Deals of the Day (5-23-2016)

Google’s Nexus 5X and BlackBerry’s Priv are both smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processors and Android 6.0 software. But the Priv has 50 percent more RAM, a slide-out keyboard, and some custom BlackBerry apps that you won’t find on the Nexus 5X. It also typically costs a lot more… and that’s true even today, when you […]

BlackBerry announces Android 6.0 update for the Priv smartphone

BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone may not exactly be selling like hotcakes, but the company seems at least somewhat committed to supporting the phone. The BlackBerry Priv originally shipped with Android 5.1 software, but now BlackBerry is ready to roll out an Android 6.0 update. The update will start rolling out to users on May 3rd […]

BlackBerry phone sales are down, but future may be in software

Following years of declining smartphone sales, BlackBerry tried something different in 2015, launching its first smartphone running Google Android software instead of BlackBerry OS. But it doesn’t look that has done much to help the company’s hardware sales. The BlackBerry Priv launched in November, and according to the first full-quarter earnings report since that launch, […]

You can install BlackBerry Priv apps on other Android phones

The Priv may be BlackBerry’s first smartphone to run Google’s Android operating system, but it turns out you don’t need a BlackBerry-branded phone to run some of the company’s Android apps. Anyone can download the BlackBerry Messenger app for Android from the Google Play Store. But CrackBerry forum member Cobalt232 has also modified some of the […]

BlackBerry Priv coming to Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint

BlackBerry’s first Android phone is no longer an AT&T exclusive in the United States. The Blackberry Priv will be available for use with Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint starting January 26th. The phone is also already available in the UK from Vodafone. The BlackBerry Priv features a 5.4 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon […]

BlackBerry Priv: Fewer than 50 thousand sold?

BlackBerry released its first smartphone running Google Android software this year, and it’s turned a lot of heads since it also happens to be one of the only high-end Android phones with a physical keyboard to launch this year. So how’s that working out for the company? Well, BlackBerry’s latest financial results were better than […]

Some BlackBerry Priv apps can run on other Android phones (keyboard, calendar, launcher)

At first glance, the most unusual thing about the BlackBerry Priv smartphone is hardware-related: it’s one of the only high-end Android smartphones with a physical keyboard. But a lot of what makes BlackBerry’s first Android phone special is also software-related. The company ships the phone with Google’s smartphone operating system, but BlackBerry also includes a […]

BlackBerry Priv review roundup (BlackBerry’s first Android phone)

The BlackBerry Priv is a phone that could pave the way to a new future for a company that was once a dominant player in the smartphone space. Over the past decade BlackBerry has seen its market share go down and down… and these days even Tizen smartphones are outselling BlackBerry phones. So the company is […]