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BlackBerry has started issuing the version 10.3.1 update to customers of all BlackBerry 10 OS running devices. This update will finally include support for Android apps downloaded from the Amazon Appstore. The likes of Z10, Q10, and Z30 are eligible for this new update, so if you own either of these handsets, now might be the right time to take it out and check for a system update. The update also brings BlackBerry Assistant, which is a virtual assistant and will serve as an alternative to Google Now, Siri, Cortana etc. Users should...

Last month, rumors claimed that Samsung was going to buy Blackberry. While those rumors were swiftly denied by both companies, BlackBerry’s stock price skyrocketed while the rumor was still thought to be true. Because the rise and fall of the stock price was so fast, regulators from the US and Canada are investigating trading activity from the time of the rumor to see if any manipulation was involved by someone who wanted to profit off BlackBerry’s stock. From The Wall Street Journal: “The Securities and Exchange Commission...

Android Wear can handle a myriad of notifications right now, including the likes of Snapchat, Gmail and even BBM. BlackBerry has now announced a dedicated BBM app for the Android Wear platform, which will bring some additional functionality. As of now, the stock BBM app on Android can only send message notifications to your Android Wear device, but this new addition will allow you to accept invitations from new friends, reply with a predefined message etc. The announcement was made at CES by BlackBerry with the app expected to arrive...

We all know that BlackBerry is headed towards its demise pretty rapidly, despite the launch of several midrange handsets over the course of the past couple of years. In the meanwhile, we have heard rumors of the company bringing Android apps to the BlackBerry 10 platform in order to increase the number of apps available to the users. Today these rumors have finally come to fruition as the company has officially signed a deal with Amazon to bring the Amazon Appstore to BlackBerry 10 devices. This essentially means that Android applications...

  After rumors of Verizon introducing XLTE popped up last week, it’s now official. XLTE is actually Verizon’s AWS spectrum, which allows them to have more bandwidth available for customers to get faster data speeds on their devices. Of course, you need a compatible device to take advantage of the new network. It looks like you’ll need a device from either 2013 or 2014, so if you’ve upgraded in the last year you are probably set: Phones: Moto X DROID ULTRA DROID MAXX DROID MINI HTC One (M8) HTC One Max LG...

BlackBerry has updated BBM with voice calling, channels and Dropbox integration. Will this move be enough to keep users engaged? I must admit I was one of the many iOS and Android device users who got all excited when BlackBerry announced an official release of BlackBerry Messenger for these platforms. I was once a BlackBerry user myself, and I missed the fast and feature-rich messaging service the company offered. The thought of again using BBM to chat with friends and colleagues around the globe was a novel idea for me, never mind that...

BBM might not be a cool thing anymore, but that hasn’t stopped BlackBerry from putting a strong emphasis on improving the BBM offering on Android (and iOS). Today, the company is rolling out the most feature-packed update to BBM yet, adding much of the functionality it had promised to bring to the competing OS’. The update takes the app to version 2.0, and brings some major features. There’s BBM Channels, which lets users join various topics of discussion and talk about things with other BBM users. Users can now make...

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android hasn’t managed to make a considerable dent in the messaging platform wars, and apart from the fact that BBM is no longer cool and has been replaced by more popular services like WhatsApp, the rather inconvenient requirement of having to share your PIN to add new friends has been one of the biggest issues users have found with BlackBerry’s messaging service. Well, BlackBerry was listening to its consumers, and it has decided to remove the need to share a PIN for inviting new users by introducing...