The Waterloo-based Blackberry has announced its new full QWERTY Smartphone Q5 QWERTY for the growing and emerging markets. The phone comes with a 3.1 inch touchscreen and a full qwerty keyboard. It will be powered by BlackBerry 10 OS (BB10) and will come in a variety of colors including red, black, white and pink, unlike Z10 or Q10 that come in conventional colors.
Nothing more is known about the specifications or pricing at this moment but BlackBerry also announced that it will launch in parts of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America are starting from July. BB10 brings features such as Time Shift and Story Maker for quality photos, BBM Video for screen sharing and video chat and BlackBerry Hub, a hub that clubs together notifications, emails etc. for easy access.
Here is what CEO Thorsten Heins has to say:
BlackBerry is excited to bring the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone to our customers in selected markets around world. The BlackBerry Q5 gives you the best of everything with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is for youthful fans that are passionate, confident and bold, and it makes it easy for them to have fun, create, share and stay connected.
BlackBerry has also announced that it will be making its much touted messaging application BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) cross-platform by launching it on Android and iOS platform as a standalone app this summer. BBM has been the USP of BlackBerry phones and a top favorite targeted data-plan feature for telecom operators since many years. BBM currently has over 60 million users sending more than 10 billion messages every day. This is bound to explode once it comes on iOS and Android.
Here is what Heins has to say on BBM:
It’s time to bring BBM to a greater audience no matter what mobile device they carry. We’re starting with messaging and groups, but we’ll bring voice, screen share, and of course, channels later on.
The BBM app will be free for iOS and Android and will require iOS 6 or higher for Apple users and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) or higher for Android users. We can expect it to offer BBM Chats, Multi-person chats, Voice-note sharing and Blackberry Groups on its debut launch for iOS and Android.
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