Blackberry Venice renders leaked – a curved screen Android Blackberry smartphone?

Blackberry Venice is reportedly on the way and it is powered by Android and not the proprietary OS that the Canadian company has used so far. This could mean an important step in Blackberry’s attempt at getting back to the relevant smartphone market or it could be another downfall eased by the team up with competitor Android.


Blackberry Venice



Some new render leaks made their appearance as well, and they show a strikingly similar curved display to that of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It is possible that Samsung sold their AMOLED technology or LG may have been responsible with making this display.


Blackberry Blackberry chromecast




The leaks provided for the Blackberry Venice Android phone also mention Chromecast support and streaming to other devices plus the look of the Blackberry hub on top of the Lollipop OS. The pictures also show a possibly 18MP rear camera with a seven layer lens.


Possible specs for Blackberry Venice Android phone:

  • 4” QHD display
  • Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 18MP rear camera plus 5MP front camera.


Blackberry sensor



The smartphone will be heading to AT&T and T-Mobile, at least on the US market, which means they may be somewhat exclusive to these carriers only. These renders have no clear production date, which can also mean that the final product may look more or less as depicted above. We can still hope it will be a glorious device though, right? Right?


Source: Crackberry

Deals News

AT&T purchase of DirecTV facilitates launch of new TV wireless package

AT&T will launch its own TV wireless package sometime in the near future, reports say. This decision comes right after the US carrier finished its acquisition of satellite TV driving force DirecTV.

The launch of this telecom giant’s new nationwide packages of TV and wireless services will begin on August 10.

AT&T DirecTV



This is not the first time bundles such as this show up but it is the first time one provider offers them after purchasing another service company. AT&T’s offer includes HD and DVR services for up to four TV receivers and support for DirecTV and AT&T’s U-verse where it is possible. The features also include unlimited talking and texting for up to four wireless lines and 10GB of data for $200 a month. For this money you also get basic video services if you are new U-verse and DirecTV customers. The company says that this way you are saving up to $600 in the first year.


New AT&T DirecTV customers will also get access to TV channels on their mobile devices in an attempt to promote AT&T’s walk out and watch TV experience. Customers will choose from a variation of video packages available in most of the US states.


The acquisition of DirecTV made AT&T the largest pay TV provider in the world and in the US, as the media titan already has more than 55 million subscribers in the US, Caribbean and Latin America. These numbers will only increase in the next month.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

News Updates/Software

HTC One M9 from AT&T gets OTA to Android 5.1.1 with camera improvements

HTC One M9 from AT&T is getting an OTA to Android 5.1 as we speak. The device is also getting some camera improvements along the way, so hit that Update button now if you haven’t already been prompted to update already.


HTC One M9



The announcement was made official on Twitter yesterday by Mo Versi, the HTC Vice President of Product Management.

The camera improvements include noise reduction and accurate colors production in extreme lighting conditions. This should mean that users unimpressed by the camera issues on HTC One M9 may get a better experience now. The rest of the update is the usual Android improvements we already know and love.

Source: AndroidPolice

News Updates/Software

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 gets OTA to Android 5.0.2 – see the changes here

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is getting an update to Android 5.0.2 today and plenty mid-range tablet users are bound to be happy. Most of the super-premium tablets on the market are already in on the Lollipop madness, and now it’s time for the less expensive handsets to get the same treatment.


Galaxy Tab s



Here’s the official changelog for the OTA:

  • Android 5.0.2 Operating System update which includes Lollipop 5.0and the additional enhancements.
    • “Quick Settings” updated
    • Additional animations
    • Improved notifications
    • Device Protection

Just to be sure your data will not get deleted, you should back it all up on a SD card, a PC and save your app info too.

In order to download the OTA you will need access to a Wi-Fi connection, and indeed you should, as the update is 1.1GB in size. You will need that much free space on your device to be able to download it too.

If you changed something on your software, the update could turn out to be a fail. You should also allow up to 7 days for the update to reach your device as we all know AT&T is taking its sweet time to reach all of its devices out there.

Source: AT&T

Deals Mobile News

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active available at AT&T

When your previous experience has already taught you that you’d be better off with a brick phone than a sensible smartphone, you know it’s time for Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. Some of you are abusing your phones, willingly or not: you’re either clumsy and always drop your possession on concrete or carpets (best case scenario) or you work in construction or pilot a helicopter or something. Of course, there are those who just love to “dress” their phones in colorful or strong cases like OtterBox.


Samsung S6 active



All of your problems can now be resolved with a Galaxy S6 Active you can get from AT&T. The device is basically a rugged-looking version of Samsung’s 2015 flagship. Like other Active devices, it is dust and water resistant and looks much more imposing with its tough build than other devices.




The spec list is identical to that of the flagship S6: 5.1” 1440p display, Exynos chip, 3 GB of RAM, 16MP camera and 32GB of storage. The battery is much better though, getting an upgrade from 2550 mAh to 3500 mAh.





You can get a S6 Active in camo white, camo blue or gray from AT& T and you would only have to pay $695. You can also choose a Next plan and divide your payments into monthly fees of $23.17, $28.96 or $34.75.


Source: AT&T

Mobile News

AT&T announces Samsung Galaxy S6 Active – you can buy it starting June 12th

The moment has come that AT&T has decided to out the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active and let the world rejoice in this workout/military-oriented device. You will be able to by your own device starting June 12 and it looks epic! If by epic you understand a cross-breed between a Galaxy S5 and an S6 with a touch of indestructible.


Galaxy S6 Active


The S6 Active has the same specs as its S6 counterparts:

  • 1” 1440p AMOLED screen (576 ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A53 and a Quad-core 2.1GHz Corte A57 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32 GB internal storage
  • 16MP camera with auto-focus
  • 3600 mAh battery.


Galaxy S Active


This device comes dressed in Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. It stands different from the Samsung flagship in the sense that it presents IP68 certification, which makes it dust and water resistant for up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes max. It is also MIL_STD-810G certified which means it is salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant.



S6 Active goes on sale starting June 12th and it goes to around $700 full price spread into 30 payments of $23.17 on Next 24 or 24 payments at $28.96 on Next 18. The Next 12 20-month payment plan leaves the device at $34.75 per month.

Source: AT&T