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 App World Leaves Beta

Research In Motion (RIM) has given the BlackBerry App World a much needed upgrade. First and foremost, RIM has dropped the minimum price of the application to $0.99 from the earlier $2.99. Hopefully, this means that weBlackBerry will see developers releasing applications which cost $0.99, and $1.99.

Along with this, RIM has also added support for carrier billing and credit card. The App World itself has got a facelift and now features a tabbed section for easier navigation. Like Android, RIM has also added support for QR codes. BB owners can now find an application in the App World by just scanning its QR code.

RIM has also added an option called BlackBerry ID for users to transfer their application from one device to another without repurchasing them. RIM has also decided to split the revenue from the sales of App World in 70:30 ratio instead of the earlier 80:20.

Here is the full press release :

BlackBerry App World Update


Just wanted to let you know that the latest version of BlackBerry App Worldâ„¢ is out of beta and available for everyone to enjoy. And as of today, BlackBerry App World will allow developers to offer applications for US$0.99 and US$1.99.

BlackBerry App World users will receive upgrade notifications over the next few hours.

When we launched the beta just a few weeks ago, we were able to offer new views, and carrier and credit card billing support. We also integrated BlackBerry ID as a new way of tying BlackBerry customers with their use for easy device switching and management.

Credit Card Payment Option
With the new BlackBerry App World, customers are able to purchase applications using major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard. Carrier billing may also be supported by certain carriers.

Easier Application Discovery
BlackBerry App World adds new tabbed sections for various applications lists. Users can horizontally swipe or scroll to quickly view the Top 25 Free Apps, Top 25 Paid Apps and Top 25 Themes, as well as the Newest Apps and Recently Updated Apps.

QR barcode scanning is also supported, allowing users to scan a QR code associated with an application from anywhere the web, print ads, brochures, etc. BlackBerry App World will quickly find the related application, and automatically open and download its page.

BlackBerry ID
BlackBerry ID provides customers with a device-independent user identification (ID) for BlackBerry App World. It enables credit card payments and allows customers to seamlessly transfer their personal library of free and purchased apps when they switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone.

Stay tuned as BlackBerry App World continues to grow and incorporate new features requested in our beta program.

RIM Unveils The BlackBerry 6 OS

Along with the BlackBerry Torch 9800, RIM also announced the BlackBerry 6. Yes, the name of the operating system has changed from BlackBerry OS 6 to just BlackBerry 6. The new OS from RIM is more touch-friendly and features moreBlackBerry eye-candy than any of its previous iterations. The new OS includes universal search, an all-new web-kit based HTML5 web browser, and social networking integration.

The new OS also integrates Wi-Fi music syncing. Users can view and sync their entire iTunes or Windows Media Player library right from their smartphone. There is also a brand new Podcast, and a YouTube application. RIM also promised that the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and the Pearl 3G will get the BlackBerry 6 update in the coming months.

The BlackBerry 6 will make its debut on the Torch 9800, which is scheduled to release on 12 August.

BlackBerry 9780 Specifications And Pictures Surface

Research In Motion (RIM) is expected to launch three new BlackBerry handsets, along with an update to their OS soon. Now the folks over at Salomondrin have got their hands on another upcoming BlackBerry the 9780. TheBlackBerry 9780 BlackBerry 9780 features an HVGA (480×320) screen, along with Wi-Fi b/g, 2G and 3G connectivity. However, from the available information the screen of the phone does not look like a touch-screen one.

The BlackBerry 9780 looks similar to the BlackBerry 9700 Bold. In all probability, the 9780 will be a successor of the 9700 Bold.   The handset will also be running on the upcoming BlackBerry OS 6. Other specifications of the 9780 are similar to the 9700 Bold, except for the 512MB of RAM and a 5MP camera.

We hope RIM will announce this and the other 3 upcoming BlackBerry handsets sooner, than later.

Blackberry Slider 9800, Curve 9300 And The Clamshell 9670 Overview Videos

It has been quite sometime since RIM (Research In Motion) released a new blackberry. Now the company is soon going to add three more phones to its portfolio. The names of the upcoming phones are the Blackberry 9670, the Slider 9800, and the Curve 9300. First up is the Blackberry Slider 9800. The phone will feature a 3.2-inch TFT touch screen, with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. An optical trackball will also be present on the phone.

Check out the video of the Blackberry Slider 9800 below :

The screen of the Slider 9800 will not feature the SurePress technology, which made its debut on the Blackberry Storm 2. The Slider 9800 will be running the Blackberry OS 6. Not much information about the Curve 9300 is available except that the phone will feature both 3G and Wi-Fi. The phone will come to the T-Mobile in a purple colour. The Blackberry 9670 is a clamshell phone with 512MB of ROM, and 4GB of internal memory. The phone will also have a 5MP camera at its back. The phone will also be running on Blackberry OS 6 when released.

In all probability, all these three phones will be announced by RIM before August end.