BlackBerry targets developing markets with Gingerbread BBM app

By |January 28th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: |

BBM for Android has been installed millions of times since its (bumpy) launch, but that’s not enough for the folks in Waterloo. Today BlackBerry has confirmed what many already suspected: it’s planning to launch a version of BBM for phones still running Android 2.3 in February. Those first versions only ran on Ice Cream Sandwich or later, and BlackBerry has been not-so-quietly scouting for Gingerbread beta testers for at least two weeks. It’s not hard to see why the company wants to branch out further, especially since it’s dealing with pressure from buzzy messaging apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp. And while it might feel ancient, Gingerbread still powers over a fifth of active Android devices. Lots of those phones are sold at cut-rate prices across the globe, so BlackBerry has a shot at maintaining its messaging mojo in developing markets… though pumping out […]

BlackBerry 10 OS Update Adds FM Radio

By |January 28th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: |

BlackBerry today pushed out a software update that turns its phones into an FM radio.

Blackberry 10.2.1 include hundreds of enhancements and refinements “that will make the things you do every day faster and easier,” the company said, but most notably, owners of the BlackBerry Z30, Q10, or Q5 smartphones can unlock the built-in FM radio feature and listen to their favorite local stations without a network connection.

The update also includes BlackBerry Hub custom pinch gestures, SMS and email groups, actionable lock screen notifications, offline browser reading mode, a device and battery monitor, and automatic software updates, among other features.

A full list of OS updates is available online. BB10 OS version 10.2.1 is rolling out in the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, and will be available for the entire lineup of BB10 smartphones.

BlackBerry 10 was intended to […]