Five reasons why we need BlackBerry on the Android team

The rumor is not new. In some shape or form, we’ve been expecting BlackBerry to reach to the dark Google side for salvation for several years now. It seems to be the Canadians’ only shot at a hardware business revival of sorts, and by extension, the company’s survival as a whole. Granted, John Chen could

Verizon XLTE Officially Announced

  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

BBM for Android now compatible with Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices

While Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean might have taken over more than 50 percent of all devices running Android, the hard and cold truth is that there are still a considerable amount of phones running on Gingerbread. For BlackBerry, not having the BBM app support that old-but-still-active version of Android has allowed competing apps

Windows Phone is dead, Tizen is dead, long live Android!

Look, there’s nothing wrong with competition. In fact, we all welcome it, regardless of personal preferences. Android geeks, Apple fanatics, Windows Phone aficionados, surviving BlackBerry supporters, we may argue all the time and each feel like we’re in possession of the universal truth, which we want bestowed on our clueless “enemies”. But when all is

BlackBerry Z30: The newest flagship Android device in town?

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 Messenger Will Be Preloaded On LG Phones

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is about get more users, if people use the app. BlackBerry has announced a deal with LG that BBM will come pre-installed on LG smartphones. The LG Pro Lite will be the first phone to have BBM built-in. It seems that emerging markets are being targeted by both companies, as the Pro

Samsung Market Share in US

Samsung Market Share in US Shows Continuous Growth

comScore, an Internet technology company dedicated in studying the current trends in the digital world, recently released the key trends in the US Smartphone industry based on their study conducted last October. The report revealed a continuous growth in Samsung market share which increased to 1.3 percent in contrast to comScore’s previous survey in July.

Phablet shipments are on the rise: IDC

Phablet shipments are on the rise: IDC

The popularity of supersized smartphones is increasing, according to the figures of the phablet shipments recorded in IDC’s research which covers the third quarter of 2013. These phablets, which measure between 5 inches and above, accounted for 21 percent of the 261.1 million total smartphone sales during the aforementioned quarter. The number marks a 3

BlackBerry Z10 Play Store

BlackBerry 10 not getting the Google Play Store after all

Earlier this week, we saw a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone featuring the Google Play Store, indicating at future compatibility with the Android app hub. However, the folks at BlackBerry have rejected these claims and reiterated that the BlackBerry World remains the platform’s sole source of applications. Below is the full statement issued by the company –

Android’s market share hits 81%

Here is the latest update on Android’s market share. As of the third quarter of 2013, our favorite operating system already controls 81% of the smartphone market, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. This is an improvement over the 75% market share that Android garnered during the same quarter in last year. Coming in at

BBM Claims To Have 20 Million Active Users on Android and iOS

BlackBerry Messenger is quickly gaining more users after being out for only a week. After getting downloaded 10 million times in the first 24 hours and dropping the wait list this weekend, BlackBerry has announced that BBM now has 20 million active users on Android and iOS. That’s a lot of active users for an

3 things Apple, Samsung and everyone else can learn from BlackBerry

BlackBerry is on the decline. There’s no question about that. From being a dominant smartphone platform in the better part of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the dominance of BlackBerry (formerly Research-in-Motion) had been challenged when Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, and when Android started its meteoric rise shortly thereafter. Now BlackBerry accounts for

The Race to the Bottom: The Golden Age of Apps, 2008-2013

The past five years will one day be described as the golden age of apps. Over one million applications were developed in this period. In the first part of this series, I explained why further growth in the smartphone market was based on converting feature phone users to smartphone users. Large growth in the market

BBM for Android user manual leaked out

A user manual of the upcoming BBM for Android app has been spotted in the wild by N4BB. This manual, much like any other user guide is meant to help users with the working and features of the app. It’s a pretty lengthy PDF file providing all the inputs on what certain icons stand for