So we finally got around to uploading the hands-on video from last night at the Porsche Event held in New York City. Initial impressions were quite nice in my opinion, and it feels somewhat like the former P’9981, from a material perspective. Of course, a whole different device, and operating system with BlackBerry 10. Under the hood it’s a Z10, but cosmetically nice and definitely stands out next to any other smartphone. Some things I was really fond of was how specific the branding goes here. The ID card enclosed as soon as you open the box, the Porsche style clock (digital and analog) and even the battery itself branded with Porsche. In the video, we take a quick dive at the device prior to attending the Porsche event. You’ll see a quick comparison with my Z10 so you can get a good idea of what to expect from aspect ratios and all that good stuff. Enjoy the video. Also be sure to check out the images below showing the device in all angles.
General News »
WATERLOO, ONTARIO and TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 4, 2013) – BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today announced that it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited ("Fairfax") and other institutional investors (collectively, the "Purchasers") will invest in BlackBerry through a U.S. $1 billion private placement of convertible debentures. Fairfax has agreed to acquire U.S. $250 million principal amount of the Debentures. The transaction is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.
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BlackBerry Messenger, or as it is officially known as BBM has been building quite a buzz in popularity for both iOS and Android since launching only 24 hours ago. We were waiting to see a press release on the stats, and it looks like the official announcement has been made. BBM has topped off to over 10 million downloads for both Android and iPhone in just the first opening day. Hit the jump below for the full press release and statistics:
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Rovio started off with just Angry Birds Star Wars edition free on the launch of BlackBerry 10, and later on we even saw the Space edition surface. Just over the weekend, Rovio has launched both the original Angry Birds and Season editions for BlackBerry 10 officially. Both new games are available in BlackBerry World for only 99 cents a piece.
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Shortly after T-Mobile went live with 10.1 at last, BlackBerry has updated the native Facebook application to 10.2 bringing a slightly revamped user interface. Still no built in Facebook Chat, but you can enjoy improved media loading. Change log in detail includes:
- A Refreshed Look and Feel to your Newsfeed – Facebook 10.2.0 has an exciting updated look and feel with refreshed icons to make navigation and communicating with your social network even easier.
- Enhanced Photo Experience – Facebook 10.2.0 provides new ways of interacting with your Facebook photos. With Facebook 10.2.0 you can now create Photo Albums from your photos page, upload your photos to an existing or new photo album, add photo tags to your current photos and easily toggle between all of your photos and photo albums.
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It’s a great day in the United States as the BlackBerry Q10 officially launches – not for all today, but launch dates have been announced at least, and one carrier has it in stock.
T-Mobile is the first to carry in store today at $99 up front with $20 payments per month for 24 months. Verizon has it at $199 for pre-order with online ordering starting tomorrow, and in-store availability starting June 10th. Sprint remains in the dark, but you can register online to be informed on availability. Pretty whack seeing them hold off until then, considering they don’t even have the Z10. AT&T has their preorder page up today, with rumored in-store availability on June 18th. Why oh why!? Either way, check out the press release after the jump on the US BlackBerry Q10 launch or click the links below to go to each carrier site:
Free Applications »
App.net, an up and coming social network – similar to Twitter in the sense where you can mention others and view all updates in feed format has finally made its way to BlackBerry 10 natively. The application is third party but definitely a great experience. Prior to that, you were probably using Buffer (an Android port) to update your App.net as well as other social networks, and they sleek mobile site, but now that there’s a native application, you can get it all done in one place. The application is called Blue and it is free in BlackBerry World to download. Compatibility goes to both the Z10 and Q10!
Remember the inPulse Smartwatch? It was the first watch which was supported on BlackBerry exclusively, bringing you notifications from SMS to email, calendar reminders and BBM notifications. Later on it released with Android support and the makers opened their API for developers to create really cool applications for it. Years later, we see the same makers come up with the Pebble smartwatch which was exclusively for Android and iOS – up until now! CrackBerry was able to interview one of the staff members of Pebble, which they demoed the Pebble smartwatch with a BlackBerry Dev C device. It is coming soon with official support with no specific timeframe set just yet. The Pebble runs for $149.99 on their website for preorders. The display is much nicer than the inPulse as it sports a e-paper display with longer lasting battery life and a better user interface. Any BB10 users up for this one?
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As promised in previous App Wednesdays, Modern Combat 4 has made its debut to the BlackBerry Z10 yesterday. We’ve seen Modern Combat 3 release for the PlayBook in the past, so it’s good seeing the next sequels releasing from Gameloft. Modern Combat 4 includes real rich graphics and awesome action in a war environment. It’s 99 cents to buy and only on the Z10 right now. Not sure how well the game would work on the smaller resolution Q10.
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Union has made their hit game Samurai II available for the BlackBerry Z10. This originally launched on the BlackBerry PlayBook, which was a pretty popular game once it kicked off. Good news – if you already purchased it on the PlayBook, you do not need to re-purchase the game on the Z10 so feel free to download it. Definitely a huge praise for these kinds of games and apps that were on the PlayBook and owners get to keep it moving forward to other hardware. For those who are new to Samurai II, check it out for 99 cents at BlackBerry World.