WhatsApp now available for BlackBerry 10: Free cross-platform messaging over data

Cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp is now available for BlackBerry 10 users, allowing them to send text messages, audio, photo and video for free over data.  WhatsApp was covered at the BlackBerry 10 launch event. It comes with native push notifications along with contact integration, doing away with any need to re-enter anything. When you open WhatsApp for the first time…

BlackBerry 10 app store grows to 100,000, Kindle one of the new ones

BlackBerry says there are now more than 100,000 apps in the BB 10 app store as it gears up for its big US launch of the BlackBerry Z10 on 22 March. Adding over 30,000 apps in the past couple of weeks, the company has also confirmed that big hitters like Amazon Kindle,The Wall Street Journal and OpenTable have come on board…

BBM Voice arrives on BlackBerry 5 handsets

BlackBerry clearly hasn’t forgotten about the elders of its current handset line up, despite all the excitement around the Z10. The company has brought BBM 7 and BBM voice to phones running BlackBerry 5, a fairly old operating system. The BBM 7.0.1 software lets you chat over Wi-Fi on your phone, Skype style, so you can talk BlackBerry to BlackBerry…

Netflix: No plans for BlackBerry 10 app

Two months after launch and BlackBerry is still having issues getting some of the major names to support its new operating system. Instagram and Skype will be arriving at some point, but as Android ports rather than native applications, and other notable absentees include native support for SkyDrive, Flickr and Netflix. This last one is the most jarring for BlackBerry…

Lenovo CEO says buying BlackBerry ‘could possibly make sense’

The possibility of Lenovo buying smartphone-maker BlackBerry continues to rise, with CEO Yang Yuanqing being quoted as saying it may make sense.  Speaking to French newspaper Les Echos, Yang said an acquisition of BlackBerry “could possibly make sense, but first I need to analyse the market and understand what exactly the importance of this company is”. The executive’s comments come after Lenovo CFO Wong…

WhatsApp now available for BlackBerry 10: Free cross-platform messaging over data

Cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp is now available for BlackBerry 10 users, allowing them to send text messages, audio, photo and video for free over data.  WhatsApp was covered at the BlackBerry 10 launch event. It comes with native push notifications along with contact integration, doing away with any need to re-enter anything. When you open WhatsApp for the first time…

BlackBerry Q10 available to pre-order from Carphone Warehouse, £579.95 SIM-free

Carphone Warehouse has opened its pre-order pages for the BlackBerry Q10, the second BlackBerry 10 handset to be released, this time with a more traditional Qwerty keyboard. Expected to be available in the UK from the end of April, Carphone Warehouse is offering the phone for free on a £36 a month 24-month contract. It is also available SIM-free for…

Skype, WhatsApp and Angry Birds confirmed for BlackBerry10

BlackBerry is going for the jugular on the app front with BlackBerry 10. The global launch of the new operating system saw BlackBerry confirm support of Skype, Angry Birds and WhatsApp. These are three key apps for any smartphone OS and make up part of what BlackBerry promises will be 70,000 apps available at launch. Alongside confirmation of these apps,…

BlackBerry 10 gains another 20,000 app submissions in under two days

With BlackBerry 10′s launch at the end of January, RIM has garnered an additional 19,071 apps for the BlackBerry World in 36 hours, thanks to the last Port-a-Thon event held over the weekend.  RIM’s third Port-a-Thon event, which allows developers to earn money and a chance at prizes for submitting apps, was deemed a success. The first Port-a-Thon in mid-December yielded 4,000…

BBM Music to close 2 June, music doesn’t sound better with you

BBM Music will close on 2 June, less than two years after the launch of the socially geared music service. BlackBerry does, however, say that the date is “subject to change”. In a message to those who coughed up the monthly fees to access the service, BlackBerry says: ”BBM Music service will be discontinued as of 2 June 2013. For paying customers,…