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.
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.
Following a three-day outage that disrupted the flow of data and services for millions of BlackBerry customers around the world, services are finally starting to come back online. Research In Motion posted an update on its website announcing that "BlackBerry services are operating well globally," though it's still not clear when RIM's backend infrastructure will be firing on all cylinders.
If you could spot a BlackBerry smartphone in a crowd of 50 people instead of 25 Android phones and 25 iPhones, nobody has this conversation. If the BlackBerry PlayBook shipped in a fully baked state and made any kind of dent in Apple's tablet market share, nobody has this conversation. But after so much has gone wrong for RIM, investors have begun calling for major changes.
Research In Motion has put itself in a bit of a pickle with its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. RIM launched the device before it was fully cooked and it jumped into the mobile fray missing critical features like native email, calendar, and contacts support. In our review of RIM's tablet, we concluded that "unless and until RIM finishes fleshing out the PlayBook, there's no reason to buy it." Turns out we weren't the only ones who felt that way.
Research In Motion (RIM) reported second quarter results for the three month period ended August 27, 2011, and a cursory glance would lead one to believe RIM is on top of the world. RIM reports service revenue surpassed the $1 billion mark for the first time, its BlackBerry subscribe base is up 40 percent year-over-year to surpass 70 million, and BlackBerry smartphone shipments are estimated to grow up to 37 percent in Q3. But wait a minute, how can RIM be doing so well when all anyone talks about are iOS and Android?
Research In Motion (RIM) is currently trying to hammer out a deal with Hulu that would let BlackBerry PlayBook users gain paid access to the streaming service. Following the PlayBook's launch last week, users were surprised to find that they could load and watch Hulu content on their tablet, but the excitement was short lived. Hulu blocked the BlackBerry browser within 48 hours, just has it has done with all tablets and smartphones.
Well that was fast. Early BlackBerry PlayBook adopters were elated to find out that they could access Hulu's streaming service on their brand new Flash-enabled tablets, but not surprisingly, the celebrations were short lived. Hulu was quick to play the part of party pooper and added the PlayBook's browser to its blacklist, and now when they try to access TV shows on Hulu's website, they're greeted with an error message instead.
Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook has been the recipient of some mixed reviews, including a fair number of negative write-ups slamming the slate for its lack of native email and contacts support (we'll post our own evaluation soon; in the meantime, be sure to check out our first impressions and photo gallery here). Despite the lukewarm reception, BlackBerry PlayBook sales have so far exceeded analysts' expectations.
In case you missed it on Wednesday night, the embargo was lifted on early reviews for Research in Motion’s first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook. A veritable flood of reviews hit the web for the device, which debuts on Tuesday, April 19 -- but it’s off to a bit of a rocky start so far.