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BlackBerry PlayBook - First Business-Oriented Tablet PC

Aimed at pushing aside Apple's iPad, the new tablet PC from BlackBerry represents the first business-oriented tablet.

The device, called PlayBook, has been recently presented by BlackBerry at Devcon conference that took place in San Francisco city.

The company positioned its gadget as the real alternative to the iPad. The BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7-inch multitouch capacitive LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

You will also be able to find a micro-USB connector, HDMI output and two cameras - one in the front (3MP) and one in the back (5MP).

It weights just 0.9lbs (400 grams) and is powered by 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor.

BlackBerry PlayBook has full support for Flash 10.1 and HTML 5 with all multitasking capabilities.


BlackBerry Monaco makes brief video appearance with Verizon branding

Needless to say, the Storm 2′s past its prime — if it ever had a prime — and if Verizon is going to continue with the touchscreen BlackBerry theme, it needs to re-up fast. That would be where the so-called Monaco comes into play, a phone that’s been leaking under various names for over half a year now, and now we’ve got it captured on a brief, moderately blurry video with a Verizon logo clearly and prominently featured around back. It’s looking pretty laggy here, but it’s unclear how close the phone is to production — both the hardware and software (said to be BlackBerry OS 6.1 with mobile hotspot capability, among other features) could be extremely early or near final. RIM’s still got some repenting to do for the original Storm, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Monaco (which could come to market as the Storm 3, or some other name altogether) fits the bill. Follow the break for the video.


BlackBerry Dakota / Montana spotted in the wild, sporting threads of carbon

So how’s our little leaked friend the alleged BlackBerry Bold Touch doing as Canada’s winter continues to rage? Looks like he’s all wrapped up and toasty in a tasteful carbon fiber weave. N4BB nabbed the first real-life photos of the triple-input-device OS 6.1 smartphone, which confirm its 640 x 480 VGA screen, though the publication says it’s also gained storage space (6.5GB flash) and lost memory (512MB of RAM) since the last time we heard its specs. There’s apparently still a 5 megapixel camera to be had, as well as a magnetometer, accelerometer and proximity sensor, and — as the rumor mill whispered in January — integrated NFC. Still no word on processing power, but it sure soudns like it’ll mop the floor with the Torch either way.


BlackBerry Messenger coming to Android and iOS

BBM to go cross-brand with new Messenger apps
The hugely popular BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM) is to be rolled out as Android and iOS compatible applications, new reports suggest.

Allowing BlackBerry users to send typed messages to each other completely free of charge, tech blog BGR has revealed “Research In Motion is planning to bring its beloved BlackBerry Messenger app and service to Android, and eventually to iOS as well.” Launch date and pricing information for the cross-platform BBM is still awaited.

The claimed sources reportedly informed BGR that: “RIM has not yet finalized details surrounding timing or pricing” They add: “We have heard that the company might make the software free to all users. We’re also told strategy is still being developed, however, and RIM may end up charging users a one-time fee or even a recurring fee for access to its BBM service on third-party platforms."

With the Apple app due to follow the reportedly imminent Android offering due to the easier to develop open platform the BGR report goes on to conclude: “Right now, we have heard that Android is definitely a go. But again, we’re not sure on timing, though our sources are confident that it will launch some time this year. RIM chose Android first because of the fact that it could develop and integrate something like this much easier with an open platform, but the plan is to build and deploy an iOS version at some point as well,”


BlackBerry PlayBook hands-on

We met up with RIM a few days back in New York City to once again get some hands-on time with the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook, and we definitely liked what we saw. While the OS the PlayBook was running, we're told, was from around December, the device performed very swiftly and webpages like BGR. com loaded up with ease. We noticed some elements of the site that didn't load properly but we'll chalk that up to the build the tablet was running being pretty old. Things like portrait mode and notifications on the system bar were also not working on the unit we tested, so we can't comment too much on those


BlackBerry PlayBook up for pre-orders, 16GB WiFi-only model for $500

Just before March ends, RIM has secretly put their long waited PlayBook up for pre-order for a cent less than $500. The 16GB WiFi-only PlayBook is now up for pre-order at BestBuy and is coming to a wide list of other retailers soon.


RIM confirms Android app support for BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM, maker of the popular BlackBerry smartphone range, has today confirmed previous rumours that it was planning to add Android app support to its forthcoming PlayBook tablet.

The BlackBerry Tablet OS device will run Android apps via a custom software “app player” to be published by RIM, which will allow apps specifically designed for Android 2.3 to run on the company's new tablet. Developers will have to repackage apps and submit them to BlackBerry's app store, but that will apparently be a rather simple process.

Here's a bit from the announcement:

RIM will launch two optional “app players” that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java(R) apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook.

Certainly gives us a reason to actually consider owning a BB tablet not that we will. Here's the full press release, via Engadget:

RIM Expands Application Ecosystem for BlackBerry PlayBook

Research in Motion
BlackBerry PlayBook to support BlackBerry Java and Android apps
Native C/C++ development support added, in addition to HTML5, Flash and AIR support
Support from leading game engines: Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3)
BlackBerry PlayBook becomes a new market opportunity for all the developers who have already created over 25,000 BlackBerry Java apps and more than 200,000 Android apps
WATERLOO, ONTARIO, Mar 24, 2011 (Marketwire via COMTEX News Network) –

Developers wanting to bring their new and existing apps to the highly anticipated BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablet will soon have additional tools and options to enhance and expand their commercial opportunities. Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced plans to greatly expand the application ecosystem for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 19.

RIM will launch two optional “app players” that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java(R) apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook.

In addition, RIM will shortly release the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook enabling C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry(R) Tablet OS. For game-specific developers, RIM is also announcing that it has gained support from two leading game development tooling companies, allowing developers to use the cross-platform game engines from Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to bring their games to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Support for BlackBerry Java and Android Apps

“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform.”

Developers currently building for the BlackBerry or Android platforms will be able to quickly and easily port their apps to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS thanks to a high degree of API compatibility. The new optional app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure “sandbox” on the BlackBerry PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run.

Developers will simply repackage, code sign and submit their BlackBerry Java and Android apps to BlackBerry App World. Once approved, the apps will be distributed through BlackBerry App World, providing a new opportunity for many developers to reach BlackBerry PlayBook users. Users will be able to download both the app players and the BlackBerry Java and Android apps from BlackBerry App World.

The BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Tablet OS are built on the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) microkernel architecture with a 1GHz dual core processor and a leading OpenGL solution, which allows RIM to make this incredibly broad platform support possible.

BlackBerry PlayBook users and developers who are interested in seeing the new app players for BlackBerry Java and Android apps can see demos at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida (May 3 to 5, 2011) (

BlackBerry Tablet OS Development Tools

The BlackBerry Tablet OS already supports an incredibly robust platform with support for Web development standard HTML5, through the BlackBerry(R) WebWorks(TM) SDK for Tablet OS, and Adobe(R) AIR(R), through the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is built from the ground up to run WebKit and Adobe(R) Flash(R) as well, giving developers a fast and true Web experience to leverage.

RIM is also announcing today that the BlackBerry Tablet OS Native Development Kit (NDK), which is currently in limited alpha release, will go into open Beta by this summer and be demonstrated at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to build high-performance, multi-threaded, native C/C++ applications with industry standard GNU toolchains. Developers can create advanced 2D and 3D applications and special effects by leveraging programmable shaders available in hardware-accelerated OpenGL ES 2.0.

Other features of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to:
Take advantage of the QNX POSIX library support and C/C++ compliance for quick and easy application porting and for creating native extensions for both BlackBerry and Android applications
Easily integrate device events like gesture swipes and touch screen inputs
Integrate the BlackBerry Tablet OS environment into existing code management and build systems using industry standard Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tools)
Leverage work done in standard C/C++ to make it easier to bring applications to the BlackBerry Tablet OS
Find and fix bugs quickly with provided debug and analysis tools
“The response to the BlackBerry PlayBook from the developer community has been exceptional. Our commitment to supporting HTML5 and Adobe AIR development has resonated and spurred developers to create fun and innovative applications for BlackBerry PlayBook users,” said David Yach, Chief Technology Officer, Software at Research In Motion. “The upcoming BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK beta will add C/C++ tools to our repertoire and gives developers one of the broadest and deepest platforms to develop on.”

Gaming Engines

Building on the power of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK, RIM is working with leading gaming and application development technology providers such as Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to implement their native engines and application development platforms. Developers will be able to take advantage of these engines when building games and other applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The Ideaworks Labs Airplay SDK is expected to include support for the BlackBerry Tablet OS soon, making it easy for publishers and developers to use their existing code to bring their games and apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

“Supporting a new OS can be a challenge for developers,” says Alex Caccia, President of Ideaworks Labs, “however, integration of the BlackBerry Tablet OS with the Airplay SDK makes this a non-issue. We think this is a far-sighted move by RIM: the BlackBerry PlayBook is a great device for games and applications, and combining this with content distribution via BlackBerry App World brings an exciting new ecosystem for developers.”

RIM has also been working closely with Unity Technologies, providers of the highly popular, multi-platform Unity development platform and Union, the firm's games distribution service. Through Union, dozens of high-quality Unity-authored games are slated to make their way to BlackBerry App World for the BlackBerry Playbook.

“With a sharp focus on the multimedia experience, very powerful hardware, and fantastic games in the pipeline, the BlackBerry Playbook has all the right ingredients to be a mainstream hit,” said Brett Seyler, GM of Union at Unity Technologies. “Through Union, Unity developers have an opportunity to reach a new audience and grow with another great new platform.”


The new app players for the BlackBerry PlayBook are expected to be available from BlackBerry App World this summer. More information and demonstrations of the new app players will be shared at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will be available in beta later this year and will also be showcased at BlackBerry World.

Useful Links

For more information on the BlackBerry Tablet OS and BlackBerry PlayBook developing, visit

To see the BlackBerry Tablet OS in action running conceptual applications from The Astonishing Tribe, please visit and

For RIM insights into developing for the BlackBerry Platform, visit or follow @BlackBerryDev on Twitter.

Visit the BlackBerry Developer Zone at for the latest news, information and updates for BlackBerry developers.

Visit the BlackBerry Developer Video Library at to view a variety of instructional videos.

Sign up for the BlackBerry Developer Newsletter at

For the latest news and information about the BlackBerry Developer Conference visit


BlackBerry PlayBook will officially support Android apps

RIM has surprised the world by announcing that its first tablet - the BlackBerry PlayBook - will support Android and BlackBerry Java applications. Unfortunately, this won't happen from the first day the tablet launches (April 19), but only starting the summer.

Android and Java apps will run on the PlayBook via two optional "app players", which make it easy for users to download the apps from BlackBerry App World.

According to RIM, developers will be able to port their apps to the BlackBerry Tablet OS with ease. For now, RIM said that only Android 2.3 applications will be compatible with the OS.

The Canadian company also announced support for cross-platform game engines from Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies - which means the PlayBook will get AirPlay and Unity 3 games.

The app players for BlackBerry Java and Android applications will be demoed by RIM at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida, between May 3 and May 5.


BlackBerry PlayBook to receive native calendar, email and contact apps

Research In Motion (RIM) has just confirmed that their PlayBook device will eventually receive native email, calendar and contacts applications via a future software update, although we would have preferred to see that happening when it rolls out fresh from the factory. It is still quite surprising to know that the PlayBook is going to be released without such essential applications, especially considering where BlackBerry's strengths lie – that is, helping keep things well organized and on schedule. According to RIM's statement, "In a future software update for the BlackBerry PlayBook, we will also provide native e-mail, calendar, and contact apps for those customers who prefer to have these apps directly on the tablet." Would that make you hold off a PlayBook purchase, or you don't mind going ahead anyways?


BlackBerry Touch / Monaco surfaced yet again, coming in May?

If you can't fight 'em, join 'em. Smartphones with QWERTY keypads and tiny screens and tiny optical touchpad doesn't seem to get much attention from the market these days. It seemed that BlackBerry will be heading the iPhone-way in terms of their future smartphones, at least for some of them. BlackBerry Touch, previously known as Monaco, has been sighted by BGR yet again, which can only say that the phone is really coming.

BGR has managed to procure an unreleased prototype, and according to the pub, it should get official at BlackBerry World in May, and it'll run OS 6.1 underneath that 800 x 480-pixel screen. The new BB6 is said to use a BlackBerry ID in place of a PIN for certain key functions — a necessary move for non-BB platforms rumored to be getting BBM (a historically PIN-based service).

BGR also claims it won't be getting the Storm terminology, instead will join the 'Touch' term, coz you know, it's fully touchscreen yo. What's more, it seemed that Android apps are also present here.


The BlackBerry Bold Touch 9330 gets a quick hands-on action

Previously known as Dakota or Montana, the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9330 is just one of RIM’s new lineup of phones scheduled to be released this year. And now the touch bar gets some hands-on love and the initial impressions are not what you’d call negative.

The folks over at Boy Genius Report have got their lucky hands on the Bold Touch 9330 and according to them the phone looks much better in person, than on the product renders, that leaked a while ago. Along with the good looks, the Bold Touch 9300 is reported to be very well-built, too.

Here are some photos of the early production unit. Notice the carbon back battery cover, which seems more and more likely to replace the faux leather one RIM has been using so far.

The 2.8-inch touchscreen is responsive and reportedly compliments nicely the well-proven BlackBerry keyboard. Unfortunately, there’s no word on what performance the 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU pumps out on the new BlackBerry OS 6.1, but we are ready to bet it’s not a turtle.

The BlackBerry Bold Touch is headed for a June-July release, with prices and availability likely to be announced at the BlackBerry World event on 1 May 2011.


BlackBerry Bold Touch goes real, coming very soon

Looks like RIM is serious in launching their BlackBerry Bold Touch. Yes, the name says it all. The phone will retain the familiar Bold shape, and yet having the Touch gene as in the touchscreen ability of that tiny screen. This is the real QWERTY + Touchscreen that we will be experiencing, and BGR is reporting that the prototype looks even better than the renders. The site also reports that the touchscreen is plenty responsive, which could help induce users to move their thumbs from the optical trackpad for navigation. It also reiterates a BlackBerry World launch, so if things stay on track we'll be getting our own hands on one in just about one month's time.


BlackBerry Orlando leaks out: say hello to the touchscreen Curve

As if we needed any more signs of where Research in Motion was heading in terms of its 2011 device line, we've just caught wind of yet another touchscreen-equipped Berry. The BlackBerry "Orlando" is purported to be a variation of the Curve with touch capabilities, already being described as a mini Bold Touch. This yet again begs the question of why exactly RIM has so many different devices planned, especially when the spec differences are so minor. We wish the company would deviate from this approach it has relied on for years, but it seems to be more focused on its tablet strategy than it is on pushing the envelope with phones. Additionally, it could just mean that BB6 might be sticking around for a while and that RIM wants its users to get acclimated, or perhaps that it might take a little longer than we think for QNX to trickle down from the PlayBook.


BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 gets the hands-on treatment, complete with elevator music

Have the leaked specs and tutorial video got you yearning for more BlackBerry Bold Touch coverage? Well, today's your lucky day, RIM-o-philes, because we've got new some moving pictures with real, live human fingers doing the touchscreen two-step on the diminutive display of a next-gen Bold 9930 gadget (codename Montana). Though a small sample, the footage does confirm earlier reports that the screen is quite responsive, so it shouldn't have trouble making capacitive converts out of those in the optical trackpad troop. We know, BlackBerry World and the new Bold's debut can't come soon enough, so do some self-soothing,


BlackBerry Traffic app updated

RIM has just announced that they will be releasing an update to their Traffic app over the next 24 hours. The update will bring BlackBerry Traffic up to version and will give users the following features: a choice to select between 2 routes to a destination, as well as a traffic view that displays predicted traffic conditions for each route, the ability to add preset destinations (i.e. office or home), the ability to get an ETA to destinations from within the contacts list, or newly entered addresses, an easy way to share ETAs through SMS, emails, or PIN messages. RIM has also made the app better by analyzing anonymously collected data from users running the app as well as historical traffic data for more accurate ETAs.


BlackBerry 6 OS Update For BlackBerry Bold 9700 T-Mobile Now Rolling Out!

T-Mobile has just announced the availability of BlackBerry 6 software upgrade for BlackBerry Bold 9700 gadget. Long after the BlackBerry 6 OS was first announced, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 BlackBerry 6 OS update comes a delight to T-Mobile users.

BlackBerry 6 for 9700 totally revamps the user interface of the device. It brings along a more polished, sophisticated and fluid-smooth user interface with a plethora of enhancements and improvements laced with a host of interesting features.

For instance, the universal search feature, streamlined multimedia player, a built-in YouTube app, sms group sharing, new camera modes, efficient multitasking, sleek UI design, tabbed web browsing with the new and faster web-kit browser and social feeds integration totally revamp the look and feel of the OS.

As a refresher, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 was released in the month of October, 2009 and features a 2.4" high-res display, a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, 256MB of onboard storage with microSD expansion card support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, onboad GPS and even more.

The T-Mobile BlackBerry 6 for BlackBerry 9700 gadget upgrade is now available for users to download from T-Mobile's web portal.


New BlackBerry Curve Touch coming to T-Mobile this summer?

While being busy shipping the just-released PlayBook tablet, RIM is also getting ready to announce new BlackBerry smartphones, including the BlackBerry Curve Touch gadget.

Like most BlackBerries, the Curve Touch will have a GSM version, as well as a CDMA one.

According to BGR, the GSM Curve Touch was seen bearing T-Mobile USA branding (this isn’t visible in the image below, but that doesn’t matter).

Reportedly, RIM will announce the new Curve Touch next month, during BlackBerry gadget World 2011. The smartphone should hit the market either in June, or July, for an unknown price.

Two other BlackBerries that might be announced next month are the Bold Touch and the Monaco Touch.


BlackBerry Bold 9930 Specifications

BlackBerry Bold 9930 Specifications - Information about the BlackBerry Bold Touch gadgets 9930 that the news will be marketed to all parts of the world. For info about the features, reviews, and specifications of the BlackBerry Bold 9930 can be found below.

RIM has announced its newest product that is a QWERTY BlackBerry Bold 9930 gadget . BlackBerry Bold 9930 which featured a touch screen 2.8-inch VGA and publicized run as the BlackBerry OS 7.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 Qualcomm processor running at 1.2GHz and features 8GB of memory storage, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. For info about the BlackBerry Bold 9930 price not yet known, because there has been no word from the RIM.

115 x 66 x 10.5 mm, approximately 130g

2.8″ capacitive touch screen display – VGA (640×480), 287 dpi resolution

Ultra-easy QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad

1.2 GHz Processor

768 MB RAM; 8 GB on-board memory, plus microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB cards

5.0 MP camera, supports 720p HD video recording

Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), Digital Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity Sensor

Built-in GPS / aGPS

Dual-Band Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and 802.11 a/n at 5 GHz:
9900: Tri-BandHSPA+,Quad-BandGSM/EDGE
9930: Dual-BandCDMA/EV-DORev.A,Dual-BandHSPA+,Quad-Band GSM/EDGE

Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

Operating System
BlackBerry 7 OS

1230 mAh removable, rechargeable battery

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