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BlackBerry’s four years with Adobe AIR

At the PlayBook announcement in 2010, BlackBerry revealed support for applications running Adobe AIR. After a four year run, that relationship is coming to an end when BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is released later this year. The removal of the AIR runtime is so that BlackBerry can save money on the licensing fees that are currently…

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BlackBerry 10 Lineup Dominated by a Single Phone

While the BlackBerry 10 operating system actually supports a full line-up of phones, it is most closely associated with the BlackBerry Z10. Not only was this the first BB10 phone launched, but by the end of 2013 it was still the most popular. According to data collected by BlackBerry World for downloads of the free…

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The age of the keyboard is over

While BlackBerry has been making some phones without keyboards ever since 2008, it has long held true that the majority of BlackBerrys sold have had a physical keyboard. However now that BlackBerry has moved on to their new QNX based operating system that is no longer a given. Even now that the Q10 is widely…

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BlackBerry 10 carrier distribution in the UK

The above chart shows the breakdown of BlackBerry 10 devices in the UK by wireless carrier. This data was collected by BlackBerry World at the time of download over the month of April, for downloads of the free game Pixelated. The merger of T-mobile and Orange appears to be paying dividends, as their new EE…

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The Amazingly Resilient BlackBerry Curve 8350i

Every month I look over the download data that BlackBerry provides for my game Pixelated. Looking at this data allows me to follow trends and analyze the current state of the BlackBerry market. One device that always surprised me is the BlackBerry Curve 8350i. The Nextel branded 8350i was first released in 2008 as the…

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Fighting Fragmentation with Better Naming

The classic BlackBerry OS was sometimes seen as having a bit of a fragmentation issue with the differences between the Curve, Torch, Pearl, and Bold series of phones, and then launching five or six different models of the Curve every year. With the new BlackBerry 10 OS, BlackBerry has greatly improved the situation by offering…

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96.5% of PlayBook users on the newest version of the OS

As of December 96.5% of users were running OS 2.1.0 on their PlayBooks, making it the most quickly adopted PlayBook OS update over the past year. In fact a rapid adoption of new PlayBook OS versions is typical. The above chart shows the breakdown of PlayBook OS versions over the past year, and shows a…

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Possible implications of RIM’s $10K guarantee

At BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando Alec Saunders announced that RIM would be offering a $10,000 guarantee for BlackBerry 10 apps that meet a quality criteria. Most of the details of this program have not yet been announced, but we do know that in order to qualify for the guarantee an app must reach at least…

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