Articles by Crackberry Kevin

A Thank You to all the app developers out there who support BlackBerry 10 natively!

When it comes to apps on BlackBerry 10, I want them all to be there available for download in BlackBerry World.

Preferably, I want those apps to be built native for BlackBerry 10, and better yet, Built for BlackBerry approved. In other words, the best apps are best-built with BlackBerry's BB10 SDK and are designed and optimized for the BlackBerry 10 user interface and experience. If that can't happen for whatever reason — lack of time, lack of resources, lack of caring — then I'm happy when a ported version of an Android app is available to fill that void. Even though it's not native, I'd rather have an app that works OK over not having one at all.

Keyboards!

Today's CrackBerry Mailbag letter comes to us from a CrackBerry reader in Bulgaria, who reminds us that while BlackBerry 10 has come a long way over the past year, there is still some filling in left to do around the edges. Specifically in this case, we're talking about the languages available for typing.

Hi Kevin, I'm from Bulgaria and I currently use my BlackBerry Bold 9900 but if I want to get Q10 I'm not going to be able to write in my native language, because BB OS10 doesn't support Руский Траснлит. We have already have written to BlackBerry Help but they didn't give us any answer so I'm turning to you. With BlackBerry operating system versions 5, 6 and 7, when we click Russian Language we can make choice between Руский and Руский Транслит. In this case when I choose Руский Транслит, I can write in my native language — the alpha-bet letters are the right position on the keyboard. However, if I choose Руский, the letters have a completely different location. BlackBerry 10 currently only offers the Руский (Russian) option - it is the same alphabet but location of letters is very different.

Please could you mention that to BlackBerry Developers or somewhere to fix, so that even if we don't have the Bulgarian language we at least have the Руский Транслит layout for typing. This would be great. Currently this is the reason I'm not going to buy a BlackBerry 10 phone.

Overall, I think the general feelings of language support on BlackBerry 10 have overwhelmingly positive. I know a quite a few people who put the option to have three different languages running at once to full use daily. Hopefully bringing some attention to this request will get it put on BlackBerry's to do list!

Fanboys

I'll get straight to the point. I've been seeing a few too many comments and forum posts around here recently suggesting that we're not being big enough BLACKBERRY FANS with the articles we've been writing as of late. That maybe, we've lost some of the pure enthusiasm we once had.

Now, I personally disagree with this — a whole lot —but I'm one who likes to focus on solutions and not the problems. You're either growing or you're dying, right? And I always, always want to be giving our readers what they want. So with that, if you're reading this and are a HUGE BlackBerry fan and have the chops and desire to be a "blogger" around these parts, then I want to hear from you.

Buying BBM Stickers

Ok, I take back ALL the mean things I said about BBM stickers. I kinda, actually, LOVE THEM! Honestly, BlackBerry was smart to give away the WWE BBM stickers free of charge for a limited time. I pretty much reply to every BBM I receive now with The Ultimate Warrior.

Beyond the freebie sticker packs, I've also been purchasing the other for sale ones, like Bubble Bot and Cos Cat (don't judge me - the little sheep holding the BlackBerry is just so damn cute).

One thing I noticed though is that BBM Sticker purchases do not move with you if you switch to a phone on another mobile platform. For example, if you buy stickers for iPhone 5s and switch to a BlackBerry Z30, your purchases won't be there. If you want that sticker pack, you'll have to rebuy it.

This isn't really a surprise, given that BBM Sticker purchase transactions take place respectively via BlackBerry World, Google Play and the Apple App Store. It's a good strategy for BlackBerry that ultimately should help push BBM up even further on the top grossing app lists. That said, it's definitely something you want to be aware of though in case you're going sticker crazy like me and will likely buy every sticker pack that becomes available.

Now that the PlayBook is officially dead, which non-BlackBerry tablet would you buy next?

Now that the BlackBerry PlayBook is officially done with (for real this time), many users are left wondering what their best option for a tablet may be.

In fact, the first email I read this morning was from my older brother, asking me what tablet he should replace his PlayBook with. And reading through the CrackBerry forums shortly after, I came across this thread where the question was posed, Now That The PlayBook Is Officially Dead, What Tablet Will You Use?

Over the years I've picked up most new hot tablets and in addition to my PlayBook currently have an iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and Microsoft Surface RT kicking around Chez Michaluk.

A must-watch enthusiastic review of the BlackBerry Z30!

Back in February, Dan Nessel from DadDoes.com accepted the challenge to put down his iPhone 5 and pick up the BlackBerry Z30 for 7 days.

Unsurprisingly to BlackBerry fans, Dan walked away from the test really appreciating the BlackBerry Z30 and the timesaving features offered up by BlackBerry 10.

Now Dan is back with another look at the Z30, this time following the big upgrade to OS 10.2.1, which introduced even more features for Dan to play with, not the least of which is the ability to run Android apps.

It's an enthusiastic review, and one well worth watching and reading. So check it out!

BlackBerry PlayBook Graveyard

Following yesterday's BlackBerry PlayBook update and subsequent recognition that this is the last OS update the BlackBerry PlayBook will ever see, the community has been pretty vocal. Looking back at the history of the PlayBook, it really is a sad story. So much potential, but instead we're left with shattered dreams, broken promises and what still feels all these years later, like an unfinished project.

What a lot of people may not realize is that the vision for original BlackBerry tablet was much simpler. As the story goes, what Research In Motion founder Mike Lazaridis originally wanted was a simple big screen companion device for his BlackBerry Smartphone. Much more a simple multimedia accessory and much less a full blown standalone tablet. Plans were already in motion on this one before Apple announced the original iPad in early 2010, but after that announcement BlackBerry pivoted and the vision for BlackBerry's tablet became much BIGGER, and of course, much more difficult to execute on.

What's ironic, and is well illustrated by the message I received this morning from CrackBerry member Jsolts, is that the original basic "big window to a BlackBerry" functionality is still what's wanted today!

BlackBerry PlayBook

There's a depressing saying that goes something like, "Everybody dies twice. The first time when you stop breathing, and the second time when somebody mentions your name for the last time."

In the case of the BlackBerry PlayBook, the first death came when BlackBerry made it clear they would not be delivering BlackBerry 10 to the tablet. The PlayBook is now (arguably) approaching its second death with word coming via BlackBerry's official Software Support Life Cycle site that shows April 2014 will mark the end of support for BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.x and 2.1.x.

Introducing the Mobile Nations Newsroom

Mobile Nations Newsroom

I'm excited to introduce you to a new initiative we'll be piloting on Android Central, iMore, Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, and Smartwatch Fans this April.

Internally we've dubbed it Mobile Nations Newsroom and it represents a change to our organizational structure and workflow designed to provide you, our readers, with a better experience. The goal of Newsroom is to get you the latest news faster while doing it better, and while also allowing our talented team of writers to spend more of their day working on the original content that we know you all love.

CrackBerry 114: We ain't sugarcoating

Today BlackBerry announced their fourth quarter earnings, so as always we're here to recap the news and break things down. Adam, Bla1ze, Simon and Chris U. join me on this one to talk numbers, devices, and leaks — even though John Chen is cracking down on them.

It's not our greatest but hey, we ain't sugarcoating. So sit back, grab a snack and enjoy!

BBRY

Just a quick friendly reminder for those of you holding shares of BBRY that Friday morning we'll see BlackBerry report its Year-End and Q4 fiscal earnings.

The earnings report should cross the wire around 7am ET, and the conference call will kick-off at 8am ET. Those wanting to listen into the conference call can dial 1-800-814-4859 or click into the webcast here.

Our Top 10 Favorite BGR BlackBerry Leaks!

Our Top 10 Favorite BGR BlackBerry Leaks!

In a blog post on the official Inside BlackBerry blog yesterday, CEO John Chen relayed word that the company will be cracking down on leaks. In addition to the company putting in place more measures to prevent leaks from happening in the first place, BlackBerry will also show no mercy in legally going after those who choose to leak (and get caught doing it of course). You can view my thoughts on leaking here

All of this talk about leaking has a thinking about, well.... leaks, so we wasted no time yesterday in pulling together our list of our Top 5 Favorite BlackBerry Device Leaks from years gone by. In this case, we focused on some of our favorite exclusives too - like a bunch of the times where we were the first in the world to get our hands on a new BlackBerry and post a review. It was a fun trip down memory lane, and a bunch of you let us know in the comments and on twitter just how much you loved the slideshow (for example, Will Conners from WSJ gave it a share). 

Heck, even the venerable @boygenius gave it a share on twitter, but added in to his tweet...  

"Most if not all I actually leaked first but let's not split hairs :)"

Over the years when big BlackBerry leaks have been posted by the media (especially the first big one pointing at new devices), BGR has had a great track record of being early to get up that very first device render or photo of a rumored upcoming BlackBerry. That first leak from BGR has often turned into rain with more sites following up with leaks in the weeks and months following, and as a new device nears launch we begin to see that downpour happen everywhere. 

So as a salute of thanks to BGR for giving us many BlackBerry leaks to talk about around CrackBerry over the years, I had Bla1ze stay up all night to pull together a slideshow of our Top 10 Favorite BlackBerry Leaks via the Boy Genius (w/ captions by Bla1ze).

If we missed in any, be sure to point them out in the comments. And hey, be nice in the comments CrackBerry... BG just got engaged, so throw him a congrats while you're in there!!

BlackBerry Storm / BlackBerry Thunder

In 2008 there were plenty of rumblings happening in the BlackBerry world and it was due in part to the Thunder. The BlackBerry Thunder that is, as it was reported by BGR after the name started turning up in rumors. Needless to say, this device ended up being the BlackBerry Storm upon release and while it had GSM cousins, it was for the most part a CDMA device held to Verizon. Perhaps it's fitting that this is the device we start with because while we're not 100 percent sure, it seems as though the BlackBerry Storm possibly had more OS leaks than any other device. It did kind of need them to be functional though.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 / Javelin

In 2008, BlackBerry was planning what would end up as possibly one of their most underrated devices of all time, the BlackBerry Curve 8900. When it first started appearing, it was under the codename 'Javelin' as revealed by BGR. To this day, many people still refer to the BlackBerry Curve 8900 as the Javelin. It was a solid device for its time and took fantastic photos compared to every other device in its range.

BlackBerry 8220 / KickStart

Also in 2008, BlackBerry was working to release a new play on their insanely popular BlackBerry Pearl series. Someone in Waterloo came up with the notion of making the Pearl into a flip phone of sorts and what we ended up with was the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 (or Pearl Flip if you prefer). At the time, the image above led some folks to believe there could be accessories to go along with it but as we know better now, this was more an internal styling guide to show off some of the features which ended up in the device. The 8220 didn't gain the popularity that was desired.

Oh yeah, we're pretty sure this first photo of the Kickstart (below - apparently taken within a bathroom at BBRY HQ) got that employee fired:

BlackBerry Bold 9700 / Onyx

2009 was a decent year for BlackBerry news, and in April BGR dropped some specs for three different devices — Onyx, Driftwood and Magnum. While Magnum never saw the light of day outside of a prototype and I can't for the life of me remember what became of Driftwood (maybe it floated away? Bad joke), Onyx ultimately ended up being released as the BlackBerry Bold 9700 after many, many leaks. A superb device with even better iterations that came after, such as the Bold 9780 — though it lost some steam by the time the Bold 9790 came around.

BlackBerry Bold 9650 / BlackBerry Niagara

One other device from 2009 was the BlackBerry Niagara and it's a bit of a weird bird. As you can tell from the image, this one was a little rough to handle from BGR because well, it looks like it was nothing more than a drawing on paper — which really, it is. It seems somewhere along the line this image turned into the Tour 9630 with some slight differences and eventually came full circle to end up as the Bold 9650 as it was originally envisioned.

BlackBerry Style / 9670

In 2010, BlackBerry once again tried to go the flip phone route and before it was called the BlackBerry Style and possibly even before it was called by the Oxford codename, BGR got a look at the then dubbed 9670. We ran a poll asking whether or not folks thought BlackBerry should release the Style and a full 81% of respondents said BlackBerry should skip it. It ended up getting released though and it even came on Halloween for Sprint. Kevin however, still has one of these and to this day, wishes BlackBerry would release a new purple device. He loved it!

BlackBerry Bold 9780 / R020

​Speaking of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 — that came in 2010 as well and BGR offered up some specs for it. It didn't really offer a whole lot in the way changes, but the camera got a bump in specs from 3.2 mega-pixels to 5 mega-pixels, RAM was doubled from 256MB to 512MB and some subtle styling changes happened. All in all, a solid device. Check out our review if you feel like jumping through the time vortex.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 / BlackBerry Dakota

2011 was a fantastic year for anyone who enjoys hearing about upcoming devices. One of the top devices for that year was the BlackBerry Dakota — aka Montana — and several other names. Early leaks offered a kind of schematic view of the device, but eventually much cleaner versions that would become the BlackBerry Bold 9900 did indeed arrive and they were every bit as glorious as those of the Bold 9000.

BlackBerry Torch 9810 / Torch 2

Although the Torch and the whole slider form factor is a bit of a niche device, not a day goes by here on CrackBerry that someone doesn't say they'd like to see BlackBerry make another, unlike oh I don't know ... flip phones. It was revealed pretty early on that BlackBerry was working on a Torch 2 but as a part of BGR's leaks, images confirmed it for everyone who wanted one. Granted, it might have come a little too soon in the upgrade cycle but still, people were upgrading to a newer processor and more RAM.

BlackBerry Z30 / A10

​Finally, a BlackBerry 10 device to close this one out. For months, the BlackBerry A10 had been rumored about but it had never been caught on camera. After BGR posted up the first image of it though, it was like someone turned a faucet on. The device which would later be officially released as the BlackBerry Z30 had more leaks than a sieve and they didn't stop until it was officially announced.

Until Next Time

Ok, so there you have it, ten of our favorite BlackBerry leaks that came to light via BGR.com. Will John Chen's promise to stop leaks happen? Time will tell I guess. The good news is that for those of you fans who love to talk about and discuss leaks, we probably can post one of these looking-back leaked posts for the next year before we run out! :) 

What should we do next? Maybe a look back at all the leaks that never turned into real products? That could be fun!

ShopCrackBerry Spring Sale: Save 20% on all BlackBerry accessories!

Spring is finally here! Well, according to the calendar at least. It's warming up now, the snow is melting and it's almost time to get back outside and enjoy the weather. That means you'll want to make sure your BlackBerry is up the challenge as well.

To celebrate the end of winter, you can stock up on some toys for your BlackBerry and save 20% on ALL BlackBerry cases and accessories at ShopCrackBerry.com during our Spring Sale (now through 3/31). To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code Spring14 during the checkout process. FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US / Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

Following up on today's post from BlackBerry CEO John Chen on how he plans to crack down on leaks, we thought it would be fun to take a little trip down memory lane and check out some of our favorite leaks from the years gone by. There are actually many more than I remembered, so we kept this one to device-related leaks and exclusives as well, that tends to be where most of us get the MOST excited.

We've arranged them all here in chronological order for your viewing pleasure, starting with the oldest (in 2007) and working forward to the modern era of BlackBerry 10 phones. Enjoy the trip down memory lane!

November 2, 2007

1 of 10 - Evidence that the BlackBerry Curve 8300 can record video!

Less of a "device leak" and more of a "device discovery coming from a leaked OS", this is seriously one of the first videos I ever uploaded to youtube and it was my first video to get over 100,000 views. When the Curve went to market, it could only take photos. There was no video recording. When OS 4.3 leaked out, all of a sudden the video camera started working. This was an uber-popular phone at the time and people loved this new video recording functionality. It was an awesome scoop.

May 6, 2008

2 of 10 - World's First Review of the BlackBerry Bold 9000 - bought from eBay!

Ok, now this is still probably my FAVORITE leak of all time. It's sort of what put CrackBerry on the map so to speak. The BlackBerry 9000 was rumored for a while, and one day in our forums a thread popped saying that one just appeared on eBay for sale. I clicked the link, looked at the photos, and decided within seconds it was the real deal. I bought the 9000 there and then and a few days later it arrived. I reviewed this baby like nothing I had before. It was glorious. Keep in mind at this point BlackBerry had never yet officially acknowledged the Bold 9000, which they did a week later at their annual WES conference. I attended the conference. Walking through the conference centre, everybody seemed to know me by name and had watched the video and review.

July 23, 2008

3 of 10 - World's First Review of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip!

BlackBerry Kickstart / Pearl Flip Review - When photos of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip (codename Kickstart) leaked a few months earlier by BGR, they got a LOT of attention online. BlackBerry making a flip phone seemed like a HUGE deal at the time given the amount of people still using flip phones in the world. While we didn't post the first photos, once again I was the first to get my hands on the phone and review the hell out of it. Ultimately this phone was under powered and not a big hit, though sitting closed on a desk it's still one of my favorite looking BlackBerry devices EVAH!

September 20, 2008

4 of 10 - World's First Review of the BlackBerry Curve 8900!

After doing the world's first reviews of the Bold 9000 and Pearl Flip, I was super happy to complete the trifecta of smartphone review exclusives with the world's first review of the BlackBerry Curve 8900, codenamed Javelin. While I loved the Bold 9000, I really enjoyed the Curve 8900. The 8900 had a new style of trackball that was a little more smooth to use and durable, and the design language of the phone was a little tighter than in the past. Great looking phone all around. This was a Curve that CrackBerry Nation was still excited about. It was a flagship Curve. After this, the Curves when a little more "entry level".

July 13, 2008

5 of 10 - First Real Photos of the BlackBerry Storm!

It's hard me to even write about this one, as the story behind how I got my hands on this photo is so insanely ridiculous. Maybe if/when I write the CrackBerry Chronicles years from now I'll tell the story. It's insane. Suffice to say, this was a massive story. With AT&T having the iPhone, everybody was looking at the BlackBerry Storm / Thunder with full anticipation as it would be Verizon's answer to it. The rumor mill was MASSIVE around this phone. BlackBerry even played in the game too, with both Storm and Thunder trading places as codenames and product name. First the codename was Storm, then it switched to Thunder for a while, then it came to back Storm and ultimately BlackBerry's first touchscreen phone was called the Storm. These photos went EVERYWHERE.

May 4, 2009

6 of 10 - World's First Review of the BlackBerry Curve 8520!

This is one of my favorite leaks of all time because of the story around which it happened. I actually pumped out this world's first hands-on review of the Curve 8520 from my hotel room at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, the day before BlackBerry's WES conference began. The Curve 8520 was a REALLY fun device to get my thumb on as it was the first that featured the optical trackpad. At that point in time we were seeing early leaks of the Bold 9700 still showing a trackball, so for the 8520 to have a trackpad was awesome. Outside of the people building the phone, I was literally one of the first people in the world to put this new technology to use. Which, after years of trackballs, was a bit crazy change. I remember it may me all of a sudden suck at playing BrickBreaker, but I could see the potential.

May 14, 2009

7 of 10 - First Photos of the BlackBerry Storm 2!

Following up on the first photos of the BlackBerry Storm we posted, I was pretty excited when photos of the Storm 2 fell into my lap to share. With the original Storm turning out to be dud overall (though a lot of people really did LOVE their Storm), many looked to BlackBerry's second touchscreen to be the one that got it right. The Storm 2 still featured a screen that clicked, though it went from a single plunger design to four, and with some piezoelectric tech behind it seemed almost magical. Some people thought these photos were leaked to me by BlackBerry, but trust me, they were not. This was one of those times when we pulled the photos down on advice of our lawyer after getting some very scary looking documents in the mail from the fine folks at BBRY.

May 24, 2009

8 of 10 - World's First Review of the BlackBerr Bold 9700!

The GSM successor to the Bold 9000, the Bold 9700 was a MUCH anticipated BlackBerry. We posted the first photos of this device just a few weeks earlier, and then ultimately the BlackBerry Fairy dropped one off at my door for the world's first pre-release review. My unit was still so early that it featured a trackball vs. the trackpad it ultimately launched with. It wasn't until October 21st that the 9700 was officially announced. This first hands-on review came 5 months early. Those were the days! :)

January 31, 2012

9 of 10 - First Image of a BlackBerry 10 Phone!

Late in November, TheVerge posted a photo of what was claimed to be the first BBX-powered BlackBerry. It was a dummy model vs. a real unit, but with a silver body and angular edges it looked a little un-BlackBerry, despite the PlayBook-looking OS on the screen. My sources at the time told me the photo was legit, but it was a scrapped concept (there were apparently LOTS of concepts being looked at). Six weeks later, sent in on the good 'ole CrackBerry tip line, was the image above of the first BlackBerry 10 Superphone. This was a huge story of course, and the image/render was absolutely legit coming off of some sort of a BlackBerry and/or carrier presentation. A few details changed between this photo and what the Z10 ultimately looked like at launch, but this was the first real quality look at a BB10 phone.

September 27, 2012

10 of 10 - First Official Image of the BlackBerry Q10!

With the other nine leaks in this top ten list, it was really about CrackBerry coming through with the goods via our tip line or the BlackBerry fairy (if you're a good boy or girl and put an old BlackBerry under your pillow when you go to sleep, sometimes a new unreleased one just magically appears!). This last leak was 100% courtesy of BlackBerry, or rather, a really not-bright freelancer who worked for one of BlackBerry's ad agencies and for some reason uploaded an internal marketing video to his Vimeo portfolio page.

We were quick to discover this faux pas — I was actually sitting in the press room at the BlackBerry Developer Conference surrounding by bloggers and journalists when we discovered it — and we blogged it up stat. The marketing video of featured official renders of the Q10 (rumored as N-Series at the time). With much interest in what the qwerty version of BB10 would look like, this one got big traction. I feel bad for the guy who accidentally leaked this one, but it did generate a lot of excitement at least when we were first to report it.

And that's our top ten favorite BlackBerry device leaks in CrackBerry history. We kept this one contained to our top ten device leaks as we tend to get the most excited about those, but over the years there have been plenty of other exciting exclusives around software, roadmaps and even enterprise.

What was your favorite of the top ten? Any that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Dear Typo, if you're going to link to my review of your keyboard, please link to the original and not an edited version

Oh Typo, how you push my buttons. When it comes to the Typo Keyboard for iPhone, I've actually been 100% impartial in the matter. I've praised the Typo keyboard — a thing many BlackBerry users think is wrong of me to do — for being a good product, if what you're looking for is a BlackBerry-like typing experience on an iPhone. I've also expressed my mind repeatedly on how much I think the Typo keyboard looks like it was built by BlackBerry, I'm sure much to Typo's chagrin.

My modus operandi here is straight forward - let the lawyers sort it out. If BlackBerry wins (which as of today it's looking like that will happen), then see ya Typo, it was fun while it lasted. And if Typo wins, well, you know me — if I like it I like it — period. And in the case of Typo, I do like the product. Heck, I'd be happy to sell them in our iMore store or do some affiliate stuff with them. Clearly there is at least *some* demand for the product, and I like to help give mobile phone users what they want.

What doesn't make me happy though is when somebody takes my content, edits it to their benefit and re-uploads for use in marketing. That's absolutely not cool (and not legal), but that's what Typo just did with their recent mailer that went out, which you can see below.

Metal Shavings Leave Behind a Pile of Dead Z10 Earpiece Speakers

I have now nicknamed my older brother Mark the 'phone wrecker'. He dropped by my place earlier in the week to give me a hand installing a TRX mounting bracket on the ceiling in my condo (in true younger brother fashion, I watched while he did all the work), and along with his tools he brought with him the three broken BlackBerry Z10s pictured above.

Each of his Z10s suffered the same fate — a busted earpiece speaker. In other words, if you're on a phone call and put the Z10 to your ear, all that comes out for sound is some hissing static noise or nothing.

ShopCrackBerry Sale: Save Some Green for St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patricks Day is only a few days off and you'll probably be taking the weekend to celebrate. Before you do, be sure to swing by ShopCrackBerry where you can save some green — 20% to be exact — on all BlackBerry accessories, today through Wednesday.

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There are tons of accessories in stock for the BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 and other devices — inlcuding cases, car kits, charging cables and memory cards.

If you're using more than one device, the sale is on at Shop Android, iMore store and Windows Phone Central Store as well.

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What are your top FIVE things you'd like to see improved on BlackBerry 10?

With new CEO John Chen at the helm of BlackBerry, it's clear that the company is closely paying attention to the feedback of their customer base. Beyond the leadership team stating this is as a fact, the announcement of the trackpad-wielding BlackBerry Q20 is clear evidence that the company is willing to make changes based on customer feedback.

Following Mobile World Congress late last month, where we had the chance to sit down and talk to a number of BlackBerry executives (see interview #1, #2 & #3), we've been following up here on CrackBerry with a little constructive feedback of our own. On our most-recent podcast, we spoke about a couple of "little" things I'd like to see improved in BB10, like the ability to bottom align application shortcuts in folders and the option to archive an email by swiping to the left on it in the Hub. And yesterday we focused on a MAJOR thing we think BlackBerry needs to make happen, which is cutting carriers out of the software update equation so they can push out global updates to all customers at once.

App Icons!

Productivity and efficiency. These two words have always been synonymous with the BlackBerry experience, and the ability to get things done FAST was the primary reason I became a BlackBerry fan so many years ago. Thinking back to the my first BlackBerry, the 7290, I remember being so impressed at how efficiently I could navigate my way through the operating system. BlackBerry had mapped everything out and figured out the path to getting things done in the least number of clicks possible, and when it came to suggesting things like menu options, it always read my mind and knew what I wanted to do be pre-selecting the option. 

With BlackBerry 10 being an all-new operating system, BlackBerry started from scratch and has been steadily improving the user experience, adding back in more efficiency and productivity in areas where it was lacking from the initial launch. We highlighted much of that in our 2014 BlackBerry 10 Review

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