Pardon me dear readers. Normally this space is reserved for missives to you, but I am positive you do not care about the BlackBerry KeyOne, a new phone from BlackBerry Mobile. Besides Kim Kardashian, very few people have cared about BlackBerry phones in recent years. That's why today I'm going to take a moment to reach out to Kim. The girl's been a wreck since her ancient Bold 9900 died last year, and I really think she needs to know there's a new, actually kind of excellent, BlackBerry device.
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At the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, we saw two formerly great smartphone brands — Nokia and BlackBerry — try to win their way back into consumers' hearts with the relaunch of decidedly old-school gadgets. BlackBerry Mobile, whose name is licensed to Chinese electronics maker TCL, introduced its newest throwback with the BlackBerry KeyOne, an Android phone that looks like an updated, more modern version of the BlackBerry 9900. Nokia, now run by HMD Global, just decided to straight-up bring back the 3310 form-factor, but with a colour screen, a camera and crazy battery life.
We've spent the last week scouring the halls and show floors of the Consumer Electronics Show in gaudy Las Vegas, and we've found something worth writing home about. A few new smartphones big and small, expensive and inexpensive, and a few world firsts, were on display — and will be coming to Australia.
While Apple has been waging a very public battle, it turns out that Canadian police have been decrypting the messages of millions of Blackberry users. Rather than apologising for the breach, Blackberry CEO John Chen defended his company's approach.
Blackberry — the financially floundering smartphone maker that prides itself on end-to-end encryption — may have finally met its match in the form of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Motherboard reports that the RCMP, as part of a criminal investigation, was able to intercept and decrypt more than a million Blackberry messages over the course of two years.
From tomorrow, PRIV by BlackBerry — the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android — will be available in Australia. "While PRIV will provide a choice in operating system to new and existing customers," Blackberry said in a statement, "the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, and will continue to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements".
When it comes to clandestine meet-ups with drug lords, screw WhatsApp. Turns out BBM is indispensable for interviewing the most wanted fugitive in the world.
Americans can now preorder The Priv, one of BlackBerry's strangest creations (and it's made some weird stuff), for $US700. $US700! That puts BlackBerry's latest in direct competition with some of the best smartphones you can buy.
Blackberry's newest phone, the Priv, runs Android. That's an unusual move for Blackberry; so unusual, in fact, that it's confused poor CEO John Chen, who completely blew this exclusive first look at the Priv.
One of the weirdest little pocket devices in 2015 is Blackberry's still "rumoured" Venice, a slider smartphone with physical keys running near stock Android. With a new hands on video with an evaluation unit of Blackberry's new smartphone Frankenstein, Baka Mobile's brief four-minute tour shows off some cool stuff.