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BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 makes appearance in CelleBrite system

BlackBerry might be on the decline when it comes to their smartphone market share, but that doesn't mean the Canadian company is going to raise the white flag anytime soon. No sir, they are still very much in the game, and intend to make a splash with a couple more new models known as the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 as spotted in the CelleBrite system. CelleBrite can function as a collaborative POS (Point Of Sales) system, but it also offers the capability to allow transfer of contacts to and from wireless devices.

Several carriers already use it in their stores, and what you see above is actually a screenshot of CelleBrite that was spotted by an anonymous reader, touting the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 which has already been loaded into Sprint's CelleBrite system.

Does this mean we ought to sit tight and look out for a launch date and an official announcement in the coming weeks? The answer would most probably be a resounding “Aye!”.
source: Ubergizmo

Poor RIM shares hit a five-year low

There was a time when RIM owned the smartphone space with its revolutionary push email-equipped BlackBerrys. And there are still plenty of folks who can't live without a good physical keyboard and BBM. But, despite the company's $4.9 billion in revenue and $695 million in profits from Q1 2011, RIM's stock has tumbled to its lowest price in five years. What's changed since those heady days when it seemed like there was a Pearl in every pocket? As many of you know, Androids and iPhones have carved out a big chunk of the smartphone market, largely at RIM's expense. Sure, Blackberry 7 OS is coming and the PlayBook is rolling out to help the company gain ground on Android and iOS, but only time will tell if these latest efforts from Waterloo can stem the rising tide of iPhones and little green bots.

RIM starts to accept BlackBerry OS 7 apps

RIM (Research In Motion) is seen to be accepting BlackBerry OS 7 apps now in conjunction with the announcement of their new BlackBerry OS 7 at this year's BlackBerry World event, where the new operating system version will debut when the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 series smartphones is announced alongside the same occasion. This latest version of RIM's mobile operating system will be able to support a new feature known as Device Switch, where you can back up all of your data and restore it to the similar device or a different one without skipping a beat – perfect for the paranoid androids out there who want to always tote a backup of your information just in case.

Not only that, RIM has also started to accept applications for the new BlackBerry OS 7 platform, so if you're a developer, you could start working on getting your BlackBerry 7 app ready for prime time. Will BlackBerry OS 7 be able to breathe new life into the BlackBerry range of devices and arrest their slow but sure decline where market share is concerned? Only time will tell, and of course, customer support is vital. What do you think?
source: Ubergizmo

4G Blackberry Playbook delayed until fall

Although the Wi-Fi only version of the Blackberry Playbook has been out for a few months now, we have yet to see a 4G version hit the market. The 4G Blackberry Playbook was expected to be released at some point this summer, but that is not the case according to RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis.

Lazaridis revealed today that the 4G version of the Blackberry Playbook will not be available until this fall despite previous statements made by the company. We found out when Lazaridis mentioned how excited he was that the 4G Playbooks would be arriving this fall.

RIM had initially planned on released releasing three 4G versions this summer: a LTE version for Verizon, a WiMax version for Sprint, and an HSPA+ model for AT&T. RIM also mentioned that the BlackBerry Bold 9900x9930 would be delayed until the fall as well. We will keep you updated on the status of the 4G Playbook.
source: Unwired View

Dolby sues RIM over unlicensed use of its technology

It looks like things aren't going too well for RIM. The company's latest product, the BlackBerry PlayBook hasn't exactly been flying off the shelves, and now the company has just come under fire with a lawsuit from Dolby. Dolby Laboratories has filed a lawsuit against RIM for using Dolby's audio compression technologies in its BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook without acquiring any proper licenses from the company.

Dolby filed the lawsuits in the US and Germany, seeking financial damages for past use and injunctions to stop the sales of unlicensed RIM devices in the countries. Apparently this isn't Dolby's first move against the company. It mentioned that “Litigation was regrettably our last resort after RIM declined to pay for the use of Dolby's technology”. It looks like RIM has been ignoring Dolby's requests for them to acquire licenses for some time now.

The technologies in question are Dolby's patented technologies that provide the core of an audio compression standard widely used in mobile devices such as smartphones, portable music players and tablets. It allows devices to play high-quality audio with limited transmission and storage space. Dolby also mentioned that all other major smartphone makers have licensed the technology from them. It makes you wonder why RIM has refused to follow suit. Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted.
source: Ubergizmo

Virgin Mobile Canada To Release BlackBerry Bold 9900

Virgin Mobile Canada will launch the BlackBerry Bold 9900 very soon. The smartphone features the BlackBerry OS 7, a VGA touchscreen display, a full QWERTY keyboard, a 1.2GHz processor, HSPA, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, a 5MP AutoFocus camera, a 720p video recording and an 8GB of on-board memory. No word on pricing or availability so far. Stay tuned for more updates. [Crackberry]

Blackberry Torch 9850 Simulator

A developer simulator for the upcoming Blackberry Torch 9850 (code-named Monaco) is now available via online. The simulator provides developers and users a chance to explore RIM's Blackberry OS 7 (formerly called OS 6.1), including a new keyboard layout. FYI, the Blackberry OS 7 features a new soft-keyboard layout, an improved browser, and the company's upcoming “slate” style Blackberry. The Blackberry Torch 9850 is expected to launch on the Sprint network sometime in August 2011. [Electronista]

BlackBerry PlayBook is now on UK sale, a Selfridges first

If you're looking for the BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM's first attempt to take a piece of the tablet market pie, then hop along to posh old Selfridges down in London's Oxford Street.

The tablet is now available at the department store ahead of a nationwide launch tomorrow, at £399 for a 16GB model, £479 for a 32GB version and £559 for a stonking 64GB of storage. It'll be available at most popular retailers.

Previously RIM announced that the PlayBook will be available in the UK and 15 other international markets around the world, with the tablet already available for some time in the US. It is handily specced, with a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1080p HD video recording capabilities, together with an all-new QNX operating system.

But it has fallen victim to some fairly middling reviews, with big competition in the Android Samsung Galaxy Tab and the iPad 2. Apple still exerts dominance over the burgeoning tablet market, although rivals like the PlayBook have some additional features, like the ability to run Adobe Flash.

What could be important for the future success of the PlayBook is an announcement by RIM that Android apps will soon be compatible with the tablet and available in the BlackBerry App world.

Although BlackBerry is still a really big name in the business world, firms realise that mobile devices can often live and die by the quality of their apps.
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry Bold 9900 coming to Virgin Mobile Canada “really soon”

It's still not clear when exactly RIM's brand new BlackBerry Bold 9900 will make its commercial debut, but Virgin Mobile over in Canada says it's ready to offer the smartphone "really soon."

Hopefully, this means in the next few weeks - despite recent rumors regarding the 9900's delay until September. Since Virgin Mobile Canada is a subsidiary of Bell, the latter may launch the new smartphone in Canada, too.

In the US, T-Mobile will be the first to release the new Bold, while Vodafone should be the first to do it in the UK.

Running BlackBerry OS 7, the Bold 9900 comes with a VGA touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard (like any other Bold, of course), HSPA, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, 5MP autofocus camera, 720p video recording, 1.2GHz processor, and 8GB of on-board memory.
source: Unwired View

RIM gets the help of YOU i Labs?

The user interface is one of the most important features of any operating system, and it looks like RIM has only found out about it recently. While the company bought The Astonishing Tribe to help develop the BlackBerry PlayBook UI, it looks like they're going add another company to help out as well. The company has just been rumored to have struck a deal with YOU i Labs - an Ontario-based design firm that helped HTC in the creation of the HTC Sense UI (the only Android UI that nobody seems to hate).

Since all this news hasn't been officially announced by RIM themselves at this point in time, it's speculation at best. But if YOU i Labs is working with RIM we can expect the next version of the BlackBerry UI for tablets or smartphones to be a brand new experience. Perhaps a facelift is all RIM needs to push the sales of its phones through the roof?
source: Ubergizmo

BlackBerry PlayBook rolling out to 16 new countries soon

RIM has announced that the company's first BlackBerry tablet will go on sale in sixteen new countries over the next month, including Australia, France, Germany, India, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Its unclear if RIM has any carrier partners lined up or how much the device will retail for abroad. In the United States, Sprint most recently announced that it will begin selling the Wi-Fi PlayBook, and it also has plans to sell a 4G WiMAX version of the tablet this summer.
source: Boy Genius Report

RIM To Launch PlayBook In 16 Additional Markets

Research in Motion has announced plans to debut its in the next 30 days.

RIM is launching the tablet in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Spain, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Mexico, France, Italy, India, Indonesia and Colombia.

Australia had already announced its PlayBook launch a few days earlier, with wireless carriers Vodafone, Optus and Telstra set to carry the device. Pricing and availability in the additional markets are expected to be announced closer to their launch dates.

The device come with front and rear facing cameras and a 1 GHz dual-core processor along with 1080p HD video recording capabilities. Consumers who have already purchased the PlayBook in the United States have moaned about the tablet's lack of a native email application and inability to play popular movie-streaming subscription service Hulu.

The PlayBook launched in the United States in April with an estimated 500,000 units sold, despite less than stellar reviews.
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry News for the BlackBerry PlayBook released

It looks like RIM really is serious about getting apps out for their recently released tablet. The company has just announced the release of a new app for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Called BlackBerry News, it functions as its namesake - letting people access all their favorite news sites, blogs and popular sites that use syndicated content so that all subscribed content can be accessed in one place. As long as a site has an RSS feed - you can sync it with the BlackBerry News app.

For folks who are already BlackBerry News users - the app takes advantage of your BlackBerry ID, so you don't have to re-add subscriptions again, just log in with the same ID and all your subscriptions will be automatically brought over and synced. First time users who have no idea what to subscribe to can check out some curated news feeds that are sorted in categories like: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Health & Lifestyle, News Headlines, Science & the Environment, Technology, and Travel.

Head over to the BlackBerry App World to download the app for your tablet now (free).
source: Ubergizmo

BlackBerry Playbook 1.0.5 update brings Facebook, in-app payments, and many enhancements

RIM's BlackBerry Tablet OS has just received an update to version 1.0.5. This is the OS that powers RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, so in effect this is a PlayBook update. And while not being a major update, it does bring a lot of neat enhancements and some new features.

First of all, the Facebook application now comes preinstalled. Previously, this was available in BlackBerry App World, but now it will come with the OS. The Facebook app has also been updated and now includes video uploading, message deletion, as well as Facebook Search enhancements. There's also improved access to pages, and News Feed improvements.

Next up is support for in-app payments, which the 1.0.5 update finally brings. In-app payments are all the rage these days, allowing your kids to buy silly virtual animals for loads of actual money.

Alongside these more important additions, many enhancements have made their way into this update. For example, you can now charge your PlayBook even when fully powered down. If you touch the battery indicator, a new pop-up will appear and allow you to quickly turn off, restart, or put your tablet to sleep, in addition to setting the brightness (this new pop-up can be seen in the picture above). A very useful little new feature there.

You'll also be alerted if you stick an incorrect charger into your tablet, additional languages are now supported, video chat now works behind corporate firewalls, automatic Wi-Fi hotspot detection is now active during the set up process, and finally, Headset Audio Boost gives you more volume for when you need it the most – in an airplane when you're surrounded by screaming kids who've just maxed out daddy's credit card by purchasing virtual fish and/or farm animals.

The update will reach your tablet over the air. If you're impatient, just go to Software Updates in the Settings Menu and force a manual download. If you're going to purchase your PlayBook after today, it should come with OS version 1.0.5 preinstalled, so you don't need to worry about updating.
source: Unwired View

RIM's Playbook Arrives in Australia June 20th

Research in Motion is bringing the PlayBook to Australia beginning June 20th. The tablet will be carried by Vodafone, Optus and Telstra and will come with a price tag of $579 for the WiFi 16GB model, the same as the Apple iPad 2.

The device comes with dual front and rear facing cameras, a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1080p HD video recording capabilities. There are 32GB and 64GB versions available, but it doesn't have inbuilt 3G.

The tablet's users will need tether their BlackBerry smartphones in order to access their email and contacts.

The BlackBerry PlayBook did little to generate positive reviews Stateside, but is being marketed as the "first business-class tablet" Down Under, hoping to copy the BlackBerry smartphone's success in conference rooms as opposed to being a day-to-day entertainment device.

Although the device has quality multi-tasking applications, it has lower battery life compared to its tablet rivals and limited swiping capabilities.

The three carriers will announce prices and availability closer to the launch date.
source: Unwired View

Amid Carrier Uncertainty, Sprint Releases RIM PlayBook

A Wi-Fi version of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is now available through Sprint, despite initial skepticism about whether carriers would agree to service the device at all.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook hasn't exactly been a critical darling. After lukewarm initial reviews and lackluster sales, it was unclear whether whether any of the big three U.S. carriers would sell the tablet, as was initially planned.

Details on the release raise questions as to Sprint's commitment to distributing the PlayBook. For one thing, the tablet is only being released in its 16-GB version, with no 32- and 64-GB Sprint versions in sight. And instead of a 4G release on Sprint's faster Wi-Max network, the company is pushing out a Wi-Fi only device.

Upon the PlayBook's debut, RIM said publicly that 4G versions of the device would roll out on the three largest U.S. carriers: Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Yet after initial unfavorable reception, not all the carriers seemed to be on board. Verizon backpedaled on its position, claiming the company was “still evaluating” the PlayBook and hadn't “made a determination as to whether or not [they're] going to distribute it," according to a Verizon spokeswoman.

Even Sprint was rumored hesitant, as a leaked memo suggested an indefinite delay on a 4G PlayBook release.

As of April, AT&T plans to distribute the device on its network.

Both Verizon and Sprint did not respond to requests for comment.
source: Gadget Lab

Blackberry Playbook 3G now available

A recent rumor indicated that Sprint would be releasing a 4G WiMax version of the Playbook after a a hidden product page was found due to a Google search of “4G playbook.”

Unfortunately, it was revealed today that the playbook has 3G connectivity rather than 4G for now. Although, Rim had initially planned for having all three major US carriers sell their own 4G version of the tablet, but the half-baked software made the carriers hesitant. Verizon even mentioned that they were uncertain about whether or not they would carry the tablet.

Initial reviews of the Playbook revealed that the tablet had potential, but it is a half finished product. Blackberry has already started rolling out the first update for the tablet. It would also be nice to see a new 10-inch Playbook with none of the mistakes from the original. The 3G version is now available both online and in retail stores. We will keep you updated on the status of the 4G Playbook.
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry PlayBook receives OS update

We all know that the BlackBerry PlayBook is one great piece of technology, but its success has been marred mostly due to the lack of apps available for the system, and its dependence on having a BlackBerry phone to tether to. Well, the software side has been slowly improving, and as of today, we've got a new update to the tablet's operating system to make things even better.

RIM has just announced the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS v1.0.5 update that brings a lot of new features to the tablet. The Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet app has been updated, In-App Payments support is now available and a whole bunch of Tablet OS Enhancements like: PlayBook Charging and Battery Pop-up: the tablet can now be charged even when fully powered down, it alerts you if you plug in an incorrect charger to your PlayBook device, and touching the battery indicator on the top right corner of the screen will give you options to restart the tablet, turn it off, put it into standby mode or adjust the screen's brightness.

Additional language support has been added to the PlayBook, we now have: French, Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish and UK English. Video Chat connectivity has been improved, and so has WiFi hotspot detection. Headset audio can also be boosted.

To update your BlackBerry PlayBook to Tablet OS v1.0.5, just follow the notification on your status ribbon or head to the Settings Menu > Software Updates to manually check for an update. What do you think of the latest update?
source: Ubergizmo

Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook updated

In addition to the v1.0.5 update to the operating system that the PlayBook has received, the Facebook app on the BlackBerry PlayBook has been given a major boost, adding a whole bunch of new features that bring the tablet PlayBook experience closer to the one on the desktop.

The updated Facebook app for the PlayBook now supports:

Video uploading: a much requested feature that allows users to make use of the tablet's high-res camera to record videos and upload them on to Facebook. Users can also upload videos that they didn't record i.e. clips sent to them by friends etc.

Facebook Search Enhancements: Facebook Search has been enhanced with a more intuitive access point and improved search capabilities. Users can now filter friends with the friends search, find long lost friends with the Everyone search or even look for their favorite bands or TV shows with the Pages search.

Improved Access to Pages: users now have a Pages tab where they can easily access all their own Pages and Pages that they've liked.

Message Deletion: Facebook messages can now be deleted from the tablet itself. Take note that messages deleted from the app will be permanently removed from the account, so you won't be able to access them elsewhere.

Photo Upload Album Selection: users now have the ability to select which album they would like to upload their images to when uploading from the tablet itself.

News Feed Improvements: the News Feeds feature of the app has been improved to give users even more interaction with posts without having to leave the News Feed View.

Options and Help Center: the icons for these features have been moved to the swipe down bar on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The update will be included with the PlayBook v1.0.5 update or can be downloaded separately from the BlackBerry App World.
source: Ubergizmo

Wi-Fi Blackberry Playbook coming to Sprint June 5th according to Sprint Executive

Sprint will be launching the Wi-Fi version of the Blackberry Playbook this Sunday according to the twitter page of Spring Marketing Director Gerald Evans.

Evans' blog reported that the 16GB Wi-Fi Playbook will be sold for $499 at Sprint retail stores and online. Gerald also stated that Sprint will have a 4G version of the tablet sometime later this year.

We got excited a few days ago that Sprint might be releasing the WiMax edition of the tablet soon after finding the web address Unfortunately, that was only for the Wi-Fi edition of the tablet.

It doesn't make much sense to me on why Sprint even bothers to carry the Wi-Fi edition since the version they are selling is the same as one found in Radioshack or one found online. It looks as though we will have to wait a little while until the Blackberry Playbook WiMax is released, but until then, we can play with our new Sprint Wi-Fi Playbook.
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry Bold 9900 coming to more UK retailers. Launching in Q3?

About a month ago, Expansys was the first UK retailer to say it would offer the BlackBerry Bold 9900 (without mentioning the smartphone's exact launch date). Now, more retailers have added the new Bold to their websites: Clove, Play, and Handtec.

Only Clove says when it expects to ship the 9900: at "the end of Q3." That's kind of odd, since RIM previously said the smartphone would be out this quarter (thus before the end of June). Sure enough, Clove might have meant to say "the end of Q2." Or maybe the new Bold is delayed? We don't know yet.
source: Unwired View

RIM's BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 Beta Now Available

Research in Motion has unveiled a beta BlackBerry Java software development kit (SDK) v7.0, offering developers a chance to test their apps on their BlackBerry 7 operating systems.

The SDK includes simulators for the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone devices and will allow developers to prepare their apps in time for the handsets' launch. The BlackBerry App World is currently accepting app submissions for the new devices.

According to Blackberry's website, some of the system's new capabilities include AR (augmented reality) and Open GL ES 2.0 support.

In addition, and in an effort to stay ahead of the game, near field communications (NFC) capabilities will also be available for mobile commerce. The contactless payment and authorization system has been generating quite some buzz, allowing mobile phone users to make purchases with their devices with touch-and-go like methods.

The BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry Java Development Environment have been updated to support the BlackBerry 7 OS as well.

The BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 Beta is available for download now.

BlackBerry Curve Apollo Caught in the Vietnamese Wild

Vietnamese tech site, which has a proven track record of showing off actual models of smartphones before they are even launched, is putting its good reputation on the line by leaking the BlackBerry Curve Apollo, which has yet to be announced by RIM.

Judging from the images, it looks like the phone is (stolen, smuggled, broken out, take your pick) from a manufacturing plant and given a photo and video session.

Disregarding the Vietnamese commentary, the thin smartphone still has the iconic QWERTY keyboard BBs are known for, but this time there is a touchscreen display with 480 x 360 resolution. The BlackBerry Curve Apollo features an 800MHz Marvell TAvor CPU MG-1 processor, a 5-megapizel camera at the back, and appears to run on BlackBerry OS 6.

Expect RIM to announce the launch of the BlackBerry Apollo–or BlackBerry Curve, depending on where you live–in the coming months, if not weeks.

BlackBerry Torch 2

Last week the folks over at TechnoBuffalo got their hands on some leaked photographs of the BlackBerry Torch 2 and now they've managed to score a working pre-release handset. They shot a video tour of the phone, covering its hardware, and touching a bit on the operating system (BlackBerry 7 OS) and its apps.

From first initial impressions, they seem pretty pleased with the device, stating that it is much more responsive and snappier than the first BlackBerry Torch. It features a 3.2″ display but it has an upgraded resolution of 640 x 480, and its colors aren't as washed out as the first Torch. It also has a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage (expandable with a microSD card), support for AT&T's 3G (no HSPA+), a 5-megapixel camera (capable of recording 720p HD video), and the same keyboard that's found on the first Torch.

The phone is expected to hit the shelves early this summer. Hit the break to check out the video tour, and let us know what you think about the device
source: Ubergizmo

BlackBerry Curve Apollo

The BlackBerry Curve “Apollo” was shown off in some short video clips last week and now the folks over at have shot a 7 minute video showing off even more footage of the upcoming entry-level BlackBerry. Specs-wise the new Curve isn't anything to shout about but like most of the current BlackBerry phones, they are due for an update and the Apollo seems like a decent replacement.

The BlackBerry Curve Apollo is only 11mm thin, packs an HVGA 480 x 360 display, NFC capabilities, 5-megapixel camera, 800MHz processor, and BlackBerry OS 7. The video is in Vietnamese, so I don't understand a word of it, but for what it's worth, you get a very detailed look at the phone.
source: Ubergizmo

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