BlackBerry is facing an increasingly tough time in the market as Android and Apple devices dominate buyer interest, while even Windows Phone is showing signs of slow growth.
However, the Canadian firm clearly still has its fans as our review of its new, cheaper Q5 device was the most popular content of the last week, as readers flocked to see if the phone was worthy of interest. At four stars it could well prove popular for some.
For mobile users on O2 there was good news this week, as V3 was the first to report that customers on the network would be able to access Virgin Media’s London Underground WiFi network for free from the 22 of July.
Meanwhile, V3’s trip to Slovakia to see how mobile payments technology has taken off provided some fascinating insights into this growing area. Top Visa executives said they have huge hopes for the services, predicting 52 million mobile payments per month by the end of 2013.
Security reared its head, as ever, with a new Android threat found siphoning Windows PC data, again underlining the major concerns that exist with Google’s open operating system.
Finally, Microsoft gathered a few headlines with the news that its Windows 8 app store has hit 100,000 applications faster than iOS or Android, while our review of the forthcoming Windows 8.1 updates was also of interest.
BlackBerry Q5 review
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