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 →
BlackBerry subscribers using Vodafone in Europe, the Middle East and Africa were hit with a service outage on Friday morning that left many with no access to data services. Vodafone confirmed the outage to ZDNet but did not indicate what might have caused the service interruption. “We are aware that some BlackBerry customers are experiencing issues,” Vodafone said in a statement. “Vodafone is working closely with Research in Motion (RIMM) to restore full service as soon as possible.” Email, BlackBerry Messenger and other key services were all impacted by the outage, and Vodafone has subsequently told TechCrunch that service is in the process of being restored. 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 →
Research In Motion’s (RIMM) next-generation smartphone platform has received all-important nods from three of the four major nationwide carriers in the United States. Following official endorsements from some international carriers, executives at Verizon Wireless (VZ), AT&T (T) and T-Mobile have each confirmed to Reuters that they will carry BlackBerry 10 devices some time after the new operating system’s debut later this month. More →
Now that Samsung (005930) has bested Apple in the consumer smartphone market, at least where shipment volume is concerned, the company is setting its sights on Research in Motion’s (RIMM) corporate user base. The company is investing heavily in enterprise devices that incorporate a higher level of security and reliability than consumers require. Various government agencies and corporations aren’t fully sold on RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system and are still unsure if will satisfy their needs. As a result, they have begun to explore alternatives for their employees. More →
Research In Motion (RIMM) has wisely decided not to put all its eggs in the high-end basket and will be releasing a wide range of smartphones selling at different price points this year, FierceWireless reports. At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, RIM CMO Frank Boulben said that his company plans to release six different BlackBerry 10 devices in 2013 that will include phones in the high, medium and low prices ranges. Having low-end BlackBerry 10 devices is particularly crucial for RIM if it wants to expand upon the success it’s had over the past year in emerging markets such as South Africa and Nigeria, where the company is coming under pressure from a flood of low-cost Android handsets.
RIM (RIMM) isn’t conducting any big press conferences at the Consumer Electronics Show this year and it doesn’t even have a booth, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t working hard to promote BlackBerry 10 in Las Vegas this week. Jeff Gadway, RIM’s senior manager for BlackBerry product marketing, took some time this week to talk with Forbes about his company’s upcoming new smartphone OS and how it will hopefully put RIM back on the map as a major player in the mobile industry. More →
One of the biggest problems with launching a new mobile platform just as the current leaders are starting to peak is attracting enough top developers to create an appealing ecosystem. Just ask Microsoft (MSFT). Research In Motion (RIMM) says it is making good progress in that regard and it expects BlackBerry App World to house more than 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps when the new OS launches in the coming months. RIM is hedging its bets though, and its new BlackBerry OS will also support Android apps, providing developers that do not wish to build new apps with an easy way to repackage their current Android applications. The process is so easy, in fact, that some people are reportedly stealing Android applications and publishing them in RIM’s app store without the original authors’ consent. More →
Research In Motion (RIMM) has a steep hill to climb as it prepares to unveil its next-generation BlackBerry 10 operating system later this month. Launching sleek new BlackBerry 10 handsets that prompt a healthy portion of its current user base to upgrade is of the utmost importance, of course. Just as important, however, is creating a user experience that showcases compelling differentiation and might draw users away from leading smartphone platforms. More →
We’ve long known what RIM’s (RIMM) first BlackBerry 10 smartphone will look like, but now we can get a better idea of its overall size thanks to new pictures published by Business Insider. An unnamed source sent Business Insider pictures of the BlackBerry Z10 placed side-by-side with the iPhone 4S to show that the Z10 has a significantly larger display and a slightly thicker casing than Apple’s (AAPL) classic smartphone model. Business Insider’s source said he or she was generally impressed with the Z10 so far, including the back cover that “feels rubbery and snaps on sort of like the back cover on Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S III” and the display that “looks great.” The source also said RIM’s new Web browser is as fast as a desktop browser, BlackBerry 10 supports separate work and personal profiles, and it includes built-in Evernote integration. A second leaked picture of the Z10 next to the iPhone 4S is posted below. More →
Research In Motion (RIMM) on Thursday took the wraps off a brand new BlackBerry smartphone — but it’s not the kind of smartphone BlackBerry fans have been waiting more than a year for. Instead, it’s a low-end BlackBerry Curve 9315 that will launch later this month on T-Mobile. The phone features the BlackBerry 7.1 operating system, a 3.2-megapixel camera, microSD memory expansion and a full QWERTY keyboard, and it will launch on January 23rd… just seven days before RIM unveils its first BlackBerry 10 phones. Pre-sales for the Curve 9315 begin on January 16th and the phone will cost $49.99 out of pocket plus a $10 payment each month as part of Equipment Installment Plan. T-Mobile’s full press release follows below. More →
Hang in there, American BlackBerry fans — your wait for a new device is nearly over. Engadget reports that the Federal Communications Commission has granted approval to what looks like RIM’s (RIMM) BlackBerry Z10 smartphone for use on AT&T’s (T) LTE and HSPA networks. The Z10, which will be the first device released with the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, is rumored to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 1.5GHz dual core processor, a 4.2-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels, 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB expandable of storage and an 8-megapixel camera. RIM plans to unveil the BlackBerry Z10 along with the finished version of the BlackBerry 10 OS on January 30th.
As Research In Motion’s (RIMM) January 30th BlackBerry 10 unveiling draws closer, nearly every last detail surrounding RIM’s first two BlackBerry 10-powered smartphones will likely soon emerge. The vendor has a long history of leaks leading up to its new device announcements, and this time around RIM reps toured the world showing the phones to every carrier that would meet with them. Pictured once again over the weekend by N4BB is RIM’s first new QWERTY phone, which is code-named “N-Seriers” and expected to bear the name “BlackBerry X10” at launch. No fresh details accompany the newly leaked photos, but rumored specs from earlier reports include a 720 x 720-pixel display with a pixel density of 330 ppi and integrated NFC. Additional images of the BlackBerry X10 follow below. More →