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Nokia and BlackBerry Are Back! New Smartphones Introduced At CES 2017

Last week, when numerous people moved down on Las Vegas for CES 2017, many should’ve felt that they had seen two apparitions. Well, Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones seriously appeared like ghosts among all bright new devices and gadgets. So, it was seen by the people that two established names of the smartphone industry again came back to compete the modern Android devices. You already know that Nokia was the biggest mobile brand with its superb calling and messaging features and battery quality. On the other hand, BlackBerry was in the list of secure mobile brands with the iconic QWERTY keyboard.

Well, these two popular brands have been associated with licensed phone makers which are presently trying to maximise the brands’ familiarity for their new devices. The all new Nokia 6 is the first smartphone from HMD Global which is a Finnish firm that was particularly put together for making Nokia mobile devices so that Nokia can compete against its rivals such as Samsung and Apple.nokia-6Hopefully, HMD has put very much effort in manufacturing unibody for the smartphone and the specification sheet displays a really challenging Android device that features a 5.5-inch full HD screen covered by Gorilla glass, 4GB of RAM, and Snapdragon 830 processor. Yet the company’s capacity of delivering on its hype is as yet completely untested, and while it has made the decision of launching just in China because, in accordance with them, this is methodically crucial, it could only as easily be read as a reluctance of launching into the more insightful markets of the West.

The more amazing phone at CES 2017 is the BlackBerry Mercury. China’s TCL gained the right of making phones and calling them BlackBerry in 2016. Well-known in Australia for its budget TV’s and its phone-making assistant Alcatel, it’s also the organisation which quietly made the final phones for the real BlackBerry firm, the DTEK50 and DTEK60 which were repackaged as Idols of Alcatel. The Mercury is simply a prototype BlackBerry TCL and actually doubles down by looking somewhat like the previous device which made its name. Featuring a leather-like back and a physical keyboard, the designers have worked hard to ensure you know this looks like a BlackBerry. This is the first TCL-made mobile which was made for being the BlackBerry from the starting, and in that sense, it might be an amazing comeback for the brand.

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BlackBerry is done with Designing & Building Its Own Signature Phones

BlackBerry has declared that it is going to stop making its own signature phones as the struggling organisation is continuously targeting its software and security products. This is quite far from the end of BlackBerry devices, the building of which is going to be outsourced to the third-party makers – as was the case with the organisation’s latest DTEK 50, a clone of Idol 4 of Alcatel with the BlackBerry branding.

In a statement, John Chen, the CEO said that the company planned to end every internal hardware development and would be going to outsource that particular function to the partners. He also added that the company would be meeting an inflectional point with their methods. Their financial foundation was always powerful and their focus on software would be taking hold.

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If we consider the on-going struggle of BlackBerry in the mobile market, then this is not at all amazing news. Gartner guesses that the company proclaimed only 0.1% of the market in the 2nd quarter, balancing to sales of nearly 400,400 units.
However, although BlackBerry is going to cease the internal hardware development, this does not mean that this is the end of BlackBerry as a customer tech company. The company has only been trying to cover its retreat, aiming just governments and businesses and maintaining its reputation for the purpose of security.

Chen actually took control of the weak manufacturer charged with bringing it back to financial health. Earlier also he stated that the company’s one and only target would be on enterprise software and proclaimed in May 2016 that he would get the information by September 2016 whether or not the company would continue designing and building its own signature phones.
BlackBerry possibly could partner with big name partners, and so probably its every device will be aimed at a small number of business users.

Blackberry DTEK50 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Blackberry DTEK50 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 7, These two new Android smartphones have no comparison if cost is concern, but Blackberry and Samsung Note smartphones have there unique qualities to compare.

If we look back at a week before the news of the Android world, we can see that the week includes all types of latest news about two most recent launched Android smartphones: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Blackberry DTEK50. These two new smartphones have entered the Android world almost at the same time. After its launch, we have seen that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has become really popular among the masses. However, the newly launched Blackberry handset also has won the smartphone wars. Let’s have a look at their comparison:

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Comparison on security:

Blackberry is back with its second Android phone, while PRIV was its first solid Android attempt. Its switching to the Google’s Android OS put a great affect to the Blackberry fans. The idea behind this attempt is just to make Android more secure and safer. It is claimed by Blackberry that its DTEK50 handset is world’s most secure smartphone. As a part of Android security offerings of Blackberry, the DTEK50 handset comes preloaded with Blackberry Password Keeper. This app helps you keep your every information including login, passwords or any other vital records safe and secure. In addition, you can use this app for creating secure passwords also. Apart from this, what are the other things that make it different from Note 7 in terms of security and safety? Here’s a list:

  • Dedicated security research and response teams
  • BID (Blackberry Integrated Detection
  • On-going security patching
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliant full disk encryption
  • A better boot loader
  • Hardware root of trust
  • Hardened Linux Kernel

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In my personal opinion, Blackberry DTEK50 is an excellent phone by look and security options. But it lacks in fingerprint scanner and Iris scanner which Samsung Galaxy Note 7 provides us.

Blackberry fans vs. Samsung fans:

Blackberry made an incredible change after stepping on the Android world. People like Blackberry because of its top-most security assurance. As we all know that security is Blackberry’s favourite subject. Blackberry reminds me of Nexus-like visuals. Its shifting to Android is big technology news that stirred its fans greatly. After its launch, people have just gone crazy. We have found many tweets on Twitter about this phone’s specifications, especially its features. The tweets are all about this marvellous handset’s security.

On the other hand, Samsung has also made its Note 7 by keeping in mind its fans. The phone is designed for the users base specifically – those who are craving a Stylus and want a larger screen too. Melding together some great features of S7 range, Samsung has just made an excellent job again with its new S pen Stylus and iris scanner.

Galaxy Note Series users:

Since its debut in 2011, Galaxy Note series has come a long way and has experienced many challenges this year. Note series handsets are the only smartphones of Samsung which use styluses and this has made a niche target audience. Compared to the last year’s Note handset, newly launched Note 7 has received many upgrades under the hood. Thus, this phablet has gained huge amount of popularity among the masses and has been highly able to attract the Galaxy Note series users particularly.

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If I discuss about Note 7’s first impressions, then I can say that it has just nailed it by its sleek design and exclusive features like IP68 water and dust protection, S Pen Stylus, Super AMOLED display and Android Marshmallow OS. Note series users prefer this model more because of its host of improvements over its predecessor Note 5. Interestingly, it is competing its rival Blackberry DTEK50 in security options also, as it comes with biometric security like fingerprint scanner and iris scanner.

My verdict:

In my personal opinion, both are superb smartphones. But if I think about only security, I will choose the Blackberry brand. Blackberry always ensures us secure using of mobile. On the other hand, if I think about security, advanced technology, excellent design, and superb features, I would rather choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Blackberry DTEK50 needs some improvements in terms of software. Otherwise, this handset is extremely great. But according to the choice of brand, Blackberry market is not so up to the mark in terms of competition with Note series. The smartphones of Note series run on Android OS, which is user friendly, and DTEK50 is only the second phone of Blackberry in the Android market. So, if we prefer using Android and have already experienced Samsung’s features, we will definitely choose the Note 7.

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Process to enable and edit the keyboard shortcuts on BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv is the first android phone of the company and is recently announced in some more European nations. Previously, this smartphone was available for purchase on the Shop BlackBerry only but now it can also be purchase from a retailer in UK. Today, we will show you how to set up and use the keyboard shortcuts on the Priv handset from BlackBerry.

One of the major features of this handset is the slide out physical keyboard. The hardware buttons are perfect for those who usually spend their days tapping away at emails and reports. However, the keyboard can be used to do more than just writing. For example, the keyboard can be used by you as a quick launch mechanism for applications. This is a trick which has been migrated by BlackBerry from its previous BB 10 OS smartphones. On the other hand, you can also use the keyboard shortcuts to turn on/off the Wi-Fi quickly or Bluetooth Certification.

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The keyboard shortcuts are turned off by default, however, we will show you the process to turn them on and customize the shortcuts to match your workflow.

Step 1: Long Press the home screen of your BlackBerry Priv.

Step 2: You will be presented with four actions possible, now tap the Settings options. Please note that from these actions presented you can choose to change the wallpaper, add a new widget, or change the icon pack.

Step 3: Now, tap on typing and choose “Use a short press keyboard shortcut”

Step 4: You will be moved back to the BlackBerry’s launcher settings screen, where you will see a new “Keyboard shortcuts” tab.

Step 5: Once you turn on the Keyboard shortcuts, the launcher will automatically assign the actions to some of the keyboard buttons. All these predefined shortcuts will be listed in the new “Keyboard Shortcuts Tab”. To edit a default shortcut make a tap on the letter and then edit the action.

Step 6: If you want to add a new shortcut, then tap the +sign on a blank entry. Note that you will have to tap “All Shortcuts” on the next screen in order to make your choice from the available list of possible shortcuts.

Step 7: BlackBerry Priv has a physical keyboard with 26 different keys, all of which are capable of launching shortcuts. If you need more shortcuts then you should not worry but rather should move back to the keyboard shortcuts screen, where you will notice that there are two tabs available. One of these tabs is for short presses and the other one of for long presses. However, you should always make sure to create a sort of intuitive system while combining the short and long press shortcuts.

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BlackBerry takes pride of being first to release monthly Android security updates

After the discovery of stagefright vulnerability last year, Google and some Android manufacturers committed to deliver the monthly security updates on time. This was to make it sure to the users that their phones will never be exposed to any kind of threats.

As soon, BlackBerry launched its first ever Android phone Priv, it also promised to deliver the security update every month on time. Now, there are reports that BlackBerry now takes the pride of being the first OEM to actually roll out these updates. Google started releasing these monthly security updates initially four months ago.

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BlackBerry has released a table, which shows that they were the only one to deliver security patches with no delays. The Canadian firm was seen releasing these security patches as soon these were released by Google. This includes the March update as well, which was received by BlackBerry’s Priv phone on 7th March.

According to BlackBerry, other OEM’s have always been late in delivering the monthly security patches for Android. Obviously, as the tech giant currently has only one Android phone so it becomes quite easy for them to roll out the monthly security updates, but this doesn’t mean that we should not appreciate the zeal of the company.

Also, we know that while Google has already rolled out Android Marshmallow several weeks ago but BlackBerry’s Priv is still running the old Android Lollipop. Though, there are reports that an update to the Android 6.0 will also arrive in the coming months. Currently, the Priv model of the company can be brought for $649.

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BlackBerry Priv has now received a number of notable software updates

BlackBerry Priv is a solid android smartphone and has now received a number of stock app updates from the manufacturer. As per reports, the keyboard app, the camera app and the launcher are updated to bring some notable improvements.

The keyboard app for this smartphone now comes with a smart prediction engine that can scan through the email and message history to uncover commonly used words. The stock keyboard app will also suggest some names from the contact list on your smartphone. Since this handset comes with a physical keyboard, it only makes sense for the Canadian giant to want to improve on the typing experience.

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The camera app for this handset is now updated to support slow motion video recording. As per reports, when the slow motion mode is activated it will capture the videos at 120 frames per second. Also, when played back at the usual frame rate of 30 frames per second, the objects in the frame will move at a quarter of their usual speed.

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BlackBerry Priv’s competitors already come packed with the slow motion video capture mode. So, its nice to see the Canadian giant bringing it for the users of the Priv phone. Further, the updated camera app for this smartphone includes a performance and stability fixes.

Finally, BlackBerry has updated its Priv phone to receive some new features. Also, the apps installed on the SD card will show up in the launcher even if you the user remove the SD card from this phone. However, you will also feel the presence of a grayed out icon. The launcher will now organize apps in the Recent, Personal and Work categories.

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BlackBerry responds to reports saying Dutch forensic team is Hacking its Phones

Recently, there were some reports that a Dutch forensic team has somehow managed to decrypt the emails on some smartphone of the BlackBerry.

According to the reports, these smartphones are some of the most secure pieces from the Canadian giant. This is a really shocking matter but it should not affect the popularity of these BlackBerry phones. In response to the statement, the company says that they don’t have any information about the method used for this and also they don’t know what phones are involved.

BlackBerry added to their statement, that the “devices remain as secure and private as they have always been.” Also, they said that “BlackBerry does not have any details on the specific device or the way that it was configured, managed or otherwise protected, nor do we have details on the nature of the communications that are claimed to have been decrypted.”

However, the reports claim that the company has not refused to the claims of the dutch forensic team about decryption. They said that the factors such as user consent, insecure third party application or deficient security behavior might have led to this.