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RIM hasn't done the best job keep this one a complete secret, but it's still a shock to most who don't follow each and every move of the BlackBerry maker. Today at a press event in NYC, AT&T and RIM jointly announced the next BlackBerry device, which will be the first to launch with BlackBerry OS 6. No, it's not a BlackPad tablet, but an actual phone: the Torch. This phone has also been known as the BlackBerry 9800, and it's yet another unique design from RIM. Rather than sticking with the traditional, and rather than going back to the Storm design that was near-universally disliked, the company has split the difference on the Torch. It looks like a Storm from the front, but a pull-down QWERTY... Read more...
Before, this was all just a far-fetched rumor. Now, the whispers are nearly impossible to shun. RIM, which is known globally for their BlackBerry series of business smartphones, may be getting ready to expand their operations in a big, big way. RIM has really never stepped out from their smartphone ways, with the touchscreen-based Storm and Storm2 being the most unconventional devices the Canadian company has ever produced. But with Apple producing the iPad and Microsoft announcing that they would pushing tablet PCs hard just as soon as they are ready, RIM is reportedly gearing up to join the masses with a slate of their own. It's not exactly expected; a year ago, who would have ever thought... Read more...
Both the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia are set to ban some functions of BlackBerry devices used in their countries. At issue is the inability of both countries to easily monitor data traveling via various features on the phone. BlackBerry data, unlike that of most phones, is both encrypts its data and routes it through an overseas data center, in this case, RIM's network center in Canada. The UAE says that because of this, it will block emails, Internet access, and instant messaging to other Blackberry handsets. Negotiations with the UAE fell apart when the suggestion of a proxy server in the UAE was rejected by RIM. The UAE ban is set to begin in October. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia... Read more...
There's no doubt that the popularity of RIM's BlackBerry handset line has dropped somewhat as newer versions of iOS and Android make the iPhone and the array of Android phones on the market that much more attractive, but for the business people, there's still no real replacement. And you might say that America's President falls into that classification. Barack Obama fought hard early on in order to keep his BlackBerry even though you're supposed to give up your personal phone in exchange for a government-approved phone when you take over as Commander and Chief. But now that he has been toting that trusty BlackBerry around for a couple of years as President, he doesn't share that same enthusiasm.... Read more...
RIM is expected to reveal a new touchscreen BlackBerry next week. The BlackBerry 9800 is expected to feature a new operating system, a revamped web browser, and a full slide-out keyboard. With these features, many are hoping the new phone will better compete against the likes of the Apple iPhone and other popular smartphones on the market today. The launch of the BlackBerry 9800 is expected at a joint event between RIM and AT&T next Tuesday, and AT&T is expected to get exclusive rights to sell the device. According to analysts, a smooth launch is critical for RIM, whose stock has fallen by a third in the past year as other popular smartphones eat into its share of the North American market.... Read more...
Samsung Electronics dismissed claims by Apple that all smartphones suffer from dropped signals when held a certain way. Last Friday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs defended the new iPhone 4 against complaints that the phone has reception issues by saying other phones have similar antenna issues. In defending the iPhone, Jobs cited devices from Samsung, RIM, and HTC in an effort to show that Apple is not the only company who has a smartphone with a reception issue. Apple also launched a website that shows how other phones experience similar reception issues. "Based on years of experience of designing high-quality phones, Samsung mobile phones employ an internal antenna design technology that... Read more...
A BlackBerry tablet? It may happen. RIM has already proven that they aren't afraid of venturing into a world dominated by touch panels, as we have seen with the Storm and Storm2 smartphones. And while the company's bread and butter is definitely QWERTY-equipped business phones, no one is saying they can't expand their horizons a bit. According to a Wall Street Journal report, they may in fact be ready to expand. Sources are saying that RIM is "testing a touch-screen smartphone with a slide-out keyboard," which will run a "new version of the BlackBerry operating system" (we're guessing BlackBerry OS 6) and will "work much like an iPhone." The tablet would allow users to "swipe through screens... Read more...
Given the current landscape, it would seem inevitable that it's only a matter of time before Nokia falls to the competition and concedes the No. 1 spot in the smartphone market. After all, there's a new iPhone on the horizon, HTC continues to bombard the market with wicked fast Android devices (and those built around other platforms), and Research in Motion (RIM) remains an active participant whose BlackBerry devices are still popular. So where does that leave Nokia? Well, still at the top, and that's a place they intend to stay. Nokia actually managed to grow their smartphone market share ever so slightly in April to 41 percent, up from 40 percent at the end of 2009. "Nokia's leadership has... Read more...
If you've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of faster mobile broadband networks and gadgets, we have some good news for you. The next generation of high-speed Internet services and devices could arrive faster than initially expected. AT&T and Verizon Wireless are ramping up plans to speed up their networks and deliver more advanced devices as early as the end of this year, possibly in time for the holiday season. Since there aren't a lot of new customers that are looking to get a cell phone, most wireless carriers are focusing on data services and other offerings for growth. AT&T plans to triple speeds for high speed home Internet services. The carrier also plans to double speeds on... Read more...
The Android operating system is continuing to gain popularity among users. According to the NPD Group, Android moved past Apple and took the number-two position among smartphone operating systems in the first quarter of 2010. Based on last quarter unit sales numbers from NPD’s wireless market research, the Android operating system moved into second place with 28 percent. Holding the number one spot is RIM’s OS with 36 percent. Apple’s OS held 21 percent of the market. “As in the past, carrier distribution and promotion have played a crucial role in determining smartphone market share,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. “In order... Read more...
Nuance recently announced a new Dragon for E-Mail dictation application for BlackBerry smartphones. As the latest addition to Nuance's Dragon Mobile Apps portfolio, Dragon for E-Mail uses Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate emails from within the BlackBerry email client. The app is available for free for a limited time for the following phones: AT&T Bold AT&T Bold 2 AT&T Curve Verizon Storm Verizon Storm 2 Verizon Tour T-Mobile Curve T-Mobile Bold2 Hello Nuance Users, Today we have more exciting news for the Nuance Community, as we launched the Dragon for E-Mail dictation application on the BlackBerry App World! Dragon for E-Mail is the latest addition to our Dragon Mobile Apps portfolio... Read more...
According to Forbes.com, Apple is now the largest U.S. maker of mobile phones. After selling a total of 8.8 million iPhones in the first quarter of this year, Apple surpassed Motorola as the largest U.S. maker of phones. To compare, Motorola sold a total of 8.5 million phones in the same quarter. Despite losing its spot as the No. 1 maker of mobile phones, Motorola managed to post an unexpected profit in the first quarter thanks to sales of its new phones which outdid the company's forecasts. Four years ago, Motorola sold 46.1 million phones in the first quarter. Now, the market has changed and run-of-the-mill phones such as Motorola's one-popular Razr are not as profitable or popular. In an... Read more...
Earlier in the week, RIM introduced two (or three, if you count the second version of the Pearl 3G) new BlackBerry smartphones, but the operating system on those won't be the latest for long. At the company's WES show in Florida, BlackBerry 6 was introduced, proving that 2010 really is the year of the revamped smartphone OS. This year alone we've seen Windows Phone 7 launch, iPhone OS 4 teased and Android 2.1 take over their space. Now, RIM is making sure it keeps up by giving the world a sneak peek (and little else) of the upcoming OS. All existing BlackBerry handsets that are shipping now ship with BB OS 5. That operating system has been out for awhile now, and is beginning to show its age.... Read more...
If the BlackBerry Bold 9650 isn't really your cup of tea, RIM has another phone that might just work. There's a new Pearl in town, and it's being simply called the Pearl 3G. In fact, the Pearl 3G is more than just a phone. It's two phones! RIM is calling this their smallest BlackBerry yet, measuring less than 2" wide and weighing 3.3oz. It supports high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and GPS, and like most BlackBerry phones these days, the trackball has been replaced with a new optical trackpad that's supposedly more reliable. There's also a 3.2MP camera with flash, support for a 32GB memory card, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a 624MHz processor with 256MB of Flash memory. The screen has... Read more...
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