BlackBerry has unveiled its new BlackBerry 10-powered device – Q5 as well as announcing it will make BlackBerry messenger available for iOS and Android.
The Q5 comes after the release of the Q10 in January and is aimed at developing markets. It has a QWERTY keyboard and comes in a selection of colours. Release of the Q5 is expected to be in early July.
BlackBerry plan to make BlackBerry Messenger technology available to iOS6 and Android, free, this summer. Non BlackBerry users will initially only be able to access messaging and group messaging, followed with voice, screen sharing and video later.
And while they were at it, BlackBerry also unveiled a new social engagement platform, BlackBerry Messenger Channels, allowing users to connect with businesses, brands and groups within the BBM service.
At the BlackBerry Live event in Florida, President and CEO, Thorsten Heins, had this to say “We’re not only still here, we’re firing on all cylinders as a company — we’re taking our innovation and creativity to new levels. We’re definitely still in the race”
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