If GSM isn’t your thing and the previously leaked BlackBerry devices don’t interest you, you should be pleased to know that the folks at CrackBerry have turned up what looks to be the entire 2011 CDMA device lineup from RIM.
In what is titled “NARC BlackBerry Roadmap” and stamped as “Strictly Confidential” 7 different devices are indicated along with they respective estimated launch/availability dates. Of course, the PlayBook is shown for the next quarter of 2011 and will be the first tablet device from RIM to use their new QNX-based platform.
The presentation slides detail upcoming smartphone devices such as the Montana, Monaco and Malibu – a series of new touch screen smartphones that will be sporting BlackBerry 6.1 along with what RIM is calling BlackBerry Evolution 6, a highly integrated and seamless user experience with social networking, universal search as well as HTML5 and NFC capabilities.
It is quite clear that RIM hopes to push further and further into the consumer market by including features and hardware such as full HD 720p recording, augmented reality and OpenGL support for a better gaming experience.
For an entire view of the slides that detail more about each device, be sure to visit CrackBerry for the lineup.
While 2010 was supposed to be the year of tablets, it did not turn out to be. The only two noteworthy tablets that launched in 2010 were the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. iPad went on to become a runoff success for Apple, just like the iPhone.
However, 2011 will see a lot more new tablets coming into the market and the iPad will definitely have more competition. So which are the tablets that you can look forward to in 2011? Here is a list of top 5 tablets which you can buy in 2011.
Apple iPad 2
Well, iPad was a run-off success; however, it did lack quite a few features including a camera. In 2011 (most likely in April), Apple will announce the iPad 2. It is rumored to do away with the home button and replace everything with multi-touch gestures, similar to what you would see on a Mac.
iPad 2 is also rumored to have a camera which can be used to record videos and video chat using Facetime. Rumors also suggest that the next generation of iPad will feature a Retina Display’. Users should also expect the iPad 2 to sport a dual-core processor which should be easily able to play back 1080p videos.
What users should not expect the iPad 2 to feature is the support for Adobe Flash. The iPad 2 will be running on a new iOS version which might include some basic photo and video editing capabilities as well. Expect Apple to set the bar so high with the iPad 2 that rest of the manufacturers will be playing the catch-up game for the rest of the year.
RIM has carved the way with enterprise security and holds a high amount of corporate users in the mobile market, but every now and then they encounter speed bumps that might come in the form of support issues, bugs and security vulnerabilities. While Blackberry doesn’t see near the amount of publicly disclosed weaknesses as other mobile platforms such as Android or webOS, RIM does regularly audit and push updates to BES, BIS and client device software aimed at closing and mitigating possible security risks related to their software. KB24547 is a security advisory that RIM published late in 2010, indicating the existence of a vulnerability pertaining to the PDF rendering and control engine of the attachment service in BES 5.x as well as third party applications that utilise BES core, such as Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Notes Domino and Novell GroupWise.
The advisory details the susceptibility of BES to a possible buffer overflow leading to a Denial-of-Service on a hand-held device. For the vulnerability to be successfully exploited, an attacker would need to have a Blackberry user, with an account tied to a BES, open a modified PDF file. The PDF would be “filtered” through the attachment service and may allow an attacker to execute code on the BES hosting server or hang the machine. RIM has marked it extremely high, with a CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) score of 9.3 out of 10. It is recommended that all BES administrators obtain the Interim Security Software Update to ensure they are protected.
In addition to the BES vulnerability, RIM has released an advisory for a client-side DoS affecting hand-held Blackberry devices. While the CVSS score is a relatively low 5 out of 10, RIM recommends that all users ensure they are running the most up to date version of their device software. The vulnerability affects many devices running OS 5.0.0.x and causes the browser to hang while processing a specially crafted web page, forcing the user to reboot the device. Advisory KB24841 was issued less than a week ago and affects many devices including the Blackberry Bold 9700, the Tour 9630 and the Curve 9300.
Research in Motion has apparently ordered shipments of close to 1 million Blackberry Playbook tablets. Quanta Computer has begun production of the tablets, and RIM expects to sell them in Q1 2011.
RIM plans to launch the Playbook in March with a 3G version coming later. Honestly, 1 million Playbook sales seem a bit too ambitious now, with a flood of Android tablets coming soon.
Even Motorola expects to sell about 800,000 Xoom tablets, but that is more realistic, as Android is a much more popular OS than the QNX based OS in the Playbook. Even HP plans to launch a webOS tablet soon and Apple may launch the iPad 2 in April.
Continuing along with the previously leaked images and specifications on upcoming Blackberry devices, the Torch 2 is next on the list. As you would assume, the form factor and overall design are the same, but the real changes are internal. The Torch 2 is rumoured to have a faster processor, NFC capabilities and be lauching with OS 6.1.
Blackberry Torch 2 Specifications
Tri-band HSPA 14.4Mbps
3.2-inch VGA 640 x 480 capacitive display
8GB built-in memory
5-megapixel camera with flash
1300 mAh battery
It would seem that RIM either has a slight issue with keeping things under wraps or is trickling out some of their new upcoming devices. In addition to the previously leaked Blackberry Dakota, a successor to the current Curve has been outed and detailed as well. Moving away from the squared off and angular design of the 8520, the Blackberry Apollo adopts a slightly curved body with a nice taper at the top and bottom. Internally, the new Curve bumps specifications and aligns RIM with some of the competitors offerings and should be launching with OS 6.1.
Blackberry Apollo Specifications
Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
512MB of eMMC’512MB of RAM
5 megapixel camera with flash
HVGA 480Ã—360 display
Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
BlackBerry OS 6.1
The stalemate between RIM and the Indian authorities finally seems to have ended. Research in Motion stated that it has provided solutions to Indian security agencies which will allow them to access data sent using Blackberry Messenger services.
The Indian Government had asked RIM to provide it access to Blackberry Email and Messenger services by January 31, 2011. While it has given the security agencies access to Blackberry Messenger data, it still hasn’t given them access to the Blackberry Enterprise Server.
“RIM continues to work closely with the government and RIM’s carrier partners in India…We are pleased to have delivered a solution well before a mutually agreed milestone date of January 31, 2011.”
“No changes can be made to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys” said the RIM update.
Even Nokia set up its Mail and Messaging servers in India recently, to allow law enforcement agencies to intercept email and messenger data.
Images and some specifications of the Blackberry Dakota, the latest Blackberry smartphone have been leaked by BGR. It will be a touchscreen phone which will be styled after the Blackberry Bold. It has superb hardware specs and comes with features like HD video recording, NFC and mobile hotspot. It will also have a 5 MP camera and will have 768 MB RAM.
It will launch with Blackberry OS 6.1.
Blackberry Dakota Specifications
5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash, and image stabilization
4GB of built in storage, 768MB of RAM
2.8-inch VGA 640Ã—480 capacitive screen
Wi-Fi b,g,n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies
3G mobile hotspot!
Launches with BlackBerry OS 6.1
After months of persuasion and talks between esteemed officials of the Indian Govt. and the BlackBerry makers, RIM – the Govt. is now satisfied with the solution which RIM has proposed to monitor BlackBerry services by the Govt. However, RIM is still not setting up a server in India, instead they are offering a cloud based solution. But this cloud based monitoring solution is only for BlackBerry messenger, and RIM has not yet told anything about monitoring the corporate e-mail services.
As per the current agreement reached between RIM and the Govt., RIM’s infrastructure is all set to ready to receive and process lawfully intercepted BlackBerry messenger data via the cloud computing-based system, from Indian service providers. However the system is not yet real-time. This solution comes well within the deadline time of December 2010, which was set by the Indian Govt.
RIM has already allowed the security agencies to monitor voice calls, SMS, chat conversation but the Govt. wanted same access to the corporate BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry e-mails. Earlier, Nokia had setup a server in India to let the Govt. agencies monitor data generated from Nokia devices. Not only this, a Rajasthan based company has already launched BharatBerryto counter BlackBerry services in India.
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.
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