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Comwave ePhone lets you make calls from your Blackberry Playbook

When we reviewed the Blackberry Playbook, one of the things that we found lacking was native apps such as mail, calendar and BBM. It also seemed to lack the ability to make calls, a feature which the Samsung Galaxy Tab, an Android tablet of somewhat similar size, had. The good news is that there is now an app available for the Playbook that will allow you to make and receive calls just like a regular phone.

The app is called the ePhone and it is developed by Comwave. The app even allows for free video calls to other ePhone users. The bad news is that unlike other VoIP apps such as Viber, Comwave ePhone will not be free and will come at a subscription fee of $20 per year, although first time users will be able to enjoy a 30 day trial with 100 free minutes to over 60 countries. Purchasing the app will then net you 250 minutes per month in talk time.

If you're interested in getting your hands on the Comwave ePhone app for your Blackberry Playbook, then just head on down to the Blackberry App World to get your copy today.
source: Ubergizmo

BlackBerry Torch 9850 with Sprint branding spotted

BlackBerry might be third in the smartphone stakes where North America is concerned, but we are encouraged to see the company not throw in the towel in any way, but march forwards. The latest smartphone to arrive from the Canadian company would be the BlackBerry OS 7-powered BlackBerry Torch 9850. What makes it so special since we already know that it will hit the market via Verizon Wireless? True to form as with other BlackBerry devices in the past that appear across many carriers, the Torch 9850 is no exception – as it has been seen carrying a Sprint badget this time around.

This is nothing but further confirmation that Sprint will be unveiling the Torch 9850 soon, and it remains to be seen whether the onslaught of new smartphones will be able to spur BlackBerry to gain a larger market share in due time.
source: Ubergizmo

BBM 6 is now available

It's been quite some time now since RIM's mobile chat service got an update, but back in April we got a sneak peek of the next BBM build. Since then, millions upon millions have waited with bated breath for its release, and now they must wait no more: BBM 6 has finally been unleashed upon the world.

This new bit of code brings support for BBM-connected applications — so you can chat within apps and both view and download your friends' favorite apps from lists on their BBM profiles. The new functionality means programs for real-time project collaboration are possible, as are new types of social gameplay. Then again, is there still any people left in the BBM camp?

BlackBerry Torch 9850 Will Be Available In The US Via Sprint

The BlackBerry Torch 9850 will be available in the US market via Sprint. The smartphone comes jam packed with the BlackBerry OS 7, a 3.7-inch WVGA display, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, a 5MP camera with 720p video recording, and a 1.2GHz single-core processor. No word on pricing at this time. [N4BB]
source: TechFresh

New pictures of BlackBerry Touch 9860 Monza and Torch 2 9810

The BlackBerry Touch 9860 Monza and the Torch 2 9810 have leaked once again on pictures and video, this time in Vietnam. We already lost count of those leaks and there is virtually nothing we don't already know about those smartphones. But still, the pics are genuinely nice.

Here are the pictures of the international Touch 9860 Monza:

A few more comparison shots with the 9520 Storm2:

You can watch the Monza hands-on video here.

The last pic shows both the 9860 Monza and the slider 9810 Torch 2. Both devices should be based on 1.2GHz processors, should pack 5 megapixel cameras with 720p camcorders and should run the latest BlackBerry OS 7. As the rumors have it, the Monza will have a 3.7" WVGA screen, while the Torch 2 will tout a smaller 3.2-inch VGA one. In case you need more details, you're welcome to check our rumored specs pages.

C'mon, RIM, announce those phones already!
source: GSM Arena

RIM releases BlackBerry Messenger 6 with BBM connected apps

BlackBerry users rejoice - RIM has announced that starting today, its users can upgrade their phone's messenger client, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM for short) to version 6. In addition to BBM6, the company will also be releasing selected apps that now integrate the functionality of BBM. These BBM integrated apps will allow users to communicate and interact with each other from within the app over BBM - this means no more having to exit an app to send a message over BBM.

BBM integration means being able to share your location with your friends, invite them into a social game, brag about your achievements or even collaborate on work through productivity apps. Presently, the list of BBM connected apps include: FourSquare, Wikitude, Score Mobile and more. Head here to find out more. BBM6 is required to work with these new BBM connected apps and it can be downloaded from the BlackBerry App World.
source: Ubergizmo

BlackBerry Torch 9850 headed to Sprint

Expected to be launched by Verizon and US Cellular sometime soon, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 will probably also find a home at Sprint – since a version of the smartphone has been spotted recently running on Sprint's network.

Unfortunately, we have no exact details on when Sprint is planning to release (or even announce) the new handset. Well, at least we know most of its features, which include: BlackBerry OS 7, a 3.7 inch WVGA display, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, 5MP camera with 720p video recording, and a 1.2GHz single-core processor.

The GSM / HSDPA version of the 9850, namely the BlackBerry Torch 9860, should also be out in the US soon – possibly sold by both AT&T and T-Mobile. We'll let you know when RIM decides to properly introduce the new handset to the world.
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry Touch/Volt and Torch 2 press shots

Our friends over at Pocketnow do receive some exclusives from time to time, and this time around, we have the BlackBerry Touch – also known as the BlackBerry Volt by certain quarters. If you're one who tracks your BlackBerry collection through model numbers, then the BlackBerry 9860 would be just that. The official press shot leak just confirms the impending release of the Touch/Volt, leaving no room for doubters that such smartphones do not exist in the physical realm.

The Touch/Volt and Torch 2 will run on the new BlackBerry OS 7, where they are tipped to make an appearance across a bevy of carriers here in the US. That is certainly a different approach since both smartphones' predecessors were only exclusive to Ma Bell and Big Red.

To get a better idea of what the Torch 2 delivers, it will cram in a 1.2GHz processor within with VGA resolution, while the Touch/Volt is tipped to come with a similar processor alongside a 3.7″ WVGA display. Time to start saving up for one of these puppies, I guess.
source: Ubergizmo

New BlackBerries coming today, is it the Torch 2 and the Touch 9860?

We know for sure there are new BlackBerries coming today - RIM took to Twitter and Facebook to generate some buzz over the upcoming BB OS 7 phones. Are they the Torch 2 9810 and Touch 9860? Well, leaked press shots of these two devices make them the best bet.

The BlackBerry Torch 2 9810 has been spotted in the wild and looks just like the original - but under the hood it's got a 1.2GHz CPU, 768MB RAM, 3.2" VGA screen and a 5MP camera that can record 720p. And of course, the spanking new BlackBerry OS 7.

The BlackBerry Touch 9860 (a.k.a. Monza) is no stranger to the rumor mill either - it packs the same specs as the Torch 2, save for the 3.7" WVGA screen and no hardware keyboard.

Well, these leaked press shots come with no carrier branding but the "3G" label in the top right corner suggests those are GSM models. The Touch will have a CDMA version too - used to be called Monaco, but now seems to go by Volt.

Oh, and there's the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 too, which is official, but hasn’t launched yet - so, maybe today is the day for that too.

We're keeping an eye on RIM and we'll let you know as soon as the new BlackBerry OS 7 phones break cover.
source: GSM Arena

Verizon confirms Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch date, posts BlackBerry Bold 9930 videov

Verizon Wireless has officially announced the launch date of its Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. As expected, this will be July 28 (two days from now).

The Tab 10.1 is Verizon's first LTE-capable tablet, and will cost $529.99 (16GB model), or $629.99 (32GB model). These prices require a new contract agreement and a data plan of at least $30 per month (which includes 2GB of data).

A Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also be available starting July 28 for $499.99 – but just online and just in Metallic Grey.

Apart from announcing the launch date of the new Samsung tablet, Verizon has also published a video preview of the BlackBerry Bold 9930. This was done by mistake, though, since the video appears on the Bold 9650′s webpage (check the Explore Features link).
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry Torch 9860 With AT&T Branding

It seems that AT&T will launch the BlackBerry Torch 9860. This smartphone has been spotted with AT&T branding. FYI, the BlackBerry Torch 9860 has a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) display, a near-field communication chip, a magnetic compass, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot function, a 1.2Ghz processor, and a 768 MB of RAM. There is no info on pricing or availability so far. We will keep you posted. [intomobile]
source: TechFresh

Facebook for BlackBerry 2.0 released

Who doesn't use Facebook on their mobile phone device in this day and age? Pretty much everybody is connected to the world's largest social network, be it on their computer, cellphones or even tablets. While the Facebook experience isn't the same on all devices, Facebook has been working hard to try and make sure that the key features remain consistent across all platforms.

BlackBerry PlayBook users who are long due for an update to the Facebook app are in for a treat today as RIM has officially announced the release of version 2.0. The update brings a lot of new features to the device that has been missing all this time.

Facebook for BlackBerry 2.0 includes Facebook Places (for checking into places and unlocking deals), Facebook Events (for viewing event details, checking the guest list, RSVPing and more), Viewing “Likes” - (see who likes a posts), and Privacy control for status updates.

Also released today is the Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0 app that adds missing features such as Facebook Chat. Head on over to the BlackBerry App World to download the latest Facebook app for your BlackBerry devices.
source: Ubergizmo

RIM purchases JayCut

It looks like RIM is focusing on improving the video capabilities of the BlackBerry PlayBook. The company has announced the acquisition of JayCut – the creators of the JayCut premier online video editor. RIM mentioned on its blog that the BlackBerry PlayBook offers premium multimedia features including dual HD video cameras for video capture and video conferencing. The acquisition of JayCut shows RIM's intention on improving the user's video editing experience on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

While it would be great to have awesome video editing apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook, I can't help feel like RIM is losing focus on its goals (especially after hearing rumors of the Cyclone). I mean right now - the PlayBook is missing basic features and relies too much on having a BlackBerry in order to function. If RIM doesn't work on making the tablet accessible to more people instead of improving features that not everybody will use, they're going to lose a lot of potential customers. It feels better if they create a great basic tablet experience, and then let third-party developers focus on all the “extras”. What do you guys think?
source: Ubergizmo

Blackberry Bold 9790 Bellagio is no hotel according to leaked tutorial videos

Will Research In Motion (RIM) be able to pull itself back from the potentially same black hole that Nokia is currently wading through? Perhaps, what with a bunch of new Blackberry models coming your way later this year. We do know that there will be a Blackberry Bold 9790 Bellagio that will be released, otherwise why would there be tutorial videos for it? Too bad those videos were not officially announced, but rather, leaked courtesy of a cyber-ninja.

The videos do show off some aspects of the updated Blackberry OS 7.0, where it will feature full touch-capable ability and it might just seem familiar to iOS and Android users – which is good as the learning curve would not be as steep, but hopefully RIM does not step on patent infringment toes in the process.

The Bellagio will bear no resemblance to the famous hotel casino in Las Vegas, but we do know it has 8GB of internal memory, an integrated NFC chip, and a QWERTY keyboard – would you take your chances with the Bold 9790 Bellagio?
source: Ubergizmo

BlackBerry 9810 Torch 2 and Touch 9860 press photos show up

Although they're still not officially announced, the BlackBerry 9810 Torch 2 and BlackBerry Touch 9860 have appeared lots of times until now in various leaked photos, and even videos. However, today is the first time we're seeing press photos of both the 9810 and 9860.

This, of course, means RIM will likely introduce the smartphones soon – and we've heard that both of them could become available in Canada starting August.

The BlackBerry 9810 Torch 2 looks pretty much identical to the previous Torch, but it has enhanced features, including a VGA touchscreen display, 1.2GHz processor, and BlackBerry OS 7. As for the Touch 9860, this doesn't have a hardware QWERTY keyboard, and comes with a 3.7 inch WVGA display (plus BB OS 7, a 1.2GHz processor, and lots of other features). We'll obviously let you know when RIM finally decides to announce the two devices.
source: Unwired View

RIM cutting 2,000 jobs to cope with losses

Things aren't looking too good for Research In Motion (better known as RIM) as the company has announced that it plans to cut 2,000 jobs - almost a tenth of its workforce in order to cope with its current losses from slow sales and stolen market share. The downsizing will leave the company with about 17,000 employees left to “focus on areas that offer the highest growth opportunities.”

Seeing how the company has been faring recently in the smartphone market, you can't really blame it - RIM has predicted that sales this quarter may drop for the first time in nine years. RIM has been struggling to cope in the current smartphone race and because it hasn't released a new BlackBerry phone since last August (though that didn't seem to affect the Apple) Android smartphones and the iPhone have been leaving the company behind in the dust.

With stock value dropping 54% this year alone, RIM is starting to look like a sinking ship. However, these hardships the company is going through right now could be the wakeup call it needs in order to get back on its feet. Can RIM fight its way back to the top of the smartphone market again? Only time will tell.
source: Ubergizmo

BlackBerry Company Lays Off 2,000 Employees, Experts See It Coming

Looks like the prophetic obituary about the demise of BlackBerry is about to come true.

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has announced that it is laying off about 2,000 employees, including senior managers. This comes after the BlackBerry has been overtaken by both iPhone and Android.

A recent ComScore report declares Google-made Android as the top smartphone platform in the United States, with 38% of all American smartphone users use Android devices as of May 2011. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone outran BlackBerry to become the second most-popular smartphone platform with close to 27% of the total smartphone market in the U.S. Both platforms are expected to rise in the months to come.

Last May, BlackBerry has approximately 25% hold among smartphone users, down from nearly 29% in February. Judging from the experts' opinion, the downward trend would continue unless RIM does something about it.

“(Both) iOS and Android have thousands of developers writing applications and services for the platform and as such there are thousands of apps available on these platforms to make them very attractive and popular with consumers,” mobile analyst Chetan Sharma said in an interview with New York Daily News. “BlackBerry has been behind in the touch economy and needs to cultivate the developer ecosystem if it intends to fend off Microsoft for the distant #3 spot.”

New BlackBerry phone to be announced tomorrow?

A visit to the official BlackBerry Facebook page today will lead you to a very interesting status update from RIM. Here's what RIM has to say on its latest wall post:

Hey Team BlackBerry, what's shiny, new and social all over? We want to tell you all about it. Can you guess what it might be? Tune in tomorrow for details!

As vague as it sounds, it seems to point towards a new phone being announced or launched tomorrow. With the slew of BlackBerry phones surfacing all over the internet recently, it wouldn't be surprising to find out one of those phones going official tomorrow. I guess we'll just have to wait - good thing tomorrow isn't too far away. What do you think will be announced? Drop us a comment below.
source: Ubergizmo

New BlackBerry Bold 9930 for Verizon leaked, no word on its launch date

Research in Motion officially announced the BlackBerry Bold 9930 back in May, at the same time with the Bold 9900. The two smartphones are pretty much the same, the sole difference being that the 9930 has both GSM / HSDPA and CDMA / Ev-Do connectivity, while the 9900 is a GSM / HSDPA device only.

Naturally, the CDMA / Ev-Do capabilities allow the 9930 to be used on Verizon's and Sprint's networks. While neither of the two carriers has announced the Bold 9930, the smartphone has been spotted recently showing off a Verizon intro screen – thus VWZ could introduce the new Bold soon.

Just like the 9900, the Bold 9930 runs BlackBerry OS 7 and features a 2.8 inch VGA touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, 5MP rear camera, front-facing camera, 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, and 8GB of on-board memory.

I assume Verizon will sell its Bold 9930 for $200 on contract. More on this as we get it.
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry Bold 9930 caught in bed with Verizon Wireless

It has been documented that Verizon Wireless will be rolling out a trio of BlackBerry smatphones sometime this year, although there was nothing specific mentioned back then. Well, fast forward to today, and we know that the BlackBerry Bold 9930 will be one of the three at the very least, since this smartphone has been spotted wearing the Verizon Wireless badge proudly.

Just what is so special about the BlackBerry Bold 9930? For starters, it will be one of the first few devices that are powered by BlackBerry OS 7, complete with a Verizon boot screen of course. No idea on how much Big Red will be selling this for though, what do you think?
source: Ubergizmo

BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 UK pricing and availability revealed

If you are a BlackBerry faithful living in the UK, you are surely looking forward to the new Bold appearing on the shelves of your local cell phone shop. And now, we are not only about to give you the expected time frame of that happening, but we will also enlighten you on the pricing.

So here's the deal - if you pre-order your Bold Touch 9900 now, chances are it will be on your doorstep between the middle and the end of August. That's not too long a wait, so if you are interested, you might want to start saving.

Of course, you should be saving not for the handset itself, but for the contract accompanying it as all major UK carriers will be offering the Bold Touch 9900 UK for free. T-Mobile will require you to sign a £30.64/month contract , while on Orange, Vodafone and O2 will be charging you just over £35.We have no information of the length of the contracts yet, but 18 months for the more expensive ones and 2 years for the cheaper deal sounds like a pretty safe bet.

The only UK carrier that hasn't unveiled its Bold Touch 9900 UK contract plans is Three, but it has been confirmed that the handset will be available there, too, so we should know more soon.

If you are still unsure of whether the QWERTY-plus-touch bar phone works with the BlackBerry OS, feel free to check out our Bold Touch hands-on.
source: GSM Arena

Hands-On: Motorola's Droid 3 Wants to Kill Your BlackBerry

Motorola's Droid 3 comes with business-friendly features, much like RIM's BlackBerry phones. Photo: Jim Merithew/

As the latest iteration of Motorola's Droid-branded devices, the Droid 3 caters to the professional crowd. With its pre-loaded QuickOffice software and slide-out keyboard, it's meant for those accustomed to doing more on their phone than just playing Angry Birds. After we spent some time with a test device, we're ready to get to work.

Immediately noticeable is the phone's physical bulk. Like its two predecessors, the Droid 3 is chunky, almost an electronic brick in your pocket. Granted, at .50 inches thick, it's slimmer than both previous generations of the model (though only by four-hundredths of a millimeter). Couple the bulk with hard lines and a squared-off design, and you've got a phone that's an enemy of most pants pockets.

But Motorola isn't aiming for your jeans. It's a professional's device fit for a blazer pocket, complete with the full Qwerty keyboard that so many white-collared BlackBerry users know and love. The idea is to move those with older generations of corporate-friendly RIM phones — people reluctant to change devices for fear of change — into the Android environment. I fired off a few e-mails on the keyboard with relative ease; the raised buttons make quite a difference for typing compared to the flat ones of the first Droid phone.

While the keyboard itself is nice, the slider mechanism leaves us wanting. It's a bit sluggish, as if there's something stuck between the two halves of the phone. Unfortunately, it's nothing like the snappy, responsive slider on Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play.

There's another big draw for the U.S. business crowd that does any overseas traveling. The phone comes with a SIM card, allowing for calls in countries outside of the states. The SIM runs on the Vodafone network, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. That means you'll have cellular capabilities in over 200 countries. There's one catch: Data roaming charges outside of the states could cost you over 20 buck per megabyte. But if you're on the corporate dime, who cares?

The Droid 3's waist size may have shrunk, but its screen certainly hasn't. Motorola added an extra .3 inches to the screen size, measuring in at an admirable 4 inches of real estate. It's more than enough space to view movies and photos, especially on the qHD screen.

Speaking of photos, the 8-megapixel back-facing camera takes rather good ones. I shot a few indoor photos, and the flash worked well in grabbing details under low light conditions. The phone also comes with a front-facing camera, which takes decent enough pictures, and can be used for video chat.

Another big difference from previous Droid models: The Droid 3 comes sporting a dual-core 1-GHz processor, a trend amongst powerful smartphones debuting this year. Unfortunately it's only backed up by 512 MB of RAM, but we didn't run into any problems running apps.

Overall, we think it's a solid phone at first glance. Whether or not it will usurp the BlackBerry, however, remains to be seen.
source: Gadget Lab

BlackBerry 7 OS to deliver updated virtual keyboard

Virtual keyboards do take some getting used to, especially for those who were weaned on a physical keyboard on their smartphone. This is very true for old school BlackBerry owners who might find the learning curve of a virtual keyboard to be potentially steep, and not all virtual keyboards are the same – especially when you take into consideration the iPhone and Android-powered devices these days. Well, BlackBerry 7 OS intends to change things for the BlackBerry scene by equipping the Torch 2 9810 with a virtual keyboard that does resemble that of the PlayBook's.

For those who are used to the current on-screen keyboard, will you be able to get used to a revamped model, or will it turn you off completely? Perhaps time will tell, and it would be prudent to head down to a nearby store and check it out when available before making a purchase decision.
source: Ubergizmo

LG Offers Two BlackBerry-esque Smartphones for Summer

Why are QWERTY smartphones suddenly become trendy outside of BlackBerry Land? Are they preparing to entice BlackBerry users in case of RIM's demise? I don't know, but it seems this has become the case. Motorola had its Droid Pro last year, then Samsung joined along last March with the Galaxy Pro, and HTC ChaCha (aka HTC Status) will have its retail debut this weekend.

Joining the Android-powered QWERTY handset bandwagon this week is LG, which has just unveiled not one, but two brand new smartphones: The Optimus Pro and Optimus Net. Both phones run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The LG Optimus Pro features a 2.8-inch screen, a complete QWERTY keypad, and a sluggish 800MHz processor. Meanwhile, the LG Optimus Net has built-in “social networking portals” found as widgets right on the homescreen. Its screen measures 3.2 inches, with some models being NFC-enabled (making it applicable for mobile payments), and also featuring a 800MHz processor.

The LG Optimus Pro and LG Optimus Net are expected to be shipped globally, starting in Europe, this summer. Pricing is not yet revealed, but the phones look mid-range.

BlackBerry Monza appears in Dubai, selling for $1,500

Well well, we would not have expected anything less than for the yet unreleased BlackBerry Monza (also known as the Storm 3 or BlackBerry Touch as listed online) to appear in Dubai's Craigslist option – and as you know, that oil-rich state has plenty of folks who probably use dollars for toilet paper and literally burn money to light up a cigar, so to fork out $1,500 for an unreleased BlackBerry should be of no problem at all.

The thing is, how genuine is this deal? After all, it could just be a prototype that somehow managed to sneak out from the factory, which means there is no guarantee at all for it to be in full working condition. Perhaps a really hardcore BlackBerry fan might not mind dropping such serious coin on the smartphone, which has been rumored to feature a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, a 5-megapixel camera, a 3.7″ display and the all new BlackBerry 7 operating system. Do you think this is the real deal?
source: Ubergizmo

Ticketmaster 2.0 for BlackBerry now available

Want to purchase tickets to a movie using your BlackBerry device? Well, it's going to get a lot easier with the introduction of the new Ticketmaster app now available for BlackBerry devices. Currently in version 2.0, it is available for download from the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The app has been given a total overhaul, with an improved UI, added features and a search functionality to make it easier to find what you want.

The new Ticketmaster app will also make use of your phone's GPS to help you find events wherever you are. It will also integrate with your Calendar to make it easier to add your events to your schedule. All you will need is the app, a Ticketmaster account, and a BlackBerry phone with an internet connection. With the app you can select events, purchase tickets, and even select the seats you want (if applicable) - talk about a fully functional service. However, it still is in beta so expect the occasional bug to crop up now and then. Head over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone to download it.
source: Ubergizmo

AT&T BlackBerry Torch 2 arrives at the FCC

The BlackBerry Torch 2 is said to carry the proverbial torch (pardon the pun) for RIM (Research In Motion) as the company isn't exactly doing gangbusters right now. It is hoped that this upcoming smartphone will be able to inject some excitement into the smartphone community by virtue of being a new BlackBerry device after a long time, not to mention the introduction of a new operating system version – the BlackBerry 7 OS.

Well, we're glad to announce that the BlackBerry Torch 2 is more or less very close to a public release, since it has arrived at the FCC. It has made an appearance there, sporting the model number RDM71UW. FCC filings point towards GSM 850 and 1900 bands, WCDMA bands II and V support – which translates to an AT&T debut if we are not mistaken.

Other hardware specifications are unknown, although leaks do point towards a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM, and 8GB of internal memory. Hopefully August will see an official announcement for the Torch 2.
source: Ubergizmo

RIM to launch BBM Music social platform?

After the outlandish news of RIM rumored to create a media box we reported this week, it looks like RIM has more plans up its sleeve to diversify BlackBerry. According to the folks at BlackBerry Sync, who received a tip from their own sources, RIM is planning to launch a social music platform that will be dubbed BBM Music.

BBM Music is said to be a service that will allow BlackBerry users to share music and playlists with their friends. We have no idea how it's supposed to work, but BBM Music is said to have a deep integration with BlackBerry Messenger (hence the BBM in its name).

While sharing music sounds like a great idea, it definitely does nothing to boost the company's main strengths - enterprise devices and services, so it's quite puzzling why RIM would want to do this. Unless of course the company has decided that it's going to switch gears to focus on a totally different market starting this year. Then again, this information should be taken with some salt and will remain a rumor until officially confirmed by RIM. What do you think of RIM launching a music service?
source: Ubergizmo

New pictures of BlackBerry Touch Monza leak

The GSM version of the BlackBerry Touch Monaco - Monza has escaped in the wild once again. This time it broke loose in Greece and we have a few tasty live pictures for you. Unfortunately there are no new details revealed.

Well, the Monza fella has managed to escape RIM once again and it has gone on a vacation in Greece.

BlackBerry 9860 Touch Monza is the GSM version of the identical CDMA smartphone 9850 Touch Monaco. We already met those two several times this year and there is probably no detail that hasn't been revealed.

Anyway, the BlackBerry OS 7-based Monza is once again in the news smiling from sunny Greece. Here are the pictures:

The Monza/Monaco duo is supposed to pack a 1.2GHz processor, a 3.7-inch WVGA display, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording and lots of connectivity goodies. As we mentioned above, both should run on the latest BlackBerry OS 7.

According to the roadmap leaked in January, the phones should become available in Q3 this year. We guess the announcement should happen a few days prior to the launch.
source: GSM Arena

BlackBerry PlayBook now part of Justice League, is a sidekick in the police car

D&R Electronics has apparently thrown a BlackBerry PlayBook into a Canadian Dodge Charger, signified by a red maple leaf. Put simply, the 7-inch slate has been coded up to flip on the overhead / side lights, search police databases for names and faces, accept commands wirelessly from an in-car keyboard, and even fully detachable for those times with mobility is of the utmost importance.

New BlackBerry Torch 9860, Torch 9810, Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 to be launched by Bell soon

No less than four new BlackBerry smartphones are reportedly headed to Bell Canada, which is getting ready to launch them starting next month, much to the joy of hardcore BB fans who have been (probably) frustrated lately by the lack of new RIM handsets, and the Android invasion.

First of all, we've got the officially announced BlackBerry Bold 9900, which should be released by Bell in late August. Also in late August, the carrier will likely introduce the BlackBerry Torch 9810, aka Torch 2 (featuring a sliding QWERTY keyboard, like the previous Torch model), and the BlackBerry Torch 9860 (a touch-only handset with a 3.7 inch screen).

As you can see in the image above, in September Bell will release the BlackBerry Curve 9360- the cheapest option among these four new RIM smartphones (which, by the way, will all run BlackBerry OS 7).

The Bold 9900 and the Torch 9860 should arrive at Telus, too, most probably also in August. We'll bring more details on the new BlackBerries' Canadian launch dates as soon as we have them.
source: Unwired View

BlackBerry Bold 9900 may be out in the UK on August 12

Here's some good news if you want to buy yourself the upcoming BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 in the UK. The smartphone may become available over there a full month earlier than we previously thought it would.

A couple of days ago, the Bold 9900 was listed by Amazon UK, in both white and black. The black version was due for release, according to the retailer, on September 15. And while that is inside the “third quarter” window that we heard will be when the device is finally out, it's to the end.

Now another well known online retailer that does business in the UK,, has also listed the (black) BlackBerry Bold 9900. Its price is lower than what Amazon asks, £519.99 compared to £549.99 to pre-order RIM's smartphone.

Not only that, but also says that the Bold 9900 will be shipping on August 12. That's more than a month before Amazon's estimated release date, so it means you only have about a month or so left to wait if you're in the UK and have to have the first BlackBerry to have a touchscreen in that ‘classic' BB form factor.
source: Unwired View

Google improves search for BlackBerry 6.0 devices

After what seemed like forever, Google has finally decided to improve the search functions on BlackBerry 6.0 devices after making them available for its Android and iOS counterparts a long time ago - despite BlackBerry 6 OS having a WebKit browser as well. Starting today, BlackBerry users with devices running BlackBerry 6 OS will be able to enjoy the improved features of Google search.

The latest update to the search engine brings to the BlackBerry: faster searches with autocomplete and history queries that appear beneath the search box as users type, web search refinements that allow users to sort results according to type (i.e. images, videos, news, real-time results and more). BlackBerry users will also have access to an improved image search that lets them easily preview images. Lastly, they will also get a local search feature that allows them to browse restaurants, shops and other popular business categories in the area.

If you've got a BlackBerry 6.0 device, just head over to to experience the new changes (clear your cache if it isn't updated).
source: Ubergizmo

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