BlackBerry Venice will run Android and be made with Samsung?


BlackBerry used to be something of a closed shop, but during trying times the company has learned to play with others and has released its services on other platforms. How far is the Canadian brand willing to push this cross platform ethos? Pretty far it seems, at least according to Eldar Murtazin, a Russian blogger.

Before going further we should not that Murtazin has a patchy history with this stuff, sometimes he is spot on and hits a home run, other times he swings wildly and lands on his ass. However, his latest offering is surely interesting and concludes that the BlackBerry Venice is actually going to run the Android platform. We have seen the BlackBerry Venice was first at MWC at the start of March, a touchscreen handset with a slide down QWERTY keyboard. At MWC the device was shown running BlackBerry’s own BB10 software, but Murtazin seems to think he has an inside track to something more exciting. What?s more, he is even saying that Samsung is co-developing the Venice with BlackBerry. Samsung and BlackBerry have certainly been working on something, but until now it was thought to be software based. Could we really be seeing a Samsung made BlackBerry smartphone that runs Android and features software and features from both companies? We are pretty doubtful at this point, but you should certainly watch this space.


Time’s up for the LG G Watch R?

Time's up for the LG G Watch R?
While LG hasn’t yet made it official, it would appear that time has expired for the LG G Watch R. The latter has been disappearing from retailers’ shelves. At the Google Store, where the timepiece launched last November, the listing for the timepiece in the states says that “This product is unavailable in your country.” On LG’s product page in the U.K., the LG G Watch R is “Discontinued.”

According to LG, the Android Wear powered timepiece will still be available as existing inventory gets sold off. The manufacturer doesn’t want to be in a position where it will have to take a huge write off for unsold watches. This should mean that patient consumers will be able to find a good deal on the watch even though it will no longer be produced. Just the other day, we told you that AT&T’s online store was offering the LG G Watch R for $99, a $200 or 67% discount off of its usual price.

The LG G Watch R features a 1.3-inch P-OLED screen with a 320 x 320 resolution. The IP67 certification means that the timepiece can be submerged in up to 3.2 feet of water for as long as a half hour, and emerge unscathed. The watch is powered by a Snapdragon 400 CPU with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 410mAh battery. Currently, the LG G Watch R is in the process of being updated to Android Wear 5.1.1. An update next quarter will add Wi-Fi connectivity to the device.