12:57 am on Feb 20, 2014 |
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) February 19, 2014
After a few days of Tweets from the BlackBerry fan base to T-Mobile CEO John Legere, as well as a blog post from Mr. Chen, BlackBerry CEO himself. T-Mobile has come to the table to create an offer for those BlackBerry users on their network. If you bring in your old, mind you working, BlackBerry smartphone – T-Mobile will give you $250 off your BlackBerry Q10 or Z10. You can find the full details about the T-Mobile BlackBerry trade-up program, you can check the link below to head over to the T-Mobile corporate blog.
1:25 pm on Feb 13, 2014 |
The day is here! After weeks of anticipation BlackBerry has officially launched BBM Channels and location support on the cross platform version of BBM. The new version is making it’s way through the various app stores and should find it’s way onto your iPhone or Android device sometime today. Not only does the new version include BBM Channels, it allows you to send large files via drop box, as well, share your location to other BBM users via Glimps. One of the more prominent features is the ability to make BBM Voice calls to other BlackBerry and non BlackBerry smartphone users. Continue reading for the full press release below… OH! and don’t for get to connect with TheBerryFix.com on BBM Channels with our channel pin: C00423BF1
New features also include simple file and photo sharing, location sharing, over 100 new emoticons and Dropbox integration for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry Smartphones
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – February 13, 2014) – A new version of BBM™ will be available later today for Android™, iPhone and BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) customers, giving them lots of exciting new features. Android and iPhone customers will now be able to make free voice calls to BBM contacts over a Wi-Fi® or data connection with BBM Voice(i), as well as access BBM Channels. In addition, BBM customers on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry(ii) smartphones will have more to chat about with fast one-click sharing of photos, documents, voice notes and more. BBM customers will also be able to share their live location for a specified amount of time with other BBM contacts by using location sharing, powered by Glympse, and will have 100 new emoticons available to help them say what’s on their mind.
2:46 pm on Feb 10, 2014 |
Wow, and I mean Wow. I did not see this coming. Today, BlackBerry has confirmed that Andrew Bocking, executive VP of BBM has officially left BlackBerry. Since John Chen moved into the hot seat as CEO he has been making changes like no other. While we cannot confirm that Andrew left on his own accord, or if he was asked to leave. We do know that this will have an affect on how the future of BBM looks. BlackBerry has made an official statement to BGR regarding the departure.
I can confirm that Andrew Bocking, EVP, BBM has made the decision to leave BlackBerry. We thank him for his years of leadership and contribution.
Source : BGR
The update is here, and the downloads have begun. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a BIG update to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, but today, on Jan 28th 2014 we have one. BlackBerry has officially released OS version 10.2.1 and carriers are pushing it out as you read this.
- Customize Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry Hub – A new feature lets you instantly filter the message list in the Hub. You can customize the Hub to show only Unread Messages, Flagged Messages, Draft Messages, Meeting Invites, Sent Messages or Level 1 Alerts. Once the filter criterion is set, you can simply activate it with a pinch gesture on the Hub’s message list.
- Simplified Phone Experience – Includes a new incoming call screen that lets you swipe to the left to answer or swipe right to ignore a call. New intuitive icons allow you to instantly silence the call, or send a Reply Now response through BBM™, SMS or email that you can’t answer the phone right away. You can choose from a list of standard automated responses or respond with a personalized note.
- SMS and Email Groups – You can now create SMS and email groups for more efficient broadcast communications.
- Actionable Lock Screen Notifications – Users can now “tap to open” a message that appears on the lock screen, letting you respond to an important message much quicker or to check messages more discreetly.
- Picture Password for Quick Unlocking – Quickly unlock a phone using a combination of a picture and a number (0-9) of your choice, which you place at a particular point on the image. When you try to unlock the phone, the picture will appear along with a grid of random numbers. To unlock, simply drag the grid so the number you selected overlays the particular point on the image.
While there is more to this update then just a few new features, you’ll want to first download it onto your BlackBerry 10 smartphone, and then read the full press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 Lets You Do More, More Easily
Update includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements and is rolling out to customers through carriers around the world beginning today
Waterloo, Ontario – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced BlackBerry® 10 OS version 10.2.1, a new software update for BlackBerry 10 smartphones that lets you do more, more easily, and helps you be more productive and stay better connected.
1:34 pm on Jan 9, 2014 |
Here at TheBerryFix.com we are always looking for new ways to allow our readers to be social on the web, and today we are taking it a step further. Today we have introduced a new commenting system powered by facebook. Now, while we know not everyone uses facebook that’s okay, because the new commenting system allows non facebook users to comment too! Now why did we make this switch you ask? Easy, to provided a better sounding board for our readers. The facebook commenting system is a more fluid transparent platform and promotes engagement. Through research we have found that over %80 of our readers are also using facebook, and this allows those people to comment without logging in. Just, well, discuss.
Over the coming months we are planning a few upgrades to the website and the sites backend system. These upgrades will enhance the user experience as well make it easier for those who work on the site to do their job. Thank you for being a part of TheBerryFix.com, new and old, we are grateful of your readership.
– Zachary Gilbert
12:57 pm on Jan 9, 2014 |
This is one of those quick posts in which we ask the BlackBerry Community a question. This weeks question is, which Twitter® app do you use on your BlackBerry® smart phone? Here at TheBerryFix.com we use a combination of the official Twitter® app, and Blaq for BlackBErry® 10. Comment below on which app is your go to.
12:07 pm on Jan 9, 2014 |
Only a few months ago was it when BlackBerry asked Thorsten Heins to step down as CEO. Quickly after his departure BlackBerry appointed John Chen as the Interim CEO of the company, with the expectations that he would not be permanent. Just the other day the company has gone official and as appointed John Chen as the CEO of BlackBerry. This change comes from the company’s board being impressed with the work Mr. Chen has done thus far.
As well, from a BlackBerry fan side there seems to be support for this change as well. Mr. Chen is looking to back out of the consumer market and focus on the enterprise market, all while offering BlackBerry products to the die-hard fans as well. The BlackBerry landscape is changing fast, what does it all mean for the “everyday” consumer? well, we don’t know. Our expectations is that the BlackBerry products will be available via direct fulfillment and less in the retail store, but only time will tell.
4:38 pm on Jan 7, 2014 |
As BlackBerry continues through their transition into a more nimble and leaner company, John Chen the interim CEO at BlackBerry continues to make hugs changes. BlackBerry has announced that they have hired Ron Louks, a former employee of Sony Ericsson and HTC to head up the devices and emerging solutions department at BlackBerry. Ron Louks has a long history of working in the mobile industry, and has a lot to bring to the table at BlackBerry. You can read the full press release from BlackBerry below.
BlackBerry Appoints Leadership for Devices Business
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – January 06, 2014) – BlackBerry® Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY) (TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that Ron Louks will join the Company as President, Devices and Emerging Solutions reporting to BlackBerry’s Executive Chair and CEO, John Chen.
“I am pleased to add another outstanding addition to BlackBerry’s executive leadership team with the announcement of Ron today,” said Chen. “I am confident that Ron will bring the skills and expertise that will make an immediate impact to BlackBerry and to our customers around the world.”
1:51 pm on Jan 7, 2014 |
If you remember back about, well, two years or so ago we interview a small Waterloo Ontario based company called Allerta. Now, Allerta was not your typical startup, no, they were creating something new, something special. Allerta was creating a watch that would connect to your BlackBerry smartphone and alert you of notifications. Now the product wasn’t a massive hit, but it was the precursor to something big, the wearable computing era. Today Allerta has changed their name to Pebble, and is at the forefront of the wearable computing with their Pebble smart watch.
Today Pebble is advancing the market with the Pebble Steel. The Pebble steel is everything you’ve come to expect from a Pebble, but in a nice fancy steel watch housing. The new housing is a huge upgrade from the sporty style of the original Pebble. Pebble has stated that the new watch will be made available by pre orders, and will start shipping on February 28th 2014. The new Pebble steel goes on sale for $249.99 USD.
1:07 pm on Nov 4, 2013 |
Wow, so this is a bit of a shocker here, but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. Prem Watsa and his firm Fairfax Financial has backed out of their original offering of taking BlackBerry private, and will not invest $1 billion into the smartphone manufacture. The full press release can be found after the break. Also note that the release goes on to state that the current CEO will be stepping down as of closing tonight, and John S. Chen will be the CEO while the company looks for a successor.
John S. Chen to be Appointed Executive Chair of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors and Interim CEO; Prem Watsa to be Appointed Lead Director
Company Concludes Review of Strategic Alternatives and Announces Changes to Board and Leadership Team
WATERLOO, ONTARIO and TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – November 04, 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.
9:35 am on Sep 23, 2013 |
As you may have heard, BlackBerry was set to launch BBM cross-platform over the weekend. Well, that didn’t really happen. Slightly before the launch of BBM for Android and iOS a leaked version of the software was released onto the internet, says a representative from BlackBerry. The leaked Android version of BBM caused issues during the global rollout, delaying the launch on to Android, then delaying the launch on iOS.
Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.
Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.
As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to www.BBM.com to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.
As you can see BlackBerry is going full tilt to get this issue resolved, just sucks that they have now missed the promised launch date of the end of summer. Stay tuned as we update you on the launch of BBM for Android and iOS.
Well, it’s been a few weeks since the BlackBerry Q10 launched in Canada and the UK. But, today we are doing the traditional unboxing and hands on video. While this isn’t a full review, it will give you a quick glimps at the latest BlackBerry 10 smartphone to come out of Waterloo Ontario. The BlackBerry Q10 features a 720×720 amoled display, an 8mp 1080p rear camera, and a 2mp front facing camera. Also, there is a dual core snapdragon CPU at the heart of the BlackBerry 10 operation system. Stay tuned for the full review of the BlackBerry Q10.
12:00 pm on May 14, 2013 |
Introhive Launches for BlackBerry 10 Platform
Introhive brings the power of warm introductions to BlackBerry-enabled enterprise sales teams worldwide
May 14, 2013
BlackBerry Live 2013, Orlando, FL – May 14, 2013 – Introhive, the relationship capital company, today announced the launch of its native app for the BlackBerry® 10 platform. This brings the power of Introhive’s innovative sales enablement platform to enterprises around the world that are running BlackBerry® Enterprise Server or BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10.
Introhive unlocks the connections within a company to help sales people reach new customers and measure the strength of existing relationships. Introhive analyzes and scores the contacts and activity a company and its employees have across social, mail and mobile platforms. Sales can then request introductions based on the strongest relationship. Managers also use the platform to measure account activity and customer relationship strength. They can now do this on BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
11:43 am on May 14, 2013 |
You’ve seen that BlackBerry has introduced a huge, new feature for BBM today at BlackBerry Live 2013, BBM Channels. Now you’re wondering how you can sign up for this new service. Well, all you have to do to get BBM Channels is sign up for it in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. BBM Channels works on both legacy BlackBerry OS devices and BlackBerry 10 devices. Signing up will give you access to the Beta version of BBM Channels through the Beta Zone, then you can upgrade to the full version when it officially launches later this year. Hit the link below to head over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone and get in on the BBM Channel action.
This is something we didn’t see coming! But BlackBerry is about to take on Twitter and Facebook with BBM Channels. BBM Channels is a place for brands and people to connect, and interact. A place for you to feel more involved. TheBerryFix.com will be launching our own BBM Channel in the coming days, so stay tuned.
Currently BlackBerry has opened this new feature up to a small group of beta testers, with full rollout expected in the coming weeks. Who would you like to see create a BBM Channel? Your friends? Or a celebrity? Comment below, I’m interested to hear your thoughts.
Waterloo, ON – For the times when you want to share experiences beyond your friends or engage the communities you care about, BlackBerry® is taking its globally popular mobile social network, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), up a notch with new functionality called BBM Channels. BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced the beta launch of BBM Channels, a new social engagement platform within BBM that will allow people to connect with the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups they are passionate about.