Category: BlackBerry

New Ford Sync 3 System Ditches Microsoft For BlackBerry’s QNX Platform

Ford Sync 3Something that is becoming more and more standard in most vehicles is an infotainment system of some kind. A few years ago, I was at an event where Ford was demonstrating a few of their vehicles with the Mircosoft Sync system. I was very impressed with what it had to offer and the way the interface appeared to work. So much so, that I purchased two new Ford vehicles within the next year.

After a few years now, I am not as impressed with the system. The are constant lags, and there never seem to be any updates for the system software. I know I have complained on more than one occasion that the system was flawed.

It appears that Ford has listened, or maybe this is something they have been working on for years anyway. Ford has announced that starting with 2016 year models, vehicles will now be running Sync 3 which will be powered by BlackBerry’s QNX software. I can surely say this is a very welcome upgrade to the vehicle’s infotainment systems. It does not appear that older vehicles will be able to upgrade, which really sucks for me.

According to Ford:

Although SYNC 3 is optimized for hands-free use, an all-new touch screen delivers an experience similar to a smartphone or tablet.

Quicker response to touch as well as voice commands and smartphone-like gestures including pinch-to-zoom and swipe are central to SYNC 3, along with crisp, modern graphics.

For more information on the new Sync 3 system, please see the Ford press release below.

Source: Ford

BlackBerry Posts An Open Letter To Business Clients

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen posted an open letter to their remaining BES corporate and government clients asking them to hold on and not change device management companies.

Mr Chen’s key points?

Our EMM customer base is much larger than any of the other vendors in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management – and is growing.

We manage more mobile devices than any other vendor. Period.

We move more secure mobile data than anyone else.

We have substantial cash and are not a small VC-backed “pure play” MDM player seeking additional funds every year.

Mr Chen also stated that they are going back to their roots. I  can only draw a conclusion that he does not see a future for BlackBerry in the consumer market and is hoping to get the company back to a focus on enterprise. I do wish them well and BlackBerry has fought more than any other company I have ever seen in a situation like this. Read more

Quick Review: Sprint BlackBerry Q10

Sprint BlackBerry Q10We are a little behind in this review, but that’s because I have been using the device for months and months instead of just a few days or a week as in typical reviews. I have been a BlackBerry loyalist since 2006, however in the past few years they had started to drop off my radar since they were not keeping up with the trends and technology that other smartphones were offering. I admit, I left BlackBerry and went to an iPhone for personal use. However, when BlackBerry 10 was announced, I again because intrigued by where BlackBerry was going and what they were going to have to offer.

I started off using the BlackBerry Z10 and found it to be a good device, but it just didn’t feel like the BlackBerry I had become so accustomed to. When the BlackBerry Q10 was launched, I saw exactly what I had been looking for. A sleek new device offering the BlackBerry 10 experience AND a keyboard! For those of you that have used a BlackBerry in the past, you have to admit, there is just something about that keyboard experience.

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BlackBerry Introduces The BlackBerry 9720

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Today BlackBerry has officially launched the BlackBerry 9720. Granted the smartphone is new to the BlackBerry line-up it doesn’t scream wow. It falls into line with the older BlackBerry smartphones.

The BlackBerry 9720 comes equipped with the famous QWERTY keyboard, 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 806 MHz Tavor MG1 processor, a 5 megapixel EDOF (Extended Depth of Field) camera and running Blackberry 7.1 OS.

BlackBerry BBM Key

Some new features have been designed into the BlackBerry 9720 like a dedicated BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) key as a shortcut to the application and your even able to share pictures right from the camera. Just one touch allows you to send your photo to the popular social networks you use.

The BlackBerry 9720 will be available in 5 different colors black, blue, pink, purple and white. Color choices will depend on carrier. No pricing on the handset has been released at the moment, but I’m sure more details will surface soon.

BlackBerry Live 2013 Keynote – Video

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BlackBerry has posted their BlackBerry Live 2013 Keynote on YouTube in 4 segments to make it a little easier to watch versus over two hours in one video.

Segment 1:

http://youtu.be/uuzIFMxMZtI

Segment 2:

http://youtu.be/Uj25UbE11uc

Segment 3:

http://youtu.be/TYfYadgtoIY

Segment 4:

http://youtu.be/-L7dKiTP3ZM

 

BlackBerry Messenger Making Its Way To iOS and Android

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There have been rumors for at least 5 years that BlackBerry Messenger would make its way to additional platforms. Today the rumors have been squashed as BlackBerry has officially announced that BBM will be coming to Android and iOS this summer.

Minimum system requirements will be iOS 6 or higher for Apple devices and Android 4.0 or higher for Android devices.

The downloadable BBM app will allow for group chats up to 30 people per group, offer the same privacy controls already available on the BlackBerry including Read and Delivery notifications as well two-way opt in to become friends with someone.

Currently 60 million people actively use BBM sending over 10 billion messages per day. This may be an app that actually gives WhatsApp a run for its money.

When a release date is announced we will provide additional details.

 

 

BlackBerry Announces OS 10.1 Availability Starting Today

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BlackBerry has announced that starting today BlackBerry OS 10.1 will begin rolling out from carriers. If you are a U.S. based customer we are still a few weeks away from being able to upgrade.

Highlights of BlackBerry 10.1

BlackBerry Hub helps you stay organized, in control and on top of all of your conversations, and with BlackBerry 10.1, it just keeps getting better. You can now view emails that are attached to another email, get contact suggestions when you start addressing a message, and send PIN to PIN messages for direct communication between BlackBerry smartphones.

 Personalize your Notifications

BlackBerry 10.1 allows you to set up personalized notifications for your contacts and accounts. Customize ringtones, vibrations and the LED light for calls or message from each of your friends, family or colleagues. You can also set up a different notification for different accounts (such as for different email accounts, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Click to call

You can now click on a phone number in an email or BBM message to call the number or copy and paste it right onto the dialer screen in the phone app.

Better cursor control

BlackBerry 10.1 offers better cursor control making it easier to accurately place the cursor and select text. Just tap once to bring up the cursor control, grab the blue circle and drag it around to the insertion point that you want. Improved visual feedback lets you know where you’re pointing. You can also tap either side of the circle to move forward or backward one character at a time.

Improved picture capturing

BlackBerry 10.1 adds an HDR (high dynamic range) shooting mode for taking beautiful images in tricky lighting conditions. High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode takes multiple pictures at different exposure levels and layers them automatically to produce a single photo that combines the best of the dark and light areas. It also includes improved red eye and golden eye reduction in the picture editor.

More to discover with BlackBerry 10.1

You’ll find a number of new enhancements across the BlackBerry 10 OS like landscape support for the calendar, easier international dialing and so much more. The first step to discovering these new features on your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is to update your BlackBerry 10 software.

Updating is easy

Updating to BlackBerry 10.1 is free and easy to do. To update your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone to BlackBerry 10.1 look for the alert in the notifications section of the BlackBerry Hub. You can also check for software updates through the software updates section in the Settings menu or through the BlackBerry Link desktop software. The download will happen in the background and the update will be applied without needing to back up your smartphone. All of your information remains safe. For more information on how to update your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, visit www.BlackBerry.com/update..

 

BlackBerry Announces Q5 Smartphone

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BlackBerry has started off the keynote with the announcement of the Q5.This phone is designed to be an entry level BlackBerry in emerging markets. BlackBerry is describing the device as “youthful” by offering it in a variety of colors.

The Q5 features a 3.1″ Touchscreen with QWERTY keyboard and will start shipping in early July.