BlackBerry BBM Now Has Stephen Colbert Emoji

BlackBerry BBM Now Has Stephen Colbert Emoji
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BlackBerry continues its legacy as an originator. The smartphone maker has added a character with one eyebrow raised, which is popularly known as the Stephen Colbert emoji. For the smartphone maker, this is perhaps the best moment since the eggplant emoji entered the modern lexicon.

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Why is BlackBerry’s “Colbert” emoji notable?

This new addition is notable for a number of reasons, one of them being that BBM is the first app to add the new character. Also it makes complete sense for the Canadian firm to be the first to add an emoji nicknamed after Stephen Colbert, who is a fellow originator. Both BlackBerry and Colbert have a huge fan following, and both dare to be different from others.

“Both have large cult-like followings (#TeamBlackBerry, anyone?) and both dare to be different and stand out from the pack by being unique,” the Canadian firm says in a blog post.

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With the help of this new “Colbert” emoji, BlackBerry users will be able to convey doubt, accompanied with the concepts of disapproval and a little surprise. The Unicode Consortium has approved the emoji, and users can expect to see it on other platforms as well, including Android and iOS, soon. Unicode Consortium is a non-profit organization that supervises the creation and approval of new emojis.

BlackBerry’s next Android phone

BlackBerry is focusing on releasing a few mid-range devices running on the Android OS, and Hamburg may be the first to arrive before the end of the year. The device’s specs have reportedly been leaked after appearing on the GFXBench benchmark tests.

The upcoming handset will come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and a 5.2 -inch display with full-HD resolution. Given that the Priv came with a QHD display, the full HD resolution is not really a surprise. The lower resolution will assist in better battery life and keeping the price low.

The rear camera is expected to have a 12-megapixel sensor, while the front camera will house a 7-megapixel sensor. The battery size is expected to be 3,000 mAh, but the smartphone maker has not revealed any certain details yet. The device may be similar to the Z30 and priced around $300.

The BlackBerry Priv brought no substantial change in the Canadian firm’s market share, which has been declining consistently over the last few years. With its next Android device, the Canadian firm hopes to gain some traction.

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at
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