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
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.
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.
As a consumer of mobile products we want the best performance from our devices matched with the most portability.
In the tablet market, the iPad as an overall experience can’t be beat. The hardware is top notch but probably more important is the software. Yes we would all like our processors to have multiple cores but an iOS product just doesn’t need that.
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.
Anyone wanting to read magazines on the PlayBook now have a good app to do so. Zinio is now available for RIM’s tablet and it gives you access to 5,000 magazines in many different languages with the option to download individual issues or to buy a subscription. The app is free but downloading issues or subscriptions will cost you and vary depending the the magazine you want.