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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

Why is nobody talking about the game-changing HTC One (E8)?

When rumors of a possible plastic-made, low-cost but otherwise top-shelf HTC One M8 counterpart first cropped up, most of us laughed. No way could HTC afford shrinking their profit margins so drastically, we thought to ourselves. After all, build materials, no matter how “premium” or shoddy, make up merely a tiny piece of a smartphone’s

Why the Nokia X can be big in China

Nokia X is reportedly selling like hotcakes in China. What could be making the smartphone a desirable Android-based device, even with its limitations? Android is big in China. According to Baidu, the country has about 270 million active daily Android users, mostly counting users who run variants of Android that support local app ecosystems and

Why can’t get we get enough of Flappy Bird?

Rolling Stone is running a feature on Flappy Bird’s creator, Dong Nguyen. Contributor David Kushner actually flew to Hanoi to interview the elusive game developer, and got the skinny on how the hit game came to be. In the article, we learn how Nguyen did not expect the game to be such a success, and

Top five reasons why Samsung’s Galaxy S5 can’t please us all

It’s almost here. Yet there’s still so much about it we don’t know. Or rather, we’re unsure of. At least two primary Samsung Galaxy S5 versions (not counting sub-varieties like the Zoom or Mini) will presumably roll out at some point, but no one’s certain if both the “Standard” and “Prime” are due for announcements

Can BBM’s new channels and voice features keep users engaged?

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

BBM launches social integration, but are you chatting with anyone yet?

BlackBerry has launched an update to its BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS. The latest update includes support for the iPad and iPod Touch, plus additional features for both platforms. Perhaps the biggest update to this release would be social integration — BBM now lets users share their PINs on their social media accounts straight

You’ve got BBM for Android. Now what?

You may have heard that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android and iOS is out. Chances are, you’ve already installed the app on your Android smartphone. You might either be a former BlackBerry user who wants to have a piece of the good old days of BBM instant messaging, or a new user curious about what

Should app developers build for Android first?

Android is, to date, the most popular mobile platform, both in numbers and in growth. And with development outfits starting to focus on a mobile-first approach, one might wonder whether this also translates to an Android-first approach in developing applications. And yet even if Android had an install base of hundreds of millions, the fact

Business strategy: How mobile mature is your enterprise?

With the rapid rise of mobile technologies and cloud-based computing, mobile devices are now being lauded as the next frontier in both enterprise and consumer computing needs. Businesses from a wide array of industries are scrambling to establish a mobile presence, although many are still building their apps and services by mimicking the functionality and

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 Million Dollar Question for HTC – Will the HTC One Succeed?

There have been several reports in the past about HTC’s dismal run in the industry. This is something we’ve gotten accustomed to of late as the company hasn’t quite been making the most out of its devices. A couple of years ago, the manufacturer tried its hand with tablets (HTC Flyer and Jetstream) and failed