BlackBerry is expected to release a new BlackBerry 10.3 software update which brings a couple of new features and UI enhancements. To demonstrate the new revisions, N4BB has recorded a quick hands-on preview of an early 10.3 Build running on a BlackBerry Z10.
The new BlackBerry 10.3 has a number of UI revisions including a flatter UI design and the home screen icons are now displayed without the typical grey boxes behind it. The camera interface gets a major revamp with a new camera timer, panorama photo mode and an option to shoot a 60fps video at 720p resolution. There’s also a new Automatic Stories feature that creates highlight clips with photos taken at the same location. This is somewhat similar to HTC’s Zoe highlight videos.
Also new is a voice assistant called Intelligent Assistant. While we are curious to find out how it compares against Cortana and the rest, unfortunately it refuses to work in video.
Watch the hands-on demo of Blackberry 10.3 after the break.
Struggling BlackBerry is on a roll to introduce smart phones at lower price segments. During MWC 2014, they had announced the BlackBerry Z3 which is supposed to be an affordable touch screen BlackBerry 10 device for the Indonesian market. Sometime last year, we’ve seen a purported entry-level QWERTY based BlackBerry device codename “Kopi” but we haven’t heard much about it for a long time. Initially it was suspected that the device got canned after John Chen took over as CEO.
Now it appears that the device might be coming out after all with fresh leaks of the device and a side by side comparison with its BlackBerry Q5 sibling. The leak images came from Vietnam, where surprisingly its tech sites seems to be able to grab hold of unreleased devices lately. The all black colour device shown above is the current BlackBerry Q5 while the other unit with a Silver frame is the new unreleased “Kopi”.
With both side by side, the new Kopi appears to be more upmarket with a contrasting colours on the frame and a textured back. Size wise, it is quite similar with the Q5. This raises a question, whether the new BlackBerry Kopi is a new low-cost device or could it be a replacement model instead? Currently the BlackBerry Q5 which comes with 4G LTE support is priced at RM818. For those seeking a high-end QWERTY smart phone, Blackberry also had announced its large screen BlackBerry Q20 but that’s only coming on the 2nd half of this year.
Check out more images of the BlackbBerry Kopi after the break.
The last BlackBerry 10.2.1 update for BlackBerry 10 devices had brought major changes with improved usability and support for Android APK files. Now a newer OS update that carries the version number 10.3 is on its way. While the increment in number looks big, the changes are rather subtle compared to the previous update.
Some of the new changes on the BlackBery 10.3 version include:
The 10.3 software update for the BlackBerry Z10 has been leaked out. If you’re adventurous, you can download it now which is about 1.6GB in size. To install, you may follow the step by step instructions over here.
Head after the break for more additional screenshots taken from the BlackBerry 10.3 OS.
Popular taxi booking service MyTeksi has finally spread its wings to Kuching, Sarawak. Since the service is rather new in East Malaysia, they are running a beta tester program where you can stand a chance to win an iPhone 5C. All you need to do is place a MyTeksi booking from now until 30th of April. Each successful booking gives you 5 entries while each unsuccessful booking will grant you 1 entry.
The service is rather efficient in the Klang Valley especially with its large network of participating drivers. Requesting for a cab is easy thanks to its rather reliable mapping system which accurately identifies your current location for pick up. For greater peace of mind, the app shares the driver details and you can also share your estimated time of arrival with a real time location tracker to your family and friends.
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Apple claims CarPlay, its in-car infotainment system, is like “iOS in a car” but unbeknownst to many CarPlay doesn’t run on iOS at all.
The CarPlay system uses Siri extensively to communicate with the driver allowing you to control run applications, control playlists and receive notifications hand-free. Naturally for the system to work, you will have to connect CarPlay to an iPhone or iPad and while it interfaces with iOS devices, CarPlay runs on QNX, an operating system owned by BlackBerry and is the base of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Apple is even listed as a strategic partner in automotive on QNX’s website.
So why not iOS in CarPlay? A simple assumption, the iOS is Apple’s mobile platform and CarPlay is not a part of that. Instead, CarPlay suplements iOS devices allowing users to extend the capabilities of the iPhone and iPad into the car.
But why QNX? Well it’s the natural choice for such an advance in-car infotainment system — that’s QNX’s forte. Before being re-purposed into a mobile operating system by BlackBerry, QNX was specifically developed as a powerful and flexible operating system for embedded devices like in-car entertainment systems.
BlackBerry may be struggling in the mobile space but in Apple’s CarPlay, the once leader in smartphones, finds an unlikely success story.
Head on over to after the jump to see Volvo’s installation of CarPlay in their cars.
In addition to the Q20, BlackBerry announced a new smartphone developed specifically for the Indonesian market. A result of a strategic partnership with device manufacturer, Foxconn, to keep costs low, the BlackBerry Z3 will feature a 5-inch touchscreen display, run on BlackBerry 10.2.1 and feature customised local apps. While other specifications like battery, camera and processor have not been revealed during the announcement detailed leaked images of the Z3 have already surfaced on the internet.
While BlackBerry is optimistic of the Z3′s performance, it has a mountain to climb in Indonesia, a market where it used to enjoy a cult following. In 2011, BlackBerry accounted for 43% of the Indonesian smartphone market, according to IDC. But the market has shifted quickly toward Android devices and by 2013, BlackBerry’s share of the Indonesian market had dwindled to 14% while Android’s market exploded to 81%.
The BlackBerry Z3 is expected to be available in Indonesia in April. Further details on pricing and availability will be announced at launch.
BlackBerry believes a physical QWERTY keyboard and trackpad will give the brand the competitive edge as it struggles to return to relevancy in an industry that it pioneered not too long ago.
The new device — called the BlackBerry Q20 — will be easy to operate with one hand and feature ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’ and ‘End’ buttons along with a QWERTY keyboard and the trademark integrated trackpad that once made BlackBerry a dominant smartphone brand. BlackBerry say the move to develop a high-end QWERTY device was the result of feedback from “millions of passionate QWERTY customers around the world”. The Q20 will also feature a 3.5-inch touchscreen — the largest ever fitted on a QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone — and will be made from premium materials and designed for reliability and durability.
From cheap QWERTY phones to full touchscreen phones to ultra-expensive limited edition phones, BlackBerry have experimented with almost everything in an attempt to turn its fortunes around but nothing seem to be working. In fact things could be getting worse as the brand continue to loose critical market share in emerging Asian markets like Indonesia where it was once dominant.
Primarily targeted at business users, it’s going to be interesting to see if BlackBerry’s strategy to return back to its root with the Q20 will improve the brand’s troubling financial performance.
After revealing early product shots of the upcoming “Jakarta” device, N4BB has posted more angle shots of the upcoming entry-level BlackBerry Z3. The new Z3 is said to be BlackBerry’s true low cost Blackberry 10 device with a rumoured price of around US$150 (approximately RM494).
From the new images, we can now see that the micro USB charging port is now located at the bottom while the power/wake button is now moved to the left. As mentioned earlier, the BlackBerry Z3 is purported to be having a 5″ qHD display (960×540 pixels resolution) and runs on a modest 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. It also rumoured to come with 8GB storage, 5MP camera with a 1.1MP front facing unit and a rather huge 2,650mAh battery. For an entry level device, the Z3 sure looks like a sleek business phone with its boxy design and flat corners.
Head after the break for more views of the upcoming BlackBerry Z3.
After the BlackBerry Z30, everyone is curious what will be struggling smart phone maker would do next. Now new info has surfaced that BlackBerry is working on a low cost device that’s dubbed as Jakarta. The above picture from N4BB is alleged to be render of the upcoming device, which could be called as the BlackBerry Z3.
Spec wise, the purported Z3 is said to come with a 5″ display that does a lower qHD resolution of 960×540 pixels and it is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM together with 8GB of storage. The rear is said to come with a 5MP camera while selfie shots are handled by a 1.1MP front facing camera. For all day usage, the Z3 battery claims to be a 2,650mAh unit which is higher capacity than the BlackBerry Q10‘s 2,100mAh capacity unit.
This could be a competitor in the low cost space to fight off entry level smart phones such as the Lumia 525 and Android handsets priced below RM500. Its previous BlackBerry Q5 was supposed to make BlackBerry 10 device affordable but the price tag puts it among the mid-tier smart phone range. Recently BlackBerry has announced its new BlackBerry 10.2.1 updates which brings a host of new improvements including its support for Android apps with support for APK file installation.
Another shot of the BlackBerry Z3′s back after the break.
BlackBerry which rolled out its BB 10.2.1 software update brings a host of new improvements and customisation. Looks like one guy isn’t too “happy” with the changes on his BlackBerry Z10. Now he has posted a long video rant about the new features and its “annoyance”. To further prove his point, he compared some of the new features side by side with an iPhone which is said to offer “better” user experience.
Whether you love Blackberry or hate it, you’ve gotta check out the 9 minute video after the break.