BlackBerry planning another exclusive Porsche handset (The New Age Online)
The phone maker is once again teaming up with the German carmaker’s design studio to create a premium smartphone. Based on the current Z10 full touch-screen handset, the device, expected to be called the P9982 when it launches sometime next year, has undergone the full Porsche Design treatment That means a subtle angular curve to the base and an edge-to-edge wrapping of the screen bezel. The rear of the device is finished in textured leather for better grip while the font panel’s aluminum appears to be finished in a shade of grey that will be more than familiar to Porsche 911 aficionados.
EMS wins BlackBerry’s partnership award (Trade Arabia)
UAE-based mobility solutions company EMS has received a Partnership Award from BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) at a quarterly partner meeting in Dubai. The award was received for record-breaking regional sales of BlackBerry smartphones, and marks the strong partnership that EMS and BlackBerry have enjoyed for the last six years. EMS is one of the largest distributors of BlackBerry smartphones and accessories in the region, supporting 100 mobile phone operators in 56 countries across the Middle East, Africa, CIS, South East Asia and Eastern Europe.
High-end BlackBerry Z30 leaked alongside Z10 and Q5, includes five rows of apps (Pocket-lint.com)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is expected to launch a high-end BlackBerry Z30 (once named the BlackBerry A10) on the market in the coming months, and in turn, it’s seen plenty of leak action. CrackBerry is the latest to give us a taste, dropping images of the Z30 compared to the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q5. According to leaks, the Z30 is expected to have a 5-inch superAMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, dual-core processor, and BlackBerry OS 10.2. The 5-inch display means that BlackBerry can fit an extra row of apps on the homescreen – like Apple did with the iPhone 5.
BlackBerry slides crown jewels into Samsung: BBM Android app touted (Register)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is sharing its crown jewels – BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) – with non-BlackBerry devices for the first time: and the lucky punters are Samsung fandroids in Africa. The instant-messaging app will be free, compatible with the Android-powered Galaxy range of handsets, and offer all the important BBM functionality including receipted delivery and group chats. It will open BBM to a whole new audience; the messaging software is considered a killer exclusive feature keeping users loyal to BlackBerry. While BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) handsets are perceived as enterprise devices they have over the past decade, seeped into the youth market where free messaging is a killer feature. SMS remains hugely popular within that demographic and BBM offers a comparable, if improved, experience without the expense.
How Blackberry Has Alienated their Email Users (Good E-Reader)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is betting on their BB10 operating system to bring their sagging line of phones into a state of relevance. In trying to appeal to a wider demographic and bring on more carriers to market their devices, their loyal customer base is feeling alienated. The big problem with Blackberry 10 is the way it handles incoming and outgoing email messages. All prior versions of Blackberry phones sent data through the company’s own data servers. If you sent out an email, instead of being sent through your carrier’s own servers, it went to Blackberry’s. This gave you lightning fast pushed email, something nobody else was able to match. Since BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s own email servers are super secure, it was the device of choice in the business and government sectors. It provided a high level of encryption, and obviously this is important to people because of the entire NSA PRISM scandal. BB10 devices are anything but secure.