Skip to main content

Introduction to the BlackBerry Leap –

Although it feels like only last week I was writing a post announcing the device, in reality it wasn’t. It was well over a month ago now at Mobile World Congress but, thanks to a quick turnaround time from announcement to delivery, here we are taking a look at the latest all-touchBlackBerry 10 smartphone introduced to the world as the BlackBerry Leap, which startsrolling out globally today.
While the past two devices, the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic, were meant for QWERTY keyboard fans, the BlackBerry Leap takes aim at those who want ‘an affordable all-touch smartphone in a modern and powerful design’. As BlackBerry puts it, the ‘BlackBerry Leap was built specifically for mobile professionals who see their smartphone device as a powerful and durable productivity tool that also safeguards sensitive communications at all times.’
I get the sales pitch for the BlackBerry Leap and it fits right in to BlackBerry’s current focus, but really I think the BlackBerry Leap is aimed at anyone who wants a new all-touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone period. The last all-touch device to be released by BlackBerry was the regionally limited BlackBerry Z3 in May of 2014. Prior to that we had the BlackBerry Z30, which was released way back in October of 2013. It’s still going strong today thanks to recent price drops and sales wherein you can pick one up for $250. That’s it. No other new all-touch devices have been released, unless you include the Z10 inspired P’9982, which wasreleased November 21st, 2013, but I don’t consider that a mass audience device.
In the smartphone world, that’s a long time for all-touch fans to be waiting. I have no doubt that some likely picked up a Passport or a Classic just to try something new or even replace aBlackBerry Z10 that maybe died a bit too early while waiting for a new all-touch device to arrive. All this is to say, if you look at everything on the whole, the BlackBerry Leap is arriving at a perfect time. Whether or not that will translate into sales of the device for BlackBerry remains to be seen but the potential is certainly there.


Popular posts from this blog

Google Gboard test makes finding a relevant GIF even faster

The whole point of  Google's Gboard  is to help you find relevant items without leaving your phone's keyboard, but how do you know there's something useful available while you're casually typing away? You might get a clue soon enough.  Android Police  has learned that Google is  testing  a smarter Gboard search feature that changes the distinctive "G" button when there's a relevant GIF, info or sticker search for what you're typing. Punch in "works for me" and you may see a sticker icon, while typing a famous name may show a magnifying glass to indicate that there's an info card. Tap the button and you'll search for the material without having to retype a thing. Google appears to have been testing this Gboard update since July and might not roll out the feature soon (or at all). However, the test recently widened to include more users. If Google likes the feature, it might just be a matter of time before the keyboard

Updating Facebook to Say ‘I’m Safe’

The social network activated its new “Safety Check” service after Saturday’s tragic earthquake. An man walks past damage caused by an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015.   Niranjan Shrestha/AP MATT SCHIAVENZA APR 25, 2015 Four hours after learning about Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal, I received a Facebook notification I had never seen before: Sonia, a journalist friend based in northern India, was “marked safe.” An hour later, the same notification about a different friend popped up. Then another. Soon, several of my friends wrote that they, too, had learned via this strange new notification that their friends in Nepal were okay. A few hours later, the mystery was solved. On Saturday afternoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on his timeline that the notifications  came from Safety Check , a service the company launched last fall. “When disasters happen, people need to know their loved ones are safe,” he  wrote , “It

Learn to code for iOS 12 and join this giveaway to win the new iPhone XS

The hype surroundin g the hotly-anticipated iOS 12 has simmered down a bit, but only because it's finally been r eleased and people are too busy  tinkering with their iPhones to tweet. (We're guessing.) Unlike the previous iOS updates, tech critics and casual users are  touting iOS 12 as the fastest yet , and get this — even on older phones. Yup, after what seemed like an eternity, it looks to be that the iPhone slowdown fiasco is finally over. This only means that developers can use this moment as an opportunity to ramp up on app development and take advantage of the enhanced speed and feature upgrades of the new operating system. If you want to get in on the frenzy, these training bundles will help you get familiarized with iOS 12 update so you can start writing your own apps: Led by top-rated instructor Rob Percival, this 167-lecture course will guide you through the essentials like Swift 4 and Xcode 10 and help you develop practical skills by letting you build