May 16, 2011 News
Research In Motion (RIM) and China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom) today announced their plans to launch BlackBerry services for small businesses in China.
China Telecom will offer BlackBerry Internet Service to small businesses for RMB89 per month. BlackBerry Internet Service will enable mobile users to send and receive email from up to 10 supported work and personal email accounts. In addition, the RIM and China Telecom services will also bring BBM and a range of Instant Messaging services for the users. The internet service can also support a range of third-party apps ranging from business productivity to personal entertainment.
China Telecom will also offer BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express that provides small businesses advanced management and security features with no additional software or user licensing fees.
Mar 28, 2011 News
RIM has acquired tinyHippos Inc., makers of mobile environment emulator Ripple. In a post in its blog, RIM’s Tyler Lessard, VP Global Alliances & Developer Relation, writes “ We are pleased to announce that tinyHippos has joined Research In Motion (RIM). We’re excited that the tinyHippos team is joining the BlackBerry Developer team and bringing their expertise in cross-platform emulation environments to the BlackBerry platform.”
He further writes “We have been integrating support for web technologies like HTML5 and BlackBerry WebWorks into our developer platform, and working to continually deliver enhanced tools and frameworks to our developer community. We look forward to working with the team at tinyHippos to further provide a simplified and streamlined experience to our developers.”
A blog post on the tinyHippos website says “We are extremely excited about our future at RIM and continuing to grow and support Ripple. This is a great step towards our goal of providing a cross-platform mobile application development and testing tool to developers worldwide. Specifically, we will be working to bring BlackBerry support to the Ripple product.
We also want to reassure all new and existing users that we expect that the Ripple product will continue to be offered for download and the team will continue to develop features, provide support, and help grow the mobile application developer community.”
Mar 22, 2011 News
- APIs for the device magnetometer and digital compass;
- OpenGL-ES 2.0 support;
- Window API to overlay native app surfaces (media player, camera, browser, etc) with Java UI or OpenGL elements;
- Event-based geo-fencing location APIs;
- Enhancements to the barcode APIs for additional formats and custom decoding;
He said that the supporting tools for BlackBerry developers for the OS will be available soon. The release date for BlackBerry 6.1 is yet to be known.
Sany Kiruluta further added that BlackBerry has no intentions to be an advertising company and will offer a mediation platform with access to other networks. The company is planning to rope in more networks to its platform. RIM will share 60 percent revenue share with BlackBerry developers under the mediation platform system.
Mar 18, 2011 News
Research In Motion (RIM) has struck a deal with Microsoft for cloud-service. Microsoft in October has announced its own cloud-service initiative called Microsoft Office 365. The deal will allows BlackBerry’s corporate clients to shift management of BlackBerry services like email traffic management off-site. And, it will help them substantially reduce their costs on operations.
“We’re embracing [that initiative] in a big way and we’re going out jointly with Microsoft to all our customers,” Jim Tobin, senior VP of RIM’s software and business services unit, told Dow Jones Newswires.
RIM expects around 20 to 25 percent of 55 million BlackBerry customer base to use cloud services by the end of this year.
Analysts are expecting cloud-service to be a major part of growth strategy for players in smartphone and Tablet market. RIM’s current strategy echoes that of rival’s HP which has also announced cloud-service initiatives in future.
Mar 17, 2011 News
If the users visit “maliciously designed” web site from the BlackBerry browser then hacker can access user’s data. BlackBerry OS 6 is designed in such a way that it can access the data in devices that utilize the WebKit browser engine. So devices with OS 6 installed in them are vulnerable to the virus.
According to RIM, hackers can get access to data stored on device’s media cards and built-in media storage but data on the application storage portion of the phone, such as user data stored by e-mail, calendar and contact applications will not be accessible. Till now no complaint has been reported.
Research In Motion (RIM) has released the BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) Social Platform- Beta for BlackBerry developers. The BBM Social Platform will allow BlackBerry platform developers to add social Super App features to their apps.
According to BlackBerry’s developer’s blog, the beta will aid developers to accomplish the following:
- Access and update fields in the user’s profile such as status, avatar and personal message;
- Create their own custom areas within the user’s profile for promoting recent application activity or storing trophies and achievements;
- Initiate and embed chats with friends;
- Initiate application-to-application background communication through BBM for sending and receiving application instructions, such as moves in a game or any other application state changes;
- Initiate file transfers;
- The ability to share applications virally with friends in their contact list.
The beta also includes special simulators for BlackBerry OS 5.0 and 6.0 that will allow for simulation of BBM communication between two instances of the simulator and help developers in testing the exact workflow and BBM integration on a live device.
While the recently released beta is for Java developers, RIM will release another beta in April 2011 which will provide full support for the BlackBerry WebWorks platform.
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 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 2, 2010 News
Security is a huge concern and RIM should respect it more than any thing else!!!
Hamadoun Toure, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, advised RIM, the manufacturer of BlackBerry, to allow the security agencies a lawful access of the customer data. He has been quoted saying that the governments across the globe have legitimate security concerns that could not be ignored.
All governments engaged in fighting terrorism had every right to demand access to the users’ information from RIM, he added.
“Those are genuine requests,” he addressed The Associated Press on Wednesday. “There is a need for cooperation between governments and the private sector on security issues.”
However RIM provides the BlackBerry, designed for a secure communications, are still not ready to share the information with any one.
The International Telecommunication Union coordinates the use of the global radio spectrum, and promotes the international cooperation in assigning different satellite orbits, and establishing standards for the telecommunications industry. It also serves as the global forum where you can discuss several issues and the cutting-edge solutions related to tele-communications.
Though the agency has no regulatory intimate power independent, but Toure’s comments are like the barometer of sentiments among its 192 member states.
Already five nations of those members; India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE are now scrutinizing some of the BlackBerry services. But the statement of Toure is clear enough with the message: security is more important than users’ privacy.
Aug 31, 2010 News
When Android phones are getting the larger market share, what Blackberry needs is a superb product to regain its lost place. Unfortunately, the BlackBerry Torch is not the one which can do the job for RIM. At least managing the notifications are bit difficult in this Smartphone.
The Torch comes with a universal message center which can store all the updates from your e-mail, Blackberry Messenger, Facebook, and the online presence. That sounds pretty interesting right? But it’s actually a tedious task to acknowledge the updates without reading the full e-mail or the Facebook message.
Even though the e-mail and messages are acknowledged, read or deleted on the Web, using a service like Google’s GMail, the notifications still stay in the message center as if they have never been read on the phone.
However the short welcome note, slide mechanism, a great physical keypad, a full-featured web browser etc. Are the plus points of this set.
BlackBerry app developers are expecting a quick update from RIM to fix this glitch.