BlackBerry recently reported its first quarter-to-quarter increase in revenue in more than two years. In terms of devices/ hardware, the company saw rise in Priv Android slider smartphone demand.
Now, the company CEO John Chen has hinted that it may launch another Android smartphone next year which will be targeted at the mid-range segment. He however stressed that the company’s focus will be “more towards” the high-end.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Chen elaborated when asked about plans for another Android phone, “Depends on the Priv. If the Priv is well received in the market and looks like it is. There’s a good chance […], we will still focus on the high-end probably closer to mid-range coming out in 2016.”
On being asked about any timeline for launch, Chen cleared that this will completely depend on the Priv’s performance in the coming months. Adding further, he confirmed that the BlackBerry Priv, which has been available in select markets since last month, will be hitting 31 more markets in the next three months.
To recall, the BlackBerry Priv, the company’s first Android-based smartphone, went on sale in the first week of November in four markets.
The Canadian company may not have revealed any clear plans for a second Android phone but a new BlackBerry smartphone was in benchmark listings last month tipping that the company may be testing use of Samsung’s Exynos chips in its devices. The BlackBerry smartphone codenamed STV100-1 was seen in GFXBench listings with Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 7420 processor clocked at 2.1GHz. BlackBerry’s purported second Android smartphone, believed to be codenamed “Vienna”, was leaked in images last month.
BlackBerry, as a part of the ‘Festive Giveaway 2015’ offer, is giving 20 paid apps for BlackBerry 10 OS for free until December 26. BB10 smartphone users can download these apps from the BlackBerry World app store. These 20 apps are worth more than $30 (roughly Rs. 2,000) combined.
The paid apps that can be downloaded and installed free of cost from the BlackBerry World app store include:
-Brick Breaker Anubis ($0.99)
-Camera Pro ($1.99)
-Easy Task ($1.99)
-Evolution Web Browser with Ad Blocker ($1.99)
-I’m Free – Quit smoking ($0.99)
-Instant – Track device usage ($1.99)
-Metal Pixels ($0.99)
-ODF Office ($2.99)
-PaperPusher Scanner ($2.99)
-Penzus Fortune ($0.99)
-Penzus MMS ($0.99)
-Privacy Suite Pro ($1.99)
-Recycle Bin 10 ($0.99)
-Super Street View ($2.99)
-TapCam Timer Camera ($0.99)
-Penzus Clock ($0.99)
Notably, BlackBerry recently forayed into the world of Android smartphones with the launch of the BlackBerry Priv Android slider, a smartphone that features a slide-out Qwerty keyboard and a curved edge display. It will be interesting to see just how well the company does with its latest effort to revive its flagging smartphone sales.
As for apps, readers should check out our list of the Best Apps of 2015. Though there were some great apps in 2015, the fact is that we’re still using some of our favourite apps from the last couple of years instead, because they’ve been able to grow and evolve to remain compelling. Food ordering and live video broadcasts were two hot categories in 2015 where numerous apps showed up, though many failed to impress. As per Gadgets 360, some of the best apps and games of 2015 are Hotstar, Google Photos, Periscope, Overcast 2 , One More Run, Zomato Order, Horizon Chase: World Tour, The List App, The List App, and Plume Air Report.
Both Apple and Google have also shown their best apps and games in 2015. While Elight is the -best app as per Apple India, Colorfy – Coloring Book and Minecraft: Story Mode are the best Android apps and games as per Google.