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Blackberry Passport review 2018

Blackberry Passport review 2018-Updates and Apps

Blackberry Passport Updates

You must be knowing that it is Blackberry team who advised Apple on i OS 11 before they even launched it. So, the great features like no button and sliding up for closing an App on I Phone X is something which was originally developed by Blackberry ever since Blackberry Passport was launched in 2014. This blog is my second in the series post review which I did last year.

Read More About Blackberry Passport review in 2017

I also assume that there was a deliberate attempt to shut down all great work Blackberry has been doing in Mobility (of course, they had plans to rebrand as a software company, which is now evident from rebranding exercise they did and all great work they are doing in Automotive, technology for embedded cars) No one would otherwise, lose a loyal following base like Blackberry OS users over the last decade.

For the people looking to buy a new Blackberry Passport in 2018, Please note that Blackberry OS and Blackberry world will have its last day on 31st Of December, 2019

To add more, last year, WhatsApp stopped supporting BB 10 OS, Google stopped supporting BB 10 OS, a lot of paid apps were taken out of Blackberry ecosystem, and blackberry was also ready to support i OS 11 on day zero of launch, in fact, Blackberry hosted an event for “How iOS 11 Will Impact Your Mobility Strategy” which were otherwise business rivals in mobility until 2017.

Blackberry has clearly missed the opportunity to leverage the large fan user base on BB 10 OS, who were forced to move to Android which is very different from BB 10 OS.

Apps that work on Blackberry Passport

Many argue that Blackberry Passport is too outdated to be used in 2018. Surprisingly, there are still buyers for new Blackberry on Amazon across the globe. I bought one personally at India, and another one recently in Canada. I have been using this device for some time now and this device just works fine with some tweaks and tricks. I will talk about apps that are a daily need and whether they work fine on Blackberry Passport in 2018 or not in this section.

Word of Caution before you Install an App

Thumb rule number 1, If you have an app on Blackberry world that works for you (bare minimum) – prefer using this over any 3rd party patched or Android app, reason being, the later one will actually slow down the system and drain more battery.

Thus, more 3rd party apps or patched apps from Android, chances are that you will slow down your Blackberry.

I have covered detailed instructions about pathing of apps and installation of apps from Google Play store in my detailed blog here.

Google Maps

Something that’s a must needed app nowadays, just download the stock make from Google play store, it’s the best app you can get. There are multiple versions of Blackberry world though, which are bit outdated and not as user-friendly as stock one from Google. The battery is not an issue with this app.

SEMrush

Download from Google Play Store

Offline maps: Maps.Me from stock works best.

Download from Blackberry World

BBM & Video Calling

The video calling on BBM just doesn’t work on Blackberry Passport, it works fine, however, if both the caller and recipient are using Android version of the same BBM, which otherwise, is a WhatsApp dominated market.
By the way, BBM had video calling and all features about 2 to 3 years back itself including deleting a message (it was called retracting a message) to everyone, which, now, we find in WhatsApp.

Download from Blackberry World

Uber on BBM

I tried almost all versions of Uber available on BB World, 3rd party websites and Crackberry. None of them work. The news last year about Uber being available right within the BBM apps also works at few regions, surprisingly, only on BBMs on google play store and not the one you can download from Blackberry world.

For example, this is Android version of Canada showing Uber (no option at all in BB OS version of BBM in Canada)

blackberry messenger

Same is the case with Video calling within BBM as mentioned above in this blog.

The best option you have is to use m.uber.com the web version to book your cab, it’s a bit slower than the app, but last man’s resort.

Emails

The stock version of the Hub works best, you can also download other mail apps as below.

Download Outlook from Google Play Store

Download Mail for Gmail from BB world 

WhatsApp

Download stock version from Google play store and patch it by using any WhatsApp patcher on Blackberry World, you will, however, need an SD card to be available in Blackberry Passport for enabling so.

Download from Google Play Store

Detailed Video on WHATSAPP ON BLACKBERRY IN 2018

Amazon App Store & Shopping

Stock version inbuilt in Blackberry works best, an easy upgrade is possible when you open the apps for the first time.

Dropbox

The stock version from BB world is light but bit outdated. If you prefer, the Android version also works fine from play store.

Download Dropbox from Blackberry World

Download Dropbox from Google Play Store

Cleaner

Stock version works best, very simple and effective to use.

Download

Call Recording

Blackberry doesn’t have this inbuilt unlike a lot of Android Phones these days. Parrot – Voice Recorder from stock works best.

Download

Social Media

Facebook

Face 10 by Nemory studios works best. There are other patched or old Facebook app versions which have some or other issue. Face 10 has certain limitations, but it just works fine.

Download 

LinkedIn

Android version from Play store is better. It opens a bit slower in Blackberry Passport but works fine after that. Please ignore the update now message which appears every time you start this app.

Download

Twitter

Android version from Play store works best. The others on Blackberry world are too outdated to be used.

Download 

Instagram

Inst10 for Instagram by Nemory Studios works fine. The stock also can be installed but I found some difficulty while opening the app.

Download

YouTube

The stock app name SuperTube or Player for Youtube, both are good enough.

Download SuperTube

Download Player for YouTube

Conclusion

Earlier last month, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that, “I think there might be a need in this world for a phone that is very simple and just focused on secure email, secure texts and a basic browser”. He was pointing towards Blackberry Bold (9900). That’s where Blackberry Passport succeeds, it is simple yet most secure smartphone out there. Open any website, and you will see the notifications, right inside the browser that “this website is trying to access your location” you will be surprised to know that almost every other website wants to know your location. This is one of the reasons behind growing threats to data privacy and rise of GDPR this month onwards. I am sure you must have, by now, heard of Cambridge Analytical Scandal. Facebook was questioned, Twitter is found doing so, Google (except the fines they paid in EU) is yet to be caught at this scale. If you need a simple smartphone with productivity, minus some applications with increased privacy and control on where your information is being shared, you must use Blackberry Passport until end of 2019.
Having said all of that, there can never be an end to the need and choice of apps, which apps do you use? Let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.

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neeraj

Neeraj is a Marketing Professional with over 8+ years of experience in B2B Sales & Marketing. His experience ranges from selling an IT product in field sales to marketing them over digital channels.

13 thoughts to “Blackberry Passport review 2018-Updates and Apps”

  1. That is a great informative post Neeraj. I Appreciate it.
    I wanted to know if 3rd Party Twitter Apps (like Gravity Forever, Fenix or Tweetcaster) and Evernote can be parched to use in Blackberry Passport. If yes, will it be only possible till end of 2019?

    1. Thanks Janak,

      Yes, they can be patched using methods I mentioned above, you can also try to use older versions of the same app if patching doesn’t work. (sites like APK Mirror etc. provide older APKs)

      Blackberry World (the app ecosystem of blackberry) will end by Dec 2019, 3rd party apps will still survive until and unless blackberry completely shuts down the OS which should take more time than 2019. (they promised at least 2 years of OS support)

      Having said that, here is what they said during Dec end last year..

      “While we are pleased to announce continuing support for BB10 and BBOS users for at least another two years, current device owners should be aware that we will be closing some ancillary services such as the BlackBerry World app store (12/31/2019), the BlackBerry Travel site (February 2018), and the Playbook video calling service (March 2018). Customers who upgrade to a new KeyOne or Motion won’t miss a beat as they’ll have immediate access to the rich universe of apps in the Google Play store without compromising on either security or their desire for a physical keyboard” (Source: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2017/12/supporting-bb10-and-bbos-customers-and-rewarding-your-loyalty/)

  2. Hi, so by 2019 the phone itself will stop run? Is that what it means by OS stop being supported? Or the already installed apps in the Bb phones will still able to run until, say, example 2030– they just cannot be updated? Thanks since it’s already September and here BB Passport is still around 220usd for new ones. Which would be, in our country, still a lil too expensive if can only be used for 2-3 years only. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Mariam,

      OS support will only be stopped that’s the software component only. I See that as a gradual change, there is no way it will stop working on one fine day, suddenly. I am expecting it to be a formal announcement with a bit of time extension for users to decide and look for an upgrade. Yes, you are right that apps cannot be updated by 2020.

      I would suggest to buy a used one if its available in your country and test it out for a few days if it still works for you. I purchased a used only at around $100 and sold it at same value. It holds its value for sure.

  3. It seems that every time one of my apps upgrades it stops working: thetrainline, puregym, amazon store, chargeyourcar, payby phone, nissan ev. These are apps I used weekly and i just dont know how much longer i can hang onto this phone but i just love the keyboard

  4. You seem to know a lot about the Blackberry Passport and perhaps you may have a suggestion for my problem. My phone is stuck on Finalizing device setup. I am devastated. I picked up my phone and I thought a new software upgrade was happening but nos such luck. I have tried hard resets and soft resets and nothing is working….any idea what is happening?

    1. Hey Mary,

      Thanks for reaching out. It could be incomplete install and this is common in a lot of mobile devices.

      1) Try Installing Blackberry Link on your laptop/desktop device; few people with similar issues could resolve this using Blackberry Link, you may try different laptops/desktops though! ( Download from here )
      2) Try Manually uploading the OS as given on Crackberry here
      3) Steps to hard reset using BB link – here
      4) If above doesn’t work, and you have a warranty on the device by chance, take it to an authorized service center. You may find all list of support centers of Blackberry with service centers here.

      Hope above options help you restore your blackberry passport soon.

      1. Neeraj,
        Thank you for responding. I will try your suggestions. I am surprise though with the blackberry link suggestion since I have not had the link working for a few years. I was lucky enough to have an older laptop with windows seven and BB Link still seems alive but when I connect my precious passport it won’t back up or do anything. The passport is recognized as connected but any action after that requires for my BB passport to be connected even if it already shows that it is.

        Today I found the first screen open on the passport with the alarm going off at a certain time. I stopped it hoping that the three apps that were visible on the screen could be opened…they cannot. From a previous effort a week ago when the screen actually became visible as it was today, clicking the apps made them disappear and I was left with a blank first page with just the headings. I am devastated.

        I will try your suggestion but I am afraid that this is the end of the line for my beautiful passport.

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