UPDATE – September 8, 3:00pm ET: We’re excited to announce the BlackBerry 10.3.2 Update has started to roll out across the globe to all BlackBerry 10 devices. Please check with your carrier for local availability details, or visit BlackBerry.com/BlackBerry10os for more information.
Question: What’s better than 10.3.1? 10.3.2!
Another Question: What’s better than one update? TWO updates!
Over the coming weeks, BlackBerry 10.3.2 and BlackBerry Blend 1.2 will roll out for the entire line of BlackBerry 10 devices. With these updates, your device will be more secure and more private, keeping you even more productive.
When you update to BlackBerry 10.3.2, you’ll gain access to great new enhancements across your whole device.
Let’s take a closer look.
BlackBerry Blend 1.2
BlackBerry Blend 1.2 provides a fresh, new user interface based on our customers’ feedback. This new design makes navigating and interacting with your messages and content both faster and easier.
Your productivity across devices is improved with the addition of spell check, the ability to reply directly from within Blend notification pop-ups and visual enhancements to file transfers.
Looking for more information on BlackBerry Blend? Visit BlackBerry.com/Blend or Inside BlackBerry.
Anti-theft protection in BlackBerry Protect
As you know, privacy and security is at the heart of BlackBerry’s DNA. BlackBerry Protect allows you to disable the device if it’s lost or stolen ensuring no one can wipe and reactivate your BlackBerry. Read about this couple that tracked down their missing BlackBerry phone back intact thanks to BlackBerry Protect.
Productivity and efficiency comes in many different forms. Many of us can’t afford to spend 5 minutes fiddling around with shot after shot trying to get a clear image every time we want to take a picture.
The camera enhancements with 10.3.2 include: low light performance in auto-mode, improved face-detection, and reduced blur caused by motion. All of these make taking pictures in any situation as easy as point-and-shoot.
Meetings. Meetings. And more meetings. Many of us have full schedules, and with the 10.3.2 update, the BlackBerry Calendar comes to the rescue.
As always, when you enable Meeting Mode on your BlackBerry Calendar, your phone automatically sets your phone to quiet for the duration of your meeting. With 10.3.2, you can now customize this feature to work however you need it to by specifying the events controlled by Meeting Mode, such as adding calendars to the ignore list.
And back by popular demand, your BlackBerry Calendar month view will show shrinking & growing date numbers depending on how busy your schedule is that day to show you just how busy the workday is at a glance.
For our friends in the U.S.
For all of you existing BlackBerry 10 users in the U.S. not already using BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic, this update will also offer a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an improved action bar that adds easy access to your commonly accessed functions. You will also be introduced to BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant, battery boosting technology, plus improvements to the BlackBerry Hub, multimedia and more.
In addition to BlackBerry World, this latest version also introduces customers to the Amazon Appstore, offering access to hundreds of thousands of additional apps.
Before you update
As always, we highly recommend you back up your BlackBerry 10 device before any update. Check out Ty’s How-To blog post for details and tips & tricks.
How do I know when the update is available?Subject to carrier approvals, the global roll-out of 10.3.2 will begin in the coming weeks and will be available for the entire line of BlackBerry 10 device.
Once available on your carrier’s network, you will receive a notification in the BlackBerry Hub that 10.3.2 is ready for download. If you have enabled automatic software downloads, you will be notified in the BlackBerry Hub that the software is downloading.
For more information about BlackBerry 10 and how to update, check out www.BlackBerry.com/BlackBerry10OS.
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Being surrounded by sugar every day is a kid’s dream. For commercial manager Frank O’Kelly, the sweet stuff is just his job. O’Kelly works for Ragus Sugars Manufacturing, a London company that sources raw sugars from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, and then manufactures and distributes sugars and syrups across the globe.
When he’s not coordinating the sales, marketing and customer service operations for Ragus, O’Kelly builds computer systems and vets operating systems, mobile devices and other work tools for possible adoption. That’s how O’Kelly, who also writes for the Inside BlackBerry blog and posts on our very-active LinkedIn group, became a fan of the Blackberry Passport.
(Read about other satisfied Passport users, this young entrepreneur, this upscale homebuilder’s CEO, this tech headhunter, this geologist and pilot, celebrity chef Tyler Florence, tech startup founder, sales director, senior hospital executive, manufacturing executive, non-profit founder, software engineer, legal administrator, pharmaceutical CEO, software manager, insurance salesman, and these workers from multiple industries.)
Watts: What attracted you to the BlackBerry Passport?
O’Kelly: My company regularly reviews various operating systems and devices to ensure that our team has the most effective work tools. We tested several mobile devices for security, battery life, device durability, call quality, integration with our existing systems, productivity, response time and fewest number of clicks to get work done. All the other devices scored reasonably in various areas, but the BlackBerry Passport scored highest across the board.
We went with the Passport because it integrates into our work processes more easily than other devices. Devices from other vendors are built to engage primarily with their own work environments and don’t easily adapt to other ecosystems’ email, CRM apps and technical data handling. This doesn’t mean that the other devices were bad, but the BlackBerry Passport was able to meet all of our needs rather than forcing the company to change its work environment to adapt to the phone vendor’s ecosystem.
Watts: How do you use the BlackBerry Passport at work?
O’Kelly: The Passport is my company’s primary mobile work device. Our teams spend a lot of time traveling but still must maintain a certain level of productivity. The wider form factor of the BlackBerry Passport makes it easy to read reports and write emails and other documents.
In fact, we have a zero-typo policy at my company because our clients deserve more than a “sorry I typed this on my inaccurate smartphone” excuse. With the BlackBerry Passport we type error-free messages when working mobile.
Another advantage of using a BlackBerry device is BlackBerry Blend, the remote file access capability built into the BlackBerry 10 OS. This feature lets me access folders back on my office PC even if I am in a different country. Blend recently came in handy at an out-of-town meeting when I was asked to make a presentation for an unexpected attendee. In the past, if I was put on the spot like this, I would just stand up and hope that I didn’t forget a key point. This time around with the BlackBerry Passport, I downloaded my presentation from a PC that was hundreds of miles away, connected the phone via HDMI to the big screen in the conference room, and got down to business. This remote file access function is built into the BlackBerry operating system. No other device we tested had this capability.
Watts: What else do you like about BlackBerry Blend?
O’Kelly: BlackBerry Blend is one of those “killer apps” we all hear about but rarely experience. But it was the first time I ever had a mobile screen successfully projected onto a desktop monitor.
No matter what workstation I’m at, I open up BlackBerry Blend, sign in my device and have access to the phone communications hub, files on the device, files on the 128GB SD card and files on both my laptop and work office PC. I don’t even need my phone nearby to see all of my communications, or send and receive messages. I also love that when I use Blend I can put the phone face down and it goes into power-save mode and my battery lasts an entire week.
Watts: How has the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Blend changed your productivity?
O’Kelly: My productivity has increased because I’m no longer tied to my laptop. I can work mobile and save time while using one device. Using my Passport I can write and edit full- featured documents or spreadsheets, read and leave comments in technical PDFs, and share anything with anybody in a couple of clicks without third-party apps.
The battery life also adds to my productivity because the BlackBerry Passport easily lasts from 4:30 in the morning until after midnight with constant use. I don’t have to stop work to look for an outlet or a charger.
Watts: How is the BlackBerry Passport useful to your industry?
O’Kelly: In every industry I’ve worked in–military, IT, telecoms, or manufacturing–we’ve needed tools that enable work rather than distract us from it, and the BlackBerry Passport fits that bill perfectly.
I enjoy all gadgets, iOS, Android, and Windows, but BlackBerry trumps them all in productivity. The other devices do consumer things well but BlackBerry is specifically made to enable you to work better.
Watts: How would you rate it?
O’Kelly: I’ve never given it a number; I just call it the “boss phone” because it’s an exceptional tool that has no competition.
Pricing and Availability
Ready to access your files seamlessly with a BlackBerry Passport? BlackBerry Blend comes preinstalled on BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3 or later. You can download Blend for each desktop, tablet or other device that you want to communicate with your smartphone.
Get a factory-unlocked BlackBerry Passport from ShopBlackBerry.com:
Limited Edition Red: $499
and the all-new Silver Edition: $549
It’s also at Amazon, and at AT&T for $669.99 unsubsidized or $199.99 with a 2-year contract. Rogers and Telus carry the BlackBerry Passport in Canada.
If you live outside of North America, get your BlackBerry Passport directly from us at our global shopping portal. (Check with your local carrier for device compatibility).
Also check out the savings on other phones at our End of Summer/Back to School sale at ShopBlackBerry going on now.
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Keyboards and writers go together like peanut butter and jelly. Both are perfect combinations that put smiles on the faces of those who indulge.
Don’t believe me? Check out this kid, then read these blog posts from journalists here, here, and here who never miss a beat with their BlackBerry devices.
Harini Rana is another journalist who uses a BlackBerry to do her job, Rana, a broadcast sports reporter for the India Times, uses a BlackBerry Classic to cover athletes, games, and other sports-related events.
Rana has spent more than nine years in the sports and broadcast industry covering stories, including her favorite game of cricket.
(Read about other Classic fans, from this commercial photographer and this serial tech founder, this financial TV guru and this digital marketing agency CEO, to this Toronto Maple Leafs executive, this high-tech CTO, this retailer/app developer, this club DJ and this fine arts photographer.)
Watts: What drew you to the BlackBerry Classic?
Rana: I’ve been a BlackBerry user since 2006. I need a device that really lets me stay connected to emails because as a broadcast journalist it’s quicker to type with a keypad than with a touchscreen.
I used to have a Bold but decided to upgrade my phone when the Classic was launched in India.
Watts: How does the BlackBerry Classic help you on the job?
Rana: My work revolves around covering big news events, live press conferences, and sending my office breaking news as fast as it happens. All of this requires extensive writing and I use my BlackBerry Classic in various ways.
I’m constantly in communication via emails, texts, and BBM with colleagues and interview leads. When I’m attending a press conference, I’ll compose live transcripts and send them to our headquarters immediately. Having that keypad makes getting my job done that much easier than if I were using a touchscreen phone. The keyboard is one of the reasons why I prefer to stick with the BlackBerry Classic.
Watts: What projects have you completed recently?
Rana: I do almost all of my writing on the BlackBerry Classic, so it’s involved in every project I work on. But most recently I attended a very crucial press conference and used the Classic to send story quotes to my office. I regularly travel to cover sports events and my BlackBerry Classic is right there with me to get the scoop.
Watts: How has it affected your productivity?
Rana: My BlackBerry Classic keeps me productive because it’s the most convenient way to get my stories done and manage communications with my team and interview subjects.
Watts: What features do you enjoy most?
Rana: The BlackBerry Hub, for sure. It makes life simple because I can access all of my tabs, texts, and emails with one touch. The Hub lets you have one relevant tab that stays open and displays everything else that you need. I also live for the Priority Hub option; it helps me stay on top of important stories and deadlines.
Pricing and Availability
Ready to see how easy typing is on the BlackBerry Classic? Indian consumers can check out where to buy a Classic or other devices here.
In the U.S., you can own an unlocked Classic for just $344.99. You can also get the Classic via T-Mobile for zero down and $18.33 a month for 24 months. Verizon and AT&T offer similar deals. In Canada, look to carriers such as Bell, Telus, Rogers, and others for good deals.
U.S. and Canadian consumers also may buy unlocked Classics directly from ShopBlackBerry. I also recommend regularly checking here for availability in your region. (Note that pricing differs per market.)
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UPDATED: May 1, 11:45 AM EST
Great news! The Spring Sale has been extended! The offers will be available until 11:59 PM PST on Friday, May 8th.
Be sure to visit your ShopBlackBerry store, (US, Canada, the UK, France and Germany) as soon as possible to take advantage!
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..It’s that time of year – birds are tweeting, the air is fresh, and people are getting their homes spruced up with their annual “spring cleanings.”
Thankfully, with the ShopBlackBerry Spring Sale running through Friday, May 5th, you won’t have to clean out your wallet. Far from it.
That’s right! You can take advantage of the sale to turn what’s already a great value – two-year-savings which I’ll detail later in this post – into an extraordinary one, and you can do so through all ShopBlackBerry stores, including the US, Canada, the UK, France and Germany.
For instance, in the US, the Passport and Classic are both $50 off, while the Z30 is $120 (35%) off the current price, or just $229, and the Q5 is just $149.
In Canada, the Passport and Q5 are both C$100 off, resulting in sale prices of $599 and $199, respectively. We’ve also trimmed the prices of the Classic and Z30, too.
For our European customers, we’ve slashed the prices of the Z30, Q10 and Q5 by an incredible 50% off. That means in France and Germany, you can get the Z30 for as little as €250 (£239.50 in the UK), the Q10 for as little as €200, and the Q5 for an incredible €120 (£119.50 in the UK)
We’ve also cut Passport and Classic prices in Germany and France by €50, and in the UK by £30.
That’s quite a bit more than pocket change for these fully-unlocked phones. I’d argue it’s enough to take a friend or two out to lunch to brag about your savings.
Visit your ShopBlackBerry store, whether the US, Canada, the UK, France and Germany, to see all of the savings.
But just wait – it gets better.
…Even more Impressive when Considering the Total Cost of Ownership
As we detailed a few months back, buying an unlocked, prepaid phone yields more benefits than merely being able to use it on multiple carriers – it can save you serious money over buying a phone that locks you into a two-year plan.
Think of carrier-subsidized phones as being like home mortgages. In both cases, you’re borrowing money to avoid paying for the phone or home in cash upfront. And in both cases, you’ll essentially end up paying ‘interest’ on that money you borrowed such that the total amount you pay over time is much higher than initially appears. Because nothing in this life comes for free.
However, if you purchase any of our unlocked phones, from our critically-acclaimed BlackBerry Classic and award-winning BlackBerry Passport, to our powerful, all-touch Z30 and colorful Q5, and take them to prepaid/pay-as-you-go carriers, you’ll be able to save almost $1,000. I’ve done some calculations using real-world carrier pricing data in the United States. We’ll assume 3 GB/month plans, skipping activation fees and other ancillary costs for clarity. Savings will be similar but may vary in different countries.
(And be sure to check out my post on how to swap SIM cards and change carriers with your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.)
Prepaid Carrier vs. Large Contract Carrier:
32GB BlackBerry Passport via ShopBlackberry: $549;
Prepaid carrier: $35/month for 3GB/month data = $840 for 2 years
32GB HTC One M9 on large contract carrier: $199.99 down, plus $80/month for 3GB data
Two-year costs: BlackBerry Passport – $1,389; HTC One M9: $2,119.99
Two-year savings with BlackBerry Passport over HTC One M9: $730.99 (35%)
16GB BlackBerry Classic via ShopBlackBerry: $399;
Prepaid carrier: $35/month for 3GB/month data = $840 for 2 years
16GB iPhone 6 on large contract carrier: $199.99 down plus $80/month for 3GB data
Two-year costs: BlackBerry Classic – $1,239; iPhone 6 – $2,119.99
Two-year savings with BlackBerry Classic over iPhone 6: $880.99 (42%)
16GB BlackBerry Z30 via ShopBlackBerry: $229; 8 GB BlackBerry Q5: $149
16GB iPhone 5C on large contract carrier: $0 down plus $80/month = $1,920
Two-year cost of Z30: $1,068; Two-year cost of Q5: $989
Two-year savings of Z30 over iPhone 5C: $852 (44%);
Two-year savings of Q5 over iPhone 5C: $931 (48%);
Okay, that’s a lot of numbers, so let’s break it down.
Comparing what you’ll pay for an unlocked BlackBerry Passport versus an HTC One M9 over two years, you’ll end up saving $731 – or 35%. That’s like the cost of ANOTHER BlackBerry Passport along with plenty of money left over for top-notch cases and other accessories from ShopBlackBerry.With an unlocked BlackBerry Classic versus an iPhone 6 over two years, your two-year savings are even bigger: $881, or 42%. Even when you compare zero-down phones such as the iPhone 5C, you’ll save big with BlackBerry. Go with a Z30, and you’ll save $852 over two years, or 44%. Go with a Q5, and you’ll save a whopping $931, or 48%.
It’s a no-brainer: With that amount of money saved, you could buy a very respectable laptop to hook your new BlackBerry device up to the productivity-enhancing BlackBerry Blend.
What are You Waiting For?With hard-to-ignore evidence such as that laid out above, it’s a fantastic time to take advantage of our Spring Sale and upgrade your device.
Act fast – this offer is only good through Friday, May 8th, 2015.
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For many people, the perfect home is one that offers spacious rooms, a kitchen made for cooking, and a yard that’s perfect for family time. If home is where your heart is—and you happen to live in Canada—you may have heard of Peter Guenther, an architect whose firm specializes in building clients’ dream homes.
Guenther is president and owner of Guenther Homes Inc., an Ontario-based business that started as a contractor crew in 1987. After seeing a gap in the home construction market, Guenther expanded his company to offer turnkey services from architectural design to custom finishing.
Today, Guenther Homes is a multimillion-dollar business that gets it all done with the help of BlackBerry devices and BES12 Cloud.
Watts: Which BlackBerry devices does your company use?
Guenther: My staff and I use a mix of BlackBerry devices. We have BlackBerry Passports, Z10s, BBOS Torches, a Q10, and a Z30.
Watts: Why BlackBerry?
Guenther: In the home building industry, builders are defined by the quality of work they produce. Although every builder is entitled to his own standards, the end product reflects his particular level of excellence. Guenther Homes takes pride in being more than just a “good enough” builder.
It takes time and expense to ensure that our jobs are always second to none. BlackBerry is naturally a good fit for our company because BlackBerry has stood the test of time yet continually perfects its products to meet a certain level of excellence.
Watts: Your company also uses BES12 Cloud. How does it help your business flourish?
Guenther: The BES12 cloud deployment is ideal for small- to medium-size businesses like Guenther Homes. We were able to easily set up everything online without the need for new hardware. You can view all devices from one place and access all management tasks in a single web-based UI. The device-control system gives you an accurate picture of how devices connect to your network, what capabilities are enabled, and what apps are available.
BlackBerry Balance is fantastic because it keeps personal and work information separate and secure on all of our devices. Balance allows us to have a secured workspace for business use, which protects our customers’ information. The personal space on the phone is used by the employees for their apps, messaging, photographs, etc., and they rest assured that their personal information is kept private.
Watts: How important is mobile security to you?
Guenther: We deal with our customers directly. They send us financial details, instructions for building amendments on their homes along with blueprints, and confirmations on all the building that we do. We can’t afford to lose any of this information or handle it in a way that’s not 100% secure. BES12 Cloud helps us manage all of that and mitigate the risk.
Our BlackBerry devices and BES12 Cloud are involved in all of our work because we process information and respond to clients from our devices. One of the great things about BlackBerry is BBM video. It’s rock solid when I need to have my eyes on a project and can see what my colleagues are working on in an instant. We live by the battery life because the worst thing is having your phone drain or die while you’re on site finishing a house.
For my own personal use, the BlackBerry Hub keeps things organized without me having to open and close apps to look for information. That search function is what I like to call a “world beater.” If I’m looking for a document, I can specifically search within the attachments instead of just blindly searching everything on the device. The [voice-command activated] personal assistant is most useful when I’m driving and need to manage messages, emails, or directions.
Watts: How is BlackBerry useful in the construction industry?
Guenther: BlackBerry’s “work wide” motto was made for architects. Being able to work “wide” is a necessity when viewing blueprints for the home we’re building and reading architect amendments. In the past, we would have to crack open a laptop to do this type of work, but not anymore. We can now spend more time on site completing our projects and have all the instructions for getting the job done at our fingertips.
Watts: How would you rate your experience with BlackBerry devices and BES12 Cloud?
Guenther: 100% satisfied. I’ve had excellent durability and service from BlackBerry, and I don’t see any reason to consider other vendors for my smartphone or mobile security services.
(Also read about other satisfied BlackBerry Passport users, including celebrity chef Tyler Florence, this senior hospital executive, manufacturing executive, non-profit founder, software engineer, tech journalist, legal administrator, pharmaceutical CEO, software manager, insurance salesman, and these workers from multiple industries.)
Pricing and Availability:
You can get your factory-unlocked BlackBerry Passport from ShopBlackBerry.com at these locations:
Limited Edition Red: $499
It’s also at Amazon, with AT&T offering it for $669.99 unsubsidized or $22.34 per month on a 24-month AT&T Next plan. Rogers and TELUS carry the BlackBerry Passport in Canada.If you live outside of North America, get your BlackBerry Passport directly from us at our global shopping portal. (Check with your local carrier for device compatibility)
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Today, BlackBerry and Porsche Design unveiled the latest smartphone from the partnership, the Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry, at an exclusive event in Dubai. It’s definitely a smartphone that will get you noticed and with the power and security of BlackBerry 10.3, keep you highly productive. I’m one of the lucky few who got to see this exclusive premium smartphone first hand and, of course, just had to give it the same fantastic unboxing treatment as other Porsche Design devices in the stable. I could go on about the stunning glass-like finish on the iconic BlackBerry keyboard… but it’s better to see for yourself in my latest video.
Porsche Design P’9983 features:
A revolution of the classic BlackBerry QWERTY Keyboard – The unique, elegantly-designed BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard continues to provide the very best typing experience. The additional personalized auto-correction and next word suggestion help to type faster, more accurately and with less effort.
Secure communication and collaboration – BlackBerry brings world class security through encrypted BBM™ instant messaging for your business and personal needs, so you can feel safe in the knowledge all your communications are safe and secure.
Unique PIN – Be instantly recognizable as a Porsche Design user. The Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry provides an exclusive Porsche Design PIN range – 2AAXXXXX – that sets the owner apart and makes them instantly recognizable among other Porsche Design users.
BlackBerry Priority Hub – BlackBerry Hub is the one place to manage all your conversations and notifications. The BlackBerry Priority Hub intelligently filters messages to give you instant access to the conversations and content most essential to you, helping you stay organized and focused on the most important tasks.
Exceptional battery performance – Power designed to keep up with you. BlackBerry is well known for amazing battery life. With the optimization of power consumption in BlackBerry 10, the P’9983 smartphone delivers exceptional battery performance. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that you can be productive and in touch with the people who matter all day long.
More ways to access apps – Now on the P’9983, there are more ways to access your favorite apps for work and play. Access the very best business and productivity apps through BlackBerry® World™; and get the latest Android apps and games through our consumer store, Amazon’s Appstore. We have more ways to access apps, whether it’s for work or play. We’ve got the apps for you!
Read more about this device in the official press release here, or read the Q&A with Roland Heiler, head of the Porsche Design Studio, the creative arm that was behind the new P’9983, or follow the tweets from the launch in Dubai on Wednesday at #BlackBerryPorscheDesign. Let us know what you think about the latest Porsche Design smartphone from BlackBerry in the comments below.
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Last week, we unveiled the elegant, luxurious Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry at an exclusive event in Dubai. The unique device has garnered a ton of attention since that launch and we want to give you an Inside BlackBerry peek at footage captured at the launch. Below you’ll hear from executives, see beauty shots and read what fans were saying in social media.
It’s clear from the video that the same time and care that went into designing this new smartphone, went into planning the unveiling. With a new glass-like BlackBerry keyboard, secure BlackBerry 10.3 software and long-lasting battery the P’9983 is the ultimate productivity tool for professionals. If you’re interested in the line of Porsche Design smartphones from BlackBerry, read this Q&A by Eric Lai with Roland Heiler, Managing Director of the Porsche Design Studio.
Wish you were at the event, but appreciate the inside look? Let us know all about it in the comments below.
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Your BlackBerry 10 device is about to get even better – BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1 is coming, offering serious enhancements for all BlackBerry 10 devices.
For those who were envious of the BlackBerry Passport’s debut with OS 10.3 and the subsequent BlackBerry Classic launch, the wait is over, as the following devices will join the BlackBerry Classic in delivering the goods with version 10.3.1:
Porsche Design P’9982
BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983
and BlackBerry Passport
Customers will receive a notification in the BlackBerry Hub when the software is ready for download. If they have enabled automatic software downloads, they will be notified in the BlackBerry Hub that the software is downloading.
(Check out THIS ARTICLE on how to swap SIM cards and switch carriers on your unlocked BlackBerry phones.)
Apps Aplenty: BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore
Get access to Android apps and games on your BlackBerry 10 with the addition of the Amazon Appstore, which debuted on the BlackBerry Passport with OS 10.3 and will be available across all OS 10 devices with the 10.3.1 update.
Joining BlackBerry World’s comprehensive suite of business and productivity applications, the Amazon Appstore brings with it a huge selection of popular Android apps and games including favorites like Minecraft – Pocket Edition, Pinterest, Kindle, Amazon Shopping and Candy Crush Saga. Whether it’s for work or play, we’ve got the apps for you. App availability and compatibility may vary by device and software version.
To get started, simply open the Amazon Appstore by selecting it on the Home screen of your smartphone.
(Check out THIS ARTICLE for our initial overview of the Amazon Appstore’s release for BlackBerry Passport.)
Realize Serious Speed with Keyboard Shortcuts
Time saving keyboard shortcuts are back for BlackBerry 10 Smartphones with a physical QWERTY keyboard including the BlackBerry Q5, Q10, Passport and P’9983 Smartphone from BlackBerry. As you once could on your beloved BlackBerry Bold and recently launched on BlackBerry Classic, you can now make use of nearly every letter in the physical keyboard and give it an action like Speed Dial for a contact, or use them to launch your most-used apps.
Press and hold a physical key on the QWERTY keypad to activate an existing shortcut, or assign a new shortcut to an unassigned key. For example, from the Hub press “T” to get to the top of your inbox or “B” to get to the bottom. Check out these great shortcuts to make short work of your most common tasks.
Meet the World’s Best Mobile Productivity Tool SetThere simply is no comparison when it comes to all you get right out of the box on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone to meet (and exceed) your mobile productivity needs. If you’re updating from an earlier BlackBerry OS version, you’ll be amazed. If you’re joining the BlackBerry family and switching from another platform, you might not even believe all these features could live on a smartphone.
(You can read about many of these features as of 10.3 on the BlackBerry Passport in our FREE E-BOOK.)
BlackBerry Blend seamlessly brings messaging and content that’s on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant notifications, read and respond to your work and personal messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. Because BlackBerry Blend is powered by your BlackBerry smartphone, there’s no wires, no saving to a cloud and no manual transfer of information between devices; it’s just there. BlackBerry Blend works across multiple operating systems including Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.
BlackBerry Assistant allows you to manage your work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other BlackBerry 10 features through simple voice and text commands. It helps you to execute important tasks quickly such as responding to important emails, scheduling a meeting or getting directions. There is no need to move in and out of multiple applications to complete a number of task because it can accomplish everything within one application.
Blackberry has taken what you love about instant actions within the BlackBerry 10 OS and applied them to the BlackBerry Hub. This incredible new feature will allow you to quickly organize and action your inbox without having to go into each individual email, BBM, SMS message or calendar invite. Inbox management on a mobile device has never been more efficient.
The new Meeting Mode option will automatically set your phone to quiet mode for the duration of your meeting, and then turn notifications back on when it’s over. Plus, a new weekly agenda view allows you to see your events and tasks for the selected week or month. The BlackBerry Calendar is designed to keep track of time, without taking it, so you can stay focused on the task at hand.
More Battery Power:
You can now boost your battery life by up to 15% by customizing your Power Saving Profile.
Upgraded Camera Software:
Get the shot you want without the tinkering. The upgraded camera software automatically recommends modes and settings to get the best picture the first time, every time. Our new camera update also brings your most common modes and actions to the forefront – you’ll never need to switch between your camera and video recorder again, and you can even record video and take pictures at the same time.
BBM Meetings offers users a new way to work smarter and be more productive from any Android, iPhone, BlackBerry 10 smartphone or Windows PC or Mac. It combines a mobile-optimized user experience that allows on-the-go professionals to schedule, host and participate in meetings anywhere you have an internet connection. All at a fraction of the cost of other leading collaboration solutions. BBM Meetings is free for any user to join a meeting. A subscription is required to host a BBM Meeting. Click here for more information on availability and subscriptions.
Update Your BlackBerry 10 OS Today and See the Difference for Yourself
With so many features and innovations waiting for you, now’s a great time to take advantage of this free update.
Note: Actual release timing varies by carrier and is dependent on Technical Acceptance from carrier labs.
What features are you using or looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below.
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The debut of BlackBerry OS 10.3 on the BlackBerry Passport, followed by 10.3.1 on the Classic, have brought with them a host of tweaks, improvements, and even some new features worth writing home about, as many reviewers have found over the last five months or so since 10.3 first became available.
Well, the wait is over for the rest of the BlackBerry 10 family, as all of the goodness baked into the most recent OS update makes its way into the hands of the faithful.
One of the standout features has been BlackBerry Blend.
What is Blend?
Blend is an innovative solution for those who find themselves jumping from their smartphones to their tablets to their computers, losing continuity in their tasks with each jump, resulting in lost time and productivity.
This new wireless app allows you to fully access content from your BlackBerry, such as conversations, calendars, files, contacts, and more, on other screens such as computers and tablets.
While the concept may seem simple, the implications for both the customer and IT manager are massive. No more unnecessary e-mailing or searching around for USB thumb drives or working through VPN connections. Blend enables you to work seamlessly across multiple platforms , while maintaining BlackBerry’s trademark security, and when you log off, you don’t leave information behind. See how it works in the video below.
While you’re certainly free to look up every review of the BlackBerry Passport or Classic in search of a Blend mention – as well as Blend-specific reviews and articles themselves – I’ve saved you the trouble.
Below, I’ve collected what I feel are the best comments on Blend from around the web for you to peruse in case you’ve been curious or have yet to join the BlackBerry family, along with a few tweets from excited users already enjoying the application. You should be fairly well-versed in its features after sifting through the exuberant descriptions – I’ll let them speak for themselves.
Most Exciting Thing Since the Bold?
“This might just be the most exciting thing BlackBerry has produced since the original BlackBerry Bold. BlackBerry Blend is a software suite that lets you access the contents of your Passport from any PC, Mac, or tablet (iOS and Android) with a free app — a brilliant way to bring your phone’s capabilities onto a bigger screen and to provide productivity-insurance for those times when you accidentally leave your device at home or the office. Blend will let you access your Passport from anywhere in the world. You can also manage and transfer files to and from the Passport.
-Simon Cohen, VentureBeat
“IT Managers Won’t Fret over Blend”
“With Blend, BlackBerry focuses on core strengths – and it shows . . . From a corporate perspective, IT managers won’t fret over Blend: Work and personal profiles can be treated separately through BlackBerry Balance, ensuring that no data is pushed in the wrong direction. Not only that but everything we did on Blend was encrypted; use it on a friend or colleague’s computer and there would be no trace of our presence left behind. We’d also have no access to files on that machine unless we went through the setup to bridge them. We found this to be brilliant for the simple reason that productivity wasn’t stifled by our dead laptop battery, and the security blanket overhead ensured nothing was compromised . . . . What Blend lacks in flashy design, it makes up for in spades the level of integration, productivity, and security it allows.”
-Ted Kritsonis, Digital Trends
“Without Blend, You Probably Would Have Missed Those Missives”
“Imagine that your job with Spacely’s Sprockets has you making calls out in the field all day, meeting with your biggest and most important sprocket buyers. When you get back to the office, the information that you gathered all day on your BlackBerry Passport can be reviewed on the tablet or PC in your office . . . . If you sit in the office all day tethered to your PC screen, Blend will allow you to see texts and BBM messages that you can respond to instantly from your computer. Without Blend, you probably would have missed those missives. And instead of bringing your unwieldy work laptop home, Blend lets you access your office from home . . . . It really seems that BlackBerry has something for corporations that they might not be able to find on other platforms.”
-Alan F., PhoneArena
“A Genuinely Winning Idea”
“The Blend ’dashboard‘ makes for a very workable e-mail and messaging client [and] it’s more than enough for beating back the e-mail tide. The advantage of Blend is that it can be installed on any personal device with a quick download, without the need for an administrator to worry about securing another client. All the e-mail and other data stay on the phone, though you can (if the policies put in place by an administrator allow) download the files to the device running the Blend ’dashboard.’ You can push files back to the Passport as well, and users can even reach all the way back to their desktop computers to download and upload files . . . . If BlackBerry had gone this route back in 2011, the mobile device world might have looked a lot different . . . . Blend [feels] like a genuinely winning idea.”
-Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica
“An Immensely Powerful Feature”
“An immensely powerful feature, aimed at the business user, is BlackBerry Blend . . . . If you had a particularly long proposal to write or wanted to organize things in your calendar, but you wanted to do it from the comfort of a desk and big screen, you can do so. [Y]ou could access content on it from home, even if you had left it at work. It is worth setting up, even if you do not intend to use[it] that often, for those just-in-case scenarios. However, it gets even better as there is now an app for iOS and Android – that means you can use BlackBerry Blend on another mobile device and not necessarily just a PC or Mac.”
“A Solution to a Problem I’ve Had for Years”
“As for Blend, I discovered it’s a solution to a problem I’ve had for years. My office is in an old stone building and the reception is terrible, unless I keep the phone near the window, which isn’t convenient at all, especially since my wife and son use BBM to contact me from their Android phones. With Blend, it’s not a problem to leave the Passport on the sill where the reception is good and still have the use of many features.”
-Todd Moody, Professor, INSIDE BlackBerry (Q-and-A)
And Now for Some Zingers
“An indispensable tool for multitasking projects.”
-Ana Marculescu, Softpedia
“It’s a smart bit of code that does a nice job of uniting your professional and home worlds.”
-Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg Business
“[T]his is a HUGE feature.”
-Richard Goodwin, Know Your Mobile
“This is the perfect combination for a blogger like myself . . . . [T]he satisfaction of using the BlackBerry tools I love on my laptop.”
-John Spears, Spears Computer World
“We think this really is a must[-]have app.”
“This feature could be a product category all its own.”
-John Fortt, CNBC
“[A]n interesting way to get more power out of your phone.”
-Raju Mudhar, thestar.com
“I can’t stress how helpful this tool is on the train.”
-Peter Farquhar, Business Insider
“[A] real time-saver.”
-Nate Ralph, CNET
“[S]imple and secure.”
-Michael A. Prospero, Laptop
And a Few Tweets, Too
I have been waiting for this and I love it #blackberry #bbblend http://t.co/KCLjK2CgB8
— Oscar Correa (@spintechitco) January 9, 2015
The new #blackberry passport is cool. The #blend application is awesome http://t.co/FHdGWgROtS
— Luigi Calabrese (@LuigiCalabrese) January 4, 2015
Working on my laptop, #bb is in the other room yet I don't miss a single BBM or email thanks to #blackberryblend. pic.twitter.com/hIYERRoZBX
— cary chao (@bakacary) December 21, 2014
#BlackberryBlend is sick (In a good way) This is a total game changer. @BlackBerry and @BlackBerryHelp you have out done yourself #BB10
— The G.F. Liverpool™© (@gliverpool9966) December 17, 2014
@BlackBerry how great is #blackberryblend ? text from my computer, monitor incoming calls. Taking control of my business. thanks!
— Ian DeGeer (@idegeer) November 28, 2014
#BlackBerryBlend + Twitter together on Windows 8 is magic! Best combination ever! pic.twitter.com/NyQcOntOK5
— Matt MacKnight (@MattMacKnight) October 29, 2014
Sometimes I just like to see #BlackBerryBlend displayed on a 52" screen. Now that's what u call #Workingwide baby! pic.twitter.com/DgYIddxZLl
— BlackBerryHank (@blackberryhank) November 7, 2014
I'm in love with #BlackberryBlend! Very innovative, secure way to use your phone from your desktop. http://t.co/e6wKMLg4SC
— Jordan Martindale (@JustJordie) October 24, 2014
#BlackBerry #Blend simply rocks!!! Thank you @BlackBerry 🙂 #BlackBerryPassport #Passport #BlackBerryBlend #BB10
— Dimitris G.E Tsingos (@tsigos) October 22, 2014
PhoneDog’s Cam Bunton Has a Fantastic Delivery Style
I’ll leave you with this great video from PhoneDog’s Cam Bunton. I found I instantly enjoyed his voice and delivery style, and look forward to following his career with great interest.
Tell us how you use Blend in the comments below!
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Together with Porsche Design, we recently announced a new member to the P’9983 family: the Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite from BlackBerry and people are loving it. The latest addition to our portfolio will provide exclusive graphite-metallic colored elements and the finest, hand-wrapped leather on the back door cover. This new Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry will combine a unique stylish design from an iconic, timeless brand with the fluid and effortless productivity experience of BlackBerry 10 technology.
The P’9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry is exclusively designed by Porsche Design and engineered using the highest quality materials. Porsche Design has collaborated with us to design a keyboard with an exclusive keypad with specially crafted glass-like keys with the durability of rigid synthetic material, plus blackened glass and a graphite stainless steel color frame. Finally, an exclusive Porsche Design PIN ID group – 2AAXXXXX, sets you apart and makes you instantly recognized among other Porsche Design users.
“The iconic styling of the new P’9983 Graphite from BlackBerry is technically inspired with longevity, integrity, and individuality at its core,” says Roland Heiler, Chief Design Officer of the Porsche Design Group. “And it will offer a new way to express individual style with the luxury of being one step ahead.”
“The P’9983 Graphite from BlackBerry was built especially for those who strive for success every day. This professional tool will deliver superior productivity, ultimate security and privacy as well as effective communication and collaboration,” said Ron Louks, President, Devices and Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry.
Bringing together timeless aesthetics with best-in-class security, the new Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite smartphone will offer the full benefits of the BlackBerry 10 platform, with key features such as:
A revolution of the classic BlackBerry QWERTY Keyboard – The unique, elegantly-designed BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard continues to provide the very best typing experience. The additional personalized auto-correction and next word suggestion help to type faster, more accurately and with less effort. This superior keyboard also has an exclusive keypad with specially crafted glass-like keys with the durability of rigid synthetic material.
Secure communication and collaboration – BlackBerry brings world class security through BBM instant messaging for your business and personal needs, so you can feel safe in the knowledge all your communications are safe and secure.
Unique PIN – The Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry provides an exclusive Porsche Design PIN ID group – 2AAXXXXX that sets you apart and makes you instantly recognizable among other Porsche Design users.
BlackBerry Blend – BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content that’s on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant notifications, read and respond to your work and personal messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry.
A Personal Assistant In The Palm Of Your Hand – BlackBerry Assistant allows you to manage your work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other BlackBerry 10 features through both voice and text commands.
BlackBerry Hub – BlackBerry Hub is the one place to manage all your conversations and notifications. The BlackBerry Priority Hub intelligently filters messages to give you instant access to the conversations and content most essential to you, helping you stay organized and focused on the most important tasks. And with Instant Actions in the Hub you can quickly delete or file multiple messages.
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More ways to access apps – On BlackBerry 10, now you can discover and download both Android and BlackBerry apps. Access essential business and productivity apps through BlackBerry World and your favorite Android apps and games with the Amazon Appstore. Whether it’s for work, or play, we’ve got the apps for you.
The Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry is becoming available from Porsche Design stores, select carriers and retailers around the world over the coming weeks. For more information about where you can buy the Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite from BlackBerry please visit www.blackberry.com/p9983.
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