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Verizon begins OS rollout for BlackBerry Q10, Z10 and Z30

Verizon begins OS rollout for BlackBerry Q10, Z10 and Z30

What started back in mid-June with Verizon rolling out BlackBerry 10.3.2 to the BlackBerry Classic, has now extended into devices such as the BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Z30. Verizon customers on any of those devices can now go ahead and check for updates where you should find...
What's new in BlackBerry OS 10.3.1

What's new in BlackBerry OS 10.3.1

With BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 now official, that means there's plenty of new features to look at. This update, while applicable to all BlackBerry 10 smartphones, is mostly aimed at early BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners such as those using a Q5, Q10, Z10, Z3 and Z30 as the Passport and Classic both...
BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 rollout has officially begun

BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 rollout has officially begun

It has begun. Yes, after many rumors, speculation and confirmation at the BlackBerry Classic event of a February launch, the rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is now official according to BlackBerry and will be available to customers around the world starting today in Europe, the Middle East,...

Big Game Day Sale! Save 15% on all BlackBerry accessories

It's time to gear up and buckle down for this weekend's big game! No matter what team you're rooting for this year, we can all agree that 15% off all accessories here at ShopCrackBerry is a pretty sweet deal. We've got cases, chargers, batteries, etc. for the hottest BlackBerry devices including...

End of Year Sale: 20% off all BlackBerry accessories!

We're wrapping up 2014 by extending a 20% savings on all BlackBerry accessories until midnight December 31! With plenty of new products to choose from for popular devices like the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Q10, you can definitely get the best bang for...

Last minute shopping sale! Save 20% on all BlackBerry accessories

We're taking the holiday rush into consideration this year and offering you last minute shoppers 20% off our entire selection of accessories here at ShopCrackBerry. That means cases, chargers, batteries, Bluetooth and anything else you can find to stuff your stockings with! With popular devices...

Receive a free USB car charger with any order today while supplies last!

You might have noticed that we've been throwing some pretty sweet discounts your way the last few days or so. Well, we've got another little treat for anyone who places an order today. Whether it's a case for your BlackBerry Z10 or a pack of screen protectors for your BlackBerry Passport, you'll...

Want a Verizon BlackBerry Z10 for $100 no contract? Try Fry's

Looking for a BlackBerry Z10 for Verizon but don't want to bother with a contract? Well, you might want to hit up your local Fry's location if you have one near you. It seems as though for the past few days they've quietly been having a clearance deal on BlackBerry Z10's where you can pick one up...

Grab a 30% discount on phones and accessories from ShopBlackBerry until August 31

A quick heads up to anyone who fancies going on a BlackBerry shopping spree that ShopBlackBerry has a 30% discount on all its BlackBerry 10 phones and related accessories. The last such deal was only for white phones but now you're free to grab the black – or pink or red in the case of the Q5 –...
BlackBerry Classic Keyboard

The Beta Test is Over.

New BlackBerry CEO John Chen has already proven to be a very pragmatic leader, willing to make difficult decisions in order to keep the company afloat. He has said on many occasions that he'll exit the handset segment entirely if it proves to be in the best interest of the company, but has also...
Z3 Back

What would it take to get me back to BlackBerry?

Several months ago I embarked on an experiment. As a guy who'd used BlackBerry since 2000 I had deep experience with the platform along with good experience on iOS. But I had practically no experience on Android. So I put my Z10 on my bedside table and left it there while I moved my SIM into a...

The real reason My Cousin Vinny downgraded from the BlackBerry Z10 to a Bold 9900 and is waiting on the Classic...

"Because I can use it way better while driving" Ok, Ok. Now before you go ripping Vinny apart in the comments, let me tell the full story here. My cousin Vinny isn't Joe Pesci. He's actually the guy below. And Vinny isn't technically my cousin. In reality, he's my fiancée's godmother's...



The BlackBerry Z10 is the first BlackBerry to run on the BlackBerry 10 operating system, and heralds a new generation for the brand. The BlackBerry Z10 made its initial release on January 31 in the UK, then was released in Canada on February 5. The BlackBerry Z10 was made available in the U.S. in March 2013. The Z10 is an all-touch device with minimalistic style, borrowing some cues from the BlackBerry PlayBook.  It is the first BlackBerry smartphone with LTE connectivity, a secondary noise cancelling microphone, HDMI-out port, micro SIM slot, and a front-facing camera.  All of the major BlackBerry Z10 specifications are the best that have been seen on a BlackBerry to date; the screen resolution is even competitive with leading smartphones like the iPhone 5.

Arguably, the most significant feature of the BlackBerry Z10 is the operating system. Though the primary focus on communication hasn’t changed in the software experience, the user interface has moved from one that relies on physical buttons to gestures. The most important one is the quarter-turn swipe from the bottom frame to the right frame to access the Hub. This is where notifications from all sources are unified in one place where users can respond and otherwise interact with them. Swiping up from the bottom returns users to the Active Frame screen, where minimized version of all running applications are visible, while menus can be opened by swiping from the top pane or long-pressing on individual items for context-sensitive actions.

The virtual keyboard for BlackBerry 10 uses a prediction engine powered by SwiftKey which makes suggestions based on personalized usage on a per-app basis. Suggested words appear above the next letter on the keyboard, and are picked by swiping up from that key. The camera software includes a new TimeShift function which shoots a fast burst of photos, and allows users to selectively edit individual faces to different shots taken in that burst to effectively create a moment that never really existed.