BlackBerry Android Keyboard Phone Is Official

If you’ve been holding your breath waiting for the long-rumored Android-based Blackberry device to become a reality, you can finally exhale and breathe a sigh of relief. BlackBerry CEO John Chen has confirmed that the device is more than just a rumor: it will be called the Blackberry Priv, a slider device that the company expects to be “available late in the calendar year.”


Chen explained that the device’s name is rooted in the company’s history, “named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy.” The CEO went on to promise that the Priv “combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.”

The above render has been floating around online and matches up well with the rumors of a curved screen that’s similar to the Samsung Galaxy Edge devices. The below photos – which first appeared on the Vietnam-based technology website Tinhte – appear to show a working Priv seen in the wild.

On the same conference call where Chen confirmed the Priv, the company also reviewed its acquisitions of Good Technology and AtHoc, both of which work in securing mobile data across the entire spectrum of platforms. Adding those company’s technologies to BlackBerry points to an intent to make sure messaging on the Priv and future BlackBerry devices is as secure as possible.

Baking Android and its app ecosystems into its devices is seen by some as a way for BlackBerry to regain some of its clout in the mobile device market. As Android and iOS devices have dominated sales, those devices became the de facto platforms for third party developers apps.

While there are already a wide variety of Android devices already for sale, BlackBerry devices have one advantage over them all: the physical keyboards that some users believe are better or more enjoyable than their touch screen brethren.

10 Reasons the iPhone 6s Beats Android

Let me start by saying that I like Android phones. I love the variety of hardware and myriad software customization options. But when most friends and family ask me what phone to buy, I tend to recommend the iPhone over Android. Notice that I didn’t say “iOS over Android.” The reason to go the Apple route isn’t just the platform; it’s how the software and hardware complement each other. The 3D Touch feature in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is a perfect example.


The iPhone also works seamlessly with other Apple gadgets, including Macs and the Apple Watch – there’s an ecosystem factor. Here are 10 reasons why the iPhone beats Android.

1. Better Hardware and Software Integration

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus introduce a new feature that no Android phone maker could copy. The 3D Touch display is smart enough to sense pressure, allowing you to take quick actions from the home screen just by long pressing on an app icon. Or you could peek at that email just by lightly tapping on it in your inbox. Sure, Android phones have offered haptic feedback for ages, but the Taptic engine in the new iPhones promises to be super efficient. Only Apple ties hardware and software together like this.

2. Great Cameras

The iPhone consistently produces pleasing photos with accurate color – generation after generation. And the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus up the ante with a sharper 12-MP camera with 4K video capture. Just as important as the bump in resolution is Apple’s homegrown image signal processor, which promises more realistic colors.

The new iPhones are also looking to take the selfie crown from Android phones. The FaceTime HD has a new Retina Flash feature that boosts the brightness of the screen to double as a flash.

In a face-off between the older iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy S6, Samsung’s camera produced better results in low light, but the iPhone delivered warmer shots outdoors, especially in direct sunlight. The photos from the S6 looked blown out under these conditions. We anticipate better results from the 6s and 6s Plus.


Another upgrade for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is Live Photos, which captures video and audio during and just before and after your still. You animate the image during playback via the 3D Touch display. Other Android phones have offered similar features, such as HTC’s Zoe, but I suspect Live Photos will actually catch on because more people will be exposed to it and because Apple makes options like this easy to use. You just snap images like you normally do.

3. It’s the Easiest Phone to Use

Despite all the promises by Android phone makers to streamline their skins, the iPhone remains the easiest phone to use by far. There’s no separate app drawer for your apps and no annoying overlay to get in the way. Some may lament the lack of change in the look and feel of iOS over the years, but I consider it a plus that it works pretty much the same as it did way back in 2007. Pick it up, turn it on, touch the app to open.

Of course, Apple has folded in enhancements over the years, such as Siri and Control Center (though I think the Today Screen still isn’t useful enough), but the iPhone still has zero learning curve. With iOS 9, Apple is playing catch-up in some ways, especially by putting transit into in maps, but the proactive assistance features, improved search and smarter Siri add up to a better overall user experience than Android. We could do without the new News app, though.

4. OS Updates When You Want Them

This is going to hurt a little, Android fanbois. As of June 1, Android Lollipop (the latest version of Google’s software) was installed on a whopping 12 percent of devices. So just a little over 1 in 10 droid owners are taking advantage of features like the slicker Material design and Priority mode for letting only the most important notifications get through. Contrast that with the 83 percent of iPhones running the latest iOS 8 software as of early June.

The problem is this: with the exception of pure Android phones like the Nexus, the Samsungs, LGs and HTCs of the world have to jump through more hoops to bring you the latest version of Google’s OS, including carrier certification. Plus, phone makers typically drag their feet on updating older phones, so as to encourage folks to upgrade. All iPhone owners can update to the latest version of iOS on day 1 (or close to, depending on Apple’s servers). This dynamic isn’t going to change anytime soon.

5. The Best Apps First

Now that both iOS and Android have well over 1 million apps in their stores, the arms race is over, right? Not really. The iPhone is still favored by developers as the launch platform of choice for the hottest new apps.
The Google Play store is like the Netflix of app stores; it gets the hits, but usually after they see their first run on iOS. For instance, it took two years for Instagram to debut on Android after it launched for the iPhone. Other apps have taken only months to jump for iOS to Android, such as the Meerkat and Periscope video streaming apps and the highly rated Vainglory game. But the message is clear. If you don’t want to be treated like a second-class app citizen, the iPhone is still the king.

6. No Bloatware!

It’s not a good sign for prospective Android phone buyers that some of the most popular articles we do are bloatware-removal guides. Samsung and others have gotten better at minimizing the pain for users by lumping all carrier bloatware into a single folder, but it’s still just crap taking up space on your phone.

You won’t find a single piece of carrier software pre-loaded on an iPhone, making for a clean out-of-box experience. Now, Apple does include some apps you might not want or need, like Apple Watch, but it has much more restraint than other manufacturers when it comes to bundling its own stuff.

7. Works beautifully with Macs

If you haven’t tried a Mac in a while, you might be surprised to know just how well iPhones work with them. For instance, with the Continuity feature in OS X, you can use your MacBook to send and receive text messages and even receive and place calls. All you have to do is keep your iPhone nearby.

I find the Handoff feature a little less useful, but some may like that they can do things such as start an email on their Mac and then pick up where they left off on their iPhone – or vice versa. Thanks to iCloud keeping everything in sync, you’ll also have easy access to the photos you take on your iPhone from your Mac, as well as any notes or documents you create.

8. Apple Pay

Between the upcoming Android Pay and Samsung Pay services, Apple has plenty of rivals, but right now Apple Pay is most prevalent method for making mobile payments. It’s also dead-simple to use. All you have to do to use Apple Pay is bring your iPhone close to the supported payment terminal at the checkout counter, then press your finger on your phone’s Touch ID sensor.

Apple Pay is getting better with iOS 9, too, which will add reward cards from the likes of Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera and Walgreens. Store-issued credit card support is coming, too, with BJ’s Wholesale Club, Kohl’s and JCPenney on board so far. All of the above will be stored in the new Apple Wallet app.

9. Family Sharing

An Apple family that plays together, saves together. With Family Sharing on the iPhone, mom, dad and the kids can share purchases from the App Store, iTunes and iBooks with up to six people. You can still keep your own iTunes accounts, too. When Junior wants to make a purchase, you’ll receive an alert via the “Ask to Buy” feature, so you can keep better tabs on what he’s downloading and also prevent bill shock.

Other Family Sharing features include shared photo albums, a shared calendar and the ability to see where your kids are on a map at any time. Google doesn’t offer easy family sharing on Android devices.

10. Best Support and Help

When you have a problem with your Android phone, you can try online forums or calling your carrier. But with the iPhone, you can tap into a vast database of useful help articles on Apple’s website, get help via live chat, or you can schedule an appointment at an Apple Store Genius Bar. Google doesn’t have this kind of direct relationship with its customers. With Android, you’re on your own.

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OnePlus smartphone Show Dual Camera Setup

Unannounced OnePlus smartphone with dual camera setup rumored to be released in October 2015


Even before making the OnePlus 2 smartphone official this summer, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei had revealed that their next smartphone will be unveiled before Christmas this year. This week alleged leaked renders of the device have surfaced online.

According to a Chinese source (cited by Wccftech), OnePlus’ next OnePlus smartphone will have a better design compared to the OnePlus 2. It will likely to have an elegant design.

The leaked renders of the device indicate that the next OnePlus will most likely sport two cameras on the back. This means that the phone will come fitted with a dual-camera setup just like the Huawei Honor 6 Plus and others. Also, it has a dual-flash functionality, which is supposed to improve image quality in low lighted areas.

According to the source, Carl Pei mentioned that the smartphone will be aimed at a “different type of audience.” However, this statement could mean anything because of its vagueness.

On the specs front, one is hoping that OnePlus will not use the Snapdragon 810 processor that currently powers the OnePlus 2 smartphones and instead use a different processor. The Snapdragon 820 processor doesn’t seem an option, as it is expected to be out sometime in Q1 2016.


The OnePlus 2 flagship smartphone features a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution (401ppi), an octa-core Snapdragon 810 in combination with 3GB/4GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage. We will have to wait and watch as to how the new OnePlus model will top this spec sheet.

On the other hand, as there is currently no official confirmation or evidence that the leaked images are legit, we will have to take them with a pinch of salt. We will also have to keep in mind that the end product might end up looking completely different, which is rumored to be released in October.

iPhone 6S v.s. Samsung Galaxy S6 The Challenge

It is said that there are two categories of mobile users in this world: Samsung and Apple, while the rest of the brands have a smaller importance. And fewer fans. So, we’ll continue to see more products being released every year and which will come with revolutionary features. The thing is that Apple has its proprietary software, which has nothing in common with Android, and the internal configuration has been adapted in order to match the software requirements. That’s why Apple’s previous iPhones had only 1GB of RAM, while the Android devices supported even 4GB of RAM – Android is not as memory-efficient as iOS.

To make things even better, Apple reduced the size of the iOS 9 to 1.3GB, from 4.58GB, and doubled the RAM, making the iPhone 6S faster than before. iOS 9 brought also new features such as the Low Power Mode, which extends the battery life by 3 hours, new animations, support for 6-digit passcode and 3D Touch, the technology which triggers various actions depending on how the user presses the screen. Also, Siri has been improved and it suggests what features the users intend to open next, while Google worked on its Google Now to make it better than Apple’s feature.

In addition, iOS 9 had a “Back to” strip located at the top left of the screen, but this feature, which allows switching between applications, has been introduced by Android years ago.

The iPhone 6S doesn’t have a different design, but inside, it houses a new A9 processor which it’s rumored to be from 70 to 90 percent faster, depending on what the user is doing. The device will offer a perfect gaming experience and higher-resolution videos.
On the other hand, Samsung improved its Exynos processor and the 7420 version won’t disappoint you, as it was built using a 14nm process and compared to the Snapdragon Qualcomm 810 processor, it doesn’t have heating problems. Also, the RAM capacity is 3GB, which is high enough to boost the performance.

The iPhone 6S made a small progress from 8MP to 12MP, after this resolution has been introduced on the iPhone 4S. The upgrade was necessary and the images will most likely be more accurate thanks to the advanced individual pixel technology. Samsung is very proud of its camera technology and we won’t see a higher resolution too soon. For now, all Samsung flagships have cameras supporting 16MP.

The iPhone 6S kept the 4.7-inch Retina display with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels (326 ppi). The Galaxy S6 supports a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 577 ppi and the size of the panel is 5.1-inch. There is another variant with a double-edged screen and a slightly bigger battery, which has the same life as the variant with the flat screen.

Sony telling users to not use waterproof Xperia phones underwater

Sony has touted many of its Xperia smartphones as being dust and waterproof, and it’s no surprise that they’d do so, because most other phones lack those features. However, now it looks like Sony is walking back its hype on the waterproof nature of its phones.


A Sony support page details IP ratings, what they mean when used on smartphones, and what they mean for you, the end user. Sony explains that the IP rating is determined in a “strictly controlled laboratory environment.” Sony then details exactly how its phones achieve that IP rating for water resistance:

“Sony devices that are tested for their waterproof abilities are placed gently inside a container filled with tap water and lowered to a depth of 1.5 metres. After 30 minutes in the container, the device is gently taken out and its functions and features are tested.”

That’s probably not how most folks would use their phone around water, and it’s not how Sony has advertised the waterproof feature of its Xperia phones, either. Many past Sony product images showed people using the phone underwater, taking pictures, and more. Now Sony explicitly says that you shouldn’t use your phone like that, telling us “not to use the device underwater” and that because the phone’s IP rating was determined in standby mode in a laboratory, you “should not use the device underwater, such as taking pictures.”


While Sony has never said that you can use its “waterproof” Xperia phones at extreme depths and in salt water, it’s still kind of strange to see Sony walking back its waterproofing claims on its Xperia devices. As I said before, Sony’s own product images frequently show its phones being dropped into water and capturing photos while submerged. Now Sony says that you can’t do anything like that and that in its testing, Sony didn’t even move the device around while underwater or anything like that.

As for why Sony might be walking back its waterproofing claims, well, it likely has to do with warranties. Showing a phone being used underwater only to have people damage their phone while trying to do the same thing could cause a warranty headache for Sony and could upset its customers. Now if a customer contacts Sony and is upset because their Xperia phone was damaged while they were trying to use it underwater, Sony can point them to this support page. That’s definitely disappointing, especially since many smartphones lack water resistance of any kind, but that’s what happens when you’re a major device maker and you tout your phones as being waterproof and show them being used while submerged.

Nokias first Android C1 SmartPhone

Nokia, the once leader of the smartphone industry, has been out of the game for way too much time. The Finnish giant lost its glory mostly due to the rise of the touch display brought by Apple and the appearance of Google’s mobile operating system Android. As a result, Nokia had to sell its smartphones department to another software colossus, Microsoft.


Now the company feels more ready than ever to make a dynamic comeback, but the deal with Microsoft forbids it to construct and release any smartphones to the market until 2016. Though, the agreement doesn’t specify anything about designing and working on a smartphone, which is exactly what Nokia seems to be having under the works.

Rumours have been floating around the web for quite a while now, though Weibo, a Chinese social community, is the first place where alleged pictures portraying the C1 have been leaked. GSM Arena, on the other hand, claimed that this – as many others before it – is probably one more rendered photo that will soon prove to be false intel.

Nevertheless, it remains a silently acceptable fact that Nokia is working on a new Android smartphone. Come to think about it, it is not even a surprise, given that Chinese markets have already access to the N1, Nokia’s first tablet operating on Android.

So given that the C1 is real, and the only thing that stops the company from manufacturing it is its agreement with Microsoft, we have yet one more smartphone to await in 2016- and it is a decent one too.

The C1 features an Intel processor – probably from the Atom series –, 2 GB of RAM, an 8MP camera on the back, a 5MP one on the front and 32 GB of internal storage. What is even more exciting is the software it will be running on, which is Google’s new Android Marshmallow 6.0, unveiled during this year’s I/O event in summer.

If the timing is right, the Nokia C1 might be one of the first smartphones in the market to come with Android Marshmallow 6.0 straight out of the box- right after Google’s own Nexus devices, manufactured by LG and Huawei.

10 classic PC and console games remastered for Android and iOS

Today’s mobile video games can knock your socks off with beautiful graphics, surround sound audio, and realistic physics effects. No surprise there, as modern smartphones pack enough processing power to deliver all this at a fluid framerate. You won’t get any of this from the games we have listed below. What you will receive, on the other hand, is a solid dose of nostalgic video game fun.


The slideshow below contains many of our favorite old-school PC and console games in the form of Android and/or iOS apps. They aren’t remakes, however. The releases we’ve picked are all remasters of the originals. In other words, you get to enjoy each title in its purity, with none of the action, the feel, or the story altered or excluded. So, if you’re feeling nostalgic and don’t mind spending a few bucks on a retro gem, go take a look at our picks below! And if you feel like we’ve missed a game that should have been on the list, just let us know in the comments.

1. Tomb Raider
This is a title that needs no introduction to anyone who has grown up during the 90’s. For anyone else, Tomb Rider is a 3rd person 3D game where you take control of Lara Croft – an adventurer in search of the secretive Atlantis and its lost treasures. Also, dinosaurs, among other animals, are involved. Everything from the game’s original release – from the blocky graphics and clunky controls – has been preserved in its authenticity. While the original Tomb Raider is available on both Android and iOS, iPhone and iPad owners can also enjoy the sequel, Tomb Raider II.

2. Heroes of Might and Magic III
The most popular Heroes title has gone mobile! If you’re not familiar with the franchise’s style, you’re looking at a turn-based strategy game, originally released in February 1999, where you lead a hero and their army against hordes of mythological creatures. The mobile release features 7 campaigns and 50 skirmish maps. You may play against the computer or against a human opponent à la pass-and-play.

3. Baldur’s Gate
Baldur’s Gate is a role-playing game with a Dungeons & Dragons flavor. You get to customize your hero’s traits and abilities to make him stronger. Along the way, you recruit a party of brave allies, with whom you explore the far corners of the Sword Coast in search of adventure and loot. And before you complain that the game is too expensive for something made in 1998, we’ll just say that Baldur’s Gate takes about 60 hours to complete if you know what you’re doing.

4. Carmageddon
This is a game you should not be playing if you have a driver’s license test coming up. Why? Well, because in Carmageddon, you’re given points for driving over pedestrians (and cows). This also explains why the game was banned back in the old days. Technically, your goal is to finish the race first, but blasting all of your opponents to smithereens also works. What makes the game even more fun are the open, free-to-explore levels and the secrets scattered around them.

5. Another world
Lester is a young boy wonder who accidentally transports himself into another world after a lightning strikes his lab. And while mesmerizing, it isn’t a hospitable one – in this strange, unfamiliar place, dangerous creatures wanting you dead lurk from all corners. Your not-so-simple goal is to survive and make your way home.

6. Grim Fandango
Meet Manny Calavera, travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their four-year journey to eternal rest. But there’s trouble in paradise. Help Manny untangle himself from a conspiracy that threatens his very salvation. Despite the quirky backstory, Grim Fandango is one of the best classic adventure games you can get your hands on.

7. Crazy Taxi
And now for something completely different. In Crazy Taxi, which is a fitting name indeed, you drive people around town in your cab. The faster you get to their destination, the more money you earn. The fun part is that your passenger won’t really mind if you, let’s say, drive through a park or a coffee shop to get to the spot faster.

8. Myst
It’s going to be a sleepless night if you start playing Myst before bedtime. It is a wonderful puzzle game set in a surreal world shrouded by mystery. And the game is not an easy one, so if a challenge is what you’re looking for, do not hesitate to give it a shot. Myst is remastered release of the original, while realMyst is a 3D version of it with improved visuals.

9. Final Fantasy series
In the mood for a classic role-playing game? Many of the titles from the Final Fantasy franchise are available on Android and iOS, with their stories and game mechanics untouched. They’re fun and epic as usual, but as they cost up to $15.99, they’re undeniably expensive for a mobile game.

10. Sonic CD
And lastly, we have Sonic CD – a timeless jump and run game by Sega. It is up to you to stop Robotnik and his evil schemes, and perhaps collect the chaos emeralds along the way.

Best Three file managers for Android

As you are probably aware, one of the greatest strengths of Android and it’s main selling point against its rivals is the openness of Google’s OS.The feature-richness and the total, unprecedented flexibility the platform delivers has long ago became a staple part of the folklore.


One of the main advantages that a such a platform provides is its open file system. It enables you to access most files and folders on your storage, and provided that your device is rooted, all partitions of your phone’s file system with a suitable launcher.

There’s a pretty impressive selection of file explorer apps available on the Play Store that allow you to manage and browse the files in your storage. Actually, there are too many apps of the type, which makes it rather easy to get lost and stumble upon one that is inferior to the best ones.

1. Solid Explorer

Although it’s not the most out-featured file explorer out there, it’s a pretty potent app that is seemingly a perfect embodiment of form and function. Its interface is styled after Google’s Material Design guidelines, which means that those who favor Android’s new looks will feel just at home with Solid Explorer. You can also customize the UI with different themes and color schemes to better suit your needs, as well as adjust accent colors and icon packs. There are a lot of plugins available for the explorer – you can download a casting, FTP, and USB OTG module to pair with this file manager. However, you want be able to use the whole shebang for free – the app ships with a 14-day free trial and afterwards you will need to purchase it if you want continue using it. Definitely worth it, if you ask us. Download (14-day free trial)

2. ES File Explorer

Another popular file explorer is ES File Explorer is among the more popular of the powerful file managers for Android. It has a plethora of advanced and noteworthy features that set it apart from its simpler alternatives. For example, it comes with a multimedia explorer, built-in cloud storage functionality, an application manager, remote file manager that allows you to manage files from a computer that is on the same network, FTP server, baked-in ZIP/RAR file support, a backup tool for apps that requires no root, encrypt and decrypt files, a built-in Recylce Bin, a root explorer, and many other features that make it one of the most functional apps of the type. Download (free)

3. Astro File Manager

Another interesting file manager is the lightweight Astro File Manager. Some of its more important features are, but are not limited to, “organize, view, and retrieve all of your pictures, music, videos, & documents; built-in app backup & task killer; manage all your files regardless of where they are stored”. One of its functionalities that is often neglected, yet we find particularly useful and awesome is the built-in SD card analyzer feature. You get all of the above for free. Download (free)