Nokia’s Qt on RIM’s PlayBook

Nokia’s defunct Qt software stack is headed to RIM’s dead PlayBook tablet. Will 2 wrongs make a right?

In an email to the Qt Project mailing list, Nokia’s Strategic Account Manager, Adam Weinrich has voiced his plans to coordinate a Qt keynote at RIM’s BlackBerry DevCon in Amsterdam, as well as developer outreach at Mobile World Congress in February 2012.

There is a Qt port for QNX/BBX/RIM devices.

Lets get this ecosystem involved in the Qt-Project!

Yes, I know, the code is not yet in the Qt-Project repository but it should be forthcoming. The QNX/BBX/RIM ecosystem are very open to engaging with the Qt community and the Qt Project.

I am coordinating a Qt keynote and training at the Blackberry DevCon in Amsterdam in February http://www.blackberrydevcon.com/ as well as doing outreach to their developers at Mobile World Congress. They are offering discounts to these events to Qt-Project community.

The Qt Developer Experience team will also be showing off Qt on the current playbook at the Qt booth at CES and MWC. Those who already owns a playbook, develops for Blackberry devices or are interested in becoming involved are encouraged to get involved with this new Qt port.

Let me know if you have any insight or interests in making this a win-win for Qt and this new community.

Cheers, Adam

Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework. It’s available for Nokia’s past platforms – Symbian and MeeGo, with unofficial ports for iOS, webOS and Android, as well as solid support for Linux, Mac and Windows on the desktop. While this is a good way to increase the footprint of Qt on embedded and mobile devices, the PlayBook has seen less than enthusiastic sales.

With RIM rumoured to be releasing new  BBX BlackBerry 10  devices in late 2012, there is a very good chance that Qt on QNX will be polished and highly functional; with apps and games in tow, hopefully. Although the PlayBook has hit an all-time low of $199, the BlackBerry development team are said to be providing hardware at a discounted rate for developers who are interested in the platform.

Is this a move from Nokia to make Qt relevant? Is this a push from RIM to make the PlayBook relevant, while selling devices to bolster sales numbers? Either way, it’s an effort from both companies and it’s sure to make Qt enthusiasts rejoice.

BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB Now Available In India For Just Rs.13,490

Earlier this year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched the much-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in India. It is the company’s first tablet device which was announced last year and it was showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS. RIM recently reduced the price of its not-so-popular BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, by almost half in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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

Other features include HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 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.

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing:

  • 16 GB – Rs.27,990
  • 32 GB – Rs.32,990
  • 64 GB – Rs.37,990

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing:

  • 16 GB – Rs.13,490
  • 32 GB – Rs.15,990
  • 64 GB – Rs.24,490

This offer is valid only till Saturday, December 31, 2011. If you are planning to buy this device, then you should hurry up, since the offer will end in just 4 days. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India is also selling this device at the new reduced price. Check out the purchase links below.

RIM Under Fire From BBM Canada

It would seem that RIM hasn’t had it bad enough this year. From poor tablet sales, to service outages, and now a swarm of lawsuits, RIM is taking a beating.

BBM Canada, a company also based out of Canada, is claiming trademark infringement for the use of “BBM” in RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger campaigns. Back in October,  RIM revealed BBX as the name for their new QNX-based platform, shortly thereafter, a US court decision forced them to rename to “BlackBerry 10″ due to trademark infringement filed by a company that develops software, aptly named “BBX”. Fast forward a few months, and RIM is in an extremely similar situation. The BlackBerry team has been heavily marketing and branding themselves with the “BBM” moniker for the past few years, it’s quite obvious that the recent swarm of lawsuits over IP and trademarks has awoken many companies to the money that can be made.

The issue has become quite a public one, numerous statements have been made by both RIM and BBM Canada with regards to their concerns. The President and CEO of BBM Canada, Jim MacLeod, said We want our name back… I find it kind of amazing that this wouldn’t have been thought about before they decided to use the name. The same thing goes for BBX..

The two companies will be in court early January 2012 to plead their cases, RIM has provided a press release which indicates they very much plan to fight for their right to use the acronym.

RIM Media Statement BBM Trademark Litigation: December 23, 2011

Since its launch in July 2005, BlackBerry Messenger has become a tremendously popular social networking service. In 2010, RIM started to formally adopt the BBM acronym, which had, at that point, already been organically coined and widely used by BlackBerry Messenger customers as a natural abbreviation of the BlackBerry Messenger name. The services associated with RIM’s BBM offering clearly do not overlap with BBM Canada’s services and the two marks are therefore eligible to co-exist under Canadian trademark law. The two companies are in different industries and have never been competitors in any area.

We believe that BBM Canada is attempting to obtain trademark protection for the BBM acronym that is well beyond the narrow range of the services it provides and well beyond the scope of rights afforded by Canadian trademark law. RIM has therefore asked the Court to dismiss the application and award costs to RIM. Further, for clarity, RIM’s application to register BBM as a trademark with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is pending and we are confident that a registration will eventually issue. The inference by BBM Canada that CIPO has refused RIM’s BBM trademark application is quite frankly very misleading.

With low profits in Q2 2011, RIM is going to have rely on throwing weight around, instead of money, to resolve the trademark infringement case. With all the lawsuits happening in the mobile sphere, it’s really not surprising that innovation has taken a back seat. They’ve found a way to make money, without actually shipping any products. Maybe RIM should hire a few interns whose sole job is to Google new product names, to ensure there won’t be any conflicts.

White BlackBerry Bold 9900 Launched In India For Rs.33,360

Earlier this year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched the much-awaited BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone. It is the company’s slimmest handset, which comes with the BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard, faster 1.2 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, etc. This handset runs on the new BlackBerry 7 Operating System. BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the company’s thinnest smartphone with 10.5 mm thickness.

Now, Research-In-Motion (RIM) has launched the pure white version of its popular BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone in India. There specs of both the devices are almost similar. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 comes with the RIM’s new Liquid Graphics technology, which combines the graphics processor with the fast CPU and high resolution display to deliver a highly responsive touch interface and smooth graphics.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 features a 2.8 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 × 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, Blackberry 7 OS, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 768 MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Voice activated search, WiFi, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, NFC (Near Field Communication), Augmented Reality, Improved browser, BlackBerry Balance and a 1230 mAh battery.

The white BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also pre-loaded with many interesting and useful apps, including the premium version of Documents To Go, which offers powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. The original BlackBerry Bold 9900 is available in India for around Rs.30,000, but you will need to shell out some extra bucks for the white version of this handset. The white BlackBerry Bold 9900 comes with a price-tag of Rs.33,360. Are you planning to buy this handset, or you will go for the white version of the powerful Samsung Galaxy S II? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Got #droidrage? Tweet to Get Your Android Replaced with a Windows Phone

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Stories of Android devices being infected with malware are not uncommon these days. We have seen a recent Juniper Networks report which stated that Android malware increased by 472%. Yet another report, this time by McAfee, says nearly all malware in Q3 was targeted at Android.

Given that the operating system and the marketplace are open and without any gate-keepers, it is not surprising at all. What is a benefit to developers (no obstacles to their creativity), comes with a huge price because it is also extremely open for abuse by the bad guys. Now that Android has a huge installed base, it is an easy target for malware infestation.

Today, it was reported that Google has removed 22 apps from the Android market in the past several days because they were bundled with malware. San Francisco security firm Lookout Software claimed that the malware in these apps is called RuFraud, and it essentially send dummy SMS messages to create financial benefit  for the malware makers.

Not to waste the opportunity, Microsoft’s Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph immediately jumped on twitter and created an instant promotion. The tweets read as follows:

 

 

Windows Phone (especially after Windows Phone 7.5 Mango released) has been universally praised for its elegance, simplicity and beauty. The problem for Microsoft is that iOS first, and Android now, have created a certain impression of a smartphone in the minds of consumers. While Android in some ways is a clone of iOS with grids and pages of app icons, Windows Phone is very unique in its approach of Live Tiles and Hubs. It has proven difficult for Microsoft to get this message across easily, and as a result the sales have been dismal.

Promotions like this help in not only getting these devices in the hands of folks using competing platforms, but also creating a buzz around the promotion itself. Note that Ben had earlier run a similar promotion for users of Blackberry affected by a long downtime of Blackberry services. At the time, he had said he received over 1,500 responses!

 

 

This is a very good and opportunistic move by Ben. It assures him the attention of disgruntled users who will be more open to switching, and in return they get a free phone too! That makes it an absolute win-win situation!

Sabeer Bhatia of Hotmail Fame Launches New Messaging App

Sabeer Bhatia, the serial entrepreneur from India who became a household name back in the late nineties with Hotmail’s meteoric rise, has been trying hard to repeat his success, but his later projects like Arzoo and BlogEverywhere flopped spectacularly in spite of plenty of initial hype. Nevertheless, not being the one to give up, he is back again with a new product. Bhatia believes that his new venture called Jaxtr, launched in partnership with Yogesh Patel, has the potential to be as disruptive and popular as Hotmail, which pioneered the email revolution.

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JaxtrSMS is a free mobile texting app that is launching with support for a wide range of platforms including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian, and Java. Free texting apps are dime a dozen these days, and Jaxtr is entering a fairly competitive and crowded space. Giants such as RIM, Google, and Facebook are tugging it out with newcomers like Kik and WhatsApp. However, Jaxtr has one feature that almost all of its competitors lack – support for SMS. Jaxtr works for all your contacts, no matter where they are in the world and what phone they are using. If the receiver has Jaxtr installed then he will instantly receive your message through app to app delivery. If he doesn’t have Jaxtr installed, then he will receive a standard SMS message. Although I can’t vouch for Jaxtr’s claims of complete worldwide coverage, it did work for the Indian carriers that I tested.

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Jaxtr’s user interface varies significantly across platforms. I took the Android version of Jaxtr for a spin. Although the color combination is rather distracting (the iPhone app is offensively ugly), the interface feels intuitive and familiar. However, there are a couple of annoyances that might put off users. Jaxtr transparently attaches an annoying ad (self-promotion) to every SMS sent through it, and it doesn’t provide delivery reports. On a couple of occasions, the SMS didn’t actually get delivered even though Jaxtr marked it as sent. If Jaxtr wishes to be taken seriously, it needs to sort out these two issues. However, it is undoubtedly the most promising product that we have seen in recent times from Bhatia.

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BBM Music Launched In Italy And Spain

Few months ago, Research-In-Motion (RIM) announced  the new BBM Music service for the BlackBerry smartphone users. BBM Music is currently available in the UK. RIM is rolling out BBM music in more European countries. BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) Music is a cloud based music service, which allows you to discover and access great music and share it with your BBM Music friends. RIM recently launched this service in Italy and Spain.

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Features of BBM Music

  • Music made social BBM Music is a cloud-based, social music service that allows you to share and discover music with your friends, creating a continually evolving music library:
  • Build a personal music profile with 50 of your favorite songs. You can refresh your profile by swapping out up to 25 songs each month.
  • Invite your BBM friends to subscribe to BBM Music and to join your BBM Music Community.
  • With each friend that is added to BBM Music, you grow your music collection since the songs from the profile of each BBM Music friend are available to you at any time.
  • Up to 50 tracks from your personal profile are shared with your BBM Music Community, and each member of your community shares up to 50 songs from their profile with you.
  • Enjoy a truly social community-based music experience the more friends who join your community, the more songs you can listen to.
  • Easily discover music that your BBM Music friends are listening to, and comment on your friends’ songs and playlists.
  • You can create multiple playlists from music in your profile as well as all of your friends’ profiles, and with one click you can shuffle the entire collection of music from your BBM Music Community. You can even see which friend contributed each song while it plays.
  • Within your BBM Music app, you also see a visual timeline that shows the recent updates of all users within your community. It gives you a chronological view of community updates, including who added new friends, which songs were added or removed, which playlists were created and what comments were made by your BBM Music friends.
  • Listen to Full Tracks – BBM Music subscribers can listen to full tracks from their friends’ profiles not just previews.
  • Offline Listening – Music can be saved to smartphones for offline listening, allowing users to access songs even when they don’t have wireless coverage.
  • Topping the Charts Keep track of how many friends are listening to your tracks.

BBM Music allows you to create a personal music profile with up to 50 of your favorite songs and share them with your BBM Music Community. Your friends can also share their music with you, but the service limits only 140 friends. BBM Music is charged at $4.99 in the US, £4.99 in the UK and €4.99 in Italy and Spain.

BlackBerry Playbook OS Updated To Version 1.0.8.4985

Earlier this year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched its first tablet device, the BlackBerry Playbook. This tablet comes with a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and so on. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

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RIM has recently started rolling out a new software update for its not-so-popular tablet device. The latest update is numbered 1.0.8.4985 and it brings the updated version of Adobe Flash Player, updated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi software, improved syncing and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • Updated version of Adobe Flash Player version 11.1 and Adobe AIR 3.1
  • Daylight savings time updates for time zones in the regions of Latin America, Australia and Central America
  • Updated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi software to help to improve connectivity
  • Fixed issues some users were experiencing with account payments in the BlackBerry App World storefront
  • Improved syncing when restoring applications with BlackBerry Desktop Software
  • This update also includes a security update for Adobe Flash Player, as noted in Adobe Security Bulletin APSB-11-28, which addresses issues that can potentially affect any PC, tablet, or other device with an operating system that supports Adobe Flash.

This update is available only via. Over-The-Air (OTA). The size of the update is just 95 MB. You will receive a notification on the PlayBook status ribbon as soon as the update is available for your device. You can also manually check for update under Software Updatesin the settings menu. If you find some other changes after the update, please let us know in the comments section below.

BlackBerry Curve 9380 Launched In India For Rs.20,990

Earlier this month, Research-In-Motion (RIM) announced the new BlackBerry Curve 93800 smartphone under the popular BlackBerry Curve series. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first-ever smartphone in the BlackBerry Curve family with a touch display. This handset runs on the latest BlackBerry 7 Operating System. We have a good news for the folks in India, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this smartphone in India. RIM recently launched the much-awaited BlackBerry Curve 9380 in India. Check out the complete specs below.

Krishnadeep Baruah, Director of Marketing for India at Research In Motion, said,
These new BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve smartphones offer compact designs with faster performance, enhanced browsing and richer multimedia, as well as NFC support.

blackberry curve 9380

BlackBerry Curve 9380 features a 3.2 inch touch screen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, 806 MHz processor, BlackBerry 7 Operating System, Optical trackpad, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 4X Zoom, Image stabilization, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo-tagging, VGA video recording and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, integrated GPS with A-GPS ready, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, microSD/SDHC slot, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1230 mAh battery.

BlackBerry Curve 9380 comes with a price-tag of Rs.20,990. This handset comes with the premium version of Documents To Go, which offers powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. BlackBerry Curve 9380 will be available for purchase from December 1, 2011.

BlackBerry Bold 9790 Launched In India For Rs.27,490

Last week, Reasearch-In-Motion (RIM) announced the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone under the popular BlackBerry Bold series. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is the slimmer version of the popular BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone. It runs on the latest BlackBerry 7 Operating System. Within a week of its official announcement, RIM finally launched the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone in India.

“We are pleased with the response that the new BlackBerry 7 operating system is receiving from customers in India and we are very excited to introduce these three new BlackBerry 7 based models here,said Krishnadeep Baruah, Director of Marketing for India at Research In Motion.

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BlackBerry Bold 9790 features a 2.45 inch touch screen display, sporting a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz MG1 Marvel Tavor processor, BlackBerry 7 Operating System, Full QWERTY keyboard, Optical trackpad, 5 megapixel camera with flash, Continuous auto focus, Image stabilization, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo-tagging, VGA video recording, etc.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Integrated GPS with A-GPS ready, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, microSD/SDHC slot, 768 MB RAM, 8 GB eMMC, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1230 mAh battery.

BlackBerry Bold 9790 comes with a price tag of Rs.27,490. This handset will be available for purchase from December 1, 2011. Are you planning to buy this handset? Let us know your views in the comments section below.