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It’s not the QNX-based smartphone you’ve all been waiting for, but it should give crackberry devotees something to bop along to. Outed just one day before the company’s showcase officially kicks off in Orlando, Waterloo’s trotting out its BlackBerry Music Gateway: a car / home stereo accessory that pairs with your BB handset or PlayBook tablet to wirelessly stream audio over Bluetooth with an NFC assist. The $50 peripheral, set for a June release, is meant to turn your RIM-built device into an easy-to-use remote at a distance of up to 30 feet. For that convenient near field communication control, however, you’ll need to be packing one of the company’s NFC-enabled phones, like the Bold 9790 or Curve 9360/ 9380. Splashiest news to come out of BlackBerry World 2012? We sure hope not. Consider this the trickle before the eventual PR deluge.
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BlackBerry 10 is no joke on the multitasking front. The QNX-based OS may be a long time coming, but it really is offering something for the modern user that needs to switch between several apps. Instead of going the task list route, as webOS and Android have done, RIM’s latest simply lets you swipe to reveal background tasks. Drag your thumb from left to right to peek at other apps that are currently running in the background. You can simply glance at them and go back to the foreground, or you can actually swipe back to go to programs launched earlier. It’s slick, intuitive and perhaps the most familiar multitasking solution to those accustomed to the desktop metaphor.
Thorsten Heins is on stage at BlackBerry World 2012 and has just unveiled the new BB10 camera app. It is designed to capture those “magic moments” you miss by not hitting that shutter quick enough. If you miss it by a couple of seconds, you can cycle back through the camera’s cache with a circular “timeline” lens and take your pick from the previous seconds worth of frames. It’s eerily reminiscent of technology used in the Nikon 1 series, although the implication here is that as soon as the camera app is loaded, it’ll start recording frames for your ease of use.
What’s the best thing about the BlackBerry platform? Most would say it’s the keyboard, which continues to be world-class in the company’s most recent handsets, like the Bold 9900. One of the big questions on the fans of the BB faithful in the new operating system was how the company could re-create that magic on a touchscreen. Well, Thorsten Heins just showed us how on-stage at BlackBerry World, showing off a new, smart touch keyboard that is said to adapt to your touches. It has elements of predictive text, like many other keyboards, but it also relies heavily on gestures. For example, to get to numbers and special characters, just swipe upward from below and the keyboard layout changes. You can swipe up and down to cycle through these layouts and, like SwiftKey, swipe left to delete whole words. It doesn’t exactly blow many of those aftermarket Android options out of the water but it certainly looks like it could be among one of the best stock keyboards out there.
Will BlackBerry 10 be the hallowed OS that heals Waterloo’s recent wounds or yet another RIM-shot to highlight its foibles? Only the fickle tide of consumer interest will certainly tell. But while the success and awareness of that new platform undoubtedly rests on the company’s shoulders, a great deal of it also hinges upon crucial developer support. To spur things along in that latter department, RIM’s released its developer toolkit in beta today. The tools, launched ahead of forthcoming BB 10 devices and the nascent ecosystem that they’ll depend upon, are designed for flexibility, allowing third parties to choose between the Native SDK with its OS-specific APIs or the WebWorks SDK for HTML5 and CSS. The company’s even gotten a head-start and partnered with the likes of Gameloft, which has already committed to optimizing 11 of its software titles for use on the platform. There’s still a long road to US recovery ahead for the ailing BlackBerry brand, so let’s hope this latest call-to-arms isn’t lost on the dev community.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. In this instance, it just leaves us wanting more. The image you see above is RIM’s official dev unit for its just launched BlackBerry 10 platform. If it looks familiar, that’s because you’ve seen it not too long ago when leaks of the much anticipated device began to hit the world wide rumor-mongering web.
Waterloo’s still keeping us in the dark as to the glorified guts this austere fella’s packing, but it did confirm these alpha units will feature a jaw-dropping 4.2-inch, 1280 x 768 display that bests the 720p panels found on other similarly-sized handsets — there’s no word yet on if it’s PenTile, though it likely doesn’t matter much at that resolution.
The device sports 16GB internal storage and 1GB of RAM. No, this isn’t your mother’s BlackBerry and for good reason too, as the beleaguered mobile titan’s got quite a bit of its continued prosperity riding on this QNX-based slab.
You know the drill — grab yourself a spoonful of Morton’s and get ready for another supposed leak of a gadget. This time around, you’re looking at what’s claimed as being one of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry 10 “Development Alpha” devices that’ll be handed out during next week’s BlackBerry Jam — just like the company promised a month ago. Images of the device first surfaced over at CrackBerry’s forums and, as the site points out, the touchscreen candy bar seems to share its design DNA with the PlayBook. Keeping in mind that it’s likely to remain a testing device for devs, don’t bank on it ever hitting store shelves. That said, we’re now curious how pivotal a role RIM’s famous tactile keyboards will play on its next-generation phones — if any. Head over to the source links below if you’d like to catch more photos from Mr. Blurrycam and extra information in the meantime.
SOURCE via Crackberry
It’s no secret that there’s currently a sense of urgency in Waterloo, but if a recent report from N4BB is accurate, it seems that both consumers and enterprise are bound to benefit. According to the site’s confidential source, Research in Motion is preparing to reveal its first BlackBerry 10 device in mid-August and will have the product in the hands of consumers by October. We’d previously known that RIM intends to have these units in the hands of developers next month, which gives a bit of credence to this most recent revelation. As for what consumers may expect, the first device is said to offer just a touchscreen, whereas we’ll need to wait until Q1 of next year to see a handset with a physical QWERTY keyboard. As you’ll recall, the company’s previous leader, Mike Lazaridis, previously stated that consumers wouldn’t see a BlackBerry 10 device until the end of the year, but this was due entirely to a shortage of the chipset that RIM deemed crucial to its manufacture. Perhaps Mr. Heins was able to light a bit of a fire under the company’s partners, no?
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Sources close to former RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie have revealed his plans to save the company before he was shown the door, a plan that didn’t involve handsets. He’d entered into talks with AT&T, Verizon and several European carriers to offer them use of the company’s BlackBerry-exclusive network to provide limited data plans to featurephone users that included social networking and BBM — with the aim of reducing the cellphone operators data burden and coaxing users to upgrade to smartphones. The company was working on Mobile Fusion; software that allowed enterprise and government users on iOS and Android devices to join RIM’s system, which reportedly earns the company $1 billion per quarter. However, while talks progressed, company execs grew nervous and ousted him in favor of Thorsten Heins with a mandate to focus on BB10 and new devices rather than turning RIM into a service company. However, given that it’s still losing money on its handset business, Heins has reopened the door to Balsillie’s plan. It’s just a shame Balsillie himself is keeping quiet, as we’d love to hear his thoughts in an executive-level edition of How Would you Change.
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It’s that special time of the week when we examine the what-ifs and whys of the patent system. Research in Motion applied for a patent last year to construct a telephone-dock that’ll nestle your BlackBerry when you’re sat in the office. Plonk your device in the carved out slot and it’ll offer up its display and address book for the use of your landline, in essence, a RIM-branded version of the Phone Dock we saw back in 2010. Although this device has the added benefits of being able to hand off your desktop calls to your cell and vice-versa. Now, only the vagaries of the Patent and Trademark Office, Thorsten Heins’ management decisions and market forces stand between us and this device appearing in the flesh.
SOURCE via USPTO