The biggest takeaway from BlackBerry's Orlando media event this afternoon wasn't the BlackBerry Q5, which takes BlackBerry 10 platform to the masses; rather the company's announcement of taking BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to them, by announcing free Android and iOS apps.
BlackBerry Q5 is the company's latest, and most affordable device based on its BlackBerry 10 platform, unveiled today at an event in Orlando. It covers the non-enterprise essentials of the platform, while keeping the Q10's DNA, and targeting the youthful masses.
After BlackBerry announced its first major operating system upgrade, we also got a new app with it. A while ago, we could see Skype's BlackBerry Z10 version leaked which now is officially available. The application can be downloaded from the BlackBerry World.
If you love BlackBerry Q10, but the traditional black or white color options doesn't fit you, there is finally a solution for it. Thanks to Goldgenie, now you can buy a gold BlackBerry Q10. However, the luxury of having a gold smartphone comes at a steep price.
As we reported a while ago, BlackBerry is working on a first major update for its BlackBerry 10 operating system. The Canadian company started seeding the long anticipated update for their smartphones, which comes with several bug fixes and a dozen new features.
With already introduced BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, the Canadian company is preparing a cheaper version of its QWERTY model. Like a big brother Q10, the R10 kept similar design, but the inside was changed. Looking at the spec, it looks like the R10 is aiming a little lower.
Along with the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, BlackBerry is rumoured to be working on two to three different devices. Among them, there is a 5-inch Z10 like device which would be the company's first hybrid device. The expected announcement will be later in the year.
BlackBerry is working on its third line of smartphones based on its BlackBery 10 platform, reportedly named "R-Series." Poised to be a successor to the BlackBerry Curve, models in the line should appeal more to the general consumer, the extremely chatty kind.
BlackBerry is pulling the plug on BBM Music, its social music sharing app that lets you access practically unlimited number of tracks by sharing your music collection with friends. The service will go offline in early June, April is the last billing month.
Ahead of its general worldwide availability, BlackBerry is giving finishing touches to a new variant of its Q10 keypad+touchscreen handset. It features a rubberized back that enhances grip, the original ships with a matte plastic one with a carbon fiber texture.