Company Asymco — a “unique hybrid of an app production studio and an industry analysis advisory with both practices informing each other” — has a fairly unique factoid up on their website. According to analyst Horace Dediu, sixty percent — that’s 6-0 — of Apple’s Q4 2010 sales came from products that did not exist until three years ago. Obviously the iPhone and iPad take center stage in that particular category. Talk about a short-term renaissance. More →
Today, RIM released an update to their BlackBerry Desktop Manager software use for device management. The update, version 6.0, adds support for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and comes with a completely new user interface. Earlier in the design process, RIM noted that it wanted to remove some of the ambiguity from dialog boxes and buttons and make common user actions more accessible. The new software is up on RIM’s site and ready to be downloaded. Enjoy!
Sure we’ve already seen BlackBerry 6 in action thanks to an epic 17 minute walkthrough, but that video featured a touchscreen ‘Berry. What’s life going to be like on the new OS for those of us that prefer non-touchscreen devices from RIM? Well we know now, as the folks at Driphter have posted a lengthy rundown of BlackBerry 6 running on that crazy clamshell 9670. We get that the prospect of sinking 10:27 of your life into watching a video of an unreleased device isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve got the stomach time for it or are just a BlackBerry fanatic, then hit the jump to check out the goodness.
We know a lot of you are dying to try out BlackBerry 6, but until RIM releases it sometime in the “next calendar quarter“, we think this 16 minute and 45 second walkthrough of the OS running on a 9800 slider will tide you over. Unfortunately the narration isn’t in English, but if you can look beyond that hit up the jump and check out the video.
Alright, BlackBerry fans, this is truly something to get excited about. Building upon the excitement generated this weekend by a slew of new images of the upcoming 9800 slider, a video walkthrough of the device today cropped up on YouTube. The video does a pretty good job showing off the device and some of the features of the BlackBerry 6 OS and is only 3 minutes and 39 seconds in length, so the way we see it, you really have no reason for passing this by. We mean, RIM is pretty much guaranteed to have the video pulled in quick order. Oh, and notice the AT&T splash screen? We told you.
Can’t get enough BlackBerry slider action? Well today’s your lucky day, as a bunch of new images of the handset have leaped out by way of TheBerryFix. Showing off what looks to be a late prototype / early production model, the images give us a pretty good glimpse of not only the handset itself, but some of the new niceties of the BlackBerry 6 OS including a virtual QWERTY keypad, a clone of Cover Flow in the media player, and, of course, the much-hyped WebKit browser. Anyone else excited to see this sucker launch on AT&T during the June/July timeframe? Click on through for a few more pics.
What do you do when the honeymoon is over and interest in your mobile OS is fading fast? Spin city! In a recent discussion with the New York Times, Microsoft VP of Windows Mobile Todd Peters happily explained that Microsoft has intentions to cut down on the number of Windows Mobile devices that reach the market in the future. Peters’ reasoning for the move:
“I’d rather have fewer devices and be more focused,” he said. That way “we get better integration” between phone and operating system.
Well that’s one way to put it, though we’re not sure shareholders will mirror the sentiment. Another way to put it would be to simply state that the advent of open source mobile operating systems and the fading interest in Microsoft’s aging OS are creating a more competitive market place and Windows Mobile simply isn’t ready to compete at the level it did in years past. Today it’s Android, tomorrow it will be the fruit borne by the Symbian Foundation; handset manufacturers are now beginning to turn toward low-cost open solutions that provide more user-friendly interfaces and welcoming development environments. It remains to be seen whether Windows Mobile 7 will be able to compete as the industry evolves and its already low market share dwindles. We hope it can compete – variety being the spice of life – and rest assured, Microsoft would happily see the number of Windows Mobile-powered devices double despite this recent statement to the contrary. If manufacturers decrease the number of Windows Mobile handsets released in the future however, it won’t be because Microsoft asked them to stop making so many Windows-powered phones. It will be the allure of newer and more usable operating systems that pull handset manufacturers in other directions.