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.
How do you convince reluctant people to switch phones? Trading up their existing device for a new one seems to be an easier option. Now Brightstar is offering a Trade Up program which aims to drive up ownership of the BlackBerry Z10 smart phone. The trade up value is quite attractive and depending on model, your phone could fetch as high as RM1,800. Strangely, the trade value of your device also depends on the Z10 model that you’ll pick. If you opt for the Z10 LTE version, you will get a slightly higher value.
Some of the smart phone trade up value are listed as follows:
iPhone 4 8GB – RM1,065 (Z10 3G), RM1,084 (Z10 LTE)
iPhone 4 16GB – RM1,080 (Z10 3G), RM1,099 (Z10 LTE)
iPhone 4S 16GB – RM1,304 (Z10 3G), RM1,323 (Z10 LTE)
iPhone 5 16GB – RM1,668 (Z10 3G), RM1,687 (Z10 LTE)
BlackBerry Bold 9900 – RM934 (Z10 3G), RM953 (Z10 LTE)
BlackBerry Q10 – RM1,227 (Z10 3G), RM1,246 (Z10 LTE)
BlackBerry Z10 3G – RM983 (Z10 3G), RM1,002 (Z10 LTE)
Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB – RM1,169 (Z10 3G), RM1,188 (Z10 LTE)
Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB – RM1,585 (Z10 3G), RM1,604 (Z10 LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Note II – RM1,434 (Z10 3G), RM1,453 (Z10 LTE)
Of course, it is subject to the condition of the device as well. If you look at the list above, it is funny to see that Brightstar has also included their latest BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 into the trade up list. On top of that, even its more expensive Q10 is listed with a lower value than the older Galaxy Note II and iPhone 4S.
If you’re interested to switch to a BlackBerry Z10 with this trade up program, just visit one of Brightstar’s participating dealers and they will evaluate your current phone to determine the balance price you need to pay for a new Z10. The current BlackBerry Z10 retail price is listed as RM1,799 for the 3G version and RM1,899 for the 4G LTE version.
For more information and full list of trade up models, head over to Brightstar’s BlackBerry Trade Up promo page.
For those seeking exclusivity, it looks like BlackBerry and Porsche Design has gotten themselves busy with a new premium device. Based on the BlackBerry Z10, the above device is the purported Porsche Design P’9982 that is wrapped with upmarket materials. Obviously this is only for the selected few but it we reckon it won’t be as expensive as Vertu Ti.
So far there’s no word on the specs but it is likely to maintain the same internals of the Z10 which consists of 4.2″ display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 8MP camera. The device is expected to run on BlackBerry 10 OS with the a custom Porsche Design theme.
Last year, the Porsche Design P’9981 was launched at RM6,338 which is 3 times more than the BlackBerry Bold 9900 that its based on. So no surprises if the new one is priced above RM6,000 mark when it gets here.
Head after the break for more images of the upcoming BlackBerry Porsche Design.
The BlackBerry Z10 LTE version is now available on Celcom which offers faster speeds over the standard non-LTE model. Surprisingly Celcom lists the Z10 LTE version as RM1,899 outright and on contract, it can be yours for as low as RM1,308.
The full BlackBerry Z10 LTE bundled pricing as follows:
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB Data (12 months) – RM1,648
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB Data (18 months) – RM1,548
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB Data (12 months) – RM1,548
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB Data (18 months) – RM1,448
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB Data (12 months) – RM1,448
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB Data (18 months) – RM1,308
As usual, during sign up there’s an upfront advance payment between RM250-450 required during sign up which will be rebated back to your monthly bills. To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Z10 comes with a 4.2″ display that does 1280×768 and runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor mated with 2GB of RAM. It also comes with a 8MP main camera, 2MP front facing camera, 16GB of storage, microSD expansion slot and a 1,800mAh battery. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out our video hands-on experience with the Z10.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s BlackBerry Z10 LTE page.
After the announcement of its high end BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 models, we’ve seen BlackBerry rolling out cheaper alternatives such as the BlackBerry Q5. The above image is apparently the purported entry level version of a BlackBerry 10 device with a full touch screen experience, in other words, a cheaper Z10. Currently it is dubbed as the BlackBerry Z5 and currently there’s no details of its internal specs but it shouldn’t be far off from what the Q5 is offering.
The BlackBerry 10 OS is definitely a refreshing and from our hands-on experience, the gestures are pretty easy to get used to and feels natural in single hand use. At the moment, the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 are priced the same range, if not higher than its Android and iPhone rivals. The challenge would be to bring the experience to the masses, and having an affordable offering is crucial for BlackBerry.
If you’re looking to buy a BlackBerry Z10 on contract and has the need for 4G LTE speeds, you’ll need to turn to an unlikely telco. DiGi which has yet to its commercial 4G LTE service is now offering the BlackBerry Z10 LTE version from as low as RM1,039 on its DG Smart Plans. Outright, the BlackBerry Z10 LTE version is priced at RM2,288 which is RM100 more than the earlier released non-LTE version.
In terms of bundled pricing, both BlackBerry Z10 versions are offered as follows:
BlackBerry Z10 LTE
DG SmartPlan 58 (24 months) – RM1,669
DG SmartPlan 88 (24 months) – RM1,429
DG SmartPlan 148 (24 months) – RM1,039
BlackBerry Z10 non-LTE
DG SmartPlan 58 (24 months) – RM1,649
DG SmartPlan 88 (24 months) – RM1,409
DG SmartPlan 148 (24 months) – RM899
Just like the non-LTE version, it is offered with only 24 months option. During sign up, an upfront payment between RM240 – RM800 is required during sign up.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s BlackBerry Z10 page.