India and BlackBerry – perfect together!














Recently there has been some mixed messages coming out of the Indian market concerning the future of BlackBerry’s handsets. Some was due to ‘journalistic liberties’ and others based on interpretations of decisions made at much higher levels. Either way, a clarification has been disseminated. Here is an excerpt bringing granularity to BlackBerry’s position-

Bringing PRIV to India is a key milestone, and over the coming months, you’ll see us continue to introduce PRIV to more new markets. But while PRIV on secured Android offers a choice in OS to new and existing customers, we want to also make very clear our ongoing commitment to the BlackBerry 10 platform, which enables industry-leading security and productivity benefits. As we’ve said before, consumer and enterprise fans of our workhorse BlackBerry 10 smartphones such as Passport, Classic and others can look forward to multiple security and privacy enhancements in 2016.

I’ve bolded the last portion lest there be any doubt. BlackBerry is committed to BB10 and will continue to develop and enhance its’ security.

In addition to BlackBerry’s clarification, there have been many positive reviews from the Indian press regarding the Priv.

  • For those looking for the convenience of all the Android apps they can’t live without, but are also conscious of securing their phone, the PRIV is definitely the answer.” – Forbes India
  • “…before you pass this off as just another Android phone, remember that it still has a rather generous dollop of the BlackBerry persona—and that is what is genuinely unique about the BlackBerry PRIV. In fact, this phone is all about blending the best of both worlds—the massive app ecosystem that Android provides, and the security as well as productivity features that are arguably BlackBerry software’s forte.” – Livemint
  • The combination of authentic BlackBerry touch capacitive physical keyboard, legendary security, streamlined communications and productivity, combined with the wide world of Google Play™ store apps makes the PRIV the most promising smartphone till date.” – BBIn

As a longtime android user and current Priv owner I can unequivocally state the Priv is by far and away the best android on the market today. Period.



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  • Ackehece

    I will say this when I asked on the blog what the one year commitment meant to me as a developer they did not authorise the post.
    Paraphrase: ‘ As a developer for BB10 working on a 6 to 8 month development Cycle would you recommend that I start developing new apps for 2017 in anticipation of updates to the OS and new devices?’

    Answer = deleted post.

    • Anthony

      Yes, it seems like posts asking for something “in writing” about continued support doesn’t make it past the moderation stage. I asked a similar question about support for developers and my comment didn’t make it past moderation.

      It is understandable. BlackBerry can’t make statements “written in stone” about the future of BB10 for developers. My opinion is if you’re a developer make a BB10 app. Don’t worry be happy locco_smiley_39

    • bartron

      That’s very odd Ackehece. I’m surprised they did that, given that they do publish comments that criticize BlackBerry.

      Obviously BlackBerry has something big up their sleeves and they can’t say anything about it yet, which is frustrating for everybody.

      It makes me wonder if they’re going to make big changes to the API. Maybe implement the Android API in BB10. Or maybe they’re working on a new platform to replace BB10 and Android, as one UTB reader suggested a few months ago.

      If the app you want to build doesn’t take long, then I think you should just build it.

  • Speedie20

    Great article razzrob!! In a completely parallel process I just posted something very similar to what you did, on the Optus Community website where I am a member of and advocating for the Priv’s release into the Australian market! Then read your UTB entry! Good to correct ‘journalistic liberties’ !! :)

    Cheers, Speedie20

    • razrrob

      Thanks Speedie20!
      It was not only the journalist but a BlackBerry employee who spoke out of turn. The employee should be relegated to sorting mail or cleaning coffee makers.

      Good luck with Optus, mate!

  • Martin

    It’s refreshing to see BlackBerry responding to the FUD that spreads like wild fire on the inter webs.