Author: Tyler Lee

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BlackBerry's CEO Claims They Are 'Out Of Danger'

There was a period in time in which BlackBerry had hoped that their own mobile operating system would be good enough to compete against the likes of iOS and Android. While BlackBerry certainly had their loyal fans, it’s safe to say that their mobile platform never quite took off the way they had hoped.

In fact this led to many wondering about the fate of the company, and at one point in time it seemed like BlackBerry was looking to sell themselves. However fast forward to today, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen revealed that the company is out of danger. Speaking to TheStreet[1], Chen goes on to claim that BlackBerry’s transformation is complete.

For those who might have missed the news, BlackBerry had previously announced that they would no longer make their own hardware. Instead they would license out their brand and their software to companies like TCL, and it seems to be paying off because for the second quarter, the company managed to rake in $56 million in licensing fees, which is almost four times what they used to make the year before.

So far TCL has released quite a few handsets under the BlackBerry brand, with the latest being the BlackBerry Motion[2] which is a full touchscreen Android smartphone, a departure from previous releases which still featured the company’s trademark physical keyboard.

Filed in Cellphones[3]. Read more about BlackBerry[4].

References

  1. ^ TheStreet (www.thestreet.com)
  2. ^ being the BlackBerry Motion (www.ubergizmo.com)
  3. ^ Cellphones (www.ubergizmo.com)
  4. ^ BlackBerry (www.ubergizmo.com)
Cellnet Review

Microsoft Exec Says Windows 10 Mobile Hardware Is No Longer A Focus

In the early days of mobile operating systems, Microsoft threw their hat into the ring with Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, and more recently Windows 10 Mobile. Unfortunately despite Microsoft’s best efforts, their Windows mobile operating system never quite took off, which is why we’re not surprised at the latest news.

In a recent tweet by Microsoft exec Joe Belfiore, it seems that he has confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile is taking a backseat at the company (via Windows Central). When asked about the company’s plan for supporting the platform, Belfiore wrote, “Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren’t the focus.”[1][2]

This seems to echo the sentiments of various industry analysts who suggested that Microsoft could eventually exit the hardware business[3] and just focus on software moving forwards. There have also been rumors that suggested that Microsoft might have a Surface Phone in the works[4], but based on this tweet it certainly doesn’t sound that way anymore.

Belfiore also wrote[5] about how Microsoft tried to get more devs to write apps for its mobile platform, but the low volume of users seemed to discourage companies from investing their resources. “We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest.” It is unclear if Microsoft will eventually kill off its mobile OS for good in the next few years, but for now it seems that maybe we shouldn’t expect too much from it.

Filed in Cellphones[6]. Read more about Microsoft[7], Windows[8] and Windows 10[9].

References

  1. ^ taking a backseat at the company (twitter.com)
  2. ^ Windows Central (www.windowscentral.com)
  3. ^ could eventually exit the hardware business (www.ubergizmo.com)
  4. ^ might have a Surface Phone in the works (www.ubergizmo.com)
  5. ^ also wrote (redirect.viglink.com)
  6. ^ Cellphones (www.ubergizmo.com)
  7. ^ Microsoft (www.ubergizmo.com)
  8. ^ Windows (www.ubergizmo.com)
  9. ^ Windows 10 (www.ubergizmo.com)

The Nokia 8 Was Briefly Listed On Nokia’s Website

The Nokia handsets released by HMD Global so far are of the low-mid range variety, so for those hankering for a high-end Nokia mobile experience, it looks like we still have to wait. However we have been hearing rumors of a higher-end Nokia 8 handset[1] who specs and design was recently leaked.

The question is, how reliable is the leak? For starters the source has proven to be extremely reliable in the past, but as an added bonus, a recent posting on Baidu[2] (via PhoneArena[3]) has revealed that someone at Nokia might have accidentally launched the website for the Nokia 8, thus confirming the handset’s name and design in the process.

The page in question has since been taken down, but for the most part from what we can tell, the handset in question certainly does look the same as the earlier leak. The screen does seem to be a bit wider, but there’s a chance that it could be due to the angle. If the rumors are true, the handset is apparently due for an official announcement towards the end of the month, so it probably won’t be too long until we get the official details.

Rumored specs include a 5.3-inch QHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835[4] chipset, up to 6GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing dual camera with Carl Zeiss optics[5], and a fingerprint sensor on the front.

Filed in Cellphones[6]. Read more about Nokia[7].

References

  1. ^ of a higher-end Nokia 8 handset (www.ubergizmo.com)
  2. ^ a recent posting on Baidu (tieba.baidu.com)
  3. ^ PhoneArena (www.phonearena.com)
  4. ^ Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (www.ubergizmo.com)
  5. ^ with Carl Zeiss optics (www.ubergizmo.com)
  6. ^ Cellphones (www.ubergizmo.com)
  7. ^ Nokia (www.ubergizmo.com)

Samsung Confirms Note 8 Announcement For End Of August

There has been a lot of rumor and speculation surrounding the announcement date of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Some have speculated that it could be announced at IFA 2017, which we guess makes sense, and as it turns out the speculators could have been right as Samsung has recently confirmed the date themselves.

Speaking to reporters in Taiwan[1] (via SamMobile[2]), it seems that Samsung’s president of mobile division Dongjin Koh was reported as telling them that the Note 8 will be announced by the end of August. Koh did not provide any specifics as to when exactly in August, but we guess we at least have a more solid timeframe to look forward to.

This is also in line with an earlier rumor that suggested that the phone could be announced on the 23rd of August[3], but whether or not the 23rd of August is the actual date remains to be seen. Koh goes on to add that the Note 8 will be released in waves, with the first wave starting in early September for launch markets, while other markets will have to wait until October.

Once again these launch markets were not specified, but it’s not hard to imagine that they’ll be the same as the Galaxy S8[4] or the Note 7 back in 2016. In the meantime Samsung’s rival LG has confirmed that the LG V30 will be announced on the 31st of August[5], so it looks like there will be a bit of competition going on.

Filed in Cellphones[6]. Read more about Galaxy Note 8[7] and Samsung[8].

References

  1. ^ to reporters in Taiwan (www.eprice.com.tw)
  2. ^ SamMobile (www.sammobile.com)
  3. ^ could be announced on the 23rd of August (www.ubergizmo.com)
  4. ^ Galaxy S8 (www.ubergizmo.com)
  5. ^ announced on the 31st of August (www.ubergizmo.com)
  6. ^ Cellphones (www.ubergizmo.com)
  7. ^ Galaxy Note 8 (www.ubergizmo.com)
  8. ^ Samsung (www.ubergizmo.com)

Nokia 6 Tops Amazon Charts For Unlocked Cell Phones

In a market where there are already quite a few established players, we’re sure that as beloved as the Nokia brand is/was, there were probably some who were questioning the company’s decision to re-enter the mobile market. However it turns out that despite being out of the game for a while, Nokia’s brand and reputation is still holding firm.

It seems that the recently released Nokia 6[1] has managed to top Amazon’s charts for unlocked cell phones in the US[2]. We’re not sure exactly how many units a handset must sell in order to qualify to be part of this list, but it’s still a pretty impressive feat by Nokia and HMD Global nonetheless, and we’re sure that they could use the hype to help push more phones.

For those wondering, the Nokia 6 is a mid-range handset that packs a 5.5-inch Full HD[3] display, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset under its hood. It comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 16MP rear-facing camera. Given its specs and its price, it’s actually priced pretty decently.

If you’re looking for a “better” Nokia phone, HMD is said to have a couple of flagship Nokia-branded smartphones in the works. The company has recently partnered up with Carl Zeiss[4] which means that these flagships should be bringing back the Zeiss camera lens that Nokia phones used to be known for.

Filed in Cellphones[5]. Read more about Amazon[6] and Nokia[7].

References

  1. ^ recently released Nokia 6 (www.ubergizmo.com)
  2. ^ top Amazon’s charts for unlocked cell phones in the US (www.phonearena.com)
  3. ^ Full HD (www.ubergizmo.com)
  4. ^ has recently partnered up with Carl Zeiss (www.ubergizmo.com)
  5. ^ Cellphones (www.ubergizmo.com)
  6. ^ Amazon (www.ubergizmo.com)
  7. ^ Nokia (www.ubergizmo.com)

Google Calendar For iOS Update Adds Today Widget

Image credit – 9to5Mac

Widgets aren’t a new feature and have been around for pretty much the longest time ever on desktops and even mobile operating systems like Android. However it was not too long ago that Apple finally adopted them, although not exactly in the same way many had imagined, but we guess it’s better than nothing.

That being said if you do enjoy the widgets in iOS, you might be interested to learn that Google[1] has recently updated its Google Calendar app[2] where it will now come with a Today Widget. What this means is that users will now be able to get a quick view of calendar events without having to launch the app itself.

By default the view offered will show two events that you have stored/recorded in the app, and clicking “show more” will reveal an additional two. The Today Widget will also support 3D Touch (a feature on the iPhone 6s and onwards) where users can quickly add a new event, reminder, goal, or share their Google Calendar event without having to open the app.

This widget will be part of the latest update to the app, so if you haven’t updated your Google Calendar app already, now seems like a good time to do so.

Filed in Apple >Cellphones[3][4]. Read more about Apps[5], Google[6], google calendar[7] and iOS[8].

References

  1. ^ Google (www.ubergizmo.com)
  2. ^ updated its Google Calendar app (9to5mac.com)
  3. ^ Apple (www.ubergizmo.com)
  4. ^ Cellphones (www.ubergizmo.com)
  5. ^ Apps (www.ubergizmo.com)
  6. ^ Google (www.ubergizmo.com)
  7. ^ google calendar (www.ubergizmo.com)
  8. ^ iOS (www.ubergizmo.com)