BBM for Android and iOS Put on Hold as Leak Overwhelms Blackberry

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BBM for Android was supposed to launch yesterday and never did. As many waited patiently (though, I don’t know why) throughout the day without a release or update from Blackberry, a leak from the night before continued to circulate, giving many a first-hand look at the messaging service. By the late afternoon, Blackberry announced that they would not be launching because that leak had caused them problems. With over 1 million users installing the leaked app in such a short time, Blackberry could not keep up and has put it all on “pause.”  (more…)

Samsung Partners With BlackBerry, Will Offer BBM on All Galaxy Devices in Africa

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Today, out of Android’s Twilight Zone, Samsung announced a partnership with BlackBerry to bring BlackBerry Messenger to all Galaxy devices through Google Play and its proprietary App store. What makes the move interesting is that Messenger’s launch has been highly anticipated by those who care, but the service is said to be launching just in Africa, with no word on it going anywhere else globally.  (more…)

Blackberry Goes Cross Platform With BBM, Coming to Android This Summer

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After years of requests, Blackberry is finally bringing BBM – their one-time incredibly popular messaging app – to multiple platforms. Yes, BBM is coming to Android this summer. And…yeah. Isn’t it too late, Blackberry? There are dozens of high-quality messaging apps on the planet that have already consumed people’s lives. Plus, Google is about to release Hangouts (formerly Babel) as a unified messaging service to the masses that will gobble up all sorts of the messaging pie.

Announced this morning at Blackberry Live, BBM for Android (and iOS) will have groups and voice chat and screen share and all that jazz at some point, plus it should work on anything Android 4.0 and above, but come on, it doesn’t matter anymore. Just like with their hardware, it took Blackberry 3 years too long to capitalize on something good.

Via:  Blackberry

AT&T Offers Trade-in Discounts of $100 and Up Towards Price of Galaxy S4 and HTC One

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Buying a new smartphone is expensive. Sometimes there is no way around it, but AT&T is trying to help folks get a brand new device in their pockets with the intro of trade-in discounts on select devices. If your phone is less than three years old and works well, then it could be worth anywhere from a minimum of $100 and up, turning that $199 on a new two year price for a Galaxy S4 or HTC One into $99 or less with a new contract.  (more…)

Q4 Android U.S. Marketshare Numbers are in, Still Sitting Pretty at 53.4%

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New numbers are in from comScore’s Q4 2012 report, ranking the top five U.S. marketshare contenders. In terms of operating systems, Android is still sitting on the throne with 53.4%, growing from last year’s 52.5%. Following Android is Apple’s iOS at 36.3%, which is quite respectable, considering BlackBerry and Windows make up just a little over 9% when combined.  (more…)

Spec Chart: Blackberry Z10 vs. Nexus 4 vs. DROID DNA vs. Note 2 vs. RAZR MAXX HD

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In case you weren’t paying attention, we thought we should point out that Blackberry tried to reinvent itself this morning in more ways than one. First, they are actually called Blackberry now, rather than RIM. That’s right, it’s a global name change that goes into effect immediately. Second, they announced Blackberry 10 (their newest OS) and two devices – the Blackberry Z10 and some random QWERTY thing that no one will want (it may be called the Q10).

The Z10, however, is their flagship and one that is aiming directly at Android and iOS. And since this device has a full touchscreen, is nothing like the failure that was the Storm, and might make some of you peek out the corner of your eye to see what it can do, we thought a spec battle was in store. If that seems weird, it’s not – we do this with all the big competitors.

Ready?  (more…)