If you've been itching for an OS update on your BlackBerry, you're not alone - so has every other BlackBerry owner. The good news is you won't have to wait long until there's an update, and in the meantime, Boy Genius Report (BGR) has the full scoop on the upcoming OS, as well as a bunch of pics.
According to BGR's source over at AT&T, BlackBerry OS 6.0 will ship with a new browser that will include tab switching, new favorites, and multitouch. It looks pretty slick, though there's no word on how many tabs you'll be able to have open at any given time.The media player is also getting a makeover, making it easier to navigate through album artwork, among other things.
Getting back to the multitasking, BGR says this is being implemented system wide, not just in the browser. That means you'll be able to pinch to zoom your photos, take advantage of multitouch apps, and more. There's also system wide kinetic scrolling with rubberbanding, so scrolling should be buttery smooth.
BGR says they're 100 percent positive the new OS will be in the market in June or July of this year. Get the full scoop here.
Fans of Twitter who own a BlackBerry can cast aside any lingering feelings of Android or iPhone OS envy. Why so? The uber popular microblogging site has teamed up with Research in Motion to develop a Twitter app for BlackBerry, which is now available for download.
"When you talk about messaging and mobile phones, BlackBerry immediately comes to mind and it was no surprise to us that it has become one of the most popular mobile platforms for Twitter around the world," Twitter's Kevin Thau wrote in a blog post.
The app features real-time BlackBerry push of Twitter direct messages, camera and photo gallery integration, browser integration for Tweeting links, a customizable interface for changing fonts and hiding toolbars, notifications of @mentions, the ability to search for users, content, and trending topics, and a few other odds and ends.
Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein gave an exclusive interview to CNN Money today, and it was an ugly sight. Everyone knows that we loved the Palm Pre when it debuted at CES in 2009, but it was quickly lost in the smart phone shuffle among heavyweights such as iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. The hardware and software concepts gave it a serious chance to compete with the big guys, but in the end the lackluster launch didn't win over enough third party developers, causing the platform to stagnate next to its rivals.
Given the gruesome reality facing Rubinstein these days, I think most people are surprised to see he is still working the interview circuit at all. The vast majority of the CNN questions were a spin on "Guess you guys are out of luck" and "so has anyone offered to buy Palm yet"? Despite the hard line, Rubinstein maintains that Palm has "tremendous assets" and that people should take note of the state of the company prior to webOS.
Palm's primary advantage at this point lies in its ability to multitask, but if the platform lacks compelling applications, who cares how many of them you can run in the background. Everyone here is hoping Palm has what it takes to turn its fortunes around, but there isn't an analyst out there right now with as much optimism about the company's future as Rubenstein.
Feel free to check out the full interview, and let us know what you think lies in the future for Palm.
Blackberry users love email, and those who don't probably wish they had an iPhone. RIM's primary advantage over the years has been dynamite push email services, but as any Gmail user will tell you, support for Google's free email service has been somewhat lacking. Push support allowed users to retrieve Gmail messages, but when they got home to check their inboxes the old fashion way, anything read on the Blackberry was still marked as un-read even with IMAP enabled. Gmail users simply had no way to label or organize messages on the go. This was a frustrating limitation, but luckily for Blackberry Gmail users, this is all set to change.
RIM has confirmed plans to upgrade its North American BIS servers from 2.8 to 3.0 on Sunday March 28th, and along with a slew of other compatibility updates, support for 2-way Gmail sync as well as labels will be added. The BIS servers are the secret sauce hosted by RIM which allows up to 10 email accounts to be pushed to a single device. This allows mobile users to drastically reduce the amount of data the phone needs to transmit in order to conduct common tasks such as forwarding and opening email attachments.
Blackberry push email service will be disrupted between 2AM and 6AM EST as a result of the upgrade, but if you're a Gmail user on a Blackberry, it's a small price to pay.
Could the BlackBerry boom be nearing an end? According to a new study by Crowd Science, some 40 percent of BlackBerry users would switch to an Apple iPhone if given the chance.
Crowd Science looked at, among other things, smartphone brand loyalty, and it wasn't just the allure of the iPhone that BlackBerry users found intriguing. Google's Nexus One also left an impression, with a third of the BlackBerry users polled saying they'd be willing to switch their device for Google's smartphone.
"BlackBerry as a brand just isn't garnering the loyalty seen with other mobile operating systems," said Crowd Science CEO John Martin.
What's interesting about this is that BlackBerry devices are known for having good keyboards, while both the iPhone and Nexus One only come with on-screen virtual keyboards.
A new survey of smartphone users paints a pretty grim picture for RIM and their Blackberry line of smartphones. According to market research firm Crowd Science, 40% of blackberry users plan to swap their device for an iPhone come the end of their contract. And it’s not just the iPhone that has these normally reserved business types excited. The survey also indicates that 32% would be willing to trade in their Blackberry for a Google Nexus One.
Crowd Science also asked about how people use their phones, and this may provide some insight into why people seem ready to jump ship. According to the report, people want to use their phones for both business and personal use. Only 16% of Blackberry users say they use their device for personal matters. About two thirds of iPhone users report using the phone for at least some personal and business exercises.
If RIM has any magic left, they might want to bring it to bear. In contrast, over 90% of iPhone and Android users planned to stay with their platform of choice come the next upgrade. Let’s hope Blackberry OS 6.0 can turn some frowns upside down. It’s going to take more than good keyboards to fix this.
Being a PC enthusiast and a gadget nerd go pretty much hand in hand, but have you ever wondered what it actually cost the manufacturers to assemble your army of iPod's and book reader's? Well wonder no longer because marketing research group iSuppli and Business Week have teamed up to tear down over 25 popular gadgets and have come up with what they consider a pretty accurate ball park picture of the manufacturing costs. Some of the results appear to be a bit out of date, particularly when it comes to the consoles, but it still gives a pretty good overview of how much money each product is raking in.
As you would expect most gaming consoles continue to sell at a loss, but many of the popular new smart phones actually make a fair bit of money when you factor in the kickbacks they probably get from the carriers. You can check out the full article to read about all 25 of the gadgets from the tear down, or review our sampling below for some of the more interesting snippets to save you time.
Do your online and phone contacts constantly fail to grasp the sarcasm in your emails, IMs and texts? Are you worried that such misunderstood attempts at sarcasm may strain your relationships with others? The SarcMarc will help you remain at your sarcastic best without the fear of coming across as impertinent or disdainful to your (fatheaded) acquaintances.
The $1.99 SarcMark is a new punctuation for giving adequate notice of the sarcasm that precedes it. It currently supports Windows, Mac and select Blackberry devices. Michigan-based Sarcasm Inc. is a very sarcastic company and its maiden product, the SarcMarc, is enough testament. The company now wants a patent for its “brilliant” contribution to digital discourse.
The asking price may seem trivial but it is important to remember that all you get is an unrecognized punctuation mark; a purchase that may make you the butt of all jokes among your friends for days.
Note: Quotes were used in the last line of the second para to emphasize the underlying sarcasm not because of their superiority over the SarcMarc but due the unavailability of the latter at this point. Also, please condone the woefully poor attempt at sarcasm.
PS: Eagerly waiting to read a review of the SarcMarc.
It’s no secret that Android is gaining momentum. The release of the Droid on Verizon and the upcoming Nexus One announcement have gotten people’s attention in a big way. A recent survey by ChangeWave shows us just how much Android’s star has risen in the last few months. With the millions Verizon has spent on advertising the Droid, this shouldn’t be too surprising.
In December, ChangeWave asked 4068 consumers that planned on purchasing a smartphone in the next 90 days which mobile platform they would like to purchase. They found that 21% of people planned to get an Android phone, up from only 6% in September. The iPhone still won out with 28%, but that’s down a few points from the last survey. Android’s 15-point jump seems to have also come at the expense of Windows Mobile and Palm’s WebOS, both down 3%. Blackberry weathered the Android storm well, and actually saw a small uptick in the December numbers.
Google’s brand and Verizon’s marketing seem to be combining to lure in consumers. While the iPhone isn’t about to be knocked off by Android, Palm is hanging on by a thread. Just a year ago Palm was the underdog darling of CES 2009, but they may have to pull another rabbit out of their mobile hat to make it to 2011.
The service outage hit BlackBerry users in North and South America, starting about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, and continuing until 2:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. The outage appears to have been an unintended consequence of a software upgrade--same as in the other recent instance, and one that occurred 18 months ago. According to RIM the software update “caused an unanticipated database issue within the BlackBerry infrastructure.”
The outage left some BlackBerry users miffed. But, according to The New York Times, wireless industry analysts say that users looking for a more reliable system are apt to be disappointed. Consumer Reports magazine says that BlackBerry is the leader in wireless data services, regardless of carrier. The only option for BlackBerry’s users, then, is something worse than what they’ve got.