It was supposed to end sooner, and it looks like WhatsApp is finally ending its support for legacy smartphones as we enter 2018. If you’re using a BlackBerry or Windows Phone from 3-5 years ago, your time is finally up in the next couple of days.
If you’re still using a BlackBerry 10 device such as the BlackBerry Classic, Passport, Leap, as well as the BlackBerry Q and Z series, you’re in luck. WhatsApp has extended its support for BlackBerry 10 and even BlackBerry OS7+ users until the end of this year.
It’s no secret that BlackBerry doesn’t make smartphones anymore. To think that they were once at the top of the pecking order, it’s kind of upsetting to see how far they’ve fallen. There are many reasons why BlackBerry faltered and a lot of it had to do with their refusal to adapt to the changing tides.
But, what if they did? A new leak reveals that the company very nearly hopped on board the modern smartphone train nearly three years ago.
If it wasn’t clear before it will be now as popular messaging application WhatsApp is stopping support for several older operating systems, including one that had its latest phone launch in Malaysia less than a year ago.
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It seems BlackBerry have gone back to its roots, design wise, with their upcoming device, the BlackBerry Vienna. Renders of what looks to be BlackBerry’s second Android device have found their way on the Internet and they are interesting, to say the least.
Before BlackBerry releases their Android powered device, a new Passport device is in the works with the codename Dallas/Oslo. Now it appears that Malaysia could be one of the first market to get it as a new model with the model number SQW100-4 was spotted in SIRIM.
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.
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 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.