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.
The South Korean electronics giant Samsung has denied a Reuters report that it is in takeover talks with smartphone maker BlackBerry in a deal estimated at $7.5 billion.
“It is not true,” a Samsung representative told Korean news agencies.
Reuters yesterday reported that executives from the two firms held discussions on a potential deal last week and that Samsung made an offer to buy BlackBerry for $13.35-15.49 per share.
The news boosted BlackBerry’s shares nearly 30% (up US$2.89) Wednesday to close at US$12.60 but fell 14% in after-hours trading after it denied the report.
So where does that put BlackBerry?
CEO, John Chen says the company is “no longer in financial trouble” a year after he took the helm. But Chen acknowledges that there is still a lot of work to do in a company that was once the leader in mobile communications.
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
The BlackBerry Classic, a new phone with old-school BlackBerry Bold styling is officially priced at RM1,588 in Malaysia. If you’re interested to get one, Celcom will be offering it exclusively on their network very soon.
In the mean time, they have started their usual practice of registration of interest so that you’ll be the among the first to know about their plans and availability. On top of that, they are giving a unit or an Urbanear headset for free if you provide them with an email list of your 10 friends that might be interested.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Classic features a 3.5″ 720×720 display which is accompanied by the physical buttons and trackpad that’s synonymous with its original BlackBerry Bold. 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. Compared to the previous BlackBerry Bold 9900, the new Classic model offers 60% more display, 50% more battery life and 3X faster web browsing. You can get the full details in the earlier BlackBerry Classic announcement post.
You can sign up your interest over at Celcom’s BlackBerry Classic registration page.
TuneTalk says that Red is the new Black. Just in time for Christmas, TuneTalk is now offering the BlackBerry Passport that comes in striking red. Outright, the Red BlackBerry Passport is priced at RM2,599, which is RM300 more than the usual price tag. However as a bundled promo, TuneTalk is throwing additional RM500 of airtime, making the device costing RM2,099 effectively.
Celcom, which seems to be the flag bearer of BlackBerry devices in Malaysia is going to offer the new Classic model very soon. They have just posted a teaser and it indicates that the new QWERTY device will be available exclusively on their network. Like their flagship BlackBerry Passport, we expect Celcom to bundle it with their usual Celcom First plans.
The BlackBerry Classic was just announced recently and it offers the familiar BlackBerry Bold form factor on top of its BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS. It features a 3.5″ 720×720 display and it runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage that’s similar to its earlier BlackBerry Q10 QWERTY smart phone. According to BlackBerry, the new Classic offers 60% more display, 50% more battery life and 3X faster web browser performance than the earlier BlackBerry Bold 9900.
You can read up more details in our BlackBerry Classic announcement post.
There’s a saying, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. After introducing a series of BlackBerry 10 OS devices, the enterprise centric smart phone maker has finally announced its BlackBerry Classic. This is their latest model with a touch of their BlackBerry Bold of old. At first glance, it retains a familiar QWERTY keyboard that most business execs would be familiar with, along with a trackpad and a set of dedicated physical keys underneath the screen.
BlackBerry is positioning this as the replacement of its former BlackBerry Bold 9900, its last flagship model before making the switch to BlackBerry 10 platform. The new Classic claims to offer 60% more display real estate, 50% more battery life and 3X faster web browser performance over the previous Bold 9900.
If using a BlackBerry these days isn’t exclusive enough, you probably might fancy a Porsche Edition. The design-centric BlackBerry Porsche P’9983 is now available in Malaysia and it would cost you a whopping RM6,488. According to DirectD’s listing, this is the official Brightstar unit which comes with 2 years warranty.
Essentially this is a pimped up BlackBerry Q10 that runs on a newer BlackBerry 10.3 OS. The main highlight of course is its build quality as it uses forged stainless steel for its frames while the back features a special glass-weave cover that looks like carbon-fibre.
The front gets a 3.1″ 720×720 touch screen while the bottom is dominated by a set of QWERTY keys with squarish 3D effects. Under the hood is rather dated 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm MSM8960 (S4 Plus) processor, that’s mated to 2GB of RAM.
If you’re still using that old BlackBerry Bold and refusing to make a jump to the latest BlackBerry 10 devices, the BlackBerry Classic could be the device worth waiting for. While it runs on its latest BlackBerry 10 operating system underneath, the exterior still follows the traditional BlackBerry style with its popular QWERTY keyboard along with its 4 navigation keys and trackpad.
If you’re not convinced, BlackBerry has released a short video showcasing how its retro keys would work on the latest BlackBerry 10 OS. Instead of the usual swiping gestures, you can easily move around with its dedicated menu and back keys like the classic Bold series. You can check it out after the break.