Revised BlackBerry Bridge App Loses BBM, SMS for Now
BlackBerry today made Bridge version 3.0 available to BlackBerry 10 devices. Bridge is a utility that connects a BlackBerry smartphone with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. According to BlackBerry, the company focused on bringing a few key features to the BB10 platform. Bridge 3.0 can share the smartphone's internet connection with a PlayBook, control the PlayBook remotely, and share bookmarks and files between the two thanks to the new "Share" framework built into BB10. However, some important features available to older versions of the app have been removed. Specifically, BlackBerry Messenger, SMS, and email are no longer possible to use via BlackBerry Bridge, though they will be added back in later this year. Blackberry Bridge 3.0 for BlackBerry 10 smartphones is a free download from BlackBerry World.
BlackBerry to Cease Monthly Updates for the Priv, Launch Trade-Up Program
BlackBerry said this week that it will no longer provide monthly system and security updates to its BlackBerry Priv smartphone. The company originally committed to providing updates for a period of two years.
BlackBerry Shows Off the Priv
BlackBerry today posted some official images of the forthcoming Priv smartphone. The Priv is a vertical slider that runs Android.
BBM Gains PayPal for Android, BlackBerry, iOS
BlackBerry today added a handful of new features to its cross-platform messaging service. All versions of BBM (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) earn the ability to send money to BBM contacts using PayPal.
Facebook Pulls Support for BlackBerry 10, BBOS
Facebook has decided to cease supporting the BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS platforms. The company has chosen to discontinue its essential APIs for BlackBerry, effectively breaking the existing app.
BlackBerry Weighing Move to Android
BlackBerry is considering whether or not to make a smartphone based on Google's Android platform rather than its own operating system, reports Reuters. Citing sources familiar with BlackBerry's plans, Reuters says the company is working on a slider handset that would have a touch screen and a slide-out physical keyboard for typing.