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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...
A few weeks ago, RIM introduced a smattering of new BlackBerry handsets, but one handset that was missing from the bunch was a newly designed Curve. Looks like that one was... just a bit behind the curve. (Sorry, had to do that.) Today, however, the Canadian smartphone maker is introducing the slickest, slimmest Curve yet. The Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 are the newest trio, all of which feature BlackBerry 7 OS. No doubt, these are the first BlackBerry phones in quite some time that are downright beautiful. Boy, are they slim! They also sport the iconic BB keyboard, GPS, Wi-Fi, a 5MP camera (with video recording), a microSD/SDHC slot and a range of powerful hardware enhancements including upgraded... Read more...
Music services have been beat like a drum over the past few years, so is there really room or another? RIM seems to believe so, as it has just announced its new Blackberry Music Service. According to CNET's sources, RIM is "in talks with the four largest record companies about launching a new music service to run on top of BlackBerry Messenger, the company's instant-messenger service." The deal is already inked with one of those top 4 labels, and "at least" another 2 are within range. If the ink dries fast enough, the service could launch next week. It's a solid gesture, but it's hardly what RIM needs to be focusing on, as the company has bigger issues. Namely, BlackBerry needs a new OS to compete... Read more...
Soon, T-Mobile customers will be able to get their hands on the carrier’s first 4G BlackBerry smartphone. The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is currently available for preorder for T-Mobile business customers. The phone is expected to be available in stores on Aug. 31. This 4G-capable BlackBerry boasts of being the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever, measuring 10.5mm thick. The phone also features a 1.2GHz processor, the new BlackBerry 7 OS, and T-Mobile’s new MobileLife Family Organizer application. T-Mobile Launches the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Its First 4G BlackBerry Smartphone Featuring the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, the smartphone will be T-Mobile’s fastest BlackBerry to... Read more...
Most of the mobile news this week is obviously centered around Google's decision to acquire Motorola Mobility, but RIM's still playing their cards as well. The company just announced vital details about the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 on Sprint's network. We knew these guys were coming, but we didn't know when and for how much. Now, we do. The phones, both of which are powered by BlackBerry 7 OS, will go on sale in Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 and online at www.sprint.com beginning on Sunday, Aug. 21. BlackBerry Bold 9930 boasts the thinnest design and widest QWERTY on a BlackBerry smartphone for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line... Read more...
Many businesses have discovered the benefits of equipping its staff with smartphones (powerful mobile computing and communication, etc.), and probably just about as many have experienced the downsides, too (lost/broken/stolen phones, management headaches, etc.). Research In Motion released a cloud-based management solution, called BlackBerry Management Center, that is designed to help companies with between 3-100 smartphone users more easily manage their fleet of devices and alleviate some of those problems. First off, BlackBerry Management Center is free, which is everyone’s favorite price. Second, it’s designed to require “little or no technical skills to use” (according... Read more...
RIM's once stellar outlook from a few years back has dimmed somewhat recently, but that's not stopping the company from keeping the hardware flowing. The Bold 9930 is their latest on Verizon Wireless, and it's available starting today for $249.99 on a 2-year contract. It's one of RIM's slimmer QWERTY-equipped devices, and offers a 2.8" (640x480) touch screen, 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU, and a chassis that's only 0.41" thick. It also ships with the latest version of BlackBerry OS 7, and a somewhat mysterious launch date; despite being on sale today (it's also available for $510 without a contract requirement), there's no definitive ship date as of yet.... 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...
Information about RIM’s first QNX smartphone, codenamed the BlackBerry Colt, have been leaked. The Colt is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2012. This new smartphone is said to have a single-core processor and lack BlackBerry Enterprise Server integration—two key features that are likely to be a disappointment to users. At a time where most high-end smartphones are moving to dual-core processors, the Colt seems to be lagging behind. Although details could change before the phone is released, BGR’s source said the internal testing that’s happening right now with the Colt is with a single-core chip. If you’ll recall, the BlackBerry PlayBook launched without... Read more...
According to the latest numbers released by comScore, both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems gained marketshare in Q2 at the expense of rivals RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian. In the report, comScore claims 78.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in June 2011, up 8% from the preceding three month period. Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 40.1% of the market, up 5.4%. Apple improved its marketshare but remained in the No. 2 spot with 26.6% of the smartphone market, up 1.1 % from the prior reporting period. RIM ranked third and remained close behind Apple with 23.4%, but it lost 3.7% of its... Read more...
RIM has quite the unveiling this week, and a few of the company's latest are headed to Sprint. RIM and Sprint obviously have a long relationship of partnering with one another, and that's continuing with the release of America's first BlackBerry 7 OS phones. The Bold 9930 and the the Torch 9850 are both destined for Sprint's shelves. The 9930 boasts the thinnest design and widest QWERTY on a BlackBerry smartphone, while the Torch 9850 will be the first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone for Sprint customers. Not only are both phones rocking BB 7 OS, but they're also powered by a 1.2GHz processor, offer 5MP cameras and are World Phone capable. There's no mention yet of a price or release, but... Read more...
AT&T recently revealed its upcoming BlackBerry lineup. In August, the carrier will get the 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810. Later this year, the carrier will also add the 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the 4G BlackBerry Torch 9860. All of these new models will be capable of operating on AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul network. The next-generation 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 features the new BlackBerry 7 OS and utilizes the signature BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard in a slide out design. Additional specs include a 1.2GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with HD 720p video recording, 8GB of onboard storage, and a high resolution 3.2-inch touch display powered by BlackBerry Liquid Graphics technology.... Read more...
Good news for Google: the Canalys research firm has found that Google's Android OS dominated the worldwide smart device market in the second quarter. Canalys, which analyzes shipments in 56 countries around the world, found that Android was the leader in 35 of them, leading to the operating system's secure hold on 48 percent market share during the quarter. Android shipments reached 51.9 million, showing massive growth of 379 percent compared with the second quarter of 2010. The OS is especially popular in South Korea, where it captured a whopping 85 percent of the market share. Taiwan wasn't far behind with 71 percent. Android market share only seems to be going up, because as recently as January... 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...
Blackberry developer Research In Motion is reportedly working on a media box that connects to televisions and streams content from Netflix, Youtube, and other nearby media devices. The box, which is code-named the Blackberry Cyclone, is intended to compete with similar products from Apple, Google, and others. The specs for the box, which come from an unnamed source, include HDMI-out, wi-fi connectivity with the ability to interact with other devices on a network, and streaming content from Youtube and Netflix with "more to come." The device supposedly looks like a larger version of the Blackberry Presenter, a BlackBerry smartphone accessory that allows users present Microsoft PowerPoint... Read more...
When you think about apps on phones, you probably think first about Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market. But there's a few other major players. HP has the webOS marketplace, and RIM has the BlackBerry App World. And while RIM's taking a beating lately, that doesn't mean that they're lacking for users. The company just announced that App World 3.0 beta is "coming soon," and there's also some celebrating to do: they just passed their one billionth download! It's available in over 100 countries, with an average of 3 million downloads per day. Of course, having the PlayBook out definitely helps as well. So, have you contributed to the count? Mind you, this isn't nearly as many apps as Android... 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...
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...
Not long ago, we learned of an issue that affects all systems running Flash. Although most users' minds automatically think of the vulnerabilities they could be exposed to on their PC, because the BlackBerry PlayBook supports flash, this tablet is also susceptible. For this reason, RIM is releasing a new version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS (version 1.0.5.2342) with an updated version of Adobe Flash Player that resolves the issue. Although there are no reports of BlackBerry PlayBook users being affected by the Adobe Flash issue, RIM is encouraging every PlayBook user to update to the latest version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS. Adobe rates the vulnerability as “important” rather than... Read more...
RIM plans to make its PlayBook tablet available in 16 countries outside of North America over the next month. The PlayBook launched in the US and Canada in April. As "the world’s first professional-grade tablet" the PlayBook offers a full-featured web browser, multitasking, HD multimedia capabilities, and many security features. However, this tablet has been criticized for its lack of dedicated email and calendar applications. The company plans to offer these applications via an upcoming over-the-air software upgrade. The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will launch in 16 markets around the world over the next 30 days. The following markets are included in the launch: UK  Netherlands Kingdom... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, you might as well join up! RIM, the company responsible for the BlackBerry PlayBook and loads of famed BlackBerry handsets, has just snapped up a game maker, further proving that RIM's serious about the software game. The company's biggest problem over the past few years if their inability to keep up when it comes to software. Scoreloop is a respected name in the social gaming space, and it's rather exciting to think about what RIM could do with a company like this. Scoreloop seems pretty darn exciting about the deal. They've announced that they'll be looking to provide a world-class platform for RIM to build games on, and as a part of the company, they'll be working to... Read more...
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