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Windows Phone gaining on iOS as BlackBerry crumbles

Windows Phone has finally eased past BlackBerry and Symbian to take third place in the smartphone race, but IDC’s latest figures make it clear just how much of a two-horse race between Android and iOS it has become.

Windows Phone gaining on iOS as BlackBerry

In fact, in platform terms, combining the two big rivals from Google and Apple amounts to a staggering 92.3 per cent of smartphones shipped in the first three months of 2013.

Apart from IDC’s analyst brilliantly suggesting that this amounts to “more than the lion’s share” of the smartphone market, the breakdown of market share is just as deserving of attention.

Android has been dominant for some time, but has ramped that up even more in comparison to the same quarter last year and now amounts to 75 per cent of the market with 162.1 million units shipped.

Apple still bobbing along

Apple’s iOS accounts for 17.3 per cent of the market (down from 23 per cent in the same quarter of 2012) and Windows Phone has captured 3.2 per cent for third place, leapfrogging ailing BlackBerry which has declined from 6.4 per cent to a meagre 2.9 per cent.

That means Windows Phone is growing faster than Apple’s iPhone – although it has a long journey before it is competing for silver.

At the foot of the table Linux and Symbian both fell away – the latter declining from a relatively healthy 6.8 per cent of market share in Q1 2012 to a terminal looking 0.6 per cent.

Microsoft and key partner Nokia will certainly be buoyed by the 7 million Windows Phone handsets shipped – compared to just 3 million this time last year, and Apple – despite losing market share – has still managed to flog 37.4 million iPhones compared to 35.1 million in 2012.

But Android – and that means principally Samsung – is the real success story, taking advantage of a burgeoning market to sell more than 70 million more handsets than a year ago.

Via Techradar

Windows Phone gaining on iOS as BlackBerry crumbles

Latest report from Bluefin supports a bullish stance on BlackBerry

So far this week we’ve seen some negative comments out of the usual bearish Wall Street analysts.  If you follow the stock, you know who these guys are. They tend to avoid any kind of balanced analysis, always hammering on whatever negative points they can find.

bullish stance on BlackBerry

Wall Street analysts are not typically experts on how to gather supply chain data, nor are they experts in how to measure sell through at retail locations. There are experts out there who gather such data for a living, and they sell it to people willing to pay for it. So whenever I see Wall Street doing store checks and the information conflicts with dozens upon dozens of anecdotal reports, I get suspicious. And when it conflicts with many public statements by company executives, you know someone is wrong.

Bluefin is a non-traditional equity research firm that specializes in doing the kinds of channel checks that investors are interested in. They probably don’t have nearly as detailed financial models, they won’t necessarily know as much about the company’s long term strategic plans, and in the case of BlackBerry they’re unlikely to talk much about things like BES 10 deployment, for example. But they usually have better knowledge than most of Wall Street when it comes to supply chain stuff.

THIS MEANS BLACKBERRY UNDERESTIMATED DEMAND FOR THE Q10, AND NOW MAKES THREE TIMES AS MANY Q10 DEVICES AS Z10.

Bluefin put out a report yesterday that essentially tells their clients that BlackBerry is set to deliver more than 20 million BlackBerry 10 devices this fiscal year, and that would be significantly higher than most analyst estimates.

They suggest that Z10 sales have slowed since the launch, which seems normal considering demand is always greatest in the first few weeks, and we’ve also seen the Galaxy S4 and HTC One launches since then.  But they also tell us that carrier inventory is certainly not an issue – carriers are holding next to nothing.

Furthermore, Bluefin confirms what we wrote about earlier this week.  Specifically, that Q10 production has now shifted to a 3:1 ratio of Z10 production levels, which they say is up from a prior production ratio of 1.5:1

This means BlackBerry underestimated demand for the Q10, and now makes three times as many Q10 devices as Z10. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the single most important data point driving financial results over the next couple of quarters.

As Bluefin puts it, “We still see the BBRY supply chain forecasting units above Wall Street consensus even after the Z10 and Q10 launches, with the mid-range R10 handset likely coming in CQ3 and a high-end phablet by the end of the year.”

Via Crackberry

Latest report from Bluefin supports a bullish stance on BlackBerry

BlackBerry R10 spotted in black, coupled with some rumored specs

Right then, here we go again. After having saw the device leak out in white, then red we now have a more visually pleasing black version to look at.

BlackBerry R10

Yes, the BlackBerry R10 as its known, has popped up once again and this time it has some specs to go along with it. They’re certainly not on the same level as the BlackBerry Q10 or the BlackBerry Z10 but that’s been pretty much known for a while now and was expected. Here’s what’s been tossed around for specs: Continue reading

BlackBerry R10 spotted in black, coupled with some rumored specs

Right then, here we go again. After having saw the device leak out in white, then red we now have a more visually pleasing black version to look at.

BlackBerry R10

Yes, the BlackBerry R10 as its known, has popped up once again and this time it has some specs to go along with it. They’re certainly not on the same level as the BlackBerry Q10 or the BlackBerry Z10 but that’s been pretty much known for a while now and was expected. Here’s what’s been tossed around for specs: Continue reading

Update from BlackBerry OS 7.0 to BlackBerry OS 7.1 and get some free apps

If you’re still running BlackBerry OS 7.0 on a BlackBerry OS 7.1 capable device I first have to ask — why? Whatever your reason might be, BlackBerry 7.1 brings plenty of changes and improvements such as Mobile HotSpot, BlackBerry Tag and even WiFi calling where supported and updating is easy.

Update from BlackBerry OS 7.0 to BlackBerry OS 7.1

Second, I have some good news for you. If you live in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom and you update your device from now until June 30th, you’re eligible for some free premium app downloads:

  • EA SPORTS FIFA 13-Electronic Arts
  • The Sims 3 Supernatural-Electronic Arts
  • BeWeather-Bellshare GmbH
  • Screen Muncher™-Motek Mobile
  • Color ID FREE-Motek Mobile
  • InstaPhoto-Smarter Apps
  • DriveSafely Pro-iSpeech
  • N.O.V.A for BBM-Gameloft
  • UNO and Friends-Gameloft
  • Photo Studio PRO-KVADGroup

Need a list of devices potentially still running BlackBerry OS 7.0 to see if you qualify? Here they are: BlackBerry 9360, 9380, 9790, 9810, 9860, 9900 and the Porsche Design 9981. To check your OS, you can check out this quick tip and if you need to know how to update your OS, the best way is to do it wirelessly. But you can also do it using BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Windows and Mac or directly through the BlackBerry update website. Mind the supported areas folks, not everyone is eligible.

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Update from BlackBerry OS 7.0 to BlackBerry OS 7.1 and get some free apps

Taking BlackBerry Maps for a test drive

BlackBerry Maps has been available on BlackBerry for years, however it never quite did the trick for most users. While it did work – it wasn’t loaded with features worthy enough of making it a “must have” app. Over the years it has evolved and thanks to the new BlackBerry 10 platform it’s finally and app we can be proud of. Keep in mind here that I did most of my testing on a BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 both running OS 10.1, so some features may not be available to you if you’re still running OS 10.

The new BlackBerry Maps is simply awesome. It works extremely well and, while it doesn’t have a ton of features, has just enough to get things done and that’s fine by me.

BlackBerry Maps not only gives you great mapping (obviously) but also provides voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation that rivals many stand-alone GPS units.

When you fire up the app it first shows you a map of your current location (providing you have location services enabled). From here you can either search for an address or view your favorites. Favorites consists of addresses you’ve saved in the app, recent searches and contact addresses that are pulled from your contact list.

When searching for an address, simply start typing and you’ll be shown a list of locations that match your search. When you find what you’re looking for, tap it and it will be shown as a pin point on the map. You can pan around and zoom to your hearts content here, or tap the arrow to start navigation.

There are a few options within the navigation including route options, night mode and navigation audio. Again, not too many options but still enough to get the job done.

So here’s the breakdown: Search for an address, start navigating, get where you’re going.

Not only does BlackBerry Maps make for a great mapping tool, but the navigation features are also top notch for BlackBerry 10 as well.

Check out the video above as I give BlackBerry Maps a good test drive then hit the comments with your thoughts.

BlackBerry Maps comes pre-installed on the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, but you can find more info at the link below.

More information/Download BlackBerry Maps

Via Crackberry

Taking BlackBerry Maps for a test drive

White or black not enough? Check out the BlackBerry Q10 in 24kt gold

If for some reason plain old white or black isn’t your thing, perhaps you want to opt for something a bit more flashy. Well thanks to Gold & Co. London you can do just that. As has been with many devices before it like the Bold 9900 and P’9981, the BlackBerry Q10 is receiving the gold treatment. It’s not as over the top as some others have been, but this 24kt gold Q10 is still a head turner.

If you have a fat wallet, the device will be available in both a 24kt gold and rose gold on May 9th for an undisclosed price. The limited-edition devices will be individually numbered and come in a handcrafted wooden box with a certificate of authenticity.

We’re not sure that any of you will be jumping on this one, but if you do be sure to send us some photos :-)

BlackBerry Q10 in 24kt gold BlackBerry Q10 in 24kt gold BlackBerry Q10 in 24kt gold

Press Release

Gold & Co. London Set To Usurp Rivals Yet Again With Launch Of World’s First Gold and Rose Gold BlackBerry™ Q10

First shown to the world on the 28th Of April, Gold & Co. London will be releasing the world’s first 24 carat gold plated Gold and Rose Gold BlackBerry™ Q10 on 9th May in Dubai, only days after BlackBerry officially launched their latest technological innovation. Collector’s Palace, located in the world’s largest mall, will be the scene of the launch before the products become available worldwide.

Individuals with a taste for technology and luxury will have the opportunity to combine their needs thanks to the new 24 carat Gold BlackBerry™ Q10 and Rose Gold BlackBerry™ Q10, both of which are to be unveiled by Gold & Co. London. The launch will officially take place at Collector’s Palace in Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall which is located in the United Arab Emirates. Both gold plated phones will be released on May 9, just days after the worldwide launch of the Q10 by BlackBerry. These gold-plated phones are limited edition models and are yet another exclusive release from Gold & Co., a company known as an industry leader.

The new 24 carat Gold BlackBerry™ Q10 and Rose Gold BlackBerry™ Q10 will initially be launched at Collector’s Palace in Dubai before both items are made
available to customers with certified Gold & Co. dealerships such as Damas Jewellers (Dubai), Evolve Lifestyle Group India and the G&C London office in Hong Kong among the numerous worldwide outlets. All gold plated BlackBerry™ Q10 models are individually numbered, custom made, contained in luxurious handcrafted wooden boxes and come with a guaranteed certificate of authenticity. It should be noted that supply is limited so prospective consumers are urged to act swiftly to secure their gold plated BlackBerry™ Q10. They are an excellent BlackBerry addition to the Gold & Co. London Porsche Design BlackBerry, already available.

Gold & Co. London are known as the world’s top manufacturer of luxury gold plated producers and is known for its innovation and high quality products such as iPhones, iPads, Blackberry’s and much more. It was the first company in the world to offer the iPad™ 2 & iPad™ 3 in 24 carat gold, as well as the iconic iPhone™ 5 that was launched just 72 hours after Apple had released the original models. The company is constantly expanding with branches in Hong Kong, India, Moscow and most recently Paris, this being just the beginning of their global reach with the main offices located in London and Dubai. As all Gold & Co. products are certified as authentic, it is no surprise to learn that regular customers include Royalty and former Presidents of nations as well as numerous multi-millionaires eager to add an exclusive gold plated piece of technology to their collection.

Amjad Ali, CEO of the Gold & Co. , spoke of his excitement at the release: “The BlackBerry™ Q10 is an extraordinary piece of technology and we are delighted to bring yet another 24 carat gold offering to our loyal customers. As always, we look forward to being the first to bring our clients the best in gold plated technology and we believe the Gold and Rose Gold BlackBerry™ Q10 products are among the best.”

Via Crackberry

White or black not enough? Check out the BlackBerry Q10 in 24kt gold