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
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.
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)
If you don’t want to spend a fortune on your next smartphone then look no further. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes in at a very low £135 and for that you get the trademark QWERTY keyboard, dedicated BBM button and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The Curve 9320 runs the latest software, BlackBerry OS 7.1, so you’ll have improved speed in the browser and phone overall and with the mobile hotspot feature you’ll be able to use your phone as a modem and connect up to 5 devices via WiFi to take advantage of your phones internet connection.
If your using an older BlackBerry and want to upgrade then the Curve 9320 is a defiantly worth a look.
There’s a multitude of sat nav apps for iOS and Android but as usual Blackberry handsets get left out. Now anyone wanting turn-by-turn navigation on their Blackberry have got an app from one of the big names in navigation at it comes from Telmap. Telmap Navigator has all the options you’d come to expect from a fully featured sat nav application, Points of Interest, nearest restaurants and local hospitals. It also has Facebook and Twitter integration so you can let all your friends and sometimes complete strangers know where you are. Best of all the app is free but sadly its only for the UK.
Via : CrackBerry
RIM have a lot riding on the success of their BlackBerry 10 platform and as part of that success they will need to get developers on board, creating apps for the OS. Today RIM handed out BlackBerry 10 alpha devices to everyone attending BlackBerry 10 Jam. The phone looks to be based on a BlackBerry PlayBook and the software it runs is a modified version of the PlayBook OS. The screen on this alpha device measures in at 4.2-inches with a resolution of 1280×768. Storage for this device is 16GB which is quite high for a BlackBerry Phone and it comes with 1GB of RAM. The phone has been stripped of all apps apart from the camera and web browser, but developers will receive OTA updates for added functionality closer to the launch of BlackBerry 10.
RIM are trying everything to improve the sales of BlackBerry devices and next in line for a refresh is the BlackBerry PlayBook. We saw an roadmap of RIM’s plan to release the PlayBook with 4G, and now ones been spotted out in the wild. The 4G version is identical to the WiFI only model, the only exception being this one houses a sim card tray at the rear. There are some more pictures waiting to be viewed in the CrackBerry Forums and one of the snaps suggests that the 4G PlayBook has native BBM on board.