More images of the BlackBerry Priv surface along with camera samples


BlackBerry’s upcoming Android phone, the Priv, could be the company’s last chance to gets itself back being competitive in hardware. John Chen and others is Waterloo are hoping that combining the company’s strengths in physical keyboards, security, and enterprise with Android’s versatility will go over well with consumers. The Priv is expected to be released in November, but BlackBerry has had to watch the handset appear unofficially multiple times. Now, derStandard has a pre-production unit (with potentially unfinished hardware and software) to show the world more of the Priv.

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If the Priv fails, BlackBerry might be forced to abandon hardware


Today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with Re/code at the publication’s Code Mobile conference. And of course the main talking point was BlackBerry’s upcoming Priv handset. Chen explained during his session at the conference that BlackBerry is moving to Android because of the company’s need for apps. With that, he feels that BlackBerry can produce a device that masters software, security, and productivity.

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BlackBerry Messenger gets PayPal integration new sticker packs

BBM-BlackBerry-Messenger-for-Older-Devices-Now-Supports-BBM-VoiceBlackBerry has updated their BBM application with a handful of new features. The biggest addition to the Messenger is PayPay integration, which allows users to link their PayPal accounts to their Messenger account to begin quickly sending money. There aren’t very many messaging applications that offer this kind of service, and especially ones that use something as popular as PayPal, so this is a pretty big advantage for someone looking for a new messaging replacement. Read more

BlackBerry Priv is shown off in official images

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While many of us wait with bated breath for Google’s Nexus announcement later today (despite almost everything leaking beforehand), BlackBerry has released some official images of the Priv (formerly known as Venice), the Canadian company’s first smartphone to run on the Android operating system. This comes just a few days after BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, demonstrated the Priv on BNN.

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BlackBerry acknowledges the Priv’s existence after many leaks


The Priv, which is codenamed Venice, is BlackBerry’s plan to become competitive once again the mobile industry. But BlackBerry’s upcoming Android device, the first from the Canadian company, has had a difficult time remaining out of the public eye prior to its official launch. This phone has been followed around like the paparazzi does with celebrities. Both videos and images have left little to be wondered about the Priv. Even the Priv’s wallpaper has leaked.

And BlackBerry has finally had enough of watching its next device appear here, there, and everywhere.

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First wallpaper for BlackBerry’s Priv is available to download


Now you can get your current device to somewhat resemble BlackBerry’s upcoming Priv (which was formerly known as Venice). Evan Blass posted the wallpaper for the handset that has been spotted in hands on videos, posing for pictures, and roaming the streets of Toronto. The wallpaper actually looks like something Google would include with other stock Android wallpapers — it’s primarily blue with a hint of yellow and different layers and textures that give a Material Design vibe.

Hit the break to download it.

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