As Black Friday approached, several retailers including Best Buy lowered the price of the much-maligned BlackBerry Playbook. After selling an undisclosed number of the device, Best buy has taken to cancelling orders. By some accounts, all outstanding online orders have been cancelled, and the device is no longer listed on the Best Buy site. Did we just see the PlayBook fire-sale?
Research In Motion wants to make it clear that it intends to keep supporting and developing Adobe Flash for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, even though Adobe itself is abandoning Flash on the mobile Web in order to "aggressively contribute to HTML5." Dan Dodge, President and CEO of RIM's QNX operations, announced RIM's continued commitment to Flash in a blog post.
Earlier today, RIM confirmed that some customers are experiencing delayed or disrupted BlackBerry services, and the company is looking into it. Even this small hint that RIM could be on the verge of another outage has some customers up in arms. Last month the maker of BlackBerry smartphones experienced a multi-day outage that affected almost all users of the devices. Today, reports of problems seem to be increasing again.
Thanks to the difficulties that RIM is having with getting BBM to work with the Playbook’s QNX powered operating system, the launch of Playbook 2.0 has been delayed until February, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of rocking a few Android applications on your Playbook right now. Thanks to the clever coding efforts of a number of Blackberry enthusiasts, a little elbow grease, and some patience, you’ll end up with a RIM-built tablet that’s not only functional (finally), but also down right enjoyable to use.
It hasn’t been easy for RIM these last couple of weeks. There was that nasty outage, more CEO shenanigans, and only passing notice of the company’s announcement of the BBX platform. In the wake of all this, RIMs stock price has dropped again, which (sadly) isn’t usually news these days, but this time the company has crossed an important threshold. RIM is now worth less than the net value of its property, patents and other assets.
AT&T is giddy as all get-out to unveil its latest BlackBerry devices from Research In Motion (RIM), never mind the fact that the smartphone world is currently infatuated with Android and iOS. Nevertheless, for those that prefer a sweet BlackBerry over an Apple or Google powered smartphone, AT&T wants you to know it has the broadest BlackBerry portfolio out of any wireless carrier.
Are you a BlackBerry PlayBook owner that’s frustrated by the lack of integrated email, contact and calendar apps? You aren’t the only one. Those are the number one complaints leveled against the device – or at least the complaints cited most often – but RIM said that it would push out an update in October that would add those clamored-for features. Well, it’s almost November already. Where’s that update? Turns out the timetable was a bit off. Today, RIM announced that the update won’t roll out until next February.
Gazelle is a service that buys old gadgets, and pays out cash and gift cards, but there’s one type of trade-in that’s been conspicuously up in recent days. According to the company, there has been an 80% jump in people selling their BlackBerry smartphones since last week. This smashes the already high record number of sales early in the month.
We never thought we’d say this again after last week’s horrify service outage, but it’s actually kind of a good week to be a Blackberry owner! When you’re done downloading free $100 worth of free apps to your Blackberry Curve, point your browser over towards Spotify, because the mega-popular music service just rolled out a long-awaited app to bring its tunes to RIM devices… kind of.
If you’re a Blackberry owner, there’s a good chance you’re a little disgruntled right now. The service outage that swept across the globe last week left scads of emails unread and text messages unreceived until RIM was able to clear the massive backlog of data that was sent to its severs during the downtime. RIM wants to make up for it, though. Founder Mike Lazaridis has already issued an apology on YouTube; now, the company’s putting its money where Lazaridis’ mouth was by offering more than $100 of premium apps for free to Blackberry users.