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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to make a considerable dent in the messaging platform wars, and apart from the fact that BBM is no longer cool and has been replaced by more popular services like WhatsApp, the rather inconvenient requirement of having to share your PIN to add new friends has been one of the biggest issues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...

Android news has been interesting this week. First, there’s the surprising announcement that Google has sold its Motorola Mobility division to Lenovo. Prior to that, there’s the news that BlackBerry’s latest OS update now allows users to install Android apps straight from the .APK file, or through application marketplaces, without having to convert to a BlackBerry app installer, as previously necessary. The Droid Guy has discussed the motivations behind the Motorola Mobility sale in a recent editorial. In gist, this...

Blackberry is currently pushing the BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 update to carriers all over the world. This update which is available to compatible devices brings a lot of features and improvements to the BlackBerry 10 experience. What’s probably one of the major features is that it now allows consumers to install Android APK files directly from a web browser or a file manager. Blackberry has previously supported Android apps starting with the BlackBerry PlayBook but getting the apps to the device was a long process. App developers would have...

The BBM app for Android and iOS devices was launched a few months ago to massive public demand. However, there are very few who still use the app. And in order to make things interesting for them, BlackBerry was reported to be working on bringing voice and video call features to the app. One of these features has now made its way to the Beta version of the BBM Android app. There’s still no word on when this will make its way out of Beta and hit the consumer version, but it’s good to know what’s going on behind the scenes...