BlackBerry Passport to launch in September

by Christina Peden BlackBerry will release their next phone, the Passport, in September according to CEO John Chen. The news was announced yesterday during the company’s release of their quarterly earnings report. The Passport will feature a 4.5 square display with 1440×1440 resolution and a QWERTY keyboard underneath. The keyboard, a staple on Blackberry devices, [...]

Blackberry unveil the new Z3 smartphone

The new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone was unveiled today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Blackberry brings BBM Voice free calls to iOS and Android customers

BlackBerry has released the new version of its Messenger app which will feature chat channels, a location sharing and Dropbox integration.

Hydro One Adds Power Outage App

Hydro One wants you to stay on top of power outages in your area and a free mobile app helps you do just that. Compatible with iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices, Hydro One is the first Canadian utility to offer customers a free, downloadable outage tracking app. Laura Formusa, President and CEO of Hydro One [...]

44% of U.S. Mobile consumers now have a smartphone

According to Nielsen’s most recent monthly survey of 25,000 U.S. mobile consumers, 44% of them now own a smartphone, compared to just 18% two years ago. In Canada, comScore recently estimated smartphone ownership at 40%.

Young adults continue to be the leading age groups for smartphone penetration. Among 25-34 and 18-24 year old mobile users, smartphone ownership is now at 64% and 53% respectively.

Report: Smartphone adoption reaches 40% in Canada

In September, 20.1 million Canadians ages 13 and older used mobile devices according to recent estimates by research firm comScore.

The researchers, who extrapolate the ownership numbers using responses gleaned from online surveys, estimate that 40% of Canadian mobile users owned a smartphone, an increase of 7% in the past six months.

RIM introduces Blackberry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 smartphones

Research In Motion (RIM) have announced the addition of two new smartphones to its line-up, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380.

Powered by the BlackBerry 7, RIM says both devices are faster than their predecessors and will feature an enhanced web browser, voice-activated searches, and support for Augmented Reality and NFC (Near Field Communications).

Report: 87 Million Americans own a Smartphone

Over 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices in the third quarter with over a third of them – 87.4 million – saying they owned a smartphones according to a recent report by comScore. The number of smartphone owners was up 12 percent from the preceding quarter.

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