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RIM has finally released the long awaited major updated the Blackberry Playbook OS to include two services that have been long discussed and much anticipated: integrated email support and Android app availability.
PlayBook OS 2.0 allows users to enjoy native calendar, messaging and e-mail apps. The new e-mail app also includes an extended unified function, integrating not only multiple e-mail accounts as well as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter messages.
Social integration also extends to the new calendar app that integrates information from social networks in addition to standard work and More >
According to InMobi’s research (a mobile ad network), 41% of mobile users in North America plan to purchase the iPhone 5. Furthermore, 50% of those planning to purchase the phone will buy it within the first six months after it is launched, which could propel its current 27% smartphone market share to 41%. InMobi did add one caveat to their study: if Apple decides to release a minor upgrade to the current iPhone just 15% of consumers will purchase the new device.
InMobi’s research revealed what the customers hoped the new iPhone would have: upgrades to the processing speed, screen More >
Following Research In Motion’s performance in the second quarter, the company promised to drop prices for its BlackBerry PlayBook in an effort to boost sales. The company has indeed dropped the price for the tablet by about $200 but the discount is said to be only temporary. The deal is available now for all versions of the PlayBook, including the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models and is offered by by Office Depot and Staples until October 1.
Mike Abramsky, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director believes that RIM has sold approximately 250,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets to date. In a note to investors recently, the analyst points to channel checks in stating PlayBook sales have remained steady since the device’s launch on April 19th. If these estimates are accurate, RIM’s PlayBook is already outselling Motorola’s flagship HoneyComb tablet, the XOOM, which managed to sell 250,000 units in its first two months of availability.
Abramsky belives RIM could move roughly around 500,000 units during RIM’s first fiscal quarter, though we More >
Research In Motion Ltd. is launching a new initiative that opens the door for businesses and government agencies to start using iPhones and Android devices on their networks, with a little help from the BlackBerry maker’s renowned security architecture.
According to RIM, the single web-based console is being designed to provide IT administrators with the ability to distribute software and manage policies, inventory, security and services for BlackBerry devices, as well as other mobile devices. IT administrators will be able to manage devices over-the-air, including activating More >
Just recently, the Nielsen Company released the findings of its latest smartphone survey, which asked respondents planning to purchase new smartphones which platform they intended to patronize. When being asked this question last year between June and September, 33% named iOS, 26% said iOS, and 13% said they planned to purchase a BlackBerry smartphone. This has changed since then and it isn’t exactly a surprise seeing how things have been going.
AT&T customers opting for RIM’s new Playbook tablet are unable to take advantage of the tethering feature from their AT&T Blackberry device, as the carrier is officially blocking tethering between the two devices.
The folks at CrackBerry have discovered that AT&T is only blocking the Bridge app, not the actual Bridge process — which means you can still download the app though unofficial means and Bridge your AT&T BlackBerry to your Playbook.
According to an update provided by Engadget:
We just heard back from AT&T, and it’s looking like you’ll need to have a bit of patience here as More >
Facebook announced today that it has a total of 250 million users actively using Facebook mobile on a monthly basis. Mobile usage of Facebook has increased significantly. Just over a year ago Facebook had around 100 million mobile users per month.
Also, today the site started rolling out its revamped mobile website m.facebook.com. The social network says that the updated version of its mobile site should be easier to use on thousands of different mobile devices. There were two versions of Facebook for mobile devices – m.facebook.com and touch.facebook.com which worked with all More >
According to a recent post, RIM has been considering ways to expand its BlackBerry Messenger platform to iOS and Android devices, with a release coming soon in the App Store. RIM apparently wasn’t happy about the hundreds of apps clearly inspired by BBM available for iPhones and iPads, and decided to develop a version of Messenger that doesn’t have all the features available to BlackBerry owners, but still allows iOS users to communicate with their friends and family. A compromise, that is, to have BlackBerry Messenger available on as many platforms as possible.
It’s been rumored on and off for a few weeks now, but today RIM finally confirmed that its upcoming PlayBook tablet which runs a new QNX operating system will support both Blackberry AppWorld Apps as well as those originally designed for the Android platform.
According to RIM, Android developers will not be able to just run their apps straight off the bat, however. Instead they will have to repackage, re-sign and submit their apps to the BlackBerry App World, which is not a huge obstacle.
What this means for the PlayBook is a potentially huge number of apps coming to the new and upcoming More >