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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 co-CEOs just stepped down. The two men that founded the company that made BlackBerry a raging success have finally caved to mounting pressure to innovate and keep up with Android, iOS and the rest of the growing mobile landscape. Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie are stepping down, with existing COO Thorsten Heins to take over as the sole chief executive. Both of the ex-CEOs will be hanging around the company in various forms, but they won't be calling the same shots. Mike Lazaridis, former Co-Chair and Co-CEO, has become Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee. As Vice Chair, he will work closely with Mr. Heins to offer strategic counsel,... Read more...
Research In Motion has reportedly trimmed its list of future BlackBerry 10 devices down to just a single handset, The upcoming device, BlackBerry London. Up until now, RIM was working on the BlackBerry Colt, which was supposed to be the first BlackBerry OS 10 device. Betting everything on just one handset is a risky move--the company is putting all its eggs in one basket--but it might be the correct one. In this case, software is far more important than hardware. RIM doesn't need to deliver best-in-class specs half so much as it needs an operating system and product strategy that get people excited about BlackBerry phones again. RIM could give the upcoming London a major performance boost compared... 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...
2012 is bound to bring all sorts of new excitement in the mobile space, but it's worth taking a look at how the cards are stacked right now in order to see how things will or won't change in the 12 months ahead. ComScore's last numbers of 2011 found some rather unsurprising results, with Android on the upswing, RIM on the downward slope and Apple still kicking major rear. For the three-month average period ending in November, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 25.6 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 0.3 percentage points), followed by LG with 20.5 percent share and Motorola with 13.7 percent share. Apple strengthened... Read more...
RIM is in trouble after delays to its core products and upcoming BlackBerry OS 10 sent investors diving for cover. During the company's last conference call, its co-CEOs promised to investigate every possible option for improving RIM's market position while it works on the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS and tries to strengthen the appeal of the BlackBerry Playbook. Even so, news that Microsoft and Nokia considered a joint bid for the company comes as a surprise. The Wall Street Journal reports that the three companies discussed such a proposition but notes that the status of the talks "remains unclear." RIM's stock has continued to tank, from $59.10 in January 2011 down to $12.52 on Tuesday, December... 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...
According to new numbers from Nielsen’s third quarter survey, Android’s market share in the U.S. inched up to 43% from 39% back in June. During that same time frame, Apple treaded water, maintaining 28% of the market. However, RIM saw its share continue to drop, from 20% in June down to 18%. Windows Mobile/ Windows Phone 7, which Nielsen lumps into one category, dropped from 9% to 7%. (We’ve been giving Windows a mulligan for a little while now because the shift to Windows Phone 7 is taking time. Still, losing ground is not a good sign.) The remaining 4% belongs to “other”. The numbers are culled from those 43% of mobile subscribers who own a smartphone; 57% have... Read more...
T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry Torch 9810. This 4G BlackBerry smartphone features the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and a 1.2 GHz processor. Other key features include a 3.2-inch TFT VGA capacitive touch-screen display, a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, and  a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is expected to be available starting November 9 though T-Mobile business customers can preorder the phone today. The smartphone will cost $249.99 after discounts and with a contract. T-Mobile Announces Upcoming Availability of the BlackBerry Torch 9810 Latest 4G BlackBerry Smartphone from T-Mobile Arrives... Read more...
Cheaper than Spotify? Yup. More notable than iTunes? Depends on who you ask. Either way, Research in Motion has just launched the BBM Music app, shooting it out of beta and into the public eye. It's available this week for BlackBerry smartphone users from the App World, being hailed as a BBM-connected music service that enables viral music discovery and social interaction, allowing music fans to connect on a whole new level.   BBM Music is a cloud-based service that allows users to enjoy an evolving, community-based music library together with their BBM Music friends. The size of a user’s music library continues to grow as they invite friends to join their community. Each user can... Read more...
RIM's market share in America is slipping downward, but for the BlackBerry fans still hanging in there, there's a Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 headed to AT&T. They're both scheduled to arrive later this month. Both of these support HSPA+ connectivity, and both offer BlackBerry OS 7. All the new BlackBerry smartphones from AT&T support multitasking, so customers can send and receive messages or browse the web while on a telephone call on AT&T's mobile broadband network. They also follow global roaming standards so customers are able to enjoy international voice roaming in more than 220 countries and data roaming in more than 205 countries. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be available starting... Read more...
Now this is a BlackBerry. To anyone suggesting that all BlackBerry phones look the same, just have a look at this guy. Introduced this week in partnership with Porsche Design, the new Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry is easily one of the most flamboyant RIM handsets to ever be introduced. It's build with a forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, sculpted QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touch display. This customized Porsche Design P'9981 comes with an exclusive Porsche Design UI and a bespoke Wikitude World Browser augmented reality app experience. It also includes premium, exclusive PINs that help easily identify another P'9981 smartphone user. It's... 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...
Research in Motion hasn't had the best of months, particularly with that nasty service outage marring their otherwise outstanding record of uptime, but they're trying hard to put the past behind them at BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011. The outfit's own dev event played host to a few announcements this morning, one of which is the unveiling of BBX. That's a new platform name for those keeping count, which brings together the "best of BlackBerry and QNX" to provide a next-gen foundation for RIM's smartphones and tablets. That's right, tablets. As in, the PlayBook is only the beginning. In addition, RIM announced a series of developer tool updates, including WebWorks for BlackBerry smartphones and... Read more...
Remember when that huge hack put Sony's PSN users out of a connection for what felt like an eternity? Sony offered some gifts as a peace offering, and now, it looks like Research In Motion is taking a note out of a book that no company looks forward to reading. Earlier this month, RIM's servers went on the fritz on a near-global basis, leaving tons of BB addicts out in the cold. Not exactly the kind of press RIM needed on a week where Apple was gearing up to sell 4 million of their iPhone 4S handsets. But now, the company has announced hat a selection of premium apps worth a total value of more than US $100 will be offered free of charge to subscribers as an expression of appreciation for their... 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...
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