RIM (RIMM) really wants Android developers to bring their apps over to BlackBerry 10, and it’s got the cash to prove it. Via AndroidGuys, it seems that RIM will hold a “BlackBerry 10 Last Chance Port-A-Thon” that will pay Android developers $100 for every approved app they port over to BlackBerry 10, with a limite of 20 different paid apps per developer. RIM says that the “port-a-thon” will start at noon Friday and run for the following 36 hours. App developers have shown some strong interest in BlackBerry 10 so far as RIM announced this week that it had received 15,000 app submission over just two days during the last port-a-thon, although the company didn’t mention how much influence its “really cool” SDK had in convincing companies to develop for its new platform.
Just when we start to think we know everything there is to know about BlackBerry 10, new details leak. Mobile blog The Gadget Masters on Friday published a video revealing the new BlackBerry 10 camera software included on a pre-release version of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. While the software on this prototype phone likely isn’t final, several new features that will be included in RIM’s (RIMM) new BlackBerry 10 camera software are displayed in the video. Among the highlights is a built-in photo editor that includes cropping, rotation and Instagram-like photo filters. The full video follows below. More →
Research In Motion (RIMM) shares are soaring ahead of the imminent launch of the firm’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform. The stock’s recent run could come screeching to a halt at any moment as short interest grows, but Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek thinks there’s plenty more good news ahead for RIM. In a note to investors on Friday morning, Misek told clients to buy RIM stock and set a new 12-month price target of $19.50, up from his previous $13 target with a Hold rating. More →
As titans Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930) continue to stomp across the smartphone landscape, a new battle is emerging between two scrappers in 2013. In one corner sits Microsoft (MSFT), the world’s largest software company that still can’t seem to find its footing with Windows Phone. In the other corner, Research In Motion (RIMM), a toppled giant steadying itself as it prepares for the fight of its life. Two enter the ring, but only one may emerge as the smartphone war heats up in 2013. More →
More good news for struggling smartphone vendor Research In Motion (RIMM) as excitement mounts ahead of its big next-generation platform launch: North American businesses are showing interest in BlackBerry 10. RIM recently launched a “BlackBerry 10 Ready Program” that offers companies free BlackBerry 10 training and a simplified BES license upgrade process, a wise move made in an effort to attract crucial enterprise interest to RIM’s new platform. According to RIM, its program has already drawn a crowd in the U.S. and Canada. More →
RIM’s (RIMM) share price has staged an impressive comeback since last October, when it bottomed out in the $6-range before steadily climbing to the $15 range in early 2013. But short sellers are apparently unconvinced that the RIM rally is for real, as Seeking Alpha reports that “from the end of April to the end of 2012, the number of shares short in Research in Motion skyrocketed from 53.7 million to more than 137 million… a rise of more than 155%.” More →
The buzz continues to mount leading up to the January 30th unveiling of Research In Motions’s (RIMM) next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform, but we’re not sure how much is left to learn. Many BlackBerry 10 features have already been announced, we’ve seen RIM’s first two next-generation handsets — the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry X10 — a number times, and now Rogers’ internal sales manual for BlackBerry 10 devices has leaked thanks to CrackBerry. The manual is packed full of images and it also confirms some specs reported a few months ago, and the full document is embedded at the source link below. RIM’s next-generation operating system and handsets will be unveiled during a press conference on January 30th, and BGR will be on hand reporting live.
New images of Research In Motion’s (RIMM) first BlackBerry 10-powered smartphone equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard have leaked ahead of the handset’s unveiling later this month. BlackBerry blog BlackBerry Empire on Monday evening published a pair of photos showing the face of the upcoming N-series smartphone along with the home screen and the app launcher. More →
Research In Motion’s (RIMM) VP of developer relations Alec Saunders has confirmed that more than 15,000 BlackBerry 10 apps were recently submitted to BlackBerry App World in less than two days. As part of a virtual event RIM hosted called a “Port-A-Thon,” the vendor encouraged developers to port their apps over to the BlackBerry 10 platform by offering a $100 incentive for each submitted app that is later approved by RIM for distribution in its app store. This can be considered good news or bad news, however. While ensuring that BlackBerry App World is flush with BlackBerry 10 apps when the platform launches is crucial, apps submitted en masse by developers looking for a reward of $100 per approved app might not be the kind of high-quality apps RIM so desperately needs when BlackBerry 10 devices begin launching in the coming months.
Research in Motion (RIMM) is scheduled to formally unveil its BlackBerry 10 operating system on January 30th, however it is unclear when we will see the first new BlackBerry smartphones launch. Despite the fact that all four major U.S. carriers — Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile — have confirmed plans to carry new BlackBerry 10 devices in 2013, RIM has remained quiet regarding release details. According to an image provided to BGR and other publications allegedly showing Best Buy Canada’s (BBY) internal inventory system, the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone could launch in Canada on February 28th. More →
Three of the four major nationwide wireless carriers in the U.S. confirmed earlier this week that they have plans to launch phones running Research In Motion’s (RIMM) new BlackBerry 10 platform following its debut later this month. Sprint (S), the fourth major U.S. carrier, did not initially confirm that it will support BlackBerry 10 phones. While the carrier is keeping its plans quiet for the most part, company spokesman Mark Elliot confirmed to BGR that Sprint will launch at least one device powered by RIM’s new operating system in 2013. “Sprint plans to bring BlackBerry 10 to our customers later this year,” Elliot told BGR via email. ”We will share more details soon.” RIM will unveil the finished version of its BlackBerry 10 OS along with two new smartphones — a full-touch handset and a QWERTY device — during a press conference on January 30th.
Hang in there, BlackBerry fans — you don’t have much longer to wait. Rapid Berry on Friday posted some marketing materials that RIM (RIMM) will send to retail outlets that show off the upcoming BlackBerry Z10 smartphone’s capabilities, including the BlackBerry Hub messaging center, the BlackBerry Balance feature that helps keep work and personal data separate, and the BlackBerry Messenger video chat client with screen-sharing capabilities. RIM has been gearing up for its big BlackBerry 10 launch at the end of January and the company this week conducted an under-the-radar campaign at the Consumer Electronics Show to promote the new operating system. We’ve posted more of the leaked BlackBerry 10 marketing materials below. More →
After hitting a rough patch that seemed to last for most of 2012, Research In Motion (RIMM) may finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. RIM plans to unveil the finished version of its next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform at a press conference on January 30th, and at least one new smartphone is expected to be revealed during the event. Generating interest in BlackBerry 10 within the crowded global smartphone market will be no easy task for the struggling vendor, but if demand at top Canadian carrier Rogers is any indication, RIM is off to a promising start. More →