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BlackBerry 6.1 Won’t be QNX Based

Research In Motion will be hosting their BlackBerry World conference next week. We expect RIM to launch their new Smartphone and also unveil new OS BlackBerry 6.1.

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When RIM acquired QNX, we expected them to announce QNX based handsets by at least mid 2011. RIM has already released their QNX based tablet PlayBook. And despite the negative reviews that it gathered, RIM sold more than 100,000 PlayBooks in its initial week of availability, according to Wall Street Journal. RIM has indicated that Smartphones based on BlackBerry 6.1 will be made available only by end of this fiscal year and that it does not have QNX based Smartphones to showcase at the BlackBerry World Conference next week.

All we can gather from this is that BlackBerry 6.1 won’t be based on QNX RTOS, but will just be a major enhancement over BlackBerry 6.0. Apparently, we’ll get to see QNX based handsets only next year when BlackBerry announces BlackBerry 7 or 8 which kind of surprises us since BlackBerry eventually plans to move to QNX and yet continues to work on their previous OS.

BlackBerry Style 9670 CDMA Launched In India For Rs.24,990

Last year, BlackBerry announced the launch of BlackBerry Style 9670 flip smartphone exclusively on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. Finally after waiting for more than six months, this handset has been officially launched in India. BlackBerry Style 9670 is a CDMA phone, so it can be used only with Reliance, Tata Docomo and MTS in India.

This handset runs on the Blackberry 6 Operating System and it comes with a two large display, full QWERTY keyboard, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera and more. The external screen can be used for quickly viewing notifications and messages, while the high-resolution internal screen can be used for web browsing and watching videos. Check out the complete specs below.

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The CDMA segment represents a significant portion of the overall mobile subscriber base in India and we are pleased to further our commitment to Indian consumers with the introduction of this powerful and stylish BlackBerry smartphone,said Frenny Bawa, Managing Director, India, Research In Motion. The BlackBerry Style is a new and exciting choice for customers, offering an attractive flip design and an intuitive user experience powered by the new BlackBerry 6 operating system.

BlackBerry Style 9670 features a 2.7 inch QVGA internal display with 360 x 400 pixels resolution, 2 inch QVGA external display, BlackBerry 6 Operating System, Full QWERTY keyboard, Trackpad, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, continues auto-focus and image stabilization, VGA video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Multimedia player, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, GPS, 512MB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 8GB card included, BlackBerry Maps, 14 hours of music playback, 4.5 hours of talk time, 10.5 days of stand-by time and a 1150 mAhr battery.

BlackBerry Style 9670 comes with SNS apps for accessing YouTube, BBM, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.24,990.

Blackberry Playbook Now Available for $499

The Blackberry Playbook, which was announced months ago, is finally available for purchase. The Playbook has been priced at $499 for the 16 GB version, $599 for the 32 GB version and $699 for the 64 GB version, just like the iPad 2.

The Blackberry Playbook was made available to many reviewers a week back, and most of them didn’t like it very much. Though it is a very good attempt, it just can’t beat the iPad 2 yet. The iPad 2 is not only bigger, but also offers about 65,000 apps, while the Playbook offers almost none.

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Without a native calendar, email client or the promised Android app support, currently, it’s not a very good option. However, with some updates and more apps, it should offer a good alternative to the iPad 2.

The user interface is very good and fluid, and it excels at multi-tasking. Here’s a hands-on video of the Blackberry Playbook at CTIA 2011.

The Blackberry Playbook come with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has a 1 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB RAM, and comes with a 5 MP primary camera which can record 1080p video and a 3 MP front-facing camera for video calls. It offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS support as well. Now only if it had a lot of great apps, it would be worth the price.

Blackberry Bold Touch Gets Touched And Pictured

When it comes to Blackberry leaks and news about Research in Motion, it’s normal that folks at Boy Genius Report (BGR) are behind it and today is no different. BGR has gotten a hands-on with the leaked Blackberry Bold Touch (Dakota) and posted up some device pictures for your viewing pleasure.

As you can see above, the Bold Touch sports a 2.8capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 640×480 pixels paired with an industry-standard QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad. It has just under 7GB of internal storage backing a 5MP camera and NFC support. It’s rumored to be shipping with OS 6.1 and bringing a host of new features including mobile hotspotfunctionality, a new BlackBerry Messenger interface and polished development framework that brings supports for geo-location, augmented reality and access control.

As well as sporting a new thin design and an entire metal encased bezel, the Bold Touch is the slimmest Blackberry to date – measuring in at just 10.5mm. Rumored to be announced at Blackberry World, being held in Orlando Flora this coming May, the Bold Touch should be available for consumers by late July. From the pictures shown, the hardware has yet to be branded with the Boldmoniker and still looks a bit unpolished. The camera flash module is boxy and doesn’t seem to flow with the rounded design language of the rest of the device. Chances are this is the Blackberry that a lot of users have been pining for a portrait device that brings the features of a touch screen with the tactility of a physical keyboard.

Blackberry Bold Touch 9930 Leaked Videos Emerge

Recently, the demo videos of BlackBerry OS 6.1 has been surfaced online. The new BlackBerry OS 6.1 looks quite similar to the OS 6.0. The demo videos features the unannounced Blackberry Bold Touch 9930. These videos finally confirmed that, the rumored Blackberry Bold Touch is already in the making. Blackberry Bold Touch 9930 will be the first handset from the company to feature the small touchscreen display along with the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard.

The demo videos shows the hardware as well as the power, volume and convenience keys. Another video shows off the homescreen as well as the multimedia features. The other videos showcase the beautiful backside of the Blackberry Bold Touch 9930 on inserting a SIM. Check out the videos after the break.

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Blackberry Playbook Hands-on Videos

The ; a 7 inch tablet from RIM will be out soon. The tablet was featured at the CTIA 2011 and I got a good chance to play around with the tablet.

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I must say that I was pretty impressed with the tablet and definitely look forward to it’s release next week. The interface is fluid and smooth. I addition to that, the tablet is a multi-tasking powerhouse with live widgets that will continue to play in the back while you launch other applications.

For example, if you are playing a video and switch to another app, you can still view a live feed of it in the apps panel. The same goes for games, emails, and practically every app.

To know more about the feature take a look at the PlayBook hands-on video I shot at CTIA 2011. Click here or here if you can’t watch the videos.

Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 Released for Java, Symbian, Android, BlackBerry, Windows 7 and Meego

Is today a big day, or what! Amazon’s Android App Store will be released today. The much-delayed Firefox 4 is also slated to officially arrive soon. And now, Opera Software has made what is possibly the biggest product launch in its history. Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 have been released for as many as six different platforms. Here’s a quick summary of the new stuff from the Norwegian browser vendor:

  • Opera Mini 6 for Java
  • Opera Mini 6 for Android
  • Opera Mini 6 for Symbian
  • Opera Mini 6 for legacy Symbian (S60 v2)
  • Opera Mini 6 for Blackberry
  • Opera Mobile 11 for Android
  • Opera Mobile 11 for Symbian
  • Opera Mobile 11 for Windows 7 (tablets and touch-screen devices)
  • Opera Mobile 11 for Meego

While Opera might be the little guy in the desktop segment, it is the king of mobile browsers. It already has more than 100 million users worldwide, and the number just keeps on increasing. Opera Mobile is Opera Software’s full-fledged mobile browser, which uses the same rendering engine (Presto) as Opera for desktop, and brings a desktop-like browsing experience to mobile devices. Opera Mini was originally developed for budget phones, which didn’t meet the hardware and software requirements of Opera Mobile. In Opera Mini, the webpage is routed through Opera’s servers, where all the rendering is done, and a static and highly compressed representation of the page is sent to the browser.

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There are quite a few exciting improvements in both the products. The first thing that will catch your attention is the new skin. The bright shades of red, which have been a part of Opera’s mobile offerings for a long long time, have been replaced by a sleek black gradient.

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Also new is the “Share” option, which enable you to quickly share a link through Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. The lack of sharing options was one of my major grievances with Opera Mobile 10 for Android, and I am glad that Opera Software has rectified this rather quickly.

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Unsurprisingly, Opera’s mobile offerings are now optimized for high-resolution devices like tablets. This bit was already demoed at SXSW and MWC, and now you can try it yourself. Scrolling, panning, and zooming should be a lot smoother than before, and pinch-to-zoom support is included in all devices that are capable of supporting it.

All versions of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile can be downloaded directly on your mobile phone from m.opera.com.

Facebook for BlackBerry v2.0 Beta released – Adds Chat

RIM today announced a new improvised version of Facebook for BlackBerry v2.0 Beta available only for Beta Zone. The new version comes after almost gap of three year and brings in tons of new features like Chat for real time conversation. It also brings in new notification bar through which you can check out notifications, friend requests, and messages. User can access these notifications even if they are not inside the app.

News Feed also has been improved with ability to add photos to friends Walls, update, check in to Facebook Places etc and makes it easier to like/comment on friends update without accidently clicking on like.

Initially the app is app is available only for Beta Zone users and only for those sporting BlackBerry OS 6 device.     All in all this is a pretty huge update from the previous version of the app and since there are very limited number of downloads available be quick to get hold of your copy of Facebook for BlackBerry v2.0 Beta.

Check out the screenshots:

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Opera Launches Platform Independent Opera Mobile Store in More Than 200 Countries

Opera Software has tied up with Appia to launch Opera Mobile Store, an app store for mobile devices that supports pretty much every popular mobile platform under the sun, except iPhone and Windows Phone 7. Of course, supporting those two platforms is more than a little tricky for third party application repositories due to their locked down nature.

Opera Mobile Store will be integrated with Opera Mini and Opera Mobile in the form of a speed dial entry. This means that Opera will have direct access to approximately hundred million users around the globe. During its trial phase in February, the Opera Mobile Store attracted more than 15 million users, from 200 countries, amassing more than 700,000 downloads per day.

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Opera Mobile Store is available at mobilestore.opera.com and features both free and paid apps. The app catalog is automatically user tailored based on his operating system, device resolution, country, currency and language. Platforms currently supported are Android, Java, Windows Mobile, Symbian, BlackBerry, and Palm.

The launch of the Opera Mobile Store supports Opera’s core belief in an open, cross-platform mobile Internet experience by providing Opera users with an integrated storefront of mobile applications,said Mahi de Silva, Exec. Vice President, Consumer Mobile, Opera Software. Our partnership with Appia delivers to all Opera Mobile and Opera Mini users easy access to a wide variety of great content, on any device, all over the world.

Opera Software has also launched the Opera Publisher Portal, which allows developers to submit their applications. Developers will get 70% of the net revenue generated by them, while Opera Software will keep the rest. Unlike the Android Market, Opera Mobile Store is moderated, and every app is manually approved. In the past Apple has received a lot of flak for their policy on adult apps. Opera has taken a similar approach with Mobile Store by banning all erotic content. However, unlike the iOS App Store, Opera Mobile Store doesn’t charge any subscription fee, and is completely free.

TELUS Updates The Curve 9300 And Bold 9700 To BlackBerry OS6

RIM rolled out its next generation mobile OS for some BlackBerry handsets the BlackBerry OS 6 – quite some time ago. However, many users who own a carrier branded BlackBerry handset have to wait impatiently, until their network operator releases the OS6 update.

Today, TELUS has started rolling out the BlackBerry OS6 for the TELUS branded Curve 9300 or the Bold 9700. Yes, nearly 6 months after it was officially released by RIM.   The latest version of the BlackBerry OS will bring with a host of new features including a faster web browser.

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The UI of the OS has also been spiced up, including a new revamped home screen, so as to make the OS look modern. The new OS now also features a universal search capability.

BlackBerry OS 6 also comes pre-installed with a YouTube client, new camera modes and a revamped music player for a better multimedia experience. The new OS is also much faster and stable compared to its predecessors.

BlackBerry Curve and Bold handset owners can find the steps to update their handset to OS 6 here.