Blackberry 10 Developer Alpha impressions

Research in Motion has been showing off teasers of its upcoming Blackberry 10 OS for a while now but admittedly their bigger problem is to get developers onboard their fledgling platform.

To make it easier for devs to test out their apps, RIM has been distributing developer units running a customized version of Playbook OS which should allow them to test run their apps on actual hardware. We’ve been playing with one of these units in our labs these past few days and here are our impressions.  Continue reading “Blackberry 10 Developer Alpha impressions”

BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 review

For all the claims that RIM is dead, they still have a stronghold on the corporate sector. So how do you create a product for the discerning CEO and set it apart from the millions of other BlackBerry devices out there ? The aim  here was not to attain the best performance or best in class camera but to a device which would sets them apart. Something which would be unique enough to show that they have arrived.

The Porsche brand is a symbol of automative excellence. The Blackberry is a CEO’s best friend. Sometime back, the two decided to get together and create a product which combines high end materials and design abilities of Porsche along with the business ready nature of a Blackberry. When Porsche Design CEO Huergen Gessler decided to speak to Blackberry about a prospective collaboration, one thing led to another and the Porsche Design P’9981 was born. Continue reading “BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 review”

RIM announces 3 billion app downloads from the BlackBerry App World

Alec Saunders, VP Developer Relations at RIM, recently unveiled at the BlackBerry Dev Jam event in Beijing that the company has managed to clock over 3 billion app downloads across the Playbook and other BlackBerry devices.

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RIM announces $518 million net loss, 5000 job cuts as part of Q1 earnings

As part of the earnings call report, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has just announced a net loss of $518 million. For the first quarter of the 2013 fiscal year , the company has brought in 33% lesser revenue from the previous quarter accounting for $2.8 billion.

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BlackBerry 10 based devices detailed, Touchscreen only L series and QWERTY enabled N series coming

N4BB has managed to get hold of RIM’s plans with its upcoming BlackBerry 10 based devices. On announcing the OS, rumors spread wide that the famed enterprise focused device manufacturer was about to ditch its much lauded QWERTY keypad. This rumor has now been debunked as N4BB has obtained details of a keypad packing N-Series device. Continue reading “BlackBerry 10 based devices detailed, Touchscreen only L series and QWERTY enabled N series coming”

BlackBerry Music Gateway goes on sale, brings wireless audio streaming for cheap

RIM showed off its BlackBerry Music Gateway sometime back and is now making it available in retail. Priced at $50 , the accessory brings wireless audio streaming from any phone or bluetooth equipped device to your home audio system via the gateway.

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Nokia launches patent suit against HTC, RIM and Viewsonic

In the latest twist in the never ending saga that is mobile patent lawsuits, Nokia has today filed suit against HTC, RIM and Viewsonic alleging that their products infringe a number of Nokia patents. The claims were filed in United States and Germany, and includes complaints to the US International Trade Commission (ITC). Nokia has alleged that up to 45 patents were infringed upon. Nokia is no stranger to patent disputes, launching a similar claim against Apple a couple of years ago. The legal challenge, which resulted in a counterclaim by Apple, was settled outside the court with the house that Steve build settling an one-off payment while agreeing a cross licensing deal. HTC is also currently embroiled in a legal dispute with Apple over alleged infringements over unlicensed patents.

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BlackBerry Curve 9220 – Photo Gallery and Impressions

The brand new BlackBerry Curve 9220 just launched in India today and we got a chance to play with the handset for a while. The affordable new Curve comes has pretty good build quality for its price point of Rs 10,990 and comes in a range of colors. Running the latest version of BlackBerry OS , the phone can be considered the successor to the highly popular Curve 8520. Read on ahead for our first impressions of the Curve 9220.

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BlackBerry Curve 9220 launches in India

Research in Motion just launched the latest entrant to the Curve series in India. The BlackBerry Curve 9220 has been launched in India at a price point of Rs. 10,990.  Specifications include a 2.44″ QVGA resolution display and expandable memory upto 32GB via micro SD cards.

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Playbook to get Blackberry 10 post launch

Rob Orr , VP Product Management at RIM , confirmed that the next gen Blackberry 10 OS would be making its way to the Playbook eventually. The OS which is expected to be RIM’s biggest attempt to regain their diminishing market share is expected to be rolled out later this year.

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RIM to start selling Blackberry phones for the first time in Finland, April on-wards.

RIM has been selling its famous Blackberry phones, throughout the world except in Finland , but this is going to change from April this year as the stores in Finland will be stocking on Blackberry devices for consumers.

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Playbook will be updated to O.S version 2.0 next month

Blackberry Playbook was one of the tablets which failed last year and just recently they had a fire sale which was also not a major success. Anyways RIM has said that the Playbook will be updated to version 2.0 next month.

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BlackBerry maker RIM gets a new CEO Thorsten Heins

BlackBerry maker RIM has appointed Thorsten Heins as it’s new CEO. RIM has been facing stiff competition from iPhone and Android devices and lost a lot of market share in the US. The company has been drawing a lot of criticism from investors who have been demanding a management overhaul for several months now as the shares of the company have trading at lower levels. With the appointment of the new CEO, the current c0-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Basillie are stepping down from their posts as co-CEOs but will still be part of the company’s board .Despite losing market share and facing plenty of competition BlackBerry devices are still unbeatable when in comes to handling Email. But that comes with a price tag as BlackBerry devices need to be used with a special plan.BlackBerry OS 7 devices were launched last year and BlackBerry 10 devices which pack QNX are expected to be launched this year.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Software previewed at CES 2012

RIM is showing a preview of the OS 2.0 software for the BlackBerry PlayBook at CES 2012 this week.Native email might finally arrive on the tablet. The best part is the ability to remote control the Playbook using a BlackBerry handset. You can use the physical keyboard on a Blackberry phone to input stuff on the Playbook.You can find the complete list of features below. It is expected to arrive in the hands of consumers in Feb 2012. Continue reading “BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Software previewed at CES 2012”