Sep 20, 2010 News
Recently the Canadian mobile giant announced earnings and that a record 12 million BlackBerry smartphones were shipped in Q2 of the company’s fiscal 2011 .
Here are few Highlights:
- Revenue grew 31% over the same quarter last year to $4.62 billion
- Earnings per share in Q2 increased 76% to $1.46 over the Q2 last year
- BlackBerry smartphone shipments grew more than 45% over the same quarter last year to 12.1 million and RIM has shipped approximately 115 million BlackBerry smartphones to date
- BlackBerry subscriber account base grew approximately 56% over the prior year to over 50 million
“We expect a continuation of this momentum in the third quarter as we extend the rollout of new products including the BlackBerry Torch into additional markets and benefit from heavy promotional activities and increasing customer demand as we head into the holiday buying season,” said Jim Balsillie, the company’s co-CEO. RIM’s stock price rose slightly on new of the strong earnings report by 2% at time of publishing.
By the time we also hope new app developers join Blackberry application development and consider Blackberry as a viable platform for developing apps , with Blackberry shipping over 12 million devices shipping every year the smartphone market is getting really populated .
Sep 8, 2010 News
Twitter’s Evan Williams recently blogged about the impact that smartphones and mobile users have had on the social network. Currently, mobile users have jumped 62 percent since mid-April and 16% of all new users to Twitter start on mobile. Also of interest, 46% of active users make mobile a regular part of their Twitter experience.
With respect to BlackBerry in particular, Twitter for BlackBerry accounts for 7% of total tweets as measured over the last 30 days. With Twitter growing past 145 million registered users, 7% accounts for a staggering number of Tweets. The top ten list includes:
- twitter for iphone
- twitter for blackberry
- Google friend connect
We can see some interesting changes in usage of twitter via websites and apps , in coming months we will see the growth of mobile apps usage rather than traditional Web browser usage , like we come to see the ubertwitter in the list climbing up there will be apps which come to the presence on smartphones very soon as the blackberry developer seem to working hard enough to get the best apps out in the App world .
Sep 8, 2010 News
New surprises heading their way for a Press Release the next Thursday September 16, 2010 when RIM is going to announce second quarter fiscal 2011 results .
Press Release :
Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) will be reporting results for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 on September 16, 2010 after the close of the market. A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 5 pm ET, which can be accessed by dialing 800-814-4859 or by logging on at www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml . A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 7 pm by dialing 416-640-1917 and entering passcode 4310309#. This replay will be available until midnight ET September 30, 2010.
Sep 8, 2010 News
Nimbuzz has recently come up with an updated version of their instant messaging application for BlackBerry. Version 1.3 is now available for download readily. This release solves the know issues folks were facing as well as adds some new features.
Chat history – so you can continue your chats where you left off.
Facebook connect – no more disconnection notifications
See which of your phone contacts are already using Nimbuzz and when they are online
Send free SMS text message invites to your phone contacts so they can join Nimbuzz
Nimbuzz is available for download at BlackBerry App World today or you can head on over to their mobile site and grab the download as well.
Sep 7, 2010 News
It’s been a few weeks since we last saw an OS leak for the BlackBerry Torch. Well this morning OS 22.214.171.124 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 was leaked on to the internet. We haven’t heard what this new version brings to the table yet, so as always with all leaked operating systems we do caution you before loading this on to your device. Because this is an un-official release its not officially supported by RIM as of yet. No one but yourself is responsible for any damages caused to your device or data. Other than that, enjoy!
Sep 7, 2010 News
Now Research In Motion (RIM) has joined the race with a new energy… They are offering Blackberry Torch 9800 with little more than what usually they do.
It’s Through ColorWare. With this the user can easily develop a personalized outlook for the handset, that is the BlackBerry Torch 9800. It can personalize the handset even more than what various mobile applications do.
If you are not happy just with the new operating system BlackBerry 6 and the sliding design, the newly introduced color personalization might do it for you. It’s worth a mention, that the device has a unique QWERTY keyboard and a smooth touchscreen display.
“With enhanced features and a new design, the Blackberry Torch has everything you’ve been hoping for in a Smartphone. Now, ColorWare can help you customize it to fit your on-the-go lifestyle,” RIM has announced.
“Choose a subtle color scheme, one that’s sure to make you stand out, or any combination you can imagine. Once you decide, you have the option of sending in a Torch you already own for customization, or you can easily buy a new one directly from our website,” it keeps on continuing.
If you are interested in personalizing your Blackberry Torch 9800, please visitthe ColorWare design studio to try out different color combinations.
The customizations would cost you around $250 for a handset you already own, to up to a $1,050 for a personalized device which can be bought from RIM without any contract agreement.
Sep 7, 2010 News
For the last couple of months RIM is really down with the controversies, dip in share prices, down in business and all.
But we don’t think that it’s all black for BlackBerry!!! At least if you look at the BlackBerry Curve 8520, it has become a buzz in the world of telecommunication with its 2.46 inches TFT display, a comfortable QWERTY keyboard, a 2 mega pixel camera, a seamless internet access through HTML browser, some outstanding inbuilt games, a very strong battery back up of more than four hours through the latest Li-Ion 1150 battery etc.
The connectivity options available in this BlackBerry Curve 8520 are based on latest EDGE, WLAN, GPRS, and Bluetooth technology. And the best part is that it is available either as a SIM free mobile phone, or a Contract mobile phone. Not only that this model is also available as a SIM Only mobile phone that allows you to pay as per the usage.
There are also a number of free offerings and gifts which can be availed with this Smartphone. It is the one of the best innovations by RIM and has also gained the popularity among the BlackBerry developers.
As we are nearing the BlackBerry Developers Conference ,we come to hear more and more about it . Recently Alex Kinsella, Senior Product Manager for BlackBerry App World at Research In Motion tweeted out some news for us all. BlackBerry App World has surpassed the 10,000 available application mark. This years BlackBerry Developer Conference is shaping up to be quite the event and hopefully, with all the great things happening within the BlackBerry platofrm it won’t be long now before BlackBerry App World passes its next 10,000 applications.
Sep 6, 2010 News
Poynt has been updated to version 1.6 in App World and while there a few small feature additions, the update really focuses on Torch support and BlackBerry 6 integration. For those who downloaded Poynt when the Torch first launched, it worked but it wasn’t a build that was specifically designed for the device. The latest version runs very smoothly on the Torch and leverages some BlackBerry 6 features such as Universal Search. Some of the new features include:
- Unified Search integration on 6.0
- Context Menu enhancements on 6.0
- Map Route with Google Maps
- Rotten Tomatoes ratings
- Added top and bottom shortcut keys “t” and “b” for lists not arranged by alphabet
- Ability to turn weather on and off
- Ability to set number of movie results
- Sort movies by alphabet or rating
- Faster GPS on 5.0 and newer devices
- Accuweather extended 6-10 day forecast link
- Weather improvements
Bug fixes in the latest version include:
- Fixed BB Maps not working on the Torch
- Fixed track pad issues on the Torch
- Fixed touch screen issues on the Torch
- Fixed issues with AT&T Navigator 2.0
- Fixed issues with scrolling weather and top 10 movies on 6.0
- Minor bug fixes on 5.0 and below
You must know by now that Research In Motion, in front of a combined pressure from different nations’ government, has admitted a lawful access for the security agencies to its services; like BlackBerry Enterprise Services and the BlackBerry Messenger Services. RIM has provided a technical solution which will allow India’s intelligence agencies to monitor the BlackBerry services to prevent terrorist activities.
But we doubt whether it can really stop the misuse of the encrypted messages. Well there is a number of other software which can avoid the security monitoring. These solutions are freely downloadable and can be efficiently used for the encryption of the messages. In that case is it a mere compromise in data security which is like the by-product of national security?
To name a few alternative solutions to guard the emails and the messages sent over a wireless network, we can take the example of Google’s Android. You can run a strong encryption algorithm named as Android Pretty Good Privacy (APG) on any Android phone. Another effective encryption solution is the Secure Email from JADS Ltd. Both of them are freely available.
Do you need an even greater privacy?
Use steganographic packages; such as MobiStego, which conceal secret messages within a video, an audio or the picture files. The SMSs can be encrypted on a number of phones using a free application called CryptoSMS.
So we would like to observe in near future what next. Definitely we understand the importance of the security of human lives in a growing scenario of global terrorism, but data security is also equally important. So is it Android encryption or all other software which will see a ban in near future? Or the BlackBerry app developers will get a chance to step in and come up with some innovative solutions?
Time will answer, but as of we see a challenge for the app developers and of course expect a brilliant app in near future which will poise both the sides.