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News: BBM for Android and iOS officially launches September 21

BlackBerry originally said that it would launch its BlackBerry Messenger client for Android and iOS in the summer, and the Canadian device and services company is cutting it close. BBM for Android launches on the last official day of summer.

Product Launch: BlackBerry Z30 with 5-inch display and BlackBerry 10.2 finally confirmed

The BlackBerry Z30 has appeared in several leaked photos and rumor reports as the BlackBerry A30, so the company formerly known as RIM has chosen today as the day to officially announce its first BB 10 device with a 5-inch display.

Newsbrief: Google Wallet launching on all Android 2.3 or later phones in the U.S., but NFC payments still missing on most carriers

Google Wallet released an update today that I've already covered in a separate post. I've since learned that Wallet will work on all Android 2.3 or later handsets in the U.S., regardless of carrier, but with some limitations. Google Wallet was previously blocked by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon in favor of their Isis joint venture. AllThingsD reports the latest version of Wallet still won't support NFC payments on AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon phones, but they will be downloadable because they support sending payments to individuals and using loyalty cards. Wallet's NFC-based capabilities will continue to work only on select devices that already support it.

Newsbrief: Sprint BlackBerry Q10 launches August 30

Sprint will deliver its first BlackBerry 10 handset later this week when the carrier begins offering the BlackBerry Q10 for $199.99 on a two-year agreement. The phone will be available online and in stores beginning Friday, August 30. The Q10 has already been made available at the other three major carriers in the U.S., but Sprint will make it four at the end of the week for customers craving a device with a physical keyboard. Be sure to read our BlackBerry Q10 review to learn more about the device.

News: Lenovo is now the fourth-largest smartphone seller and a possible BlackBerry buyer

Samsung and Apple are obviously the world's top two smartphone vendors, but how many people can honestly say that they know the fourth place seller? The answer is Lenovo, which revealed strong earnings today that will reignite talk of it purchasing BlackBerry.

News: BlackBerry Z30 for AT&T hands-on video leaks upcoming phone with 5-inch 720p display

BlackBerry is looking for a buyer for the company, but until then, the company will still needs to make big moves to find buyers for its phones. The BlackBerry Z30, which may be heading to AT&T later this year as one of the devices to help bring in new customers, has appeared in a lengthy hands-on video.

News: BlackBerry confirms that it is now considering selling the company

Days after rumors first emerged that BlackBerry may consider taking the company private or even consider a sale, the Canadian mobile device and services company issued a statement that its board members are considering those options and more as they try to fix BlackBerry's fading market position.

News: BlackBerry considering taking the company private to ease pressure on its disappointing sales

The company formerly known as RIM is contemplating going backwards to go from a publicly traded company to a private one that doesn't need to constantly get battered for its lackluster performance. Will that save BlackBerry as an OS and company?

News: WhatsApp launches Voice Messages for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry

The heap of messaging apps competing to be the preferred service has increased competition. Multiplatform messaging service WhatsApp today announced that it has released a new Voice Messages feature for all of its supported operating systems to better compete with those apps.

News: iPhone, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone to get NFC-based Isis mobile payment system

Isis, the mobile payments joint venture between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, will finally start its nationwide expansion later this year. The NFC-based payment solution, which currently supports only a few Android phones, will crossover to the three other major smartphone operating systems later this year.