 80% market share in the United States is shaping up to be very sad indeed.
The BlackBerry Z30 goes on sale this Saturday 5th October making Malaysia one of the first countries to get it globally. Priced at RM1,998, the Z30 will be exclusive to Celcom for 2 weeks which is offered as low as RM738.
There are 3 plans available with bundled pricing as follows:
Celcom First Prime + 5GB data – RM738
Celcom First Premier + 5GB data – RM738
Celcom First Elite + 5GB data – RM738
Despite having multiple commitment plans with 24 months contract, the promo bundled pricing of RM738 is the same across all 3, which is similar to their Galaxy Note 3 offering.
Celcom is also having a launch event on Saturday at Celcom’s Iconic Store at Sunway Pyramid from 9.30AM. As a launch promo, the first 140 on location will stand a chance to win a pair of urbanears headphones. In addition to that, the first 200 customers that purchase a Z30 via Celcom will also get a free BlackBerry Z10 and a pair of Alicia Keys concert tickets in KL.
To recap, the Z30 is a 5″ BlackBerry 10 OS full touch smart phone and it runs on a newer 1.7GHz dual-core qualcomm S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Juicing up the Z30 is a much generous 2,880mAh battery and comes with 4G LTE & NFC as standard. You can read up more on the BlackBerry Z30 in our earlier post here.
Currently BlackBerry has also revised its pricing of other BlackBerry 10 OS devices with the current top of the line QWERTY Q10 is priced at RM1,998 while the 4.2″ Z10 is now priced at RM1,899 for the 4G LTE model.