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.
PayPal Reaches BlackBerry 10 Devices
PayPal has made a version of its mobile application available in the BlackBerry World app store for devices running BlackBerry OS 10.x. With this new app, PayPal is available to Android, BlackBerry, Fire OS, iOS, and Windows smartphones.
BlackBerry Improves BBM with Support for Lollipop and iOS 8
BlackBerry today pushed out BBM 2.6 to the Android and iOS platforms, as well as its own BlackBerry platform. All three versions of the app gain new features, including support for stickers within group chats and a 60-second option for time chats.
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.
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 Pushing 10.3.1 System Update to Most Phones
BlackBerry today said BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is available for device owners to download. The latest version of BlackBerry's operating system includes the Amazon Appstore for Android apps and brings back keyboard shortcuts to devices with physical keyboards.