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BlackBerry admits Android, iOS helped cause their demise

With BlackBerry’s recent withdrawal from the consumer market, and subsequent revelation that they lost $1 billion last quarter, we were all left to reminisce on just what led to their downfall. Some pointed to the iPhone, which led the charge into a new frontier of smart devices. Some said the proliferation of Android was too much, and Google’s free-to-use services were just too much for RIM Blackberry.

Qualcomm exec dubs Apple’s 64-bit A7 a “marketing gimmick” [Updated]

Apple created some buzz when they announced the 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5s and as we later learned, similar support may not be all that far off for Android. In fact, Samsung, by way of the Korean press, confirmed they would have smartphones with 64-bit processors in the future. Samsung did not offer specifics in terms of the processor at the time, however a recent report from Tech World has revealed that Qualcomm is working on such a chip.

Android tablet sales surpass iPads

It appears as if we are seeing a shift in the tablet space. According to data coming from a recent ABI Research report, Android tablets are now outselling the iPad. The report points specifically to the second quarter of 2013, noting that "number of Android-powered tablets surpassed iOS-based slates for the first time."

EU to require phone makers to use standard charger

Citing the alarming growth of e-waste, a European Union committee has unanimously voted to require all smartphone, and probably tablets as well, manufacturers to use the same type of charger. While many such European companies have already adopted a common charger interface, this could potentially pose problems for Apple who has consistently been using its own proprietary connections.

iMessage app unofficially arrives for Android [UPDATE: App pulled]

There are plenty of cross-platform messaging apps available, however there are some that are still limited to a single mobile operating system. In this case, one of the apps that is still limited is iMessage, which is available on iOS devices. Or more to the point for today, has previously only been available for iOS devices. A new iMessage app has recently landed in the Play Store -- but there is a catch.