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Although it’s launching first in Canada, the rumored 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has arrived. RIM announced the 7-inch (1024x600 resolution) slate, which is packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Other specs include 4G connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB port, micro HDMI port, GPS unit, 3MP/5MP front/rear cameras, and stereo speakers. The WiFi-only version has a processor with a lower clock (1GHz) and is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions. Users will be treated to onboard software including Documents To Go and will have access to the BlackBerry App World, Video Store, and Music Store. Other perks courtesy of the PlayBook... Read more...
RIM has been trudging uphill for a few years, now, but it's not ready to quit yet. The smartphone and tablet maker is still putting out products, if slowly. More than a year after announcing plans to launch a 4G LTE tablet, RIM looks to be just about ready to release it. Whether the extra bandwidth will put a new shine on the struggling tablet is up in the air, but it looks like we might find out soon: a possible document from Bell in Canada suggests next week is the launch date for the 4G LTE version. It looks as though 4G LTE connectivity will be the defining difference between the new model and the PlayBook on the market. The specs for the current model aren't bad: a 7-inch, 1024x600 WSVGA... Read more...
It's been quite awhile since anyone had much good to say to say about RIM's chances of surviving the next 12 months as an independent company, but a new interview with CEO Thorsten Heins has me hopeful. Unlike Heins' widely-publicized op/ed in the Globe and Mail a week ago, in which he sounded like a beleagured ship captain reasurring everyone that no, we haven't struck an iceberg, here he comes off as well-grounded. More importantly, he offers the best, most-concise explanation for RIM's current situation that anyone in the company has had to date. Where RIM Went Wrong The problem is actually quite simple. Back in 2007-2009, RIM was busy selling like gangbusters in the US and had focused most... Read more...
We've known for some time now that BlackBerry's PlayBook OS update, known as OS 2.0, is coming sometime this month. With the end of February nearing in a week and a half, there isn't a ton of time. New reports suggest RIM may not wait until the last minute to release this new OS. In fact, it could come as early as tomorrow. New evidence suggests the software update is set to be released on February 21. The update is set to be released at 4:01am in an unknown time zone for all new and existing PlayBooks. This update is expected to bring some key missing features to the tablet, including a native email client, better BlackBerry Bridge functionality, contacts, the ability to run Android apps natively,... Read more...
RIM recognizes that apps are one of the ingredients to success if you're going to compete in the tablet market today. In an effort to try to woo Android developers, RIM is offering a free PlayBook tablet to developers who will repackage their app for the BlackBerry AppWorld. The free tablet promotion was announced by RIM's VP of developer relations, Alec Saunders. According to a tweet from Saunders, Android Developers must submit their Android app to the BlackBerry AppWorld by February 13 in order to have a chance at the free PlayBook tablets. Saunders provided more information by linking to the company's BlackBerry Runtime for Android apps page. Although RIM hasn't enjoyed the success with the... Read more...
According to a leaked product lineup, it would appear that RIM is slimming down its product line up in order to focus resources on its next-generation BlackBerry devices that are expected in the second half of this year. Even so, we could still see two BlackBerry Curve smartphones as well as a slightly tweaked new PlayBook tablet in the next few months. The new Curve smartphones will likely be the BlackBerry Curve 9230 and the BlackBerry Curve 9320. The Curve 9230 will likely be an EDGE smartphone while the Curve 9320 is expected to be a HSPA device. The new PlayBook tablet is said to feature a 1.5GHz processor (an upgrade from the original PlayBook's 1GHz processor), HSPA+ connectivity, and... Read more...
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook hasn't exactly sold as well as the company would have liked. Now, it appears the company may be taking notes from HP: RIM has discounted the PlayBook by as much as $400. Until February 4, RIM is offering the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB PlayBooks for $299. Given the fact that all three models are available for the same price, we have to wonder why anyone would choose the smaller models assuming the 64GB PlayBook remains in stock. In other news, the Financial Post claims RIM is leaning towards replacing co-chairmen of the board Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. During a corporate shake up, both company co-founders could be removed from their current board seats but will likely... Read more...
Well, this is strange. In a year that saw HP sell whatever TouchPad tablets were left for just $99, RIM is also seemingly trying to think of creative ways to get rid of their leftover BlackBerry PlayBook slates. In a world ruled by the iPad, the PlayBook never really stood a chance. It was engineered to only truly work well with BlackBerry users, which is a pretty small population globally. It also shipped without a true e-mail client; a huge no-no when launching a tablet against the iPad. Now, enterprise buyers who grab a copy of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v.5 will get a 16GB PlayBook for nothing. Free. Zilch. You'll need to buy a copy before 12/31 to take advantage, but who knows -- maybe... Read more...
Research In Motion is writing the book on how not to compete with Apple's iPad. It's a three-step process that any tablet maker can follow, and it goes like this. Step 1: Launch an inferior tablet with missing features, but make sure they're big ones, like native email, contacts, and calendar support. Step 2: Promise an update is on the way and get everyone's hopes up. Step 3: Delay the update so that it won't arrive until more than a year after the tablet's release. Well, RIM just completed the third step today. "As much as we’d love to have it in your hands today, we’ve made the difficult decision to wait to launch BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 until we are confident we have fully... Read more...
RIM's BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps, the player that will enable the underperforming PlayBook to run Android applications, is still missing in action. However, details are starting to emerge about the limitations of the player, and they are probably going to disappoint many. The details came from a RIM presentation at Droidcon, which is part of the Eastern European Mobile Monday Developer Summit being held in Romania. We already knew that RIM was going to curate applications which can run on the Runtime player, meaning only those who "applied" for inclusion would be able to be installed on the PlayBook. But RIM's engineers explained that there are several features which will be unavailable... Read more...
Rumors circulate through the Internet faster than germs on an airplane, and a big one for today was that RIM may have stopped manufacturing the BlackBerry PlayBook. Reuters reported that an analyst with Collins Stewart made waves when he proclaimed that RIM halted production, citing factory layoffs at PlayBook manufacturer Quanta Computer and further unspecified “due diligence”. RIM responded sharply to the rumors, indicating in no uncertain terms that the very idea was ludicrous and false. However, given some other events of today and this week, it’s possible that the rumor has legs. RIM wouldn’t be the first company to deny a rumor that turned out to be true. (The phrase... Read more...
Straight and to the point, if you're paying full price for Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, you're paying too much. Don't worry, we're not about to wax critical about the tablet's lack of native email, calendar, and contacts support, all of which reportedly will be addressed in an update next month. The reason you shouldn't pay top dollar for a PlayBook is because it's on sale all over the place. If you head over to Staples, you'll find the 16GB Wi-Fi model selling for $299 instead of $499. That includes $100 in instant savings, and another Benjamin in the form of a mail-in-rebate (pre-paid Visa card). Office Depot is offering a near identical deal, only instead of a pre-paid... Read more...
RIM has been struggling to catch a break for months but the negative reports show no sign of slowing. According to UK rag The Guardian, the company has slashed production of its seven-inch tablet due to an enormous backlog of unshipped hardware. This follows the company's admission last week that it shipped just 200,000 PlayBooks in Q2, down from 500K in Q1. If true, it would mean that RIM has more PlayBook's in inventory than it's managed to sell to date. Quantas, the company that actually manufacturers the PlayBook, has cut its staff from 2,000 to less than 1,000. Unidentified sources with the company claim that RIM is manufacturing less than 100,000 units per month at this point, down from... Read more...
Research In Motion is learning a hard lesson in tablet sales. If you want to compete with Apple's iPad, you can't launch a half-baked slate and hope buyers will scoop up your product based on promise and potential. Yet that's exactly what RIM did when it launched its BlackBerry PlayBook, a nifty 7-inch tablet with a slick operating system, intuitive controls, awesome multitasking, and other high points, but missing critical features like native email and contacts support -- do'h! As a result, RIM only sold 200,000 PlayBook during the last quarter, a rather dismal number that in and of itself doesn't tell the whole story. After reducing its outlook, RIM was hoping to sell 490,000 PlayBooks last... Read more...
RIM has experienced a few setbacks with its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Although the tablet has received some positive press including being approved for Federal use, the tablet still isn't selling as well as retailers or RIM hoped. As we recently saw with the HP TouchPad, price can make a big difference in how well a tablet sells. Best Buy recognizes that price matters to consumers. The retailer is offering a nice discount on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. Although the $150 discount doesn't begin to compare to the fire-sale prices of the HP TouchPad, it's still a significant discount. Now, you'll be able to pick up the 64GB PlayBook for $550. To compare, keep in mind that Apple's 64GB iPad sells... Read more...
Investors and analysts agree, Research In Motion needs to do something to reinvigorate its market position and prevent legions of once-loyal BlackBerry users from transitioning en masse to Android and iOS devices. Whether the company's newly announced music service is going to do anything to stem the tide is, however, a matter of debate. The service, which entered a closed beta phase today, will run $4.99 a month. Users will be able to select up to 50 songs, which makes the service seem a dud right out of the gate, but RIM thinks it has an angle. BlackBerry Messenger Music (abbreviated BBM Music)'s hook is that it shares your music library with all of your friends, provided they sign up for the... Read more...
Unfortunate news for RIM: while sales of the PlayBook tablet haven't been nearly as brisk as some other competitors out there, it looks like Sprint won't be investing time and effort into pushing the 4G WiMAX version on their store shelves. That means that only the Wi-Fi model will remain, with no 4G edition at all to speak of. The news is coming from a Wall Street Journal report on the matter, and while Sprint insists that this won't have an impact on the carrier's relationship with RIM, it can't make the folks in Waterloo feel nice and cozy. The BlackBerry brand has been hammered of late, and with this news, it means that the PlayBook lacks support from any of the three biggest American wireless... Read more...
Apple won a major victory against Samsung today; a German court has banned the Korean manufacturer from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union. The ruling is the latest setback for Samsung in its battle with Apple over allegations that its devices infringe on Apple's patents with respect to aspects of the iPhone / iPad's design and GUI. The injunction blocks the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire EU save for the Netherlands, where a separate court case with a similar goal is being decided. Samsung's comments on the injunction indicate it had no idea the ruling was coming. Samsung is disappointed with the court's decision and we intend to act immediately to defend our... Read more...
Guess who is suiting up for battle? RIM. And we're not just talking about fighting the critics off; we're talking about actual battle. Granted, the BlackBerry PlayBook has yet to be approved for use on the battlefield, but it has been granted a stamp of approval for use within U.S. federal government agencies. RIM has a long history of providing enterprise-focused, highly-secured messaging solutions. It's possible that the company used inroads they already made in order to get this one qualified as well. Unlike the iPad and any of the Android tablets around, the PlayBook is the first tablet to receive the FIPS 140-2 certification. According to RIM: "This certification ... enables the U.S. federal... Read more...
About two weeks ago, BGR.com published a letter allegedly written by a Research In Motion (RIM) executive criticizing the current state of the company and asking the dual CEO team of Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis to consider how the company has gotten into the jam it's in, (it announced job cuts last month) and what strategies will best repair the damage. Since then, a number of other employees have come forward. Today, at its annual shareholder meeting, the level expressed concern ratched up several notches, with shareholders variously questioning nearly every aspect of the company's execution strategy. RIM's market share has fallen significantly in the past three months, from nearly 29 percent... Read more...
AT&T users are now able to use the BlackBerry Bridge application to tether their BlackBerry smartphone with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The BlackBerry Bridge app is available from the BlackBerry App World. With the BlackBerry Bridge application, you’ll see a mirror of the messages, contacts, calendar, memopad, tasks, and BlackBerry Messenger items that are available on your BlackBerry smartphone. The BlackBerry Bridge app also lets you use the Internet connection from a BlackBerry smartphone to browse the Internet on the PlayBook tablet. This is particularly useful when a Wi-Fi connection is unavailable. Keep in mind that you’ll have to pay an extra fee for this feature, however.... Read more...
RIM announced during their latest quarterly earnings call that they had sold 500,000 units of the PlayBook tablet; not a tiny number by any measure. It's not nearly as many as Apple sold of their iPad 2, but frankly, there are two different markets being served here. Even RIM admits that they're mostly targeting folks who already own a BlackBerry handset, and given that the email client partly relies on having a BB nearby, it's easy to see how accurate that is. But either way, RIM's shedding some of that bad news with a bit of positivity here. The company's first major BlackBerry Tablet OS has been released, bringing the OS up to v1.0.6. That update delivers support for Adobe's Flash 10.3 player... Read more...
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