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Blackberry 10 World App Store Pulls in 100,000 Apps Before US Launch

BlackBerry-10 The jury is still out on the BlackBerry 10; however, the struggling Canadian phone manufacturer is making good strides in filling up its app store. The BlackBerry World now has more than 100,000 apps, with 30,000 new apps being added over the past seven weeks.

“The response to the BlackBerry 10 platform and applications has been outstanding. Customers are thrilled with the applications already available, and the catalog just keeps growing, now with more than 100,000 apps,” said Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances at BlackBerry. “Top brands and application providers are joining us every day and are seeing the benefits of being early supporters of the new platform. We constantly hear from developers that the BlackBerry 10 tools are easy to build with and that we provide opportunities for app differentiation that they do not see on other platforms.”

The good news for BlackBerry is that it has managed to persuade some of the most popular mobile app developers to develop apps for its new operating system. Some of the big names that BlackBerry is touting are 8tracks, Angry Birds Star Wars, ATP World Tour Live, BBC Top Gear News, Bloomberg Anywhere, CBS Sports, Delta Air Lines, F1 2013 Timing App CP, Facebook, Foursquare, Jetpack Joyride, Keek, LinkedIn, Navita Translator, Need for Speed, NHL GameCenter, N.O.V.A. 3, The New York Times, PressReader, Slacker, Songza, Twitter, UFC, USA TODAY, Waze, WhatsApp, and Zara. Apps from Amazon Kindle, OpenTable and The Wall Street Journal will launch today, while apps from CNN, The Daily Show Headlines, eBay, eMusic, Maxim, MLB at Bat, MTV News, Pageonce, PGA, Rdio, Skype, Soundhound and Viber will be added in the coming weeks.

Having a vibrant and rich app store is critical for the success of any platform. BlackBerry seems to have gotten off to a good start. However, BlackBerry World still has a long way to go before it can even think of competing with Android and iOS app stores. While reaching the hundred thousand mark even before launching in several key markets is impressive, it’s worth keeping in mind that a significant chunk of the 100,000 apps are Android ports created using the BlackBerry Packager. These apps are generally fully functional, but they don’t leverage the unique strengths of the new BB 10 platform, and feel out of place visually.

BlackBerry Rolls Out First OTA Update For BB10/Z10; Promises Better Battery Life And More

The BlackBerry team has rolled out the first OTA update for their recently released BB10 OS and the Z10 that brings a number of enhancements and optimizations.

The major improvement introduced by the update is improved 3rd party application performance. This means that all your 3rd party apps should perform considerably smoother and faster, post the update. The Camera has also been optimized to take better photos in low-light situations, and actually make the images usable.

There are more than 60 under the hood battery life optimizations in this update that should help in improving the battery life of the Z10. The Browser, Media, Phone, Calendar and Contacts app have also seen improvements in terms of bug-squashed, improved video playback handling, better conversation handling and other improvements to BlackBerry Hub. Head over the BlackBerry blog for the full change-log and other details.

The 150MB OTA update is already being rolled out by BlackBerry, and should be available to all Z10 owners soon. While the update notification will pop-up automatically on your handset, you can try to pull the update manually as well by going to Settings -> Software Updates -> Check for Updates. Carrier branded Z10s will be getting the update over the “coming weeks”.

BlackBerry Z10 Launched In India For Rs.43,490

Last month, BlackBerry unveiled the new BlackBerry 10 Operating System and introduced two new smartphones — the full touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 and QWERTY + touchscreen BlackBerry Q10. Today, BlackBerry finally launched the much-awaited BlackBerry Z10 smartphone in India. This is definitely a great news for all the BlackBerry fans in India, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of BlackBerry’s next generation of smartphones.

Mr. Sunil Dutt, Managing Director for India at BlackBerry, said,
“Without a doubt the BlackBerry Z10 is among the most important and much awaited BlackBerry launches in the history of the Indian smartphone industry, and we are thrilled to launch the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone with our carrier and retail partners across India. With BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry to create a new and unique mobile computing experience, and we are uniquely positioned to change the way in which our customers view mobile technology.”

BlackBerry Z10 features a 4.2 inch 4 point multi-touch LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Touch On Lens, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, BlackBerry 10 OS, 8 megapixel rear facing camera with auto-focus and 5X digital zoom, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front facing camera with 3X digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and much more.

It also comes with a 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, hot swappable MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, Assisted GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication), microUSB, microHDMI-Out, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 60 hours of music playback, up to 11 hours of video playback, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 305 hours of stand-by time and a 1800 mAh removable battery.

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BlackBerry Z10 comes with a price-tag of Rs.43,490. This handset will be available in both white and black colors. The BlackBerry Z10 will go on sale from tomorrow and it will be available at retail outlets by the end of this week.

BlackBerry Q10 Unveiled; First BlackBerry 10 QWERTY Device

Along with the BlackBerry Z10, the Canadian mobile phone manufacturer has also launched the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone. It is the first smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen display which runs on the latest BlackBerry 10 Operating System. The specs of this device is almost similar to the BlackBerry Z10. This handset allows you to access more than 70,000 apps from the BlackBerry World.

Carlo Chiarello, executive vice president-Global Smartphone Business, RIM, said,
“The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone delivers a powerful new platform for BlackBerry customers. Combined with the 4G LTE network and service plans from Sprint, BlackBerry Q10 customers will be delighted with a re-invented communication experience, seamless multitasking, easy access to multiple social networks and the peace of mind that BlackBerry security gives them.”

BlackBerry Q10 features a 3.1 inch LCD display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels, Touch On Lens, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, BlackBerry 10 OS, 8 megapixel rear facing camera with auto-focus and 5X digital zoom, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front facing camera with 3X digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and much more.

Other features include NFC (Near Field Communication), microUSB, microHDMI-Out, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, Assisted GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, hot swappable MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 305 hours of stand-by time and a 1800 mAh removable battery. This handset measures 130 mm x 65.6 mm x 9 mm and weighs 135 grams.

T-Mobile and AT&T has already announced its plan to launch the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone in the US. However, the price and release date of this smartphone is still a mystery. The BlackBerry Q10 is expected to go on sale from Q2 of 2013.

BlackBerry Z10 Announced; First BB10 Powered Smartphone

BlackBerry recently launched its much-awaited BlackBerry 10 Operating System. It is a re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry platform that creates a powerful and unique new mobile experience. The manufacturer has also unveiled the first smartphone to run on this new OS, the BlackBerry Z10. It is the company’s flagship smartphone, designed to compete against the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III.

BlackBerry Z10 features a 4.2 inch 4 point multi-touch LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Touch On Lens, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, BlackBerry 10 OS, 8 megapixel rear facing camera with auto-focus and 5X digital zoom, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front facing camera with 3X digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and much more.

It also comes with a 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, hot swappable MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, Assisted GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication), microUSB, microHDMI-Out, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 60 hours of music playback, up to 11 hours of video playback, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 305 hours of stand-by time and a 1800 mAh removable battery. This handset measures 130 mm x 65.6 mm x 9 mm and weighs 135 grams.

BlackBerry Z10 will be available beginning tomorrow in the UK on pay monthly contracts and pre-pay plans from EE, O2, Vodafone, Phones 4u, BT, 3UK and the Carphone Warehouse. In Canada, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available on February 5th for around $149.99 on a 3-year contract. In the UAE, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available on February 10th for AED 2,599. This handset is expected to go on sale from March in the US.

BBM7 Now Available In The App World; Brings BBM Voice Along With It

Research In Motion (RIM) has released the 7th version of its popular messaging app – BBM – on the BlackBerry App World. The new version of the app brings with it quite a few changes, including the ability to initiate a voice call to all your BBM contacts over Wi-Fi or 3G.

Other new features include new emoticons, improved notification and overall improved stability. Below is the official change-log of the update -:

  • BBM upgrade notifications – BBM will notify you when there are updates to download straight from within the app
  • BBID Synchronization – your BBM profile, Groups and Contacts are linked to your BlackBerry ID
  • 16 Additional emoticons – even more choice for those times when words just aren’t enough. Can you spot the new ones? *Drool*
  • Multi-tasking with Split-screen feature – Customers can do more while they talk, such as check other BBM text chats, check email, or navigate to other apps while engaged on a BBM Voice call. They can start a call in an instant, and switch between texting and talking, or text and talk at the same time. They can also for example, send a picture to a contact while they are talking with them.
  • Clear Visual Indicator – Customers can see when contacts are available for a voice call.
  • Convenient Compatibility with Accessories – Customers can use their favorite accessories, such as a Bluetooth or wired headset, or use the BlackBerry smartphone’s speakerphone.

The update is already available in the BlackBerry App World for all BB owners to enjoy.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Update Now Available

Remember the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet from RIM? While the tablet did not really set the sales chart on fire, it did find a few takers later on, thanks to a steep fall in its price.

RIM has been doing a pretty commendable job of keeping its small PlayBook user base happy with regular software updates. Starting from today, RIM has started rolling out the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 update for the tablet.

The update adds tons of new enterprise related features, along with more apps and content. However, the three major changes brought about by the OS 2.1 update are as follows -:

  1. Updated BlackBerry Bridge: Now you can view, respond and compose new SMS messages on their BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet when connected to a BlackBerry smartphone over Bluetooth®. You’ll also enjoy increased performance and speed of other BlackBerry Bridge functions as well. So you can do more, more efficiently. Txt away, my friends.
  2. Email and PIM Enhancements: You’ve asked for it and we’ve delivered portrait support for email, calendar and contacts, giving you the option to use your tablet in either orientation to message. This will definitely come in handy for those of you who enjoy thumb typing in portrait mode like I do.
  3. Improved Android Application Support: Includes Multi-Window Applications, Camera Support and In-App Payments. We all love a richer app experience, and with the improvements to the Android runtime, that’s just what you’ll get. Running the applications in separate windows allows you to multi-task between Android apps easier, and in-app payments will make it easier for you to enhance your app content. Game on!

Owners of the Wi-Fi variant of the PlayBook can already pull the update from RIM’s server by going to Settings -> Software Updates and then selecting the “Check for updates” option. The update for the 4G LTE variant of the tablet will be available, once it is approved by the carriers.

Blackberry London Gets Photographed, to Be Released in January

The writing is on the wall for RIM. The Canadian smartphone giant was caught napping as iOS and Android stole its thunder. Not only was RIM too late to realize the potential of new-age, touch-first smartphones, its first few attempts to compete with Google and Apple were abysmal failures. Now, as Samsung continues to ship millions of Android smartphones, Apple books millions of pre-orders for its new baby, and Nokia inches towards releasing a promising alternative for the holiday season, Research in Motion is left without a flagship that can reverse its fortunes. In a meek attempt to regain investor and consumer confidence, RIM demoed the half-baked BlackBerry 10 as far back as May 2012. However, the first BB 10 devices won’t show up before January ’13.

BlackBerry 10 devices will mainly fall in two categories – the full-touch L series, and the hardware QWERTY sporting N series. RIM is yet to disclose any information about its new line of smartphones. However, BGR has spotted a couple of pictures of a full-touch Blackberry that goes by the codename London. London doesn’t appear to have any standout design features like the iPhone 5 or the Lumia 920; however, it looks pretty decent.

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RIM has its task cut out as London and Nevada (its first N-series device) can’t afford to be anything short of stunning for BlackBerry to be able to offer even a semblance of competition to Android and iOS, both of which have a mature platform and a flourishing app ecosystem.

BlackBerry PlayBook 64GB Price Dropped To Just £129 ($200) In The UK

BlackBerry PlayBook is the company’s first tablet device. It was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS. Earlier this year, it was upgraded to the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 which delivers an enhanced tablet experience and brings improved mobile productivity along with updated BlackBerry Bridge, new apps and content.

The worldwide sales of BlackBerry PlayBook was highly disappointing. Last year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) has already reduced the price of this device in most of the countries including Canada, US, UK, India and so on. The original price of BlackBerry Playbook 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB was £399, £479 and £559 respectively. However, the price was later reduced to £169 for 16 GB, £199 for 32 GB and £329 for 64 GB.

Now, RIM has further reduced the price of BlackBerry PlayBook 64 GB variant to just £129 (approx. $200) in the UK. You heard it right! This amazing tablet is now £200 cheaper from the last price drop and £430 cheaper than the original price tag. This device is currently available for purchase at PC World, Dixons and Currys. To get this tablet, head over to this page. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, dual HD cameras (3 megapixel front facing, 5 megapixel rear facing), full HD (1080p) video recording and much more.

Other features include HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

RIM, Focus on Consumers, Not Carriers

RIM’s next smartphone platform, BlackBerry 10, is expected to hit the market next year. It has already been delayed, and since the launch is still far off, RIM is apparently trying to drum up interest in its new platform by showing it off to its carrier partners, who seem to “love” it.

RIM showcased early versions of new BlackBerry devices to carriers in Canada, Mexico and the United States, and here’s what they had to say about it:

“The response that we got back from the executive team at some of the Canadian carriers was tremendous.

They were visibly positive and visibly enthusiastic.”

While RIM will be launching these devices globally, it stated that it intends to focus on its home market, Canada.

With still around a year to go, RIM may be too late to market and is likely to fail. Another thing — RIM still doesn’t seem to get that it’s not about the carriers (it might have been the case earlier, but the iPhone changed the game), but the consumers.

It needs to focus not on making carriers happy with its platform and devices, but on making consumers happy. The days when carriers ruled the smartphone space are gone. RIM needs to learn that ultimately, it’s the user who will decide whether or not its devices are hits, not carriers. Until it does that, it can hardly even think of displacing the iPhone or Android.

Not focusing on the end user has led to its grip on the enterprise mobility space slowly loosening in the last couple of years, as the iPhone and Android devices gained traction in that space. If it doesn’t learn from its mistakes, it might be too late, if it isn’t already.

via The Star