RIM Acquires The Astonishing Tribe

Research in Motion, the makers of the Blackberry, have acquired The Astonishing Tribe, a UI design firm based in Sweden which is known for creating aston – wait for it – ishing concept user interfaces.

The Astonishing Tribe

They have been creating some really cool concept mobile UIs since a long time. With this acquisition, we can now expect the upcoming Blackberry Playbook powered by the QNX OS to sport a really mind blowing UI.

No other details about the acquisition have been revealed yet.

You can check out some of their awesome designs at TAT

via Blackberry Blog

FCC Outs RIM’s New Blackberry 8980 Curve

Scouted out on the FC’s Office of Engineering and Technology E-Filing, documents about a new and unannounced Blackberry 8980 device have come to light. According to the device filings, the 8980 brings the regular quad-band GSM cellular radio and full connectivity options via 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth. The rendered pictures indicate a Curve-styled full QWERTY keyboard, an optical trackpad, charger/dock contact pins and a 3.2MP camera on the rear. Rumors say the device will ship with a release of OS5.0 and may be upgradeable to 6.0 eventually.

Blackberry Playbook Pricing Revealed; Starts At $399 For 8 GB

The Blackberry Playbook was unveiled by RIM (Research in Motion) almost 2 months back. It will run the new Blackberry Tablet OS based on the QNX architecture. It sports some pretty impressive hardware including a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and will come in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB variants. It also has a 5 MP camera with a 3.2 MP secondary camera and sports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 etc.

The pricing details of the Blackberry Playbook haven’t been officially revealed yet, but most analysts expect the price to around $500, the same as the Apple iPad.

Today, some details about the pricing of the tablet have been leaked, which state that the Blackberry Playbook will be priced at

8 GB: $399
16 GB: $499
32 GB: $599

All the three variants will have the exact same hardware specs, except for the storage. All the models will be Wi-Fi only but can be tethered to Blackberry devices for connectivity.

Blackberry Playbook

via MobilityInsider

Buy Droid X for $9.99, Droid Incredible & BlackBerry Torch 9800 for Free, EVO 4G for $99.99

Black Friday has arrived early for people who are looking to get their hands on a brand new mobile phones. Dell Mobility Store is selling three excellent Android based mobile phones for really cheap, one of them Droid Incredible is selling for absolutely free.


First of, Dell is handing over the Droid Incredible for absolutely free along with a $25 Dell gift certificate. The product ships for free too. If you think that the Droid Incredible is a bit old, you can get your hands on a Motorola Droid X for $9.99 with free shipping. And last but not the least, you can buy a brand new HTC EVO 4G for only $99.99 and get your hands on the first 4G phone launched in US. You can also buy the Torch 9800 for free from Dell and get it shipped to you for free.

Excited? Go ahead and get your mobile fill at the Dell Mobility Store.

Note: All these phones require a 2-year contract on the respective networks the phones are available on.

RIM Launches BlackBerry Bold 9780 In India For Rs.27,990

blackberry bold 9780

Research In Motion (RIM) today launched the Berry Bold 9780 smartphone in India. BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the newest addition to the BlackBerry Bold series of smartphones. It is also the first BlackBerry Bold smartphone which runs on the new BlackBerry 6 operating system. This handset features a premium and iconic design with an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and advanced multimedia features.

BlackBerry smartphones are very well received in India and we are pleased to be working with our partners to launch the new BlackBerry Bold 9780 in the Indian market,said Frenny Bawa, Managing Director, India, RIM. We believe that customers will be extremely impressed with the enhanced user interface and exciting new features available with the BlackBerry 6 operating system.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 features a 2.44 inch TFT display with 480 x 360 pixels, 624 MHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard, BlackBerry 6 OS, optical trackpad, 5 megapixel with LED flash, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, 512 MB RAM, BlackBerry Browser, 3.5 mm audio jack, up to 36 hours music playback, up to 6 hours talktime, up to 528 hours stand-by time and more.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 helps you to stay connected with your near and dear ones with the help of expanded messaging capabilities and intuitive features which simplifies the management of social networking and RSS feeds. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.27,990 (approx. $610).

BlackBerry Bold 9780 Now Available In India For Rs.26,900

We have already told you about the Blackberry Bold 9780. This phone from RIM looks similar to the BlackBerry 9700 Bold and is rooted as the most possible successor to the 9700 Bold.   Bold 9780 also runs RIM’s latest operating system – BlackBerry OS 6. More hands-on videos and images of the Blackberry Bold 9780 can be found here.

This device is already available in various mobile outlets all across India. Although there has been no official word from Blackberry regarding this, but a few advertisements for the BB Bold 9780 has been spotted in major Indian newspapers. According to Mahesh Telecom the retail price of the device is Rs. 26,900. Below you can see the official advertisement for the Blackberry Bold 9780 in India.

via Fonearena

Dell Offering The New Venue Pro To Employees For Their Blackberrys

All major tech companies like their employees using their own products instead of their competitors’. Google, Microsoft and Samsung have been known to distribute free phones to their employees as perks.

Dell is now offering to replace its employees’ Blackberrys with brand new Dell Venue Pro phones, powered by Windows Phone 7. The Dell Venue Pro directly competes with the Blackberry Torch, so this move is not entirely out of the blue. Approximately 25000 Dell employees will soon be making the switch.

Dell Venue Pro

Dell also plans to provide devices like the Dell Streak, powered by Android to its employees. According to Brian Gladden, Dell’s CFO, the move will save them about 25% in mobile communication costs, by eliminating the need to maintain Blackberry servers.

via WSJ

BlackBerry Storm 3 Leaked Specs Emerge

blackberry storm 3

Back in September, the pics of BlackBerry Storm 3 were leaked and now the leaked specs of this handset has been emerged. The current BlackBerry Storm models has a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, but the BlackBerry Storm 3 will sport a 3.7 inch touchscreen display. This handset may have a 5 megapixel or 8 megapixel camera. Check out the leaked specs of this device below.

BlackBerry Storm 3 Leaked Specs:

  • 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • GPRS: Class 32
  • Optical trackpad
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G Connectivity
  • USB
  • A-GPS
  • 8GB or 16GB internal memory
  • 32GB expandable memory
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • 512 MB or 1GB RAM
  • 1 GB ROM
  • Talktime: Up to 432 h (2G) / Up to 480 h (3G)
  • Standby: Up to 9 h (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G)
  • 1200 mAh battery

The price, availability and complete specs of this handset is still unknown. This handset is expected to release in early 2011. BlackBerry Storm 3 could be the first 4G BlackBerry, but there has been no mention of it for the current specs.

Android is Now The Most Popular Mobile OS in the US

Canalys Smartphone StatsAndroid has overtaken the iPhone and Blackberry platforms in the US smartphone market. The Android OS now leads the others with a 43.6% market share. Apple has a 26.2% market share with the iOS platform while RIM comes in at the third place with a 24.2% share.

Microsoft’s share has plummeted down to a measly 3.0% but it is widely expected to improve following the Windows Phone 7 launch. Apple is the undisputed leader though, when it comes to hardware. The iPhone is undoubtedly the single most popular phone in the US.

Worldwide, Symbian still is a force to reckon with. It leads the market with a 33% market share. In India, Symbian (Nokia) still has over 65% of the smartphone market share.

via Canalys

“BharatBerry” Launched To Counter BlackBerry Services In India

So what, if the Indian Government finally decides to shut down BlackBerry services in the country. Rajasthan based Data Infosys has launched a solution for all blackberry users. Titled “BharatBerry”, this product is a mobile communication service that works with all blackberry phones and provides more advance push mail with over the air (OTA) backup of your Contact, Task, Calendar and notes.

BharatBerry also provides Sync to your outlook. The Bharat Berry software can be purchased online and available for downloaded from the website www.bharatberry.com. For enabling access to all services including e-mails, users will be charged Rs.100 per month, while to ensure access and synchronisation of calendar and contacts the user will have to pay Rs.50 per month. BharatBerry is an Indian compliant Product made in India keeping in consideration all necessary India laws.

The Bharat Berry service on a BlackBerry handset ensures that you remain connected to your email, calendar and contacts through the servers hosted in India, Bharat Berry works through a mix of its very advanced email server known as XGeNPlus, and open source technologies. BharatBerry’s servers are hosted in India, hence there is no compliance issue. The software will be targeted on BlackBerry handsets and by next month. BharatBerry is also supported on all major mobile handsets based on Symbian, Android, Windows Mobile and J2ME, which will cover all major mobile handset providers like Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, etc.