BlackBerry has confirmed that sponsored content will soon be coming to BBM Channels after ads were spotted in its latest BBM beta release. The Canadian company also insists, however, that it will not be inserting advertisements into your instant messages, and that it will be “very strict” about the amount of content that is pushed to the BBM community.
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BlackBerry has confirmed that it will address BBM’s measly 6MB transfer limit in its next update. The company says it has “heard users loud and clear,” and it has vowed to allow the transfer of larger files over the popular instant messaging service.
BlackBerry has today updated BBM to add support for devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Until now, only those running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above could enjoy the cross-platform messaging service, but with over 20% of Android users still running the 3-year-old software, BlackBerry knew that had to change.
BlackBerry’s chance at clawing back smartphone share and mounting any kind of a threat against Android and iOS looks slimmer every time the company announces its sales figures. It seems increasingly likely the Canadian company will eventually have to sell off its smartphone business or turn to Android in an effort to survive.
But despite what you may think, the BlackBerry 10 operating system isn’t a complete write-off. In fact, there are lots things it does incredibly well. Having used it myself for quite a bit over the past 12 months, I’ve compiled a list of five features that I think Google should steal for Android.
BlackBerry has today announced that it is updating BBM for Android and iOS to add a new “Find Friends” feature that helps you seek out other BBM users and invite them to connect. It works alongside your smartphone’s address book to detect BBM users you already know, and it’s ideal for new users looking to build up their contact list.
Earlier this week, BlackBerry announced a “special” version of BBM that will deliver support for devices running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. It’s set for its public release next month, but users can now download a leaked APK file and get their hands on it early.
Smartphone users who are still running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread will finally be able to get their hands on BBM next month. BlackBerry has confirmed that it will launch a “special” version of its popular messaging app to support the 3-year-old operating system, opening it up to millions more users on Android.
When you buy a smartphone wallet case, the chances are you’re going to have to make some cutbacks — because the vast majority of them only carry a small number of cards. But that’s not the case with the Finn wallet from WaterField Designs, which has plenty of space for your phone and all the cards and cash you can carry.
Category: Wallet Cases
Works With: Everything
Finn’s available in four different sizes: the size 25 model is designed to be a wallet only, but the other three — size 27, size 42, and size 69 — are designed to carry your smartphone as well. Of course, the larger the Finn, the bigger the smartphone you can stash into it (and the more it’ll cost you).
I’ve been reviewing the size 25 and the size 69, which measures 5.5 inches by 3.3 inches, and is designed to carry an HTC One or a Galaxy S4, according to WaterField’s website — but it’s compatible with a whole bunch of other smartphones, too. I’ve mostly been using mine with a Nexus 5, but I’ve used HTC, Samsung, and BlackBerry handsets with it, too.
WaterField calls Finn “the best wallet ever,” so let’s see if it lives up to those claims.
BlackBerry and Windows Phone might be having a hard time trying to break up the monopoly on mobile software held by Android and iOS, but that hasn’t stopped the Chinese government from having a go with a platform of its own.
Built by a company called Shanghai Liantong in conjunction with ISCAS (Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences), COS — which stands for China Operating System — aims to take on Android and iOS by providing better localization for things like language input and cloud services.
Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone announced the world’s first smartphone with the ability to dual-boot Android and Firefox OS last November, and two months later, we get to see what the Geeksphone Revolution looks like — thanks to these leaked photos.