Another day, another handful of BlackBerry 10 leaks to enjoy as the tech world waits for the new platform’s January 30th unveiling. Twitter user “evleaks,” who has a solid track record of leaking accurate details and images of unreleased smartphones, published a purported screenshot from Verizon Wireless (VZ) on Friday. The document confirms some details we already know — RIM’s (RIMM) first full-touch BlackBerry 10 phone will be called the BlackBerry Z10 and will feature 4G LTE, among other specs — and it also confirms Verizon will support the handset. An image of Verizon’s BlackBerry Z10 screenshot 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 leaks keep on coming ahead of Research In Motion’s (RIMM) big BlackBerry 10 unveiling later this month. A Rogers training manual leaked earlier on Wednesday, and now Techradar has secured slides that reveal all of the key specs for RIM’s first full-touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone. According to the leak, the BlackBerry Z10 will feature a 4.2-inch high definition display with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera with 5x digital zoom, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, 4G LTE and an 1,800 mAh battery. A Snapdragon processor will reportedly power the handset, which is set to be officially unveiled during RIM’s press conference on January 30th.
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 →
Want to know about all the hottest features in the upcoming BlackBerry Z10? Well now you can, although it will help if you can speak German. German website TelekomPresse has posted a pretty extensive video showing off the BlackBerry Z10’s user interface, multitasking capabilities and its BlackBerry Hub messaging center. The video doesn’t show anything we haven’t seen before, although it has a lot of great closeups of the Z10 that show how compact and thin RIM’s (RIMM) new BlackBerry phone will be. The full video of the BlackBerry Z10 demonstration is posted below. 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.
Noted patent troll Unwired Planet made news last year when it filed patent infringement complaints against Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Research in Motion (RIMM). In an effort to beef up its portfolio, the company has now purchased more than 2,000 patents from Ericsson (ERIC) that will help it continue to pursue legal actions against a number of smartphone and tablet manufacturers. Ericsson will transfer 2,185 U.S and international patents and patent applications to Unwired Planet, a majority of which relate to 2G, 3G and LTE technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will also contribute 100 additional patents to the company annually beginning in 2014 and continuing through 2018. In return, Ericsson will have access to Unwired Planet’s patent portfolio and has also received an undisclosed compensation fee. Mike Mulica, chief executive of Unwired Planet, said the company looks “forward to leveraging a strong, multi-dimensional patent portfolio and furthering discussions with key industry players who are interested in licensing these inventions to protect and further build their product strategies.”
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.