Tag Archives: BlackBerry

BlackBerry PlayBook has a module cavity, BlackBerry to get NFC chips

17 Nov

RIM’s Co-CEO Jim Basillie, who is currently speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit right now has just let it slip that the PlayBook has a module cavity in it. He won’t say what the module will be for but it could be for anything. Considering that what little we know about the PlayBook that it does not have any cellular connectivity, we would bet our chips on a 4G data modem of some sort. Any guesses?

Basillie was just short of announcing that future BlackBerry handhelds would have an NFC chip in it for mobile payments. When asked about NFC, considering Google’s Eric Schmidt demoed the tech in the upcoming Nexus phone yesterday, he first said that he won’t talk about future products. But quickly followed it up with this statement – “We will be fools not to have it in our future products. And we are not fools.”

RIM harks back at Steve Jobs' jabs, questions Apple's claims

20 Oct

andy rubin tweets As the war for smartphone supremacy heats up, especially this close to the Holiday shopping season, the fight gets messier. The arrogance displayed by Steve Jobs yesterday is not going down well with Apple’s competitors. While Google remained largely tight-lipped if you discount this Tweet by Andy Rubin, RIM’s Jim Balsillie was not amused. The co-CEO lashed out on Apple in a blog post that refers to Apple’s distortion field in its title and raised questions “whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders.” Apart from references to RIM’s own shipment guidance for the previous quarter, Balsillie raised the ‘Flash support’ argument and not to forget Antennagate! Here’s the post in its entirety. Things will just get messier from here, we reckon.

 

For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7” tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 – 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story.

– Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM)

Moto Droid Pro gives us a glimpse of what'd happen if BlackBerry ran on Android

8 Oct

Ever wondered what would a BlackBerry smartphone look like if it ran Android? The folks at Motorola seem to have been wondering just that and have come up with the Droid Pro. In press shots that the company has sent out, the Droid Pro bears a close resemblance to the Palm Pixi with its 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY keypad in a candy bar form-factor. But what’s amusing us is how Moto is trying to pitch an Android smartphone to corporate customers. An excerpt from the press release:


Rest easy knowing DROID PRO is extra secure. With corporate-level security, it’s the first Android device with data encryption (available early 2011) and the ability to completely have your phone and SD card wiped if it’s ever lost or stolen. Remote password management allows you to change and check passwords on the road, so you can be confident in your security. With this elevated corporate-level security, you won’t have to worry about your information getting into the wrong hands.

Will someone at Moto please tell us what they mean by ‘corporate-level’ security. Probably they are being vague after what RIM is going through in several countries including India, which do not like its ‘super-secure’ data services.



Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see whether Android can take on BlackBerry. Verizon Wireless will launch the Droid Pro in this quarter in the US.



Specifications



Talk and Standby Time
CDMA TT/SB Time (up to): 430 mins / 320 hrs
WCDMA TT/SB Time (up to): 420 mins / 320 hrs
GSM TT/SB Time (up to): 470 mins / 300 hrs
WLAN TT/SB Time (up to): 580 mins / 135 hrs



Bands/Modes
CDMA 800/1900 EVDO-Rev.A, Dual-band Rx Diversity, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900/2100, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps (Category 9), EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12



Weight
134 grams



Dimensions
60(x) 119(y) 11.70(z)



Bluetooth
Bluetooth Class 1, Version 2.1+EDR



OS
Android 2.2



Battery
1420 mAH Standard & 1860 mAH Extended



Connectivity
3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, DLNA, GOTA, NGP, PC Sync



Display
3.1” 320×480 HVGA



Messaging/Web/Apps
EMS, MMS, SMS, Email (EAS, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email, Yahoo Mail) IM (Java, Embedded), WebKit browser w/ Flash



Audio
AAC, AAC+, AMR NB, AMR WB, MIDI, MP3, WMA v10, WMA v9



Video
Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, D1(480p)



Camera
5 MP, Auto Focus, Digital zoom, Dual-LED flash



Memory
2GB internal memory, 2GB pre loaded – expandable to 32GB with SD
512MB RAM x 2GB ROM, 1.5GB user available memory



Form Factor
Touch QWERTY bar



Antenna
Internal, dual diversity antennae



Location Services
aGPS (assisted), Standalone GPS, Google Maps™, Google Maps™ Navigation, Google Maps™ with Google Latitude, Street View, and eCompass

So what's new in BlackBerry 6.0?

27 Jul

BlackBerry 6 UIBlackBerry’s most critical OS update – OS 6.0 – is still some time away but Research In Motion (RIM) is leaving no stones unturned to make users familiar with the upcoming UI changes. After showing some sneak preview videos, Inside BlackBerry – the official BlackBerry blog – today released some screenshots to depict what’s new in the homescreen UI in BlackBerry 6.0. From things like how to manage your frequently used and favourite homescreens to the Android inspired notification bar. So what are you waiting for? Check out the post and see for yourself.

Tata DoCoMo launches daily and weekly prepaid plans for its BlackBerry users

26 Jul

Tata DoCoMo has launched two new daily and weekly prepaid plans for its BlackBerry users – BlackBerry MaiLite and BlackBerry Internet Service. Under the BlackBerry MaiLite service plan, users will get unlimited access to e-mails and IM services. Users can also access up to 10 e-mail accounts such as Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Google Mail and chat on popular services like Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger and BlackBerry Messenger.



The BlackBerry Internet Service plan will offer all the services which are offered under the BlackBerry MaiLite plan with addition to unlimited access to social networking sites and Internet browsing.



Check out the daily, weekly and monthly charges of these new plans in the table below:


Tata DoCoMo plans BlackBerry MaiLite plan BalckBerry Internet Service plan
Daily charges Rs 12 Rs 35
Weekly charges Rs 85 Rs 250
Monthly charges Rs 299 Rs 900

After India, UAE warns BlackBerry poses security risks

26 Jul

Earlier this year and even a couple of years ago, the Indian government had posed objections with regards to Research In Motion’s (RIM’s) BlackBerry handhelds and called them a security risks. Now, UAE is going through the same motions and has called BlackBerry and some of its apps a social and security risk.



Like in the case with India, UAE contents that BlackBerry was operating beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation. “As a result of how BlackBerry data is managed and stored, in their current form, certain BlackBerry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions,” a Reuters report quotes a statement issued by UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.



RIM has so far managed to dodge the Indian bullet, which wants the company to set up servers in India and to provide transcriptions of data passing through its network in a ‘readable’ format. Will it be able to do the same in the UAE?

RIM trademarks BlackBerry Drive

14 Jul

BlackBerry LogoResearch In Motion, the company that manufactures BlackBerry smartphones, has recently trademarked the phrase “BlackBerry Drive” with the Trademarks and Design Registration Office of the European Union. The name suggests either a navigation solution for BlackBerry or even some integration with cars. Or could it be a new line of smartphones like Bold, Pearl and Storm?



We are more inclined to believe that BlackBerry Drive has something to do with RIM’s acquisition of QNX in April, a company that develops open OS that is used in many in-car audio and entertainment systems. This is what Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO of RIM was quoted in the press release announcing the acquisition:

“In addition to our interests in expanding the opportunities for QNX in the automotive sector and other markets, we believe the planned acquisition of QNX will also bring other value to RIM in terms of supporting certain unannounced product plans for intelligent peripherals, adding valuable intellectual property to RIM’s portfolio and providing long-term synergies for the companies based on the significant and complementary OS expertise that exists within the RIM and QNX teams today.”

We have a hunch that BlackBerry Drive is most likely to be an intelligent accessory for your car. What do you think?