Why BlackBerry is going back to physical keyboards

BlackBerry is going back to its roots. The handset maker is reportedly re-embracing physical keyboards and focusing on corporate clients rather than woo everyday consumers with sleek, touchscreen phones.

RIM took a cue from other mobile manufactures and introduced touchscreen phones with the launch of BB 10. To be clear, the company didn’t do away with physical keyboards altogether, but it certainly was pushing the

By Mike Brown, 22 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices, Testing.

BlackBerry puts BBM into Samsung devices: What will happen from here?

According to a press release picked up by N4BB, Samsung’s African division has announced that BlackBerry’s BBM messaging software is going to find its way onto selected Android devices.

This isn’t going to be a unique instance, of course – it’s been long rumoured and expected that BBM will make its way onto Android and iOS. The dates have been a little on the vague side though; last month, BB’s India MD Sunil Lalvani

By James Bourne, 06 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

BlackBerry 10.2 to support Android Jelly Bean apps

Along with BlackBerry Playbook OS v2 arrived support for the library of Android applications with one fairly major limitation; they had to be specifically packaged for ‘Gingerbread’.

An upcoming BlackBerry OS update, 10.2, will finally provide support for ‘Jelly Bean’.

The runtime, which was released today, now contains support for Fragments, hardware acceleration, plenty more...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

BlackBerry reminds the mobile space they’re still in the game

iOS, Android and Windows are the leading mobile operating systems, right? Well, don’t write off BlackBerry just yet.

This week, the company’s execs have been making a lot of noise about big things coming from the once king, now slightly back-of-the-race mobile player. So how will BlackBerry reclaim its spot on top?

Wednesday morning at a BlackBerry keynote, CEO, Thorsten Heins shared his new strategy...

By Mike Brown, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Devices, Enterprise, Industry, Marketing, Platforms.

The Pros & Cons of the major mobile operating systems

Smartphone operating systems often inspire dire loyalty in their users. Once someone owns an iPhone/Android/Windows Phone they rarely switch. But sometimes it’s good to put emotional attachment aside and take an objective look at what each OS really offers – you never know, you might be persuaded to switch.

Rosemary Hattersley, of

By Mike Brown, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, BlackBerry, Design, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Windows.

Bringing your app to BlackBerry or Windows Phone: Lessons learned from Android

As the size of the mobile apps market grows larger, big names continue to enter the space or refine their current presence. That’s not just app developers, of course, but the platforms and operating systems that house those great apps, too.

In the last few months alone, two formerly major platform owners (Microsoft and BlackBerry) completely refined their mobile presence, while another underground favorite (Ubuntu) will soon enter mobile with an enthusiast fan base behind them.

For developers, the...

By Chris Akhavan, 20 February 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, BlackBerry, Development Tools, iOS.

BlackBerry gives developers red Z10 reward

BlackBerry still loves its developers, it seems.

Having released the BlackBerry 10 operating system on January 30 alongside the Q10 and Z10 models, the Canadian manufacturer has released 12,000 limited edition red Z10 devices  to developers for “taking a leap of faith”.

BB10 VP of developer relations Alec Saunders posted a blog, entitled ‘Thank you Developers!’, waxing lyrical to all the devs who have worked on the most...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools.

RIM changes name to BlackBerry as BB10 unveiled worldwide

It was first announced back in 2011, was expected to be launched in 2012, but its various setbacks meant that 2013 was the earliest time a rollout of BlackBerry 10 could be expected.

And the BB10 launch today, simultaneously in Dubai, Johannesburg, London, New York, Paris and Toronto, threw up a few surprises as well as some expected features.

The key pieces of news following the BlackBerry 10 launch were:

  • Research in Motion changes its company name to BlackBerry, in order to promote a single brand theme
  • Two smartphones are unveiled: the Q10, with the BlackBerry trademark...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Devices, Platforms.