BlackBerry 10 Sales Estimates

BlackBerry 10 said to be overhyped, RIM’s comeback chances remain slim

By on January 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM.

BlackBerry 10 said to be overhyped, RIM’s comeback chances remain slim

Research In Motion (RIMM) will unveil its first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones — the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry X10 — next week during a press conference in New York City. Both smartphones have leaked extensively and we know just about everything there is to know about the new OS, and users are still excited. That is a very, very good sign for RIM as it attempts to stage a comeback. Not everyone is convinced RIM can thrive in the current smartphone market though, and Citigroup analyst Jim Suva cast doubt on RIM’s chances in a recent note to clients. More →

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RIM BlackBerry Enterprise

RIM releases BES 10 for BlackBerry 10 and rival phones, offers free 60-day trial

By on January 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM.

RIM releases BES 10 for BlackBerry 10 and rival phones, offers free 60-day trial

Research In Motion (RIMM) is gearing up for the impending release of its first BlackBerry 10 devices and the company has now released new mobile device management software to help its customers keep a handle on their shiny new BB10 phones and rival devices. The new BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, now available for download, aims to be a one-size-fits all MDM platform that’s capable of managing BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices. More →

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BlackBerry 10 Analysis

BlackBerry 10 may be ‘a gambit intended to facilitate a sale of RIM’

By on January 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM.

BlackBerry 10 may be ‘a gambit intended to facilitate a sale of RIM’

Research In Motion (RIMM) is hitting the market hard with its next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform. The company is courting carriers, wooing businesses, and it’s getting ready to do everything it can to convince the sizable BlackBerry installed base that the benefits of upgrading to a new BlackBerry 10 phone outweigh the costs. According to a new report, however, every move RIM makes with BlackBerry 10 may be pushing the company one step closer to a sale. More →

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RIM Comeback Hopes

Three reasons to root for RIM

By on January 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM.

Three reasons to root for RIM

I have expressed skepticism that RIM (RIMM) will really be able to pull off an epic comeback and reestablish BlackBerry as a legitimate contender with the iPhone and the barrage of Android smartphones that get released every year. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want it to happen. Quite the contrary, I’m hoping that RIM proves all us nasty skeptics wrong, defies the odds and produces a big hit with the BlackBerry Z10 that’s set to be released over the next couple of months. More →

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BlackBerry 10 Launch Analysis

Success with BlackBerry ‘diehards’ isn’t the key to BlackBerry 10’s future

By on January 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

Success with BlackBerry ‘diehards’ isn’t the key to BlackBerry 10’s future

Research In Motion (RIMM) shares are up more than 164% over the past six months as hype surrounding the struggling vendor’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 smartphone platform peaks. While the increased anticipation may lead to success in the early days for RIM’s new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry X10 smartphones, the company has a much steeper mountain to climb if it hopes to compete in the cutthroat smartphone market. RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue is trying to keep a level head amid the buzz, and he paints a realistic picture of RIM’s prospects in 2013. More →

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RIM BlackBerry 10 App Deadline

RIM extends deadline for $10,000 BlackBerry 10 developer incentive

By on January 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM.

RIM extends deadline for $10,000 BlackBerry 10 developer incentive

Following the success of recent “Port-A-Thons” that quickly added 35,000 potential new BlackBerry 10 apps to RIM’s catalog, Research in Motion (RIMM) has announced that it has extended the deadline for its Built For BlackBerry initiative. The company is allowing developers to apply for the program, which certifies BlackBerry applications and offers a $10,000 Developer Commitment, until February 18th. RIM previously said that it will pay certified app developers the difference between net sales and $10,000 for any app that makes at least $1,000. BlackBerry 10 is scheduled to debut at a press conference on January 30th. RIM has taken a number of steps to ensure that its new operating system will be supported by more than 70,000 apps at launch.

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BlackBerry 10 App Submissions

Nearly 20,000 new BlackBerry 10 apps submitted this past weekend

By on January 21, 2013 at 6:23 PM.

Nearly 20,000 new BlackBerry 10 apps submitted this past weekend

Research in Motion (RIMM) held a “Port-A-Thon” earlier this month to boost developer interest in BlackBerry 10. The event ended up being a huge success for the company with more than 15,000 apps submitted to BlackBerry World in less than two days. In a last chance effort to increase its app count before the launch of its new operating system, RIM held a second event this past weekend and it was even bigger than the first one. Developers submitted 19,071 apps in 36 hours, bringing RIM closer to its goal of offering more than 70,000 apps at launch. RIM is scheduled to unveil BlackBerry 10 at a press event on January 30th.

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Samsung Anti-BlackBerry

Samsung decides to kick RIM when it’s down by bashing BlackBerry in new ad [video]

By on January 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM.

Samsung decides to kick RIM when it’s down by bashing BlackBerry in new ad [video]

Samsung (005930) is well known for its clever ads mocking Apple (AAPL) and its fans, but the company has decided to pick on a less powerful target in its newest ad that takes swipes at RIM (RIMM) and its BlackBerry smartphones. The ad revolves around an office that is implementing its own bring-your-own-device policy and is meant to show that both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II are ideal business phones that can enable greater creativity. While most workers in the ad happily switch to Samsung smartphones after the BYOD policy is put in place, one of them insists on clinging to his BlackBerry, which prompts one of his coworkers to ask, “Are you finally going to retire that thing?” The full video is posted below. More →

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BlackBerry Z10 Specs iPhone 5

BlackBerry Z10 compared to iPhone 5 on camera [video]

By on January 21, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

BlackBerry Z10 compared to iPhone 5 on camera [video]

Alongside BGR’s own extensive BlackBerry 10 walkthrough, Austrian website Telekom Presse has uploaded another video comparing Research in Motion’s (RIMM) not-so-secret BlackBerry Z10 smartphone to the iPhone 5. The company’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system seems to be a mix between iOS and Android, while adding some unique features. The video showcases the BlackBerry voice assistant app, multitasking and app switching, the app drawer, and the device’s business and home profiles. More →

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BlackBerry 10 Hands-on

BlackBerry 10 OS walkthrough, BlackBerry Z10 pricing

By on January 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM.

BlackBerry 10 OS walkthrough, BlackBerry Z10 pricing

With BlackBerry 10’s official launch just around the corner, we happened upon a few photos of the final gold master version of the operating system running on a BlackBerry Z10 handset. Well, thanks to a close source at BlackBerry, we actually can show you about 100 photos of the phone’s operating system in full detail. Every screen, every option menu, every app — let’s take a ride together. From RIM’s voice recognition assistant (think Siri), to the BlackBerry Hub, to BlackBerry’s new NFC features and everything in between, we have your exclusive first comprehensive look at BlackBerry 10. Research In Motion’s (RIMM) launch event takes place in New York City on January 30th and on top of debuting the new OS, the company will formally announce the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry X10 smartphones. Lastly, we have heard that RIM is planning to launch the BlackBerry Z10 at a price point that’s under the standard $199 price tag for a flagship phone, so expect something at $149 or below with two year agreement.

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RIM CEO Interview

RIM CEO says he would consider selling off BlackBerry hardware business

By on January 21, 2013 at 7:55 AM.

RIM CEO says he would consider selling off BlackBerry hardware business

Research In Motion (RIMM) chief executive Thorsten Heins has confirmed on a number of occasions that he is willing to consider several new paths RIM might take moving forward. The company wants to license its upcoming BlackBerry 10 software as Heins has suggested repeatedly, but he would also reportedly consider a bigger shift. In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, the CEO confirmed that selling off RIM’s BlackBerry hardware division would be a consideration for him, but only following the successful launch of RIM’s next-generation platform. “The main thing for now is to successfully introduce Blackberry 10. Then we’ll see,” Heins told the paper. Heins did not state whether or not the company has held meetings with interested parties.

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RIM Android Port-A-Thon

RIM offers Android developers up to $2,000 to port apps to BlackBerry 10 this weekend

By on January 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM.

RIM offers Android developers up to $2,000 to port apps to BlackBerry 10 this weekend

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.

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BlackBerry 10 Instagram Camera

BlackBerry 10 camera software revealed, including built-in Instagram-like photo filters [video]

By on January 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

BlackBerry 10 camera software revealed, including built-in Instagram-like photo filters [video]

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 →

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