If you have been itching for a decent RSS feed reader on the BlackBerry platform, you’ve finally got one. RIM just let us know that they have created an app called BlackBerry News Feeds, which conveniently aggregates and serves up all of your RSS feeds in a clean and easy to use app. We have been testing the app on and off for a little bit, and while there is no Google Reader support (the biggest omission), it is pretty easy to add feeds, bounce through unread items, mark them read, and share them as well. BlackBerry News Feeds is available from BlackBerry App World and BlackBerry Beta Zone starting today.
Yesterday, Google announced the release of an official Google Reader application for its Android mobile operating system. The application supports multiple accounts, synchronized preferences, full subscription preferences, and — of course — searching of your feeds. The application is in the market as we speak… if you’re a Google Reader user, enjoy. More →
A freshly minted post on the official BlackBerry Blog is giving all those interested a more in-depth look at the redesigned BlackBerry 6 browser. As you may or may not have heard, the new BlackBerry browser is based on the WebKit rendering engine and should dramatically improve the browsing experience on BB6 equipped devices. Images and descriptions of the new start page, tabbed browsing, social feed integration, options menu, and browser viewing are all included. Hit the read link to have a look, and let us know what you think. More →
Although the timing of the announcement is a bit of a surprise given that RIM’s Wireless Enterprise Symposium kicks off in one month’s time, Mark Ruddock, CEO of popular BlackBerry development firm Viigo, announced Friday afternoon that his firm has been acquired by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. Viigo, whose self-titled application is easily one of the most popular applications for BlackBerry, started out life as an RSS reader but made big waves in 2008 when it began introducing new features to the application such as the ability to track sports scores, weather, movie times, stock performance, flight information and notifications, podcasts and more. Viigo has historically developed for Windows Mobile, although it is unclear whether or not this will continue in the wake of the acquisition. But if Ruddock’s failure in his note to mention any future plans for Windows Mobile is any sign of things to come, then things aren’t looking so rosy for any platform that isn’t in the best interest of BlackBerry.
According to Sprint, the Samsung Instinct is one of the carrier’s most popular handsets ever – having broken a variety of sales records shortly after its release. With all those Instincts floating around out there, it stands to reason that a fair number of BGR readers are packing this sexy little handset and today we’ve got some good news for you. Starting immediately, a new firmware version is available for the instinct – ES.M800 CA10 – and it’s bringing along a few slick new features with it. Here’s an unofficial change log, short and sweet:
- New RSS Reader
- Dynamic zoom via a new slider control in the browser
- Smart zoom (double tap)
- Various bug fixes
The OTA update is available now as we mentioned, so impatient readers can initiate the update immediately. Sprint will begin a network-initiated update push this coming Monday, February 16th, though we’re not sure what regions will get it first. No matter though, you know you’re just going to snag it yourself anyway.