Blackberry Will No Longer Make Its Own Phones

Back in July, Blackberry announced a new Android phones called the DTEK50, a $300 unlocked device with a focus on what the company has always done best – security. Moments after the phone was announced, the internet was quick to point out that this was nothing more than a re-branded Alcatel Idol 4. In other words, Blackberry didn’t make the DTEK50, they let someone else do it, slapped their name on it, and flooded it full of their security features.

If you thought the DTEK50 was a one-off, you would be wrong.  (more…)

BlackBerry Taking Quadrooter Vulnerability Seriously, Releasing Patch for Priv and DTEK50

Quadrooter, the malware potentially affecting millions of Snapdragon-powered smartphones, is still in the news. With the issue discovered, OEMs and Google are beginning to patch the problem, with BlackBerry taking the lead to protect its device purchasers.

According to a post from BlackBerry, those who purchased either a Priv or DTEK50 smartphone from the company’s online shop will receive a security patch for all four vulnerabilities associated with Quadrooter. While three of the four vulnerabilities were already addressed with Google’s August security patch, this new patch from BlackBerry will ensure you no longer need to worry about any part of Quadrooter.  (more…)

BlackBerry Launches Hub+ Suite of Apps for Android 6.0+ Devices

BlackBerry announced the Hub+ suite of applications this morning, not limited to just BlackBerry devices. In fact, any Android device running Android 6.0+ can use these apps free of charge and ad-free, at least for a limited time. Inside this suite is the Hub app itself, the unified inbox that helps users keep their email and messages organized, while also secured.

In addition to Hub, BlackBerry is allowing everyone to download its Password Keeper application (self explanatory, I hope), Calendar, Notes, Tasks, Launcher, and more. The apps are the exact same you would find on any recently launched BlackBerry Android device.  (more…)

BlackBerry Announces the DTEK50, $300 Phone All About Security

BlackBerry announced the DTEK50, an affordable smartphone focused on bringing security to all Android fans. While the specs inside of the DTEK50 won’t blow you away, even with BlackBerry highlighting the autofocus-having 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, it seems like a decent option for those who value security over other premium features.

As for the specs, potential buyers will find a 5.2″ FHD display, Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (added microSD card support), 2,610mAh battery, GSM network compatibility, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with Phase Detect autofocus, and Android 6.0+.  (more…)

T-Mobile BlackBerry Priv Updated to Marshmallow

At long last, for those waiting, Marshmallow is rolling out to the BlackBerry Priv on T-Mobile. This announcement is coming somewhat late, as it was first mentioned back in April that this update would be rolling out as a beta relatively soon. It’s now mid-June, so the beta process apparently took quite a long time, but hey, updates are always better late than never.  (more…)

AT&T: The BlackBerry Priv is Really Struggling

According to an AT&T executive, the BlackBerry Priv isn’t doing too hot. Putting it rather blunt, the unnamed exec stated, “The BlackBerry Priv is really struggling,” continuing that AT&T is seeing a lot more returns of the device from customers than they would like to. Typically, you would hardly, if ever, hear anything critical of a smartphone OEM from a carrier partner. More usual, you will see phones continue to get marked down in price until they vanish forever, which we sort of expected with the Priv. (more…)

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…)