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…)
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…)
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, 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…)
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.
The BlackBerry Priv is making its way to T-Mobile, available beginning January 26 for $0 down through JUMP! On Demand. After a solid amount of time with the Priv only available through AT&T, the Priv has been receiving updates here and there, focusing on the rear-facing camera and software features. The device should receive just as much love on T-Mobile, so if a QWERTY keyboard is something you have been missing, now is the time. (more…)
T-Mobile’s John Legere announced availability of the BlackBerry Priv for the carrier this morning, stating that BlackBerry’s Android device will become available on January 26. At this time, exact pricing is unknown, but the Priv is not the only new device coming to T-Mobile. (more…)
According to a leaked image, the BlackBerry Priv will hit T-Mobile’s network on January 26, bringing an official end to the current exclusive AT&T holds on the device. If the image is to be believed, then not only can BlackBerry fans pick up the device through T-Mobile, but Verizon also confirmed last month that it will also carry the device, “soon.” (more…)