BlackBerry Priv Apps Updated through Google Play Store

BlackBerry Priv
BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry has issued an update for unlocked and AT&T versions of the Android running Priv flagship smartphone. The update allowed the Canadian company to enhance some of its apps in the Google Play Store, while the new software also squashes some bugs and improves the general performance and stability of the Priv for those who own it.

BlackBerry Calendar and BlackBerry Launcher are getting security enhancements and bug fixes, while the BlackBerry Camera app gets widescreen (16:9) support for images. The camera app now also performs more smoothly, and there is now an indicator for HDR in low lights as well as bringing bug fixes and added stability. The virtual keyboard has received twenty new languages, Ukrainian and Belarussian among them, while Emoji prediction are included and cursor sensitivity is improved. The security apps DTEK allows the user to turn all apps on at once or notification by equipment can be selected. BlackBerry Services now puts WhatsApp notification in the Hub. The updates can be had via the Google Play Store by heading to the store and seeing My Apps, allowing you to get the new enhancements without the need of a major system update. Voila.


HTC One X9 Leaked Image

One X9
One X9

We have heard plenty about the HTC One X9, a smartphone that is expected to be a mid-range effort from the struggling Taiwanese company. The handset was certified by TENAA last month so we know its launch is imminent and now there are some leaked images of the device.

The design is pretty standard HTC stuff these days, good looking and premium, but starting to veer to completely unoriginal. As for specs, the HTC X9 will be a large smartphone with a 5.5-inch screen with 1080p Full HD resolution, an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of native storage with expandable micro SD card space. Elsewhere there is a 13 megapixel camera around the rear and a 5 megapixel front facing lens, while Android 5.0.2 Lollipop will serve software duties. As for HTC’s next flagship the One M10, that is expected to land sometime in the opening months of the New Year, most likely during the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona at the end of February. The M10 will be a fully super phone with all the bells and whistles, including Qualcomm’s new blazing Snapdragon 820 processor. We also hope HTC delivers a stunning new design, we certainly know the company is capable of setting new aesthetic standards.

Sony could announce a powerful new smartphone in January

It looks like Sony has already geared up to kick off 2016 with a bang! We received an invitation for its upcoming CES 2016 press conference, which is to be held January 5 at 5PM Pacific time — in the Las Vegas Convention Center, as usual. The invitation’s visuals include VR headsets, hi-fi gear, a CyberShot camera, a disturbingly thin TV, and perhaps most interesting — a smartphone!

Naturally, this has sparked visions and aspirations about an upcoming Sony Xperia Z6 flagship smartphone inside the tech media circles. But common sense dictates that, outside of Sony’s R&D labs, the Xperia Z6 right now is nothing more than ‘clickbait’ material. After all, the Xperia Z5 trio, which was announced this September and released shortly after, is still very fresh on the market. Introducing an iterative, specs-focused update as early as January would do little more than kill Z5 sales and frustrate owners of the smartphone. Then again, this is merely an outside perspective — Sony execs probably see things differently.

The original Xperia Z Ultra – Sony at large!

However, the smartphone rat race has been rather intense lately, with Samsung reportedly preparing its Galaxy S7 products for a February 21st announcement at the Samsung Unpacked 2016 event. Android competitors are usually looking to retaliate with hi-end offerings near the same time frame, which means Sony could take the opportunity for making an exciting smartphone announcement on the back of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC, which is already quite the hype engine!

Rather, we’re thinking more in the lines of a Xperia Z5 Ultra, which is already rumored to ship March next year, sporting cutting-edge features such as the aforementioned chipset, 4GB of LPDRR4 RAM, a 6.44-inch, 2160 x 3840 (4K) resolution display, a 23MP primary camera, and a large battery to keep all those power-hungry components on-line. At launch, the Z5 Ultra could turn out to be one of the most powerful phablets so far, despite competition from the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Xiaomi — all geared up to launch hero phones during the first quarter of 2016.

With such an intense all-around device in the pipeline, we expect Sony to at least tease the Z5 Ultra (or whatever it has in store) at its CES press conference, leaving the Xperia Z6 flagship for the second half of 2016. Then again, this is all rumor mongering at this point, so better keep that doctor-prescribed grain of salt nearby!