BBM Gets PayPal Integration for Device-to-Device Payments

If you are still hanging on to your BBM PIN and are a fan of that Priv thing, we have good news for you! Blackberry’s BBM got a big update today on a variety of platforms, but on Android we care about the fact that it now has PayPal integration. So, as the feature rolls out to all, you will be able to easily share funds from your PayPal account to friends. It’ll look like the image above.

Also in the update, you can subscribe to the BBM Sticker Club for use of hundreds of sticker packs and customize the font used within your BBM conversations. That’s neat.

The full list of newness across platforms is below.  (more…)

BlackBerry Posted Official Images of Priv Yesterday

The Priv from BlackBerry, aka Venice, has been the target of many leaks over the past month, and it seems BlackBerry, a company that touts their security, has had enough. In a blog post, the company released three official images of the device, leading fans of BlackBerry to either embrace the upcoming device, or express their distaste for its usage of the Android OS.  (more…)

Blackberry CEO John Chen Goes Hands-on With the Priv, a Phone He May Not Even Know How to Use

Blackberry Priv, like give. That’s the proper way of saying “Priv.” We now know, which is good because even after a 5-minute conversation on the matter during today’s DL Show, we were 100% wrong. Dammit. We thought Priv as in leave or sleeve. Silly Android people from the US, you know nothing.

Anyways, I bring it up because Blackberry CEO John Chen did a little hands-on song and dance with the phone today through Canadian news outlet, BNN. It’s awkward, to say the least, but also quite comical and incredibly awesome, because I don’t think he even knows how to use it.  (more…)

Blackberry Confirms That It’s Making a Flagship Android Phone Called “Priv”

This morning, during its Q2 earnings called, Blackberry announced/confirmed that it will launch a “flagship” phone powered by Android that is called the “Priv.” The Priv, as you probably already figured out, is the Venice slider that has leaked over and over and over and over again.

Blackberry said that this “flagship” Priv brings together “the best of Blackberry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.” They are hoping that, during a time where your privacy seems to always be under threat, they can attract you to this device that will hopefully keep you snuggly warm and safe.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Blackberry Venice, are You Actually Interested?

I posted up the newest images of the Blackberry Venice this morning, thinking it had a substantial amount of hype surrounding it. I now know that I underestimated said hype. You are all crazy in love with the idea of a Blackberry keyboard attached to a Blackberry phone that runs what appears to be mostly-stock Android. I can’t say I fully understand the need for such a device in 2015, now that on-screen keyboards are as good as they are today, but hey, nostalgia is a thing, a real thing.

So, because I need to see the actual numbers that prove this isn’t just a few select fanboyistic droolers who love sliders known as the Blackberry Venice, it’s time for a poll. I need to know – are you really interested in the Blackberry Venice? Like, really really?

Are you interested in the Blackberry Venice?

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Blackberry Venice…This Thing Right Here

The Blackberry Venice, a phone coupled with a slideout physical keyboard and mostly-stock Android, has fanboys of tech giggling like little boys who found their penis for the first time. It’s a keyboard! Like, the ones from back in the day on terrible smartphones that had good keyboards, but there is this thing called Android with it too! BEST. OF. ALL. WORLDS. I loved 2005!

Seriously, though, I haven’t seen this level of nerd hype since…I got nothing. But yeah, it’s everywhere right now, especially thanks to a massive leak out of Tinhte(more…)