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Report: BlackBerry Blend to officially debut with the BlackBerry Passport

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Report: BlackBerry Blend to officially debut with the BlackBerry Passport
The oft-leaked BlackBerry Blend has been leaked once more. This just might be the very last time that it is leaked, considering that the latest rumor reveals that the feature will debut with the launch of the BlackBerry Passport. The latter device could be released later this month. This is not totally a surprise since back in May, we passed along a rumor that Blend would be unveiled on the BlackBerry Windermere. That was the code name for the device that subsequently became the BlackBerry Passport.

With BlackBerry Blend, users will be able to view much of the content (including messages) from their 'Berry handset to a larger screen like a tablet or a computer. Blend is expected to allow you to respond to some messages and chats from different accounts in BlackBerry Hub. You will be able to get to your BBM groups, chats and channels on a computer or tablet, and SMS messages can be read. You will also be able to view daily, weekly and monthly agendas while also being able to make changes to existing calendar entries. New entries to your calendar can also be made.

If your business is using BES10, you can open a browser with a secure connection to view your company's intranet. Lastly, tasks that you used to do with BlackBerry Desktop Software or BlackBerry Link, such as backing up and restoring device data, switching to another device, and copying content and media between a computer/tablet and your BlackBerry 10 device, can now all be done with BlackBerry Blend.

If this leak is legit, running Blend will require a mobile device running BlackBerry 10.3 or later. Computers need to be powered by Windows 7 or later, or by Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Android tablets must be running Android 4.4 or later while an Apple iPad must be powered by nothing less than iOS 6. You must be connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network, or synced via a USB connection.

BlackBerry Blend just might be a very useful tool for the businessman on the move, as he gathers information on the fly using his Passport, and accesses it using his PC or tablet in the office. Interestingly, it doesn't seem that BlackBerry's own tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, is of much use here.

source: BBIN via Crackberry

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posted on 01 Sep 2014, 02:53 3

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Looks like a very nice addition to the Blackberry ecosystem. PC/Mac access and management of phone/device content is something that matters to a lot of customers.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 03:05 1

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Dammit, I thought it's a new upcoming device from BlackBerry. How I wish that they will unveil a full touch screen flagship along with the Passport.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:26

4. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 2014)

With John Chen wanting to focus on PKB handsets at the moment, it's doubtful that will happen this year. The closest we will get to another all-touch BlackBerry is the BlackBerry Z3LTE, which is supposed to introduce slightly updated specs into the handset ala BlackBerry Z30, but at an extremely affordable price. Perhaps next year they will introduce an all-touch flagship.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:20 1

3. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 2014)

BlackBerry Blend is reminiscent of BlackBerry Bridge, which allowed a similar connection between a BlackBerry handset and the BlackBerry PlayBook. It was a great feature, and I'm glad that they have expanded on it with BlackBerry Blend.

With BlackBerry introducing features like this into the BlackBerry ecosystem, they are are expanding their software and services capabilities, which is exactly what John Chen has said he wanted to do all along.

There has even been talk of introducing BlackBerry Blend for other platforms, the same way BBM has been introduced to other platforms. That would be great and further increase the capabilities of BlackBerry's software and services side.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 08:27 1

5. parthoman (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)

waiting for the source link to get live.

fingers crossed , dying to try my blackberry on my 15 inch dell laptop.

All the best :)

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:41

6. Rngeek1966 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

Now it's not definitive the BlackBerry Blend won't work with the PlayBook. We have to verify that when logging into the blackberry blend website using the PlayBook browser doesn't work.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 07:33

7. jbishops (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)

If Blackberry wants to succeed in the future they need to stop producing phone and software are move over to Android. The OS they use is lame, laggy and the app store is terrible.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 15:56

8. ablopez (Posts: 235; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)

Very interesting concept. Can't wait to try it out.

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