It has come to our notice that some BlackBerry haters and even loyals don’t understand the concept of Android Apps on a BlackBerry, some have even given it a name ‘BlackBerry-Android’ Pffft!
A little history first.
The idea of the Blackberry 10 OS arose from the swift and easy gestures on the Blackberry Playbook (Blackberry Tablet). After it looked liked Blackberry was losing street cred they decided to introduce the new OS to their Smartphones and that was the birth of Blackberry 10.
The First device to be released with the BlackBerry 10 OS was the BlackBerry Z10, followed by the Q10 then the rest – Q5,Z30,Z3, etc.
BlackBerry users started to complain of lack of Apps so in version 10.2.1 of the BlackBerry 10 OS updates BlackBerry introduced the Android Runtime into the OS to allow BlackBerry devices run apps from Android (4.2.2) Jelly Bean upward.
In 2014, the 10.2 update provided access to downloading Android Apps, allowing an unprecedented number of previously unavailable applications to be used on BlackBerry 10.
Official integration with the Amazon Appstore was added in 10.3 update. Now the 10.3 comes shipped with an Amazon Appstore so you don’t need to download APK (Android application Package) files anymore before you install when you can get it directly from the Amazon Appstore.
Now in addition to the 260,000+ apps in the BlackBerry WorldWorld, BlackBerry users have an additional 200,000 supported Android Apps from the Amazon Appstore. So please stop calling it Android-Blackberry or BlackBerry-Android as that doesn’t make any sense at all.
Have you put your phone in danger by exposing it to water/liquid. Could be pee, could be a bottle of beer, could be both or you just finished having a warm bath and realised that while you danced shoki you were splashing water on your precious BlackBerry, well, too bad.But just before you start panicking here’s what you can do with no extra hand.
Whatever you do, DO NOT TRY TO TURN YOUR PHONE ON DURING THIS RECOVERY.
Remove battery (and other removables) immediately and put it away for a few days.
Using a soft towel/cloth put the phone gently face down onto it. The keyboard is the major source for water entry into the phone and is almost always the victim,so tap it gently and allow gravity to work.
Go to a pharmacy/drug store and buy 100% rubbing alcohol(likely 91% might be the best you can find). Fill a bowl with enough alcohol(do not use liquor or monkey tail. Do not use anything with coloring. Take the phone, place gently in the bowl, and shake it lightly then remove from the bowl and repeat step 2. Don’t worry, alcohol evaporates so it won’t worsen your condition.
This is where you wait.You wait till your name na waiter. Wait until you think it is dry, then wait some more. The alcohol that you rinsed your phone with displaced the water, now it must evaporate.There are some risks to long term alcohol exposure for your phone – it can break seals so we recommend waiting at least 4 days. We know you can’t live without your phone for that long….but you need to chill out because this saves your time of trying to get a technician and saves you some cash too.
Drying location. The best location is NEXT to an air conditioning vent. Not on top, not directly in line. We don’t want any forced air action, but the passive effects are great. The Sun is not a bad idea too, but you know you can’t control the heat coming from the sun (which can even damage the device further), so be sure to monitor the temperature of your device – too hot is not too good.
Put battery in. Watch closely to see if anything is different from before. Flashing, smoking, flames, and booms are all bad things. Normal is good. If it turns on completely, check EVERY button so you don’t have a surprise. Test out your salvaged phone. If it works, rejoice!
Others also advice you use a Hair-Dryer or simply open the device and put it in a bowl of uncooked rice as this will absorb all moisture.
Note: Alcohol is particularly helpful when the liquid was NOT water. It removes the sticky residue from your phone. That sticky residue really kills your keyboard.Good Luck!
DISCLAIMER: YOUR PHONE MIGHT ALREADY BE GONE FOR GOOD. THIS IS JUST AN ATTEMPT TO GIVE YOU THE BEST ADVICE POSSIBLE TO FIX YOUR PHONE. IF THIS DOES NOT FIX YOUR PHONE, IT ISN’T FathomBerry’s FAULT. YOU’RE THE ONE WHO DROPPED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.
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Other Important TIPS:
Backup your data/3rd party apps, and do it OFTEN.
Keep your phone in a case or use a pouch.
Avoid using wet hands to operate your device.
In case of emergency please send a message to email@example.com.
Yeah, you read that right!! It’s been in almost every Blackberry blog, forums and almost every tech website, so we’ve tagged it The Next Big Thing for Blackberry 10, it’s theBlackberry OS 10.2.1. Its still in a Beta testing (not official yet) but has been installed by many Blackberry 10 users already, and we at FathomBerry have compiled a couple of of features that come with this leak.
Now there are lots of new stuff that came with this OS update tho its just a little addition in the number (from 10.2.0… to 10.2.1..), some people have even said that the official release might just be 10.3 but as of now the leaked version is at 10.2.1.1055 for all Blackberry 10 devices.
We’ve done our best to compile, break down and explain these features. We’ve also added lots of images, so go through them and just incase we missed something, your comments are always welcome.
BlackBerry 10.2.1 will support the Android 4.2.2. Jellybean runtime and with that comes increased Android compatibility improvements which include:
Hey folks. Its just a catchy title, nothing to worry about 🙂
Its November 4th, and in case you didn’t know, BlackBerry may or may not be sold to Fairfax Financial today.
Let’s shed more light on the word ‘Sold’. About 6 weeks ago BlackBerry and a consortium of investors led by Fairfax Financial came into an agreement where the latter offered to acquire the former subject to due dilligence, and here’s what was in the agreement :
1) Blackberry shareholders would receive $9 per share in cash.
2) The transaction is valued at approximately $4.7 billion.
3) Fairfax Consortium was permitted (by Blackberry) to conduct due diligence.
4) Blackberry was entitled to still go-shop for buyers during the due dillgence period, subject to payment of a termination fee in the event alternative offer accepted.
So today ends the 6 weeks period of the due diligence and if Faitfax has the $4.7 billion they might just take Blackberry private. But also, there’s been news and rumors that ‘Fairfax might not be able to raise the funds’ for this bid, so what if they don’t come up with the money what happens? Well, according to Crackberry.com there are a couple of other possibilities and we made a summary :
They (Fairfax) may ammend the terms of the deal, that is, if nobody else is interested in bidding for Blackberry @ $9 per share.
Another bidder might come up with an offer,which we don’t know yet, but if this happens Fairfax may have to convince investors that their offer is superior or NOT! But you should know that this is possible since we have Cerebrus Capital Management (a private equity firm), the co-founder of RIMMike Lazaridis and any other technology comapny who may be interested, like Facebook, all on the list of possible bidders.
Things might just get delayed to a further date since there’s no rule that says they must conclude due dilligence by the 4th of November.
Nothing might happen. Things have been looking pretty good for Blackberry since the launch of the cross-platform BBM. Recently we got news that BlackBerry regained some lost marketshare in Australia while android was hit with a loss.
Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed and see how things go. To get live updates and up-to-the minute gist and news you can follow us on twitter @fathomberry or you could holla for our Blackberry PIN.
The BlackBerry battery is one of if not the most essential part of a BlackBerry, once your BlackBerry’s battery ‘is too low for radio use’, it becomes quite frustrating to perform tasks and socialize, most people even say the BlackBerry becomes useless, others resolve to playing games while others just turn the BlackBerry to an MP3 player, but FathomBerry is going to show you how to preserve, maintain and maximise your battery life and make sure your BlackBerry battery lasts longer than the norm.
As at june 2013 Redmond Pie posted some infographic data comparing major and recent smartphone batteries and there the Z10 was chosen to represent the BlackBerry family. Here are the results under different categories:
Hello everyone, Its Fathomberry here. Its been a while we posted some major news here, especially our weekly Fathom-Wednesday and we sincerely apologise for this, we’d hate to give excuses but for circumstances beyond our control we’ve not posted in a while, but hey, we’re back (almost) and today we will bring you up to speed on everything BlackBerry. So lets just say this is everything from Fathom-Wednesday Week 36 – 38. 😉
Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, BB 10, iOS, Symbian and WP.
iOS, Android, BBOS, BB 10, Series 40, Symbian (S60), and WP
BBOS, Series 40.
Voice call support
Video call support
Real-time message receipts and in-app sharing.
You can switch calls between your PC and your mobile device.
Supported on many platforms and can also be used to call Landlines across the world.
Supported on many platforms.
Previous versions of the BBM didn’t support video call
Can’t call a non-viber user
Audio quality is sometimes horrible.
You have to give out your phone number to everyone you choose to chat with.
It’s still not in the competition.
There are other well-known Apps too like Keek, Tango, WeChat, LINE, Fringe and a host of others which we didn’t mention, but then they are also cool cross-platform apps that are widely used.
So Fathomberry is asking, if BBM goes cross-platform are you going to throw away your BlackBerry Smartphone or are you going to still use it and why. Vote and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.