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BlackBerry announces at least another two years of support for BB10 and BBOS users

In addition to their announcement of Priv no longer receiving monthly security updates, BlackBerry has announced they'll continue to support BB10 and BBOS users for at least another two years but it's not without some caveats. Those caveats include the fact that some services will be shut down over time.

A little more than a year ago BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen, declared that BlackBerry's transition to a software company was complete. And still, in an era where consumers have been "trained" to upgrade their phones every 18-24 months, it is a testament to the durability of our designs and brand loyalty that there are still millions of people actively using BB10 and BBOS devices, many of which are already more than ten years old.

We manufactured our last BB10 and BBOS devices in 2015 and in the years since we have received many questions about our plans for ongoing support. First, we want to say thank you for your continued interest and passion for all things BlackBerry. Second, we want to acknowledge that we know your productivity relies upon the security, reliability, dependability, durability, extended battery life, and ease-of-use we designed and built into each handset. Third, we want to reward your loyalty by committing to providing you with at least two full years of additional support for BB10 and at least two full years of BlackBerry network access for BBOS devices.

As a further show of our appreciation and gratitude, we are working with our partners at BlackBerry Mobile to offer a trade-up program that will provide you with a significant discount and incentive to upgrade your current BlackBerry device to a new BlackBerry KEYone or Motion, both of which are the world's most secure Android smartphones.

While we are pleased to announce continuing support for BB10 and BBOS users for at least another two years, current device owners should be aware that we will be closing some ancillary services such as the BlackBerry World app store (12/31/2019), the BlackBerry Travel site (February 2018), and the Playbook video calling service (March 2018). Customers who upgrade to a new KEYone or Motion won't miss a beat as they'll have immediate access to the rich universe of apps in the Google Play store without compromising on either security or their desire for a physical keyboard.

Stay tuned to this site for details on how to take advantage of the trade-up program and we look forward to your continuing loyalty and interest in BlackBerry. Thank you.

I'm not looking to put words in Alex Thurber's mouth here but really, when I read this, all I see is a 'Sure, we'll keep what we can running over the next two years, but please, just take advantage of the trade-up program'. Services outside of BlackBerry's control have already started breaking down on BlackBerry 10 and it's going to continue to degrade over time, it's just a fact.

If you love BlackBerry 10 and wish to continue using it, cool. But if you're on the fence, might want to hit that trade-up program when the full details come out so you don't miss out on the chance to upgrade. When the full trade-up program details emerge, we'll get them posted up so everyone can take advantage of the offers. Seems a bit silly to tease the program, however. Should have just waited to announce it all at once in my opinion, but hey, at least the silence has ended in regards to BlackBerry 10.


BlackBerry Priv will no longer receive monthly security updates going forward

As we get ready for the holidays and to close out the year, it seems as though BlackBerry has decided to do a little housekeeping. A new post on the Inside BlackBerry Blog from Alex Thurber has laid out the status of monthly updates for the Priv as the device has now moved well beyond the two years of monthly software updates BlackBerry originally committed to.


DENSO and BlackBerry partner to develop world's first integrated automobile HMI Platform

BlackBerry has added plenty of new partners over the past few months who are making use of the BlackBerry QNX and now, they've announced another. This time around, DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited announced they have jointly developed the world's first integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) platform with Intel Corp. also collaborating on the product.

"DENSO has developed various HMI products, such as instrument clusters, car navigation systems and head-up displays that contribute to the safety and the convenience of automobiles," said Yukihiro Kato, senior executive director, Information & Safety Systems Business Group of DENSO. "Leveraging the technology and know-how acquired through the development of these products, we have developed an information management HMI technology that will support the evolution of automobiles together with BlackBerry QNX and Intel."

"While cluster, head unit, infotainment, and entertainment screens are all part of a new digital user experience in the car, they can't be developed in isolation and need to work in tandem," said John Wall, SVP and GM of BlackBerry QNX. "Together with DENSO and Intel, we will provide a highly functional, virtual cockpit including a safety-certified digital instrument cluster that will be the new gold standard in the automotive industry. We look forward to working with DENSO and Intel on many more projects in the future."

We can expect to hear and likely see more as we head into CES. DENSO and BlackBerry will have booths at the CES in Las Vegas held from January 9 - 12, 2018. The companies' integrated HMI platform will be displayed in DENSO's booth located at 1917, North Hall.

DENSO and BlackBerry Partner to Develop World's First Integrated Automobile HMI Platform

Virtualization technology enables integrated control of in-vehicle HMI systems

KARIYA, JAPAN and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Dec. 13, 2017) - DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) announced today the companies have jointly developed the world's first integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) platform. Intel Corp. also collaborated in the development of this product.

The integrated HMI platform will enable a system which optimally cooperates and coordinates various HMI products such as display and sound inside the automobile cockpit at a low price. The joint solution will appear in successive car models scheduled for release after 2019.

With the improvement of automobile safety and convenience in recent years, the amount of data the vehicle transmits to the driver is increasing. Today, vehicles are equipped with multiple HMI systems, which require several device-specific operating systems to work in unison. Because the operating systems are independently controlled by multiple microcontrollers, it has not been possible to cooperate and coordinate them to display content and sound uniformly.

The integrated automotive HMI platform is believed to be the first of its kind and was developed by DENSO and BlackBerry using BlackBerry's QNX Hypervisor for virtualization and the Intel Atom® processor A3900 series. The hypervisor technology enables the independence of several operating systems with different characteristics and controls the integration with one microcomputer.

This architecture allows various HMI products to cooperate allowing necessary information to be displayed to the correct devices with appropriate timing. For example, it will be possible to communicate a heads-up or a warning through easy-to-understand expressions on the display with the right timing. Additionally, through cooperation between instrument cluster and navigation center displays, it is now possible to show animation with a sense of unity between the navigation screen in the meter screen. Furthermore, by updating the performance of one microcomputer both devices are updated which contributes to improved increase in R&D productivity and cost reduction.

"DENSO has developed various HMI products, such as instrument clusters, car navigation systems and head-up displays that contribute to the safety and the convenience of automobiles," said Yukihiro Kato, senior executive director, Information & Safety Systems Business Group of DENSO. "Leveraging the technology and know-how acquired through the development of these products, we have developed an information management HMI technology that will support the evolution of automobiles together with BlackBerry QNX and Intel."

"While cluster, head unit, infotainment, and entertainment screens are all part of a new digital user experience in the car, they can't be developed in isolation and need to work in tandem," said John Wall, SVP and GM of BlackBerry QNX. "Together with DENSO and Intel, we will provide a highly functional, virtual cockpit including a safety-certified digital instrument cluster that will be the new gold standard in the automotive industry. We look forward to working with DENSO and Intel on many more projects in the future."

As part of the integrated HMI, Intel has provided a unique and revolutionary graphics sharing technology, which has been optimized for the Intel Atom® processor A3900 series. The technology can prioritize and operate 3D workloads important for safety over less important workloads on the same processor.

DENSO and BlackBerry will have booths at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas held from January 9 - 12, 2018. The companies' integrated HMI platform will be displayed in DENSO's booth located at 1917, North Hall.

About DENSO Corporation

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.0 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.denso.com, or visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a cybersecurity software and services company dedicated to securing the Enterprise of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbol "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.


BlackBerry Motion Review - Come for the battery, stay for the durability!

The BlackBerry Motion is a purpose-driven smartphone designed to get you through your day, help you do more and do it effortlessly. In that mission, it succeeds, with enough juice left to enjoy your downtime.

The quick take

The BlackBerry Motion is the second device to come from the TCL/BlackBerry partnership and follows the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone. The Motion shares much of the KEYone lineage but brings a few new tricks into the mix as well such as the new Smart Convenience Key and, Locker Mode, which helps keep your photos, documents, and files secure.

Overall, the BlackBerry Motion is a fantastic addition to the BlackBerry Mobile lineup. Not only does it offer those new to the BlackBerry experience a compelling smartphone but it brings to those possibly hanging onto older BlackBerry 10 full-touch devices a nice upgrade path to a more modern smartphone that follows the BlackBerry ethos of security, privacy, productivity, and efficiency with as few compromises as possible.


BlackBerry Mobile EU store kicks off their holiday deals on the BlackBerry KEYone!

Now that the BlackBerry Mobile EU store ships to over 27 different European countries, those in the EU can take direct advantage of the holiday deals the store has in place. Right now, just in time for the holidays, the EU store is offering a free flip case, gift wrapping, and free standard shipping when you order a BlackBerry KEYone.

Looking at the site, the Black Edition and the Silver KEYone are both available now in QWERTY, QWERTZ, and AZERTY keyboard options as well as UK or EU power supplies. With the deals in place, you'll want to get your order in there ASAP in time for the holidays.

See more at the BlackBerry Mobile EU Store


Get a great holiday deal on the BlackBerry KEYone right now!

The BlackBerry KEYone is sure to be a hot item over the holidays and if you're looking to score a deal on one, now is the time. The best deals of the season are now in effect across retailers in Canada and the United States where you can save $100 or more on the unlocked BlackBerry KEYone in Silver.


Reminder: Enter the CrackBerry Santa Holiday Giveaway to win a free BlackBerry!

Just in case for some strange reason you haven't been following CrackBerry Kevin on Instagram, we figured we should post up a reminder of the CrackBerry Santa Holiday Giveaway he's currently running right now until December 10 at Midnight PST where you can win your choice of a BlackBerry KEYone (Silver or Black Edition) or a new BlackBerry Motion!


BlackBerry to announce Q3 Fiscal 2018 results on December 20, 2017

As per their Investor Calendar, BlackBerry is all set to announce their Q3 Fiscal 2018 results on December 20, 2017. With the move to the NASDAQ, payment disputes with Nokia, and new partnerships and licensing deals being announced recently, it will be interesting to see where BlackBerry stands for this quarter.


Snag a BlackBerry Motion from Amazon UK right now for only £349

If you're looking to snag a BlackBerry Motion in the UK and missed out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, Amazon is the spot to check out. Right now the retailer has the all-new BlackBerry Motion in stock and available for only £349. For those keeping track, that's about £50 off what other UK retailers have the Motion for right now. If the KEYone is more your thing, those are listed as well. You can save £80.00 on the Silver KEYone and £50.00 on the KEYone Black Edition. There's no noted timeframe for the the pricing, so be sure get in on the deals while you can in case they disappear soon.

See at Amazon


BlackBerry will pay approximately $137M to Nokia over payment dispute

BlackBerry and Nokia have a pretty long history of disputes but for now, at least one disagreement has come to a conclusion as BlackBerry has been ordered to pay Nokia approximately $137 million stemming from issues of payments not made to Nokia under a patent license contract. Still, the battles between the two are not quite over yet.


BlackBerry Motion Beginner's Guide

How to get started using your BlackBerry Motion.

Everything you need to know to get started using your BlackBerry Motion. We will cover all of the basics, and even some more advanced tips and tricks in this comprehensive guide. Keep checking back as we add more content daily!


BlackBerry Hub now supports GroupMe, LINE Lite and XING accounts in latest beta

A new batch of app updates has now hit Google Play and while Tasks, Notes, Contacts, Hub+ Services, and Calendar are all available, it's really the Hub app that has the most noted changes despite still being in beta. Here's a look at what has been included and will be rolled out soon:


Save up to €50 on BlackBerry KEYone bundles from Rue du Commerce

If you're looking for a bundle deal on the BlackBerry KEYone or BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition, Rue du Commerce is having a sale right now in France where you can save up to €50 on an assortment of offers.


BlackBerry KEYone officially launched in Mexico!

The BlackBerry KEYone continues to see release in new areas and the latest to be added is Mexico. With the event taking place right now, BlackBerry Mobile has announced the KEYone will be available through Telcel.


BBM for BlackBerry 10 update adds the ability to export contacts

Although it has been quite some time since the last update to BBM for BlackBerry 10 rolled out, a new release has now arrived in BlackBerry World and is available for download. This release is a pretty basic update that allows you to export your BBM contacts with their display names and PINs to a text file.


How to enable the Night Light feature on the BlackBerry Motion

One of the new additions to the software on the BlackBerry Motion over the BlackBerry KEYone is the addition of the Night Light feature, which tints your screen amber making it easier to look at your screen or read in dim light. Enabling the Night Light feature is pretty easy, here's how to do it!


CrackBerry Podcast - Motion Notion

The CrackBerry podcast is back for a special Cyber Monday edition. This time around, we brought a few friends along. MrMobile and Jan Ole Helmbold join us to discuss all the things happening in the BlackBerry world right now including Cyber Monday deals, the CrackBerry Unstoppable European Tour as well the upcoming Canadian Unstoppable Tour and of course, the all-new BlackBerry Motion.


Cyber Monday Sale: Great deals on the BlackBerry KEYone in Canada!

To go along with the Cyber Monday sales on the BlackBerry KEYone in the US, BlackBerry Mobile also has some great deals in place for the BlackBerry KEYone in Canada! Amazon, Best Buy, Blueshop, Staples, Walmart and finally Visions Electronics are all taking part with pricing for the KEYone set at $599.99 CAD.


Cyber Monday Deal: BlackBerry KEYone $100 off at Amazon and Best Buy!

If you skipped out or missed out on some of the Black Friday deals, don't worry! Cyber Monday deals are pretty great too and right now if a BlackBerry KEYone is on your want list you can pick one up for only $449.99 ($100 off) at Amazon or Best Buy, whether you need the GSM variant for T-Mobile and AT&T or you need the CDMA variant for Verizon.


The 'BlackBerry Concept' is a concept BlackBerry design that looks amazing!

It has been quite a while since we featured any concept BlackBerry designs here on the blogs but when we saw the 'BlackBerry Concept' from Albert Degin, we simply had to bring some more attention to it because it looks so amazing! Take a look at what Albert had to say about why he created the design, the inspiration he drew from, and of course, more photos!


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