White House may drop BlackBerry after testing Samsung, LG smartphones

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President Obama, it may be time to put down your beloved BlackBerry. Both the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency have started testing smartphones from Samsung and LG. Also, the United States Department of Defense is also testing other devices. A Samsung spokesman would not confirm any of this; however, they did say the company is interested in the government sector. LG decided to just deflect any knowledge of the situation. » Read the rest

Huawei settles with Rockstar Consortium, pays to avoid any legal battle

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Back in October, Rockstar Consortium launched a fierce patent lawsuit against Google and Android. Then in December, Google decided to fight back and stated Rockstar’s own CEO said that every tech company is infringing on their patents. Google, rightfully so, was sticking up for their Android OEMs. But now Rockstar has made one of them give in. Rather than going through a legal battle with a group that has much more power, Huawei has decided to pay off Rockstar.

Had Huawei stood up to Rockstar, they would have faced a group led by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony, and Ericsson. Since Huawei filed a joint motion with Rockstar, the group will now likely push harder against the remaining OEMs they previously sued — Samsung, LG, HTC, ASUS, Pantech, and ZTE. If history means anything, we know one of them will put up a good fight.

Source: FOSS Patents

BBM Channels, Voice, and Video coming to BBM for Android soon

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BBM for Android and iOS is already a hit, but BlackBerry plans on enhancing it even more. EVP of BBM for BlackBerry, Andrew Bocking, made an appearance on CBC’s The Morning Edition and had some interesting things to say. He mentioned BBM Channels, which is a “social engagement platform within BBM.” Users will be able to connect with communities and businesses. It’s could be really great for artists and brands. It’s in Beta now, but no word on exactly when it will exit. Bocking also said they are committed to bringing BBM Voice and Video calling “in the near future.”

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BBM for Android update adds more device compatibility and some bug fixes

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BlackBerry sent out BBM for Android’s first update bringing support for additional devices along with some bug fixes. There is just one problem and that is that BlackBerry didn’t tell us what devices are now compatible. One way to find out if your device has been added is to click on the link below and see if you can now download it. As far as the bug fix, it appears it fixes the app from crashing when moving from menu to menu rapidly. Hit the break for download links.

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How to bypass the BBM waiting list and start messaging right now

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BBM-BlackBerry-Messenger-for-Older-Devices-Now-Supports-BBM-VoiceThe journey to getting BBM for your Android device has been a long one. It’s been more than a month since the original announced release date, and still everyone doesn’t have the ability to use the messaging client. Blackberry has a wait list for those interested in signing up for a BBM account, but those who registered on BlackBerry’s Web site earlier this month won’t need to wait in line, and can begin using the app immediately.

If you haven’t preregistered, there is a quicker way to start using BBM. Just open the app, enter your email address, click next, and force close the app by going to Settings, Apps, BBM, and click Force Close. After relaunching, you should be able to create an account and get a unique PIN. It’s a trick that works for now, but probably won’t for long when Blackberry catches on.

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Learn how to use BBM with these 6 instructional videos

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I don’t remember a more anticipated app since Instagram hit the Android scene last year. BlackBerry Messenger has been promised for a long time, and many wondered if it would ever arrive, but it’s here. I know not everyone can get their hands on it just yet, and at the same time, many of you are new to BBM. That’s why BlackBerry released six instructional videos to get you started. You will learn how to add a contact by PIN, share pictures & more, get updates from your contacts, start multiple person chats, know when your messages have been delivered, and create & manage groups. So hit the break to seem them all and get more comfortable with BBM.

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BBM for Android to hit Google Play today in phased rollout

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Blackberry has announced they are “resuming” their rollout of the BBM for Android app. According to a post on their blog, the official app should start to appear in the Google Play store and some Samsung App Stores in the next few hours. Just grabbing the free app from Google Play will not get you where you want to be if you are planning to use BBM for Android as they are deploying it in phases. In order to actually use the app, you have to open it and enter your email address to hold a spot in a virtual line that Blackberry is creating. Once your name hits the top of the list, you’ll be notified that you can start using the app. However, if you had already signed up at BBM.com in the past, you will be able to start using the app right away.

According to Blackberry, about six million people already signed up for information about BBM clients and one million Android users grabbed the unreleased version of BBM in just seven hours when it was briefly available earlier this year. It seems there is certainly some demand for the messaging platform on non-BBM devices despite continued advances by others like Google with their own ecosystems.

Let us know if you are able to get the app and start using the service.

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BBM should be available in the Play Store “within days”

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blackberry_messenger_androidBlackBerry is finally nearing the release of their well-known BlackBerry Messenger app in the Play Store. In an interview with Reuters, BlackBerry’s chief marketing officer Frank Boulben said that the service should land “‘within days.’” According to an open letter released today, “6 million Android and iPhone customers pre-registered for the launch.” This is what could give the struggling company a dire boost. Their past relevancy could prove to be crucial for people installing and using the BBM regularly. And if all else fails, BlackBerry may find itself being bought out by another tech giant.

Source: Reuters

Google, Cisco, and SAP may be placing bids on BlackBerry

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According to Reuters, BlackBerry could be selling off either parts of itself or the company as a whole to another tech giant. Among the known companies discussing bids are Google, Cisco, and SAP. Intentions from the three are quite clear. Cisco and SAP would want to absorb BlackBerry for its enterprise assets. With BlackBerry’s market share is shrinking quickly, it would be wise for them to sell before things get worse.

Google could be looking toward making Android more business-friendly. After turning Motorola into a manufacturer for a more general audience, Google may want to absorb another company to lean into the enterprise crowd. BlackBerry has just as much brand recognition as Motorola; therefore, Google’s strategy could be converting struggling, already known brands into one that slows down its production to focus on core products.

Source: Reuters

HTC continues to sink, according to recent Bloomberg reports

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Wow. The amount of bad news keeps piling up for HTC, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I heard something negative about any of the other major smartphone manufacturers. Either HTC’s PR department is that bad, the other manufacturers’ PR departments are that good, or HTC is really that bad of a company.

Anyway, here’s a handy little chart for you to check out. As you can see, HTC has followed Blackberry’s path to doom. Here are some stats from Bloomberg:

-HTC is currently valued at $3.8 billion, down from $37 billion at the peak. Its stocks are at an 8-year low as of Sept. 9.
-HTC forecasts its eighth straight quarterly drop in sales
-HTC trades at 1.4 times net assets, almost triple the 0.5 level of Blackberry
-HTC is ranked 1.6 out of a possible 5, the lowest of more than 500 listed tech companies

Dennis Chan, an analyst at Yuanta Securities in Taipei says that the price-to-book ratio of HTC is still too high for a merger or acquisition. He also noted that a comeback was nowhere in sight.

It looks like Iron Man isn’t saving anyone but himself on this sinking ship…

Source: Bloomberg