Mobile Nations Weekly: The Week of Priv
The Priv's putting BlackBerry back on the map.
The biggest news this week was simple: the BlackBerry Priv is here. It's BlackBerry's first new phone in several months, and their first running Android. A big screen, a slide up keyboard, and BlackBerry's legendarily rock-solid hardware have combined to make one hell of a phone.
But BlackBerry wasn't the only news in town — Microsoft made waves with changes to OneDrive, but they're not exactly well-received alterations. Bucking the trend of increasing storage space and lowering prices, Microsoft is eliminating their unlimited cloud storage tier due to abuse and plans to cut the free 15GB tier down to 5GB. Needless to say, heavy OneDrive users are up in arms about the changes.
All that and more, in Mobile Nations Weekly!
Windows Central — The magical shrinking cloud
This week has been more on the slow side as Microsoft puts the final touches on the Windows 10 Fall Refresh. That update for desktop and PC users should hit November 12 and Insiders got the expected release version (build 10586) on Thursday.
The biggest news, however, is not what Microsoft released but what they took away. Late on Monday night the company quietly said they were removing 'unlimited' from OneDrive plans. If that wasn't bad enough, they are also reducing those with 15GB of storage down to 5GB in 2016. Microsoft blames abuse, but the real reason is strictly business and money. Speak up in UserVoice to make yourself heard..
Finally, in some good news some Lumias on Windows 10 finally got slow motion video. Still no word though on a US release date for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.
- Unboxing and tour of the new Lenovo Yoga 900 with Skylake Core i7
- 10 Tips to optimize OneDrive for Microsoft's 2016 storage reductions
- What do early adopters think about the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book?
- How to use multiple accounts with Windows Hello in Windows 10
Android Central — This week's new Android phone comes from … BlackBerry
CrackBerry isn't the only place where people are excited for the BlackBerry Priv. Behind that keyboard lies a phone running Android, after all. Russell did up quite the review, and we're looking into how everything is done so Android fans as well as BlackBerry fans can make the most of the Priv.
- Our full BlackBerry Priv review
- Your unlocked Priv still gets a little carrier flavoring
- Five things to know about the BlackBerry Priv
CrackBerry — Welcome to Android
The wait is finally over and the all-new BlackBerry Priv has arrived. While some folks are still waiting for their shipments to arrive, there's plenty of folks who have one already in their hands. If you're still on the fence about Priv, be sure to read our full review!
- Read our full BlackBerry Priv Review!
- John Chen confirms BlackBerry has a whole range of products to come
- Weekend Watch: The BlackBerry Privcast
iMore — Prepping for Pro!
We've now seen the launch of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the new Apple TV and that leaves the iPad Pro. At 12.9-inches it's Apple's biggest tablet yet, and with the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, it's the most productive and creative as well. The question iMore addressed this week, though, is whether you should get one?
- Should you get the iPad Pro?
- iPad Pro buyers guide: Everything you need to know!
- Best Apple TV apps for you to download right now
Kicked — tablet holders, sleeping headphones, and a trip to the DMV
This week on Kicked, we tell you about the best tablet holder, the most comfortable sleep headphones, and the best way to get your kids to fall asleep. Kim also tells a DMV story where her lack of makeup is called into question. This amuses Dan.
For the coolest crowd funding projects you need to know about (along with a few weekly antics) be sure to subscribe to the Kicked TV YouTube Channel and follow us on social media. We're active on Twitter, Facebook and of course Instagram.
Connectedly — Push this
This week on Connectedly, we took a look at some exciting crowdfunded projects that are looking to make our connected lives better. Ario is a smart lamp that hopes to help you be more productive during the day while getting a better sleep at night. The PuzzlePhone looks to be the phone you keep for a while, with its swappable components. We also saw a neat little gadget that wants to push all your buttons for you in the Microbot Push.
Windows Central Newsletter
Get the best of Windows Central in your inbox, every day!
Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
The Priv won't do much to stave of the inevitable death of BlackBerry phones. The CEO Chen says they need to sell 5 million phones to be profitable and remain in the smartphone business. They sold less than 800,000 in Q3, that's not on track.
At $700 and only available in one carrier (in the US), I don't see that changing. Particularly since the Priv, being an Android device now, doesn't stack up well against other Android in that price range. It's camera ain't great, the touchscreen ain't great and... IMO, it's ugly (subjective, I know).
The anti-US & anti-Microsoft themes to ALL of your posts us getting really old. Go jump to conclusions on someone else's posts.
1. The BlackBerry Hub.
2. Multitasking overlay accessed from curved edge
3. Cleaned up implementation of widgets.. swipe on icon
4. Use of 'active frame' in app switching
5. Added hardware security layer
6. Added software security suite
7. BlackBerry universal search Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
It's a terrible name. Specially because they based the excuse they gave for it is ridiculous.
"Priv" is for "Privacy"...and it would be ok if you pronounced it the American way, ie, "pryve". But they are pronouncing it "preev". Well, that's all good if you're in Britain where people pronounce "privacy" as "preevacy"...except then it sounds like privy. So they want to convey the idea of privacy. But then they want to sound classy and so they pronounce it the British way...and fall into a language trap that's just a disaster. "Venice" would have been far more classy. Or heck, they should have called it "BlackBerry Vegas". Because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas =P
Microsoft should end it already Posted via the Windows Central App for Android