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Sony Ericsson Live View – RIM Pay Attention

October 31, 2010 Comments off

Sure there was a 3rd party manufacturer that designed something vaguely similar for BlackBerry devices – but that only appealed to the very psycho fanatics and truely zit infested geeks. However they didn’t even purchase it to be seen by the average user amongst us in the community – or at least outside conventions.

Feast your eyes fellow BlackBerry users on what we’ve been missing!!

 

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Webkit Engine – Browser API Inquiry p2

October 31, 2010 5 comments

Well I pretty much tired of the Torch 9800, for reasons I’ll come to later.

The Browser issue I encountered was annoying on BB6 with the Torch, considering BB5 never experienced the issue. Browsing while on network via the NOC always worked (even without APN enabled), yet enabling WLAN and connecting to either an Open AP or to a protected and MAC Filtered AP using WPA2 never worked on the Torch.

Sending new service books – from my provider Rogers Wireless that launched the Torch didn’t help, pulling the battery did not also – even after a 2mins pull – and looking on blackberry.com/btsc – a VERY helpful public wiki by RIM did not lead to any resolution. Unless my searches or my particular 9800 had a bug on the current (1st released) FW update – then its annoying.

Prior on the 9700 even an unlocked and FW switched 9700 never had a problem with the same wireless hub and settings. I could actually turn OFF the wireless radio – keeping only WLAN enabled & connected – and was still able to take/place calls and surf without issue nor a hiccup.

The Torch is a good phone … but too many compromises where made in its development to production which is leading to sales droppping and less providers pushing the model.

  • Touch screen is multitouch but does not have the smooth input response that the iPhone, Android capacitive touch phones, and soon even WM7 Phones have achieved.
  • transitions when swiping side to side for switching to previous/next email is NOT smooth. Its like a static frame skipping – more like watching stop motion from those 80’s Sinbad movies, not the smooth stop motion that Tim Burton perfected. If the transitions where like what we see in movies like Coraline, A Nightmare before Christmas, etc by Tim Burton then I’d feel more assured that FW updates would resolve the issue.

Due to the above issues or perceptions one feels that the cpu chosing was a BAD compromise decision by engineers or number crunchers (per unit profits).

This brings me to an impass on my next smartphone purchase. I’m unsure I can wait another week without a phone before Rogers announces an official date for the Bold 9780 (though a sales rep stated Nov 2nd). For the first time I’m beginning to consider an Android phone, the HTC Desire Z

Android Central Mascott

Reasons:

  1. Smooth & fast responsive Capactive Multi-Touch screen!
  2. Full QWERTY-Keyboard only when you need it, something that appealed to me with the Torch.
  3. Modern High Resolution display. Used in conjunction with above VNC or remoting into workstations would be a bliss – yet I need to find out how applications enable this and which are available.
  4. Very powerful and efficient CPU so that major OS updates don’t leave this device behind too fast – no FALSE FW updates with no expected dates – RIM 9700 promise to BB6 I’m looking at YOU!
  5. The top two innovative manufacturers in the world are making devices that have a GREAT track record: HTC & Samsung.
  6. Ability to download Maps directly to storage so that GPS does NOT incur data rates and no waiting for square blocks to be filled when mobile!! This is something I really missed having since I left S60.

More powerful and competitively priced devices due to cheaper OS licensing.

Android Podcast Boombastic

The CORE things I need to find out are: PIM how does the various versions of Android handle PIM capabilities? Which device design appeals to me and serves my needs – yours most likely vary from mine. Which models have the best build quality? Which can be used on HSPA 850/1900Mhz bands?

The pricing of the upcoming 9780 will range from $139-199 on a 3yr contract with Rogers, Bell, Telus, and Virgin Mobile Canada. But … is it enough of an improvement over the 9700 to be worth it?! I’m leaning more to what I’m familiar and very efficient with BUT I wonder how many developers will continue to support the BlackBerry platform with the current state of hardware choices for consumers and business??!!

Application developers are SLOW to releasing updates to traditional software for BB6 – Reuters Pro yet to update for Torch (another reason I dropped it), Bloomberg was a joke no improvements.

I’m beginning to feel that the following is necessary for RIM to whether the competitive storm its in for the next 3/4 quarters – yet I hope I’m wrong:

  • A more powerful and energy-efficient cpu: 800Mhz; along with a great mobile video chipset.
  • OpenGL 2.0/2.1 ES bare-minimum.
  • Higher resolution displays – both in Landscape/Portrait. Regardless of breaking application compatibility – your primary global audience demographics are not 16yr olds and most likely 60% of them where glasses for reading. Higher resolution screens help end user experience and entice both developers and themists to push their imaginations for better creativity.

Stop thinking like Apple and restricting your innovation and enjoyment of your users. Please>!!! I’ll probably still get the 9780 ONLY due to the major BB/BES support at work – but this market is beginning to shrink RIM and you NEED to release QNX on the smartphone seen SOON!

RIM … you NEED a mascott to go along with your OS/Brand or use the logo more prominantly and not just the BBM* in your ads.

Categories: BlackBerry

Webkit Engine – Browser API Inquiry

October 27, 2010 4 comments

Tonight while using my Torch 9800 I’ve encountered either a bug or lack of feature in the BB6 Webkit Browser Engine used inside this device.

BB6 Social Feeds

Using the FEEDS application – specifically with Twitter joined into it – any tinyurl selected directly from the Feeds application or directly from the Twitter API it opens a NEW instance of the Browser. This is VERY annoying – but it does not stop here. Even if you jump to the browser, kill cookies/cache/history/passwords, close the browser, then relaunch the browser and open a NEW TAB … then open the tinyurl from Feeds app or Twitter app it does NOT open a new tab but ONLY in the current tab opened. This ALSO does not save history from previously selected links from either application.

BB Webkit Browser Engine Home Page

This is VERY annoying and I hope it gets fixed soon. Unless somebody has a solution that I’ve missed or I’m the only one – I’ll be doing further playing about with this and posting a video update to this post and will update accordingly.

BB6 Tabbed Browsing

RIM going Bold again – 9780

October 27, 2010 1 comment

Oh yeah! This may come across as old but from time tested knowledge comes the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

BlackBerry Bold 9780

This is the Bold we’ve been waiting for … and RIM has been kind enough to give us an early refresh of THE MOST POPULAR and stellar Bold – the 9700.

BlackBerry Bold 9780

You know how RIM is rolling … BB6, Webkit Engine which I can vouche using the Torch 9800 that this is a BEAST – renders HTML emails properly! The screen orientation of the 9700/9780 is just perfect.

We get the bonus 5MP camera with consistent AutoFocus – which means faster pictures – just hoping the quality is a monumental improvement over the Torch 9800’s camera. Regarding video recording – nothing is officially mentioned in the press release or known but I’m HOPING for 720p.

You can BET the upcoming Bold pure replacement – The BlackBerry Pure (that name rights are MINE) – may just have 802.11b/g/n, 720p @ 30fps video recording, GPS auto tagging and 1 click posting to BBM, FaceBook, MySpace or other 3rd party applications that are using the correct API’s.

Here is the Official RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 Press Release – hotlinked.

October 27, 2010

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Bold 9780 Smartphone

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9780 smartphone – the newest addition to the BlackBerry Bold series of smartphones.  Featuring a premium and iconic design with an incredibly easy-to-use keyboard and optical trackpad, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is elegantly styled and packed with advanced communications and multimedia features. It is also the first BlackBerry Bold smartphone to come with the new BlackBerry® 6 operating system.

“We are very excited to introduce the BlackBerry Bold 9780 featuring the new BlackBerry 6 operating system,” said Carlo Chiarello, Vice President, Product Management at Research In Motion. “This new model builds on the highly refined mobile experience that BlackBerry Bold users already know and love and delivers a wide range of enhancements including a rich new user interface, a fast and powerful WebKit-based browser, broadly improved communications and multimedia capabilities, an incredibly useful Universal Search feature and a high quality 5MP camera.”

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a compact and stylish smartphone that offers a compelling blend of features, performance and design. It supports 3G networks around the world, includes Wi-Fi® with support for carrier supported Wi-Fi calling (UMA where available) and GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging. It comes with a 5 MP camera with a full complement of high-end features including continuous auto focus, scene modes, image stabilization, flash and video recording. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 also includes 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage.

BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system that retains the familiar and trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that’s powerful and easy to use. It integrates a new and rich WebKit-based browser that renders HTML web pages quickly and beautifully for a great browsing experience. The browser offers fluid navigation using the handset’s optical trackpad, includes tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously and provides a zoom feature that can intelligently auto-wrap text in a column while maintaining the placement of a page’s key elements for easier viewing.

Additional features of BlackBerry 6 include expanded messaging capabilities with intuitive features to simplify the management of social networking and RSS feeds (Social Feeds), and integrated access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace™ and various instant messaging applications on the BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone. Its enhanced multimedia experience rivals the best in the industry and includes a dedicated YouTube app. It also features redesigned Music and Pictures applications and a new universal search feature that allows users to more effectively search for content on the smartphone as well as extend their search to the Internet or to discover applications on BlackBerry® App World™.

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone will be available from various carriers around the world beginning in November.  For more information, please visit www.blackberry.com/bold.

About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws.  When used herein, words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”,  “may”,  “will”, “should”, “intend,” “believe”, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances.  Many factors could cause RIM’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of RIM’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov).  These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM’s forward-looking statements.  RIM has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

The BlackBerry, Research In Motion and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners.  RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR

October 26, 2010 Comments off

AdobeMAX 2010 – BlackBerry PlayBook

October 25, 2010 Comments off
BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook

This folks puts to rest about what RIM is doing and what the PlayBook is capable of. This should put to rest just how capable of what the PlayBook really is and how multi-tasking is done.

Feast your eyes BGirls  and BBoys [BlackBerry Girls and Boys]

RIM has been making the BlackBerry platform for over 10years and with it a plethora of software for developers and enterprise, and consumers throughout the world. No their not flashy with their products and services until recently and doing it with class and style.

I’d like to take for a moment to side look what’s been floating around the forums about RIM and Apple’s recent US quarterly iPhone shipment success. Bravo to Apple, but I do believe Jobs is starting a fight, or picking one – that users will soon be fed up with from a frail, old, and winey CEO; Jobs should have more class.

We’ve now passed RIM. And I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their area of strength and comfort, into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company. I think it’s going to be a challenge for them to create a competitive platform and to convince developers to create apps for yet a third software platform after iOS and Android. With 300,000 apps on Apple’s App Store, RIM has a high mountain ahead of them to climb.

– Steve Jobs, Apple CEO and Co-Founder

Let’s think about that for a moment. RIM dominates in their respective target market much like Apple does. RIM, like Apple makes Software as a primary focus with hardware to use that software in a perfect harmony. They, like Apple made the mistake of porting out that software to run on competitors hardware – yet unlike Apple, RIM was smart enough to stop that development and support before getting into the RED tape.

RIM makes the BlackBerry OS entirely in house. They make the BES infrastructure which runs on 3 major software platforms and with a development SDK, API’s, and mobile codecs to run and implement that architecture ALL in house … this is done mostly with HARDWARE. Recently, development tools for BlackBerry and the PlayBook are available for open-minded Apple developers to spread their ideas and efforts – and hopefully their pockets.

Mike Lazaridis is no fool, nor is Doug Dodge and with the focus and tenacity to strive forward they will have this PlayBook succeed and go head to head with the 2nd generation iPad.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac – Alpha Testing

October 23, 2010 2 comments

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac License Agreement

That’s right Fellow Crackberry Macheads. Your desktop manager of choice is in Alpha Stage.

Register and download it now from blackberry.com/beta.

Don’t forget to provide feedback; a reboot is required.

UPDATE 1: This new update also recognizes the BB Torch – both internal & external storage.

Update 2: Screenshots. Thus far no support for Office 2011 – but hopefully soon.

BBDM for Mac - Initial Presentation

BBDM for Mac - No Office 2011 Support Yet

BBDM for Mac - Import Media

BBDM for Mac - Media Sync Music

BBDM for Mac - WiFi Sync

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