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BlackBerry Z3 Announced for Malaysia, Available July 7th

The BlackBerry Z3 will be available in just a couple of weeks in Malaysia, specifically on July 7th, and will cost 699 MYR, which roughly translates to $217 USD.

For more details, check out the press release below.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today introduced the new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone in Malaysia. The BlackBerry Z3 will be available to customers from July 7, 2014 through BlackBerry’s authorized partners. For more information, please visit http://www.blackberry.com.my/smartphones/blackberry-z3.html . The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone provides BlackBerry users more ways to connect and share, with an experience built on reliable, secure communications. BlackBerry Z3, will keep Malaysians users better connected and more productive with a 5″ display, long lasting battery and the best typing experience on a touchscreen.

Key features include:

BlackBerry® Hub – The ever present BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your work and personal email, BBM™, text messages, social media updates and notifications in one place, with the ability to “peek” into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere, so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you. The Hub can be customized to identify priority messages and to filter the message list by various criteria that you can then activate with a simple pinch gesture.
BBM – BBM on the BlackBerry Z3 includes all the latest features of the popular mobile social network, customized for Indonesians. You get BBM voice and video chatting with Screen Share and support for BlackBerry Natural Sound, letting you hear nuances and variations in tone in a BBM Voice chat, and making the conversation sound like you’re in the same room. BBM Channels features a variety of Indonesian channels as well as a package of BBM stickers that have been specially designed by an Indonesian artist.
BlackBerry Keyboard – The BlackBerry Keyboard learns what words you use and how you use them, then offers them up to you so you can type faster and more accurately. It gives you the best Bahasa Indonesia typing experience on a touchscreen, complete with multi-language support that lets you type in up to 3 different languages at the same time.
Time Shift & Story Maker – The BlackBerry Z3′s astonishing Time Shift camera feature lets you capture a group shot where everyone is smiling with their eyes wide open. You can also use Story Maker to bring a collection of photos and videos together, along with music and effects, to produce an HD movie that you can instantly share on YouTube.
BlackBerry 10 Browser – The BlackBerry 10 browser sets the industry benchmark for HTML5 performance on smartphones, and is incredibly fast, with fluid and responsive scrolling and zooming. The browser includes many advanced features, supports multiple tabs, lets you browse sites privately, includes a reader mode, and integrates with the platform for easily sharing content. You can even save web pages for later viewing.
Instant Previews & Reply Now – Be more timely and responsive with Instant Previews that bring BBM, SMS and email message to you no matter what you are doing on your BlackBerry Z3. You can even reply to your BBM or SMS messages in any app, or swipe to the BlackBerry Hub to respond. If you get a phone call that you can’t answer right way, you can instantly silence the call and send a Reply Now response through BBM, SMS or email to let the caller know you’re busy.
Fast, Easy Sharing – The BlackBerry Z3 learns how you share and who you share with, helping you reduce the number of steps and amount of time it takes to get your files, photos, or documents to where they need to go. Touching “share” in any app provides suggestions on who and how to share your files based on who you’ve shared with in the past, and the feature only gets smarter the more you use it.
FM Radio – The new BlackBerry Z3 includes a built-in FM radio. You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection.

BlackBerry Z3 users will also be able to enjoy local content to Malaysia on their device, including a special set of BBM Stickers and BBM Channels featuring local characters, Upin and Ipin. In addition, BlackBerry Z3 users will be able to join local BBM Channels and get more updates from their favourite brands, communities and opinion leaders.

Ben Quirin, Managing Director of Indochina at BlackBerry said “Malaysia is a key market for us and we are excited to be working with our partners to bring in the BlackBerry Z3 to customers here. This device give users more ways to connect, share and communicate, providing the best tool for secure, reliable communications and collaborations with friends, family and co-workers. Priced at affordably, the BlackBerry Z3 will extend teh full capabilities of the BlackBerry 10 Operating System version 10.2.1 experience for a new generation of customers in Malaysia.”

The new BlackBerry Z3 will be available through BlackBerry authorized partners and carriers. For more information about the BlackBerry Z3, please visit http://www.blackberry.com/blackberryz3.


New BlackBerry Devices in FY2015 Z3 LTE, Classic and Passport


During the special meeting today after the initial earnings call where BlackBerry beat street estimates of performance. BlackBerry is padding the good news train with a tease of 3 devices for fiscal year 2015 aka most of calendar 2014.

Pictured we see the much rumored Passport device a 4.5inch QWERTY phablet that sizes up much like an actual passport. The device will come out in Black and White and have a rich accessory ecosystem for end-users to take advantage of. The once named Q20 which has been renamed as the BlackBerry Classic to bridge the BB10 and BBOS user bases an of course the Z3 which is set to launch with an LTE variant with added RAM by the end of this year.

Overall these new devices will keep people looking forward as BlackBerry works tirelessly to deliver on their commitments and hyper focus on on enterprise mobility software, services and hardware.

BlackBerry Opens BlackBerry 10 Operating System to Multiple MDM Platforms

BlackBerry Opens BlackBerry 10 Operating System to Multiple MDM Platforms

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that it will enable mobile device management (MDM) companies to directly manage devices with the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

AirWatch, Citrix and IBM have expressed their intent to be the first companies to work with BlackBerry to enable a more open mobility ecosystem. In doing so, BlackBerry will provide organizations with more options to embrace multi-operating system mobile environments by enabling other MDM companies to manage BlackBerry 10 devices.

According to Gartner, “Mobile device management (MDM) remains a top priority for IT buyers, and investment levels are growing steadily. Competition among players drives commoditization.” Gartner also notes, “Proliferation of and demand for workplace mobility necessitate the need for quality and flexible management tools.” As a result of this demand, BlackBerry is working with the companies listed above to offer customers the most flexible solution to support a broader enterprise mobility strategy.

“Offering the end-to-end secure solutions valued by our customers in government and other regulated industries remains central to our strategy; however BlackBerry understands the opportunity and importance of opening our BlackBerry 10 software,” said Ron Louks, President of Devices and Emerging Solutions, BlackBerry. “This is a natural next step in our enterprise strategy as we seek to provide our customers with maximum choice in how they will meet the full array of employee mobility needs.”

“The enterprise mobility landscape continues to rapidly evolve, and BlackBerry represents a valued addition to our partner ecosystem,” said Kevin Keith, Director of Business Development, AirWatch by VMware®. “The integration of the BlackBerry 10 operating system into the comprehensive AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management Platform™ will empower our customers and partners to fully manage any device in their mobile fleet from a single console.”

“At Citrix, our vision is to deliver mobile workspaces to users anywhere, any time and on any device. As an industry EMM leader, Citrix XenMobile extends support to all enterprise devices. We have long supported BlackBerry OS devices, and the new BlackBerry 10 APIs create exciting possibilities,” said Chris Fleck, Vice President of Mobility Solutions & Alliances, Citrix.

BlackBerry will continue to offer its multi-platform EMM solution BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), which manages and secures corporate-owned and BYOD BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices. BlackBerry intends to launch BES12 in late 2014, adding Windows Phone 8 support.

For more information about BES10, visit http://www.bes10.com.

For more information about the BlackBerry EZ Pass program that offers a free upgrade path for existing BlackBerry customers to move to BES10 and BES12, visit http://www.blackberry.com/ezpass.

For more information about BlackBerry 10, visit http://www.blackberry.com/blackberry10OS.

About BlackBerry
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit http://www.blackberry.com.

BlackBerry earns two Govie Awards for outstanding security

BlackBerry earns two Govie Awards for outstanding security

As noted on the Inside BlackBerry Business Blog:

This week, Security Products magazine – a media outlet for security professionals – recognized BlackBerry’s strength and expertise in providing secure mobile solutions for the public sector with two Govies Government Security Awards. BlackBerry was honored in the categories of Data Security and Access Control for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) and Secure Work Space for iOS and Android respectively.

The Govies honor companies for providing outstanding security products and solutions to federal, state and local governments in categories critical to security executives and decision makers. BlackBerry has been in the business of protecting governments’ mobile communications for more than a decade, and these awards showcase our ability to meet the demands of organizations with the highest security demands. We take great pride in the fact that the public sector trusts us for secure mobile technology – including all seven of the G7 governments and 10 out of 10 of the largest global enterprises in each of the pharmaceutical, law firm and automotive industries.

The awards come to BlackBerry on top of their already great track record in the government space. Back in March Secure Work Space for iOS and Android became Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certified meaning, security-conscious organizations, including U.S. and Canadian government agencies, can confidently separate sensitive corporate data from personal content.

Immediately following the FIPS certification, BlackBerry 10 became the first and only mobility solution to earn the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) coveted Full Operational Capability (FOC) designation to run on U.S. Department of Defense Networks.

Blackberry Malaysia To Focus On Governmentt, Enterprise Sectors

Blackberry Malaysia To Focus On Governmentt, Enterprise Sectors

BlackBerry Malaysia will focus on the government and enterprise sectors in efforts to move forward with its business development, Managing Director for Indo-China, Ben Quirin, said Tuesday.

Previously, BlackBerry Malaysia’s main focus was the retail segment, he said.

“The government and enterprise sectors will be our key point in Malaysia in order to get more customers and train our partners in technical aspects to enable them to understand our focus.

“The software and hardware development as well as services products will be our main focus to ensure that our customers from the two sectors are always associated with us,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur after announcing BlackBerry Malaysia’s development plan for Malaysia.

Ben said the competitors’ market share for both sectors only represent under 25 per cent of where Blackberry stands in the government and enterprise sectors today.

BlackBerry and NantHealth are reported to Jointly Develop New Smartphone for Healthcare Industry

BlackBerry and NantHealth are reported to Jointly Develop New Smartphone for Healthcare Industry

The Globe and Mail have reported that BlackBerry and NantHealth are reportedly working together to create a smartphone that will cater to professionals in the healthcare industry.

The new device will supposedly be released either at the end of 2014 or early 2015, and will specialize in viewing 3D images and CT scans. On top of that, it will still have all the normal functions of a typical smartphone, such as playing different forms of media and games, as well as downloading consumer applications.

We have reached out to BlackBerry for confirmation on this story and they had the following comment:

“This investment and planned collaboration aligns with the reliability, security, and versatility of BlackBerry’s end-to-end solutions – from the embedded QNX operating system powering complex medical devices to secure cloud-based networks to instantaneous information sharing over BBM Protected and will include a device as well.”

Mercedes AMG Petronas BBM Channel Hits 100,000 Subscribers

Lewis Hamilton was on stage for BlackBerry announcing BBM Channels back in May of 2013 at BlackBerry Live in Orlando FL. They took to their blog to share partner news that in the last year the base has grown dramatically– increasing by more than 150% this year alone.

Much of the Channel feed is engaging segments: Nico Roseberg having a channels chat with fans is an example of the direct engagement available. What’s helped growth as well is the cross platform proliferation of the BBM experience. which has also added many unique and dedicated fans to the platform from iOS and Android. Mercedes AMG Petronas reached out on their blog to say thank you, and that they have the #BestFans as they pass this 100,000 subscriber milestone.

There’s pride in the partnership, they make mention that BBM has been the staple mobile messaging experience since 2005 and has always facilitated personal active conversation, and always drives innovation. Subscribers like the privacy of the application and the immediacy of the information the Channel provides.

BBM Sees 113 Million Users and 500,000 Channels

BBM Sees 113 Million Users and 500,000 Channels

During the Year-End and Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results conference call, BlackBerry announced some key statistics on BBM and Channels.

BlackBerry has announced 113 Million registered BBM users, with monthly active users remaining at 85 Million. Additionally, BlackBerry announced they’ve seen 500,000 BBM Channels created.

BBM growth hasn’t increased, with many blaming the cause due to notification issues on cross-platform versions. Hopefully BlackBerry can solve such issues across the platforms once we see BBM arrive on Windows Phone devices.

Sounds for BBM updated to v1.5.2.1

Sounds for BBM updated to v1.5.2.1

Ever wonder where to get those crazy sounds that you can send to your friend BBM, try Sounds for BBM you can send audio clips to share with buddies and enhanced your BBM with sounds. Now updated to v1.5.2.1 with changes to :-
– Now you can choose BM or Whatsapp mode
-Grid List layouts for almost all categories
– Z30 icons fixed
– Some images added and more to come