BlackBerry hasn’t been doing too well in the device game. Once a strong platform made popular by its secure messaging service, BlackBerry now has a market share of less than 1%. While they are still introducing new BlackBerry devices like the Passport, Classic and Leap, they are still far from becoming mainstream.
According to a couple of sources, word has it that BlackBerry could be making an Android based device. Whether they would abandon its current BlackBerry 10 devices isn’t really clear but we reckon it is unlikely at this point of time. This comes at a time where BlackBerry is now focused towards enterprise solutions especially its device management platform that works across various mobile OS including Android, iOS and Windows.
If BlackBerry is releasing an Android device, it may be a slider device that comes with a QWERTY keyboard like the BlackBerry Torch series. This would offer a familiar full touch screen display, bundled with a tactile feeling of BlackBerry’s signature keyboard. The slider phone was speculated a couple months back and it could feature a dual curved display similar to the Galaxy S6 edge.
Would you buy a BlackBerry if it runs on Android OS with a QWERTY keyboard?
After introducing the Passport, BlackBerry has yet to release a new high end device. The recently announced BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Leap smart phones are still running on a rather dated dual-core Snapdragon processors but they run on their latest BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS on top.
For those who need more power, here comes a new high-spec BlackBerry which looks like another variant (possibly cheaper) of the Passport.
Just when you thought BlackBerry is keeping quiet, its new Leap could be making its way into Malaysia. Announced during MWC 2015, the Leap is an affordable new smart phone that’s a notch above its current BlackBerry Z3.
With its appearance on our local SIRIM database, its local launch might be near.
Still on your BlackBerry Bold and looking for an upgrade? The new BlackBerry Classic with the traditional QWERTY keyboard is now available on TuneTalk without contract. You can purchase it from their online store at the full retail price of RM1,588.
As an added bonus, Tune Talk is bundling a free SIM loaded along with RM300 air time. According to the T&C, the RM300 air time comes with 3 months validity, so you’ll need to top up after that.
To fresh your memory, the new Classic has a 3.5″ 720×720 display and underneath it gets a familiar Bold styled physical buttons and trackpad. Powering the device is a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage that are similar with its earlier BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smart phones. It also comes equipped with a 8MP main camera and a front facing 2MP shooter. Keeping the lights on is a non-removable 2,515mAh battery and it also supports 4G LTE. Since BlackBerry Classic is on the newer BlackBerry 10 platform, you no longer need to subscribe to any of the old school BIS/BES plans.
If you’re interested, visit Tune Talk’s BlackBerry Classic page.
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BlackBerry is trying to make its mark at MWC 2015 by introducing its new BlackBerry Leap. This is yet another affordable BlackBerry full touch screen device targeted at youths and it sits right above the current entry-level BlackBerry Z3. It gets a similar sized 5″ display but pushes a higher HD 720p resolution, which gives it a pixel density of 294ppi.
Under the hood, it gets a dated dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus (Is Qualcomm still making these?) that’s also powering the old BlackBerry Z10 and it is mated to 2GB of RAM. On-board there’s 16GB of storage that can be expanded with microSD up to 128GB.
If you prefer to use a web browser that’s not Chrome and like to be connected on your WhatsApp all the time, you’ll be happy to know that WhatsApp has extended support for its Web WhatsApp service to Opera and FireFox so now you can use WhatsApp on your computer without the need to open Chrome. Get access the WhatsApp web here.
Chrome is nice and all but it is one of the most resource intensive browsers out there, so if you want your machine to run faster and longer, it make sense to run light and fast browsers like Opera or Firefox.
If you’re on iOS however, you’re out of luck because, support for WhatsApp Web is still not available yet.
BlackBerry is now rolling out its latest 10.3.1 software update to current BlackBerry 10 devices. This includes its older BlackBerry Z10, Z3, Z30, Q5, Q10, Porsche Design P’9983 and the latest BlackBerry Passport.
The latest update which came installed on the BlackBerry Classic will bring a host of new improvements including BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant and a couple of enhancements for its native apps such as BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Camera and more. With the latest version, the Amazon Appstore will be installed by default and QWERTY based devices such as the Q5, Q10, P’9983 and Passport will get extra keyboard shortcuts to launch specific apps or contacts.
Meanwhile if you’re away from your BlackBerry, you can easily access your device via Blackberry Blend from any connected computer or tablet without the need of complicated VPNs. This lets you read or reply to messages remotely as if you’re on the device itself.
The update should be reaching to Malaysian units and if you haven’t received any notifications yet, you can try checking manually at Settings > Software Updates > Updates.
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As the US is debating about Net Neutrality, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen had shared his point of view on the issue. Instead of focusing solely on the networks, he says that content and app neutrality is equally as important in the current information age.
According to John Chen, application and content neutrality is one of the driving factors to turnaround BlackBerry. BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) was opened up in 2013 to support multiple platforms and its BES12 enterprise solution is accessible not just on BlackBerry but also on iPhone and Android devices as well.
WhatsApp Web is now live and ready to use on your desktop computer. This is made possible on Chrome and setting it up is as easy as scanning a QR code from your mobile device. In terms of availability, it currently works on Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, BlackBerry 10 and Nokia S60. Sorry iPhone users, it isn’t available due to platform limitation.
For this to work, make sure you’re having the latest WhatsApp version (Android: 2.11.498) and you’ll find a new “WhatsApp Web” option in the menu. If it doesn’t show up, it might take a while or you can try restarting your phone.
The BlackBerry Classic that brings the latest BlackBerry experience in an iconic BlackBerry Bold design is finally launched in Malaysia. It is available exclusively from Celcom with a retail price tag of RM1,588. On Celcom’s new First Postpaid plans, the BlackBerry Classic can be yours from as low as RM338.
The bundled options from Celcom are as follows:
Celcom First Basic (RM85/month) – RM1,038
Celcom First Basic with Max Up All (RM135/month) – RM788
Celcom First Elite (RM235/month) – RM338