BBM Video Beta Hits Android in US and Canada, Global Launch Scheduled for July

BlackBerry announced today that it is bringing BBM Video to Android and iOS, but before that happens, the company is hosting a beta for the feature. Naturally. This beta will last until July-ish, when BlackBerry says the feature should launch globally. During this testing phase, BB will monitor performance, gather feedback, and all of that good stuff.

For those in the US and Canada, simply update your BBM to test out the feature. Once you update, you will notice BBM Video is much like any other video messaging service, such as Skype or Hangouts. To get started, tap on a contact and the video icon to initiate a video call. (more…)

BlackBerry Priv’s Marshmallow Update Exits Beta, Available to Carrier Variants Starting May 3

Over the course of April, BlackBerry has been beta testing its Marshmallow update for the Priv. As of this morning, beta testing is complete, with BlackBerry announcing availability of the Marshmallow update for all Priv owners, with exception to those with a carrier variant. According to BlackBerry, carrier variants will begin to see Marshmallow starting May 3.

Shown in BlackBerry’s blog regarding the update, the changelog is quite large, including Doze, App Standby, an updated BlackBerry launcher, new emoji, updated keyboard gestures, clearer notification settings, and much more. To view the entire list of changes, follow the via link below or watch BlackBerry’s overview video. (more…)

BlackBerry Priv Marshmallow Beta Update Rolling Out, T-Mobile Customers Next in Line

Earlier this month, BlackBerry announced a private beta group for select Priv owners who wanted to run the latest and greatest Android version before anyone else. Starting right now, an update for this beta is rolling out to those use signed up using a phone purchased from BlackBerry’s online store, and within the next 24 hours, those with a Priv through T-Mobile will receive their updates to take part in the Marshmallow action.  (more…)

BlackBerry Plans to Launch Two Mid-Range Devices in 2016

In a recent interview, BlackBerry CEO John Chen, confirmed that the smartphone maker would look to introduce two mid-range smartphones in 2016. Previously, if BlackBerry would focus on high-end or mid-range smartphones in 2016 was unclear, but Chen states that the Priv was simply priced too high for enterprise customers.

“A lot of enterprise customers have said to us, ‘I want to buy your phone but $700 is a little too steep for me. I’m more interested in a $400 device’,” Chen told The National. With that being said, a focus on getting prices between $300-$400 could likely be what’s to come.  (more…)

Beta Access Available to BlackBerry Priv Owners for Marshmallow Testing

If you are the owner of a BlackBerry Priv and are tired of waiting for the Marshmallow update, BlackBerry has opened up beta access for a handful of owners, allowing testers to get their hands on software updates well ahead of public rollout. In the latest stage of the beta program, BlackBerry is granting access to Marshmallow, the upcoming update for the Priv that includes Android 6.0+, as well as additional privacy tweaks that will make your Priv’s data more safe than ever.  (more…)

Blackberry Priv Now Available From Verizon for a Whole Lot of Money

The Blackberry Priv, the first from the former smartphone king to run Android, is now available at Verizon. The phone went up for sale last night, but Verizon made it all official this morning.

If you are interested, the Priv will set you back $30 per month on a payment plan or $720 at full retail. At that price, we’re in the Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 6s Plus range, yet I don’t know that I would consider this phone to be anywhere near those levels. Thankfully, that’s for you to decide, Priv future owner.  (more…)

Blackberry Priv Camera, Keyboard, and Launcher Apps Receive Updates

Blackberry, today, is pushing a bunch of updates to key apps on its Android phone, the Priv. Updates include improvements to the phone’s camera, keyboard, and launcher apps, most of which were likely based on user feedback.

In the camera, Blackberry is adding in “smooth” 120fps slow motion video capture, while addressing stability and performance improvements. With the keyboard, predictive typing is learning new tricks and the physical keyboard’s fine cursor control is improved. Finally, the app launcher has a new default view for apps, there is a new “flick” action for removing application shortcuts, and overlays throughout are improved.

Below, you’ll find details for each app, in Blackberry’s own words.  (more…)

Best Android Phones on AT&T: February 2016

At the end of January, we shared with you the best Android phones you could walk into a Verizon store and buy. Some of you agreed with our picks, while others disagreed and pointed out that there are far better phones that work on Verizon, even if they aren’t sold there. While we agree that the Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure Edition would likely be on each list for each carrier, they aren’t sold at Verizon stores and thus were left out. Same goes for today’s list, which is a short list of the best Android phones on AT&T.

The list of phones below are those that can actually be purchased at an AT&T store, not those that could technically work if you knew how and where to buy one. So, we’ve got three options for you below, two of which are/were unique to AT&T at one time or another.

Ready?  (more…)