Samsung and BlackBerry team up to improve Knox security on Android

Samsung_Knox_Galaxy_S_IVSamsung’s Knox security solution is getting some pretty massive improvements today, which is great news for government and enterprise customers looking at Samsung devices. BlackBerry has announced that they are teaming up with Samsung to integrate BB’s end-to-end encryption into the existing Knox software suite. There are also a handful of other new features to better deal with Android’s security, too, so both companies are taking this pretty seriously.
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Android gobbles up 85 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014


According to new industry data from Strategy Analytics, Android is doing pretty well.

The numbers show that the operating system shipped on roughly 85 percent of all smartphones in Q2 2014 — the total shipments came out to 295 million units worldwide.

This can’t be good news for Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry, although their numbers are most likely much better when the statistics are including only American shipments.

To see the full report, hit the source link.

Source: Strategy Analytics

Amazon’s Appstore coming to BlackBerry this fall


BlackBerry has announced that the next update to their operating system, BlackBerry 10.3, slated for release this fall will come with a nice new feature – access to the Amazon Appstore. BlackBerry users currently rely on app developers to make their apps available on BlackBerry World or they obtain apps through unofficial methods. The addition of the Amazon Appstore will give BlackBerry users access to the 240,000 titles available in the Appstore, including some big name apps like Netflix, Pinterest and Groupon.
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White House may drop BlackBerry after testing Samsung, LG smartphones


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


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


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


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

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.

Source: CNET

Learn how to use BBM with these 6 instructional videos


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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