Our younger readers might not know this but before iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones became the staple, the smartphone market was once dominated by one name – BlackBerry. Back in the early 2000s, BlackBerry was the standard for mobile communications for business. BlackBerry devices like the Bold and Curve where the must have status symbols when you’re in the boardroom. Back then, if you wanted to be taken seriously in the workplace, you got to be seen with a BlackBerry.
Ok, the last line was an exaggeration but those who are familiar with BlackBerry will agree, like the personal computer, the internet and email, BlackBerry phones redefined how we worked. And today, with BlackBerry no longer making phones, you can argue that there is a hole where the brand used to occupy providing a reliable, secure and flexible business-friendly enterprise-level solution for mobile users.
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.
Following the release of the BlackBerry KEYone earlier this year, here comes a new model with the BlackBerry Motion. Essentially this is a full touch-screen version of the KEYone and it is also the first BlackBerry device that comes with water resistance.
BlackBerry is slowly making a comeback. After the questionable PRIV, the company made a hit with the KEYone which, despite its mid-range processor, was generally well received. Now, the company’s got another Android handset that’s ready for primetime, though, it does seem to have more in common with the company’s DTEK50 and DTEK60.
If you love the BlackBerry KEYone but wished it had better specs, here’s some good news for you. The KEYone Black Edition is now available for pre-order in Malaysia. Announced a few weeks ago during IFA 2017, the Black Edition comes with upgraded RAM and storage plus a sleek stealth black paint job.
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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.
The BlackBerry KEYone was open for pre-order in Malaysia since last month. If you’re planning to get one, authorised distributor Brightstar has finally confirmed its availability and you can pick one up before the Raya holidays.
The BlackBerry KEYone is tough when it comes to security. However, in terms of durability, it didn’t fare too well especially when it involves the most crucial component on a smartphone – the display.
Fancy an Android smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard typing experience? The BlackBerry KEYone has finally arrived in Malaysia.
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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.