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IDC: Android grabs 81 per cent share, Windows improves

14 Nov
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Android devices grabbed a huge 81 per cent of the smartphone market during the third quarter this year, while Windows Phone devices also gained a bigger slice of the pie, according to a report today by IDC.

The research firm said Android phones accounted for 211.6 million of the 261.1 million smartphones shipped in the quarter.

Pushing past the 80 per cent mark for the first time, and up from the 74.9 per cent share of a year ago, the Google operating system made significant strides as people sought out low-cost smartphones, said IDC.

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Souped up BlackBerry Z30 to cost S$828 in Singapore

5 Oct
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Despite the doom and gloom surrounding the company, BlackBerry carried on with the show in Singapore this week and trotted out its new, souped-up Z30 phone, a model that isn’t too shabby, hardware-wise.

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BlackBerry shows off a few surprises at BlackBerry Live conference

15 May
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BlackBerry Q5

You’ve got to give it to BlackBerry for sticking to its guns.

Close to 5 months after re-branding itself from Research in Motion to BlackBerry and unleashing the first BlackBerry 10 devices into the world, the Canadian company is still showing no signs of the demise that many have gleefully foretold, even turning a profit of US$94 million in Q4 of 2012.

At its annual BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando earlier today, BlackBerry unveiled the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone (pictured above), a QWERTY device (similar to the Q10) aimed at the company’s strongholds in emerging markets such as Indonesia.

Tagged in: BlackBerry, Cellphones, BBM, BBM Channels, BlackBerry, Blackberry 10, BlackBerry Live, BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Messenger Channels, BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Q5, BlackBerry Z10,  

Hands on: BlackBerry Q10

10 May
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For BlackBerry die-hards who are still firing away e-mails everyday on their phone’s keyboard, the new Q10 is the device they’ve been waiting for.

This is the one with the familiar, easy-to-use keyboard and it is built like a solid and dependable – if rather less sexy – corporate tool that many had first come to know BlackBerry for.

Tagged in: BlackBerry, Cellphones, Featured, Singapore, BlackBerry, Q10, review, Singapore price and availability,  

Q&A: BlackBerry pins hopes on Z10, strong markets like Indonesia

3 May
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Ask anyone who just bought a newfangled smartphone in recent weeks, and chances are he might take out a Samsung, HTC or Apple gadget from his pocket.

What’s the future then for the forgotten BlackBerry, once a must-have for corporate workers, but now a laggard in the smartphone wars?

In the last quarter, the company sold just 6 million phones – the lowest in years – but it managed a profit of US$94 million. Even better yet, it managed to sell a million of the new Z10 touch-screen phone, which BlackBerry has pinned much hope on.

Techgoondu got in touch with Hastings Singh, BlackBerry’s vice president and managing director for South Asia (picture above), to look for signs of a turnaround in 2013.

Tagged in: BlackBerry, Cellphones, Singapore, Asia-Pacific sales, BlackBerry, Hastings Singh, Q&A, Z10,  

Hands-on: BlackBerry Z10

24 Feb

BlackBerry Z10

Come March 7, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry’s attempt to claw back market share from iOS, Android and perhaps even Windows Phone will officially begin on our tiny island, beginning with its Z10 smartphone.

Is it enough to inspire BlackBerry fans who have been waiting with baited breath to upgrade?

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Will you buy a BlackBerry 10 device?

1 Feb
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When the folks from BlackBerry brought out Alicia Keys as a global creative director at their big launch on Wednesday, you know they were pulling out all the stops.

Tagged in: BlackBerry, Cellphones, Featured, Singapore, BlackBerry, Q10, RIM, Singapore, Z10,  

Predictions for the new year: eight tech trends in 2013

31 Dec
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Happy New Year 2013

Yet another year filled with surprises and no less interesting technology products and services has passed us by, perhaps too fast for some of 2012′s winners and not too soon for the strugglers.

The past 12 months have seen a great variety of tablets, from the Google Nexus 7 to Apple’s iPad mini, while Microsoft and partners tried their best to jump on the mobile bandwagon by bringing touch screens to everyday PCs with Windows 8.

In many ways, the much-talked about convergence of computers and mobile technologies has brought about some of the keenest competition that hasn’t been seen in years.

That’s not even mentioning the other big headlines of the year, like Facebook going public, Apple and Samsung’s courtroom joust and in Singapore, the arrival of cheap and fast fibre broadband.

Now, just hours away from 2013, users could well be staring at another year of great tech gadgets, sometimes frustrating technologies that fail to live up to expectations, and oh, winners and losers, definitely. Here are eight trends to look out for in the new year.

Tagged in: android, BlackBerry, broadband, Cellphones, Enterprise, Featured, Gaming, Internet, Singapore, social media, Tablet, 2013 predictions, 4G, android, Big data, BlackBerry, Steam, technology trends,  

BlackBerry Expert Centre opens in Singapore in anticipation of BB10

13 Dec
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Research in Motion (RIM) has opened a new service centre at The Cathay in Singapore to ramp up after-sales support to customers, as the launch of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system looms.

Opened yesterday, it promises minor repairs in just four hours and up to a day for more serious problems. It even features a dealer’s section to help BlackBerry dealers gain the expertise they need to in turn service their customers.

Tagged in: BlackBerry, BB10, BlackBerry, Blackberry 10, BlackBerry Expert Centre, Research In Motion, RIM,  

Blackberry Curve 9320 to cost S$328 in Singapore

25 Jul
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If you are not into the iPhone, an Android gizmo or a Windows Phone, you might be interested in a rather budget-friendly Blackberry Curve 9320 that’s going for an attractive S$328 as it hits the shelves in Singapore today.

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