Anyone on Sprint wanting the BlackBerry Z10 will be left out in the cold as the carrier wont be offering the newest BlackBerry 10 phone. It seems a weird move for Sprint not to carry the Z10, especially as the CEO of BlackBerry expects the full touch screen Z10 to sell three times better than the QWERTY keyboard enabled Q10.
The Z10 has been selling reasonable well in the UK and Canada but has yet to be released in the US. The remaining big three carries, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile will have have the Z10 up for sale sometime later this month.
For those with more money than sense, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 will soon be available with a matte black finish. The insanely priced BlackBerry is tipped to be heading to Harrods stores in the near future keeping to roughly the same price tag as the original titanium P’9981.
What is essentially a Bold 9900, running a Porsche themed version of BlackBerry 7 OS, the P’9981 will cost you in excess of £1,000 and you can still expect not to be getting upgraded to BlackBerry 10 when it’s released in Q1 2013.
BlackBerry 10 has been taking its sweet time to make an appearance and some thought that it may never see the light of day, but today RIM have released details of BlackBerry 10 launch event.
Scheduled for January 30th, RIM plan to have simultaneous events in multiple countries around the world. As well as detailing BB 10, RIM will unveil the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones and give information about their pricing and availability.
Press Release after the break
Anyone looking to develop an app for BlackBerry 10 will welcome this announcement from RIM. The first full touchscreen BB 10 phone will use the same resolution as the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha which is 1280 x 768. Every full touchscreen after this will use the 1280 x 720 resolution with the aspect ratio being 16:9. BB 10 phones that feature a touchscreen with RIM’s traditional QWERTY keyboards will have 720 x 720 resolution screens, 1:1 aspect ratio.
With this standardization of resolutions, developers will find it easier to make their apps compatible with multiple BlackBerry 10 devices.
Source: Inside BlackBerry
For over a year now RIM has been selling their 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook and although it hasn’t been a big seller, RIM plan to stick with it and release a 4G version in the near future.
Research In Motion did have plans to release a 10-inch version but it has never be released to market. Some images of this 10-inch PlayBook have surfaced, showing an identical design to its younger sibling, there is a sim card slot and 4G logo so it is safe to say that the option of using a mobile network would of been embedded.
Even with these newly emerged photos of this 10-inch tablet we still don’t know if it will ever see the light of day.
By now we’ve all heard the news that RIM’s new hardware and software won’t be hitting the market until Q1 of 2013 at the earliest. A leaked roadmap obtained by BlackBerryOS shows that RIM are looking to launch their full touch screen device codenamed ‘London’ in Q1 of next year along with another touch screen with a physical QWERTY called ‘Nevada’.
Also mentioned in the roadmap is a new tablet going by the codename of Blackforest, which may be RIM’s 10-inch tablet. The current BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to get its BlackBerry 10 update sometime in the first half of 2013.
Research In Motion are also looking to release another two handsets in the second half of next year called Nashville and Naples but apart from that we have no other information to go on.
Twitter is down for users in the UK and US. If your using a third party application ( you probably are) or the site itself then at the present you want be able to enjoy the Twitter experience. But you will be pleased to hear that their engineers are working hard to resolve whatever issues they are having.
Looks like Twitter is back up and running at least in the UK where my notifications have been coming through for Twitter for BlackBerry and Twitter for Android
Is Twitter down again? Did it ever come back online for you? Timelines for Twitter for iPad, Twitter for BlackBerry and Twitter for Android will not refresh for me, so it looks like Twitters down again.
Mobile banking has really taken off in the last few years, especially now the big names in banking have mobile apps. The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and NatWest have now updated their mobile apps to allow customers to withdraw money from an ATM machine without the need for a card.
Since 2009 I’ve been a BlackBerry user. I’ve owned other phones while using a BlackBerry but for some reason I’ve always stuck with RIM’s phones.
A lot of current iPhone users lost their patients with owning a BlackBerry and migrated, but I did it the other way round. I had an iPhone before I had a bb and decided to make the move for one reason and one reason only…….. The KEYBOARD!
Here’s how it began
Before RIM released PlayBook OS 2.0 to the general public, it was available in beta form for anyone to load on to their PlayBook to use and test before its official release. It looks like Research In Motion are going down the same path with the release of PlayBook OS 2.1, as PlayBook project manager Michael Clewley tweeted that an OS 2.1 beta will be available by the end of May. Since there are only two days of May left we should see the beta roll out today or tomorrow.
Source: Twitter (@Michael Clewley)