Archive for the ‘Blackberry Phones’ Category

BlackBerry Touch / Monaco gets unofficial first look

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Not long ago a roadmap of BlackBerry’s devices for the remainder of this year including the first half of next year was released. Within that set of leaked presentation slides which were filed as confidential were a slew of touchscreen devices including a Storm 3 and one codenamed Monaco which we understand has an official name: BlackBerry Touch.

In mid-February said device showed up in Verizon’s red branding which suggested that not only would Verizon receive such a device in the states but perhaps Vodofone here in the U.K. Thanks to BGR which was now been able to release prototype photos of said device, we have a better idea of what the phone will look like.

Thanks to a publication obtained by the same dudes over at BGR, the device should become official in May at RIM’s annual BlackBerry World event. Said device will run BlackBerry O.S 6.1 and will sport an LCD screen with a pixel count of 800 x 480. The device is said to use BlackBerry ID instead of a PIN for many of the phones key functions. Furthermore, according to BGR, the phone will not receive the Storm 3 nomenclature which would kind of make sense seeing that the company is trying to rebrand itself as more touch friendly and the last two storm devices were not exactly the most touch friendly devices thanks in no major part to the hardware but rather the O.S.

So far from the photos the OS does look like a solid upgrade and the U.I looks a lot better and more visually interesting than previous versions of BlackBerry O.S. We’re not about to jump to conclusions but with BlackBerry’s growth within the past quarters despite the competition posed by Android and iOS we think that the O.S will be around for quite some time now, unless they pull a Nokia on us.

Source: BGM

BlackBerry PlayBoook to run Android apps, wise move?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Last week we got an official confirmation that BlackBerry would be introducing support for Android apps in the PlayBook. While the company hasn’t gone into any details on who to expect and what not to, it has informed the public and developer community that Android apps will run via some type of emulator.

While many are hailing this as a great move by Blackberry as it would allow the company’s new tablet to access well over 150,000 apps currently in the Android Marketplace, others are saying it might be a shot in the leg as it would discourage developers from developing for their new QNX platform (the platform the PlayBook currently runs on).

On one hand Blackberry is in a bind where it has traditionally been seen as a business oriented company even though their latest push into the consumer market has been successful, yet they are arriving to the tablet market with two of their biggest competitors already ahead of them.

It could be argued that the tablet market is young, and that is true. It could also be argued that as many more tablet OS platforms come to the market such as BlackBerry’s QNX, HP’s webOS (formerly Palm webOS), and Intel and Nokia’s Meego, customers will be bombarded with options and a tablet that is able to run hundreds of thousands of apps including those from the competition will better suite itself to play in such a diverse field. Also, with BlackBerry planning deep integration between their smartphones and the PlayBook, something that only HP is working on, it could prove compelling to BlackBerry owners to use a tablet that will support their favorite BlackBerry suite apps as well as apps from other markets.

Source: Engadget

Blackberry Monaco (Storm 3) specifications

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Blackberry is planning on a major release of the third generation to its Storm line, codenamed the BlackBerry Monaco. The device was previously leaked in the company’s 2011 Blackberry Smartphone Roadmap which among others detailed new QWERTY and touchscreen phones to be released between this and next year.

The device looks like it will be receiving another Verizon/Vodofone branding and will feature Blackberry OS 6.1. Dimensions are sleek and thin with 11.5mm of thickness and 120 x 62 for height and width. The processor is a Qualcomm 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor (not dual core) and there is a CDMA, EV-DO Rev A as well as quad band EDGE and single band UMTS.

The display is 3.7 inches with a resolution rated at 800 x 480 pixels and a 15.9 aspect ratio with 253 dots per inch. The camera is 5 megapixels and supports LED flash, image stabilization and 7220p video shooting. Unfortunately, there is no front facing camera for those interested in video conferencing from a mobile device.

The navigation buttons are capacitive as well as the touchscreen and you get an optical navigation module as well as one convenience key. Memory on the inside is listed at 4GB while the RAM is 768MB. You can expand internal storage to 32GB via a microSD card. Connectivity includes Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n as well as microUSB. As for sensors, you’ll have proximity, magnetometer and accelerometers.

While there is no official word about the device’s existence from Research in Motion (Blackberry’s parent company) at the moment, the device is expected to become official at the company’s Blackberry World event scheduled for May. We’ll keep you updated with any news that surfaces between now and then, so stay tuned.

Source: CrackBerry

Blackberry roadmap leaked

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Blackberry has been facing increasing competition from all ends. Thanks to many corporate customers falling for the allure and glamour of the competition such as Motorola’s Android offerings, Samsung Galaxy S line and Apple’s iPhone, the Waterloo based company has been struggling to turn around the ship in a market where buttons are so yesterday and everyone wants more stuff to touch.

Thanks to a new direction from the executive seats, the company will be releasing a slew of touch devices between this year and next year to better compete with the competition.

For instance, the company’s PlayBook which was demoed at CES and received much praise for its slick interface and multitasking features will be dropping in the second quarter of 2011 and will feature a 7 inch multi touch screen as well as Blackberry’s Tablet OS platform and a dual core processor as well as storage in the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants along with full 1080p video recording thanks to a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a 3 megapixel camera on the front for video conferencing.

As if that is not enough, the company will follow up on that with the release of the Monaco Touch smartphone which will feature a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor that will support dual band CDMA and Ev-DO 3G along with support for NFC and magnetometer, accelerometer and proximity sensors. There will be a 5 megapixel camera on the back that will support 720p video shooting and the screen is 3.7 inches with a resolution of 800 x 480 and an aspect ratio of 15:9.

The Blackberry roadmap lists the Sedona, the next generation Curve, for a Q4 2011 release and a Malibu touchscreen phone for Q1 of 2012. Maybe RIM will break protocol and give us more scoops on these devices next month.

Source: CrackBerry

BlackBerry in Focus: 3D and More

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

The latest big thing for BlackBerry: 3D.

The technology is making waves in the movie industry. While earning the ire and disdain of many movie critics (who take a pan at recently launched movies being a little too novelty for their own good), 3D is a visual element that certainly draws in people to the visual media a whole lot more than conventional displays. Bring in HD video to the mix and one gets a true immersive experience.

On a mobile phone however, this is quite different. 3D is hard to appreciate on a small screen, let alone when you’re on the go, in a busy lobby or anywhere else that is not the relative comfort of the privacy one can only get at home. Still, it would be interesting to see what Research in Motion will be able to pull off.

Mike Lazaridis, current co-CEO for RIM has taken the stage to talk about the future plans for the company and for the BlackBerry brand. With the smart phone industry now slowly taking over the business market for mobile devices, the need for a new strategy is going to be important for BlackBerry to stay on top of its game. Android is already growing far beyond RIM and rival company Apple has a solid level of success that has surpassed the Canadian phone maker.

However, as excited as the tech industry was to hear the news straight from Lazaridis, many felt disappointed at the way most answers skirted around the questions as opposed to actually providing the world with sensible information. When asked about the expected launch date for the BlakBerry PlayBook tablet, the answer was “We’re tracking Q1”. While somewhat acceptable, Mike chose not to expand (even when asked), leaving people wondering what exactly the man meant by tracking the launch date.

Today in Mobile News: Upcoming Devices

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

HTC’s Merge handset has been appearing quite a lot in news updates recently. The keyboard toting Android smart phone has been quite the attention grabber as HTC has finally decided to come out with a not-so-high-end smart phone that packs a physical QWERTY keyboard.

The biggest disappointment here is that the Merge is still announced as a US carrier Verizon exclusive which means that the only hope for a local re-release of the handset would be to wait it out for a month or so before HTC gives the Merge a quick name change and brings it here.

Nokia is once again showing us all where the money is at: the low end mobile phone market. Two new devices are being buffed up by Nokia, the C2-01 and X2-01 handsets. Despite the fact that the designations for the two are similar, these two phones look quite different from each other.

The C2-01 is your standard candy bar mobile phone while the X2-01 brings in a physical QWERTY keyboard in portrait view (similar to the BlackBerry layout). Specs wise, the two devices are as low end as one can get, but interested folks can also expect to get a very decent price tag as well.

The BlackBerry Playbook touch screen tablet has been slowly bobbing up and down the radar as the Samsung Tab and the iPad are still battling it out for the top spot in the tablet industry wars. Still, the Playbook deserves some much needed attention.

RIM has already confirmed that the device will be commercially available sometime this coming Q2 of 2011, but aside from that, not specific launch date has been pinned down. From what we have seen from the QNX mobile platform, this is one device that tablet users will enjoy in terms of browsing and media playback –though app support is still one major weakness for the device.

Tablet Prices to Go Down for the Holidays

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Touch screen tablets are not necessary devices to have at home, but they certainly are a joy to have around. Imagine being able to access the web, your email, social networking account, and all the top news stories from the comfort of your couch, or bed, or even the front porch –much like reading a newspaper, but with media access.

Indeed, tablets are slowly becoming a common device to have around –not quite a staple yet, considering how many people cannot afford the hardware. In terms of cost, tablets are still not cost effective –one could opt to buy a couple of mid range smart phones instead. Or even a single high end one then simply save the plentiful change.

Samsung and RIM however, want you to have touch screen tablets, and as such, they have both announced price cuts for their respective tablets.

The Android Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab comes with a 1GHz CPU, a camera and a 7 inch capacitive touch screen display. It can handle media, eBooks and of course, the whole line of Google’s Android apps. One of the best things about this device: it is Flash capable. Forget the whole issue about the Tab being 3 inches smaller in screen size as compared to the iPad –the smaller screen is actually more ergonomic; this is a big plus for those who love to read digital eBooks (since the iPad actually becomes a little heavy after a while). Originally priced at over 600 Pounds, the new price tag now comes at a much more reasonable 489.99 Pounds.

RIM is not bringing down the price on the BlackBerry Playbook, though the price difference is not as significant as Samsung’s new cost. This is mostly likely due to the fact that the Playbook has already come out at a much reasonable cost of being less than 400 Pounds. This is far from being a budget tablet –like the eTouch, but the QNX OS provides buyers with a very compelling argument.

Mobile Digest: Today’s News in Quick Bites

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Samsung is being linked to two major Android related rumors. While the Nexus S rumors are already spreading out thanks to the recently leaked images, a new handset which is rumored to have next generation specs is said to be in the works for the Korean Phone maker.

Eyebrows are being raised as O2 UK has confirmed that the Palm Pre 2 will not be part of their lineup. Despite the fact that O2 UK has an exclusive deal with Palm regarding the distribution of the handsets locally.

HTC’s newest handset is supposedly a Verizon exclusive. Since the device mainly features 4G support, there is very little chance that the device will ever make it to UK shores. Still, one cannot help but hope since the same thing happened with the Motorola Milestone (known as the Motorola Droid in the US) which received a new name and eventually got distributed locally.

BlackBerry’s Facebook application is finally getting an update to support the new GPS Maps and Facebook Places feature for all RIM smart Phones.

RIM has also recently launched the BlackBerry Playbook. However tablets seem to be on the not-in-demand list for the UK gadget market. According to a recent study, many people are interested in having a touch screen tablet, but find the current prices too expensive to be practical. After all, many recognize the convenience of having a web browsing and media playing tablet, but with the Apple iPad and Galaxy Tabs’ current price tags, most would prefer to stick to their mobile devices instead. There are budget tablet devices that are available, but like the eTouch units, most only use older platforms like the Android 1.6 Donut.

Lastly, Vodafone UK is now offering the HTC Desire Z to its subscribers. The new Android from HTC sports a slide out QWERTY keyboard that will certainly delight smart phone users who rely heavily on messaging and social networking.

Apple Surpasses RIM in Global Rankings

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

A recent study has shown that Apple has now ranked in at fourth place in terms of the top five mobile phone manufacturers for 2010. Currently, the top spot is still heavily dominated by Nokia, followed by Korean phone maker Samsung at second, and LG struggling with third.

RIM originally held the fourth spot before it was pushed down by Apple’s continuous climb to the top. As impressive as Apple’s feats may be, experts predict that the Cupertino based company can only go up so high. The solid position of the Android operating system is certain to keep Samsung and LG pretty much on top of the game with the Galaxy and Optimus series of handsets concentrating on Google’s open source mobile platform.

At the same time, the launch of Windows Phone 7 is certain to take away a huge chunk of the Apple iPhone’s consumer market share. This means that more people will be shifting over to other phone maker such as the above mentioned Samsung and LG (this time with the Omnia series for Samsung and still the Optimus for LG). HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson are also gaining plenty of ground thanks to the other operating systems.

Meanwhile, Nokia’s position on top spot is being threatened by the lack of support and interest for the Symbian mobile platform. With the MeeGo OS set to launch next year, plenty of hopes and expectations are being placed on the Nokia-Intel mobile platform.

Speaking of Sony Ericsson, the Japanese Swedish joint venture has slowly lost grasp of its original spot of third place as Samsung, RIM and Apple slowly pushed it down to the number six spot. With the rumored release of a PSP Phone device next year, SE stands to gain not only a chunk of the smart phone market, but also a significant share of the smart phone users in the gaming market as well.

Quick Picks: Today’s Mobile News in a Flash

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

We have tons of new updates for you all and since bringing in information through walls of text is never really a good thing, here is a simple, easy to digest recap of all the tasty bits of news that have popped up in the past 24 hours.

Dell’s Venue Pro is officially on pre-order. Frankly, at 500 Pounds, this handset is a definitive keeper. The only thing buyers should look out for is the fact that this makes use of a portrait oriented slider keyboard –so be sure that you do not mind the Torch inspired form factor before hopping into this latest Windows Phone 7 handset.

A new lawsuit is heading straight for HTC, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. According to sources, a “digital security firm” is suing all the Android phone makers. While the exact details are not confirmed, it is most likely to be a patent infringement charge. Rumors state that the lawsuit involves the use of Java card technology.

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 smart phone has been a pretty elusive device. There is no doubt that the handset is one of the most much awaited RIM devices (since the slight departure of the Torch from the traditional BB form factor). To further push the hype of the device, several leaked images of the 9780 in action have been spread about just recently.

The Nokia N8 has arrived on Virgin Media and the MVNO is not just offering the handset to subscribers, they are also offering special bonuses as well. A new Virgin Media Player app exclusive to the Nokia N8 has been made –it will be preinstalled on all N8 devices sold under VM and the app will be available as a separate download for all non-VM N8 users. With SE and Samsung abandoning the Symbian OS, the N8 needs to succeed in order for Symbian to survive.