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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...
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