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S4BB accounts for almost one third of BlackBerry World’s apps

S4BB accounts for almost one third of BlackBerry World’s apps

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 23, 2013 at 16:00

The success of an app store (that’s the generic lower case) can make or break a platform, and for Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10, securing those big names quickly remains a problem; iOS and Android are very much the priority.

BlackBerry World is at least home to over 120,000 apps (as announced in May), but around a third of those appear to have been seeded by one single developer. Cripes.

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BlackBerry 9720 pictures leak: BB7's final act?

BlackBerry 9720 pictures leak: BB7's final act?

Martin James  Jul. 9, 2013 at 18:00

BlackBerry boss Thorsten Heins promised one more BlackBerry 7 OS device this year, and it looks like this is it – the BlackBerry 9720.

News of the 9720 first leaked over the weekend, and today we've been given a series of pics to mull over too.

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Skype Video Messaging for all!

Skype Video Messaging for all!

Lewis Curdie  Jun. 18, 2013 at 12:00

Time was, you called a guy and he didn’t answer, you left a voicemail. But that’s so last century, man.

Skype has announced that its video messaging service has finally come out of beta, and is now available to, like, everyone.

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Smartphone OS wars state of play: is Windows Phone now a credible third force?

Smartphone OS wars state of play: is Windows Phone now a credible third force?

Martin James  Jun. 3, 2013 at 20:30

We don't really pay as much attention to smartphone OS market share numbers as we used to do here on Mobot.

That's partly because the story changes depending on whose numbers you're looking at, and partly because the story's always the same: Android is dominating, iOS is holding firm, and everyone else is fighting for a slice of the sum total of bugger all.

Well, not quite, but you get the picture.

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Selfridges PR fluff accompanies BlackBerry Q10's UK arrival

Selfridges PR fluff accompanies BlackBerry Q10's UK arrival

Martin James  Apr. 29, 2013 at 19:00

The all-too-familiar shipping delays that go with most Apple launches regularly see the fruity firm accused of scarcity marketing tactics, but surely BlackBerry has taken things to a new level with the Q10 launch.

The QWERTY-equipped Q10 has technically been available since Friday, but for three days it was available solely at three retail outlets: Selfridges in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

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Bye bye BBM Music

Bye bye BBM Music

Martin James  Apr. 4, 2013 at 11:00

BlackBerry is set to close its BBM Music subscription-based music service on June 2, 2013, just two years after its introduction.

No specific reason is given, but it's safe to assume a complete lack of popularity would rank fairly high on the list. For what it's worth, though, BlackBerry does say the date is subject to change.

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BlackBerry posts a profit but is losing 1m users a month

It's genuinely hard to know what to make of BlackBerry's latest quarterly figures, announced today.

The company actually made a profit, but its user base shrank by 3m and analysts remain sharply divided over the BlackBerry Z10 and whether it can spearhead a return to power for the Canadian smartphone maker.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 23, 2013 at 15:45

So, what else happened in the week that Lee Young Hee replaced Christy Wyatt as my comedy mobile crush? Well, some PR bird was on my case about the BlackBerry 10 "not secure" headline (following a slightly misleading article from The Guardian). She was lovely, really. And she uses a BlackBerry Z10. Interesting.

I also caused a bit of a stir with some mysterious individuals (ahem) when I suggested that Word Soup for iOS is beyond rubbish. Which it is. Deal with it.

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Heins ‘very excited’ about new BB10 flagship, possibly here before Christmas

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and embracing BlackBerry 10 via the Z10 or Q10 (the latter priced at £530, ahem), it might be worth holding off for a bunch of months.

See, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is already talking about a new BlackBerry 10 flagship, one that might be here before the end of the year.

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Guardian: BlackBerry 10 not secure enough for UK government; CESG: security hasn't actually been evaluated yet

Guardian: BlackBerry 10 not secure enough for UK government; CESG: security hasn't actually been evaluated yet

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 20, 2013 at 14:00

Canadian manufacturer BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) suffered a bit of a blow last month when it was revealed that the US Pentagon would open its doors to iOS and Android in February 2014.

On a vaguely similar note, BlackBerry 10 has been rejected for ‘Restricted’ government work in the UK on account of security concerns.

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