BlackBerry has dismissed recent rumors that claim it is planning to bring the Google Play store to BlackBerry 10 after screenshots of a BlackBerry Z10 handset running the Google Play app surfaced online this week. The Canadian company says it has “no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry,” and that BlackBerry World remains its primary focus.
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BlackBerry has today announced that it has scrapped plans to sell its hardware business, and that it will be replacing current CEO Thorsten Heins instead. The Canadian company has also secured $1 billion from a group of investors led by Fairfax Financial, and its CEO, Prem Watsa, will become lead director.
We’ve been eagerly anticipating the launch of BBM for Android since BlackBerry announced it back in May, but the Canadian company has done a pretty good job of keeping the app close to its chest ahead of its public launch. So aside from a few leaked screenshots, we really had no idea what it would look like or how it would perform.
But that’s no longer the case, thanks to the hands-on tour video below.
Just one week after announcing its first Android-powered flip phone, Samsung has today announced another one! It’s called the Galaxy Golden, and it’s slightly more advanced than the Hennessy, with larger displays, a faster processor, a better camera, and a more recent version of Android.
It also has a number of special features, including a built-in pedometer and a business card reader.
After its first press shots were leaked on Tuesday, we knew it wouldn’t be long before Samsung made the Hennessy official. And now the Korean company’s first Android-powered flip phone can be found on its Chinese website.
The Hennessy boasts two 3.3-inch displays — one on the front and one inside — plus a quad-core processor, dual-SIM support, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Samsung has overtaken Apple and Nokia to become the global leader in mobile web traffic, according to the latest figures from web analytics company StatCounter. It’s the first time the South Korean company has taken the lead in Internet usage, but Apple isn’t far behind.
BlackBerry — formally known as Research in Motion — is developing its latest BlackBerry 10.2 update with the ability to run the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean apps. The Canadian company is hoping the move will persuade existing Android users to make the switch to its new platform, knowing that their favorite apps will be compatible.
Japanese carrier KDDI has today unveiled the HTC J One, a new HTC One variant that packs a number of features the original doesn’t have. In addition to a microSD card slot that allows users to add an additional 64GB of storage, the J One also offers additional camera features.
Jolla has announced its first smartphone (also called Jolla) powered by the new Sailfish OS. It offers a 4.5-inch “Estrade” display, a dual-core processor, and 4G LTE connectivity. In an effort to help you switch from Android, Jolla has made the device “Android app compliant.”
Android and iOS managed to grab a whopping 92.3% of all smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2013, with a total of 199.5 million units sold worldwide. There are no prizes for guessing which of the two platforms grabbed the most market share.