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Gartner has released the results of the worldwide smartphone sales to end users for the second quarter of 2013. The results provide a clear picture of which the top mobile phone manufacturers are in such period. To see which companies consistently make it to the list, we have gathered the data provided by Gartner starting from the first quarter of 2012 up to the present. The data involves mobile phones and smartphone sales separately.

Here are the results.

Top Mobile Phone Manufacturers
Top Mobile Phone Manufacturers

Top mobile phone manufacturers

Since the first quarter of last year, Samsung, Nokia, and Apple have consistently taken the top three spots. In fourth and fifth place are ZTE and LG, which have switched positions since the first quarter of this year. Meanwhile, the sixth place has been occupied by Huawei since the first quarter of 2012. Three different phone makers have occupied seventh place since the first quarter of 2012. The first is RIM, which has dropped to the tenth spot in the second quarter of the same year, and moved up to the eighth spot in the third quarter. Starting this year, however, RIM is nowhere to be found on the top ten list. TCL was at the seventh spot for four quarters, but slid down to eighth place in the second quarter of 2013. Lenovo, for its part, has been improving. From being absent on the list in the first quarter of 2012 up to the third quarter, the company finally found itself in eighth place, ninth place, and most recently, in seventh place. Motorola, HTC, and Sony are taking turns occupying the eighth to tenth spots and disappearing from the list. Out of the six quarters, both Motorola and Sony are present in the list for four times. HTC, for its part, only appears only thrice. Beginning the first quarter of the year, the China-based company Yulong joins the list of top mobile phone manufacturers.

Top smartphone manufacturers

Gartner names only the top five smartphone makers in its results. These are Samsung, Nokia, Apple, ZTE, and LG. Gartner’s data for smartphones are not included in their 2012 reports. Thus, the comparison only covers the first and second quarters of 2013. All five manufacturers have maintained their positions in the list.

These results are particularly significant because of the fact that smartphones overtook feature phone sales for the first time in the second quarter of 2013. To put things in perspective, smartphones comprised 49.3 percent of global mobile phone sales in the first quarter of this year. In the same quarter last year, the figure was only 34.8. During the second quarter of 2013, however, smartphones already accounted for 51.8 percent of worldwide mobile phone sales.

Is your smartphone from one of the top mobile phone manufacturers? Or would you consider such statistics irrelevant to your purchasing decisions?

via gartner 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Vodafone Australia says NO to BB10 devices

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Blackberry launched an all new platform and two new devices yesterday. The devices include BlackBerry Z10 and Blackberry Q10. The Q10 is equipped with hardware qwerty keyboard and will make it to the market some time later in April, whereas the Z10 is readily available in U.K. The Z10 will make it to U.S. shores by mid-March. The devices have managed to attract a lot of attention, but apparently Vodafone Australia isn’t impressed by what BlackBerry has to offer.

BlackBerry Australia has confirmed that they won’t be getting the device to the country. It should be noted that Blackberry’s Australian managing director, Matthew Ball, is an ex-vodafone employee. At the launch event, Ball told that Australian carriers including Telstra and Optus will be offering the new BlackBerry devices sometime in March. Vodafone’s global brand will be offering BlackBerry 10 devices, so Australia would be a special case.

“Globally, we’ll be launching with Vodafone,” Ball said. “Within the Australian market, we have shown and demonstrated BlackBerry 10 to the Vodafone team here locally. Their response was that they liked it, but need to refocus on other priorities at the moment.”

It is said that Vodafone will continue working with the Canadian technology major and there is a possibility that the carrier will launch the firm’s device at a later point in the future, but as of now there are no plans as such. Once other two major carriers start selling the devices, it may encourage Vodafone to jump the bandwagon.

“I would suggest that once they’re starting to see the success coming out of the other operators, I would suggest they would likely come on board.”

Apparently, two out of three BlackBerry users are enterprise or business customers. It’s worth noting that BlackBerry 10 is a completely re-designed and re-engineered platform, and unlike before, this all new OS is targeted towards consumer market instead of enterprise market, and of course it is very well capable of catering the enterprise market as well, thanks to the built in security that BlackBerry systems are known for. BlackBerry Z10 is purely designed to win over consumer customers, but at the same time it will also attract business users, and perhaps the ratio would be 55% business and 45% consumer customers.

Both the devices, Z10 and Q10, are very good devices. The build quality is excellent and so is the software running it. The hardware isn’t mediocre in anyway, and far better than what previous BlackBerries were equipped with. The Canadian technology major is concentrating more on selling the full touchscreen Z10, and unlike the Z10, the qwerty equipped Q10 won’t be available anytime soon. BlackBerry has a large customer base of 79 million users, and even if a small percentage of users decide to upgrade to a BB10 device, the company would be successful in making its investors happy. In my opinion, they should have made Q10 available right away because qwerty smartphones is a big market and BB brand will instantly succeed in that segment. What’s your thought?

Source: zdnet

BlackBerry Z10 availability details in the U.K.

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BlackBerry has announced two new devices, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. The Z10 is a full touch screen smartphone, just like the iPhone, whereas the Q10 follows the classic design of BlackBerry smartphones equipped with qwerty keyboard. The Q10 is more desirable as the keyboard is great and there are people craving for a new BlackBerry with physical keyboard, but apparently the company has decided to launch it only in April. BlackBerry Z10 on the other hand will come to US only in mid-March, but is available readily in several markets around the world.

The full touchscreen Blackberry 10 smartphone can be bought right away from UK phone shops from today, 31 January onwards. The device has been confirmed by EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone. Other vendors such as Phones 4u and Carphone Warehouse have also confirmed the availability of the device, and it should be noted that Phones 4u has exclusivity arrangement for white version of Z10.

Vodafone

Vodafone will be selling the device for £29 when the user commits for £42 a month Vodafone Red Data plan, which will fetch you unlimited calls and texts with 2GB of data. You can get the handset for free if you choose £47 a month plan.

Visit Vodafone at www.vodafone.co.uk

O2

O2 will be selling the device for free on a £36 a month, 24-month tariff for the first two weeks of sale. If you would like the commitment to be less hectic, you can go for the £399.99 option where you’ll be paying a bit less every month. Pay As You Go customers can grab the device for £479.99.

Visit O2 at www.02.co.uk

Three

Three will be carrying the device, but their pricing isn’t known yet. They’ll be announcing it shortly, and interested customers can show their interest by registering on carrier’s website.

Visit Three at www.three.co.uk

EE

EE happens to be the only carrier in UK to be offering BlackBerry Z10 with 4G capability. A 24 month plan with 3GB of data a month will cost you £46 and the device cost is £29.99. The £41 a month plan is substantially cheaper, but comes with 1GB of data a month, and you’ll be paying £49.99 for the device separately.

Visit EE at www.ee.co.uk

Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse will be stocking the Z10 and will sell it for free from £36 per month on most of the major networks. According to CPW the phone “Represents a giant leap forward in user experience that we’re sure Carphone Warehouse customers will be keen to trial.”

Visit Carphone Warehouse www.carphonewarehouse.com

Phones 4u

Phones 4u will be stocking BlackBerry Z10 in both black and white (which is exclusive, and hence if you’re looking to own the Z10 in white, this is the place you will be getting from for time being). Similar to Carphone Warehouse’s plans, the Z10 will be free from £36 a month.

Visit Phones 4u at www.phones4u.co.uk

BlackBerry has certainly received positive response. It only remains to be seen how well the device will do when it comes to sales. What’s your thought on this?

BlackBerry officially announces qwerty equipped Q10

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RIM has been working hard on BlackBerry 10 platform from past few months and after rebranding itself as BlackBerry, the company has now officially announced the new platform along with two new devices including BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10.

Unlike the Z10, which is a full touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Q10 comes with the signature physical qwerty keyboard that BlackBerry brand is popular for. It comes with a 3.1 inch screen, and just like the Bold 9900, the screen is touchscreen enabled, so basically it has best of both worlds. Below is a video which shows the new Q10:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hYKFpEOSyUQ

Here’s a brief spec sheet of BlackBerry Q10
• Display: 3.1-inch 720×720 pixels
• Processor: TI OMAP 1.5GHz dual-core
• Memory: 2GB RAM
• WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4/5GHz
• GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
• Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
• Connectivity: NFC, microUSB , microHDMI-Out, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy

Unlike the Z10 which is available in some countries right away, the Q10 will be available only in the month of April. The Z10 will be coming to US in mid-March. Powering the Q10 is a dual core processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz. It’s not known how big the battery inside this device is, but apparently this device will be having the largest one the company has ever put in its smartphone. The device will come in two colors, white and black and will be carried by all the major U.S. carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

The Q10 sports a special glass fiber back, which BlackBerry claims to be thinner, stronger and lighter than plastic. The keyboard layout is uniformly straight, as the rows maintain a straight format, as opposed to the slight curve from before. Thanks to the Super AMOLED screen, the colors are vibrant and blacks are really black. The screen comes with a pixel density of 360ppi which is very much respectable according to today’s smartphone standards. The reason behind delay of Q10’s availability seems to be the fact that all the 70,000 apps in the BlackBerry World are designed for Blackberry Z10 and the company will be soon releasing the SDK and alpha devices of Q10 using which developers can modify their apps and make it compatible for Q10.

In my opinion, BlackBerry should be concentrating equally on Q10, and perhaps they are losing out on a lot of opportunity because there are so many people out there wanting to buy a good smartphone with best hardware keyboard. The Canadian technology major is hoping that the Z10 will help them re-kindle the love for brand which was previously taking on Apple and Google.

To conclude, the Q10 will surely succeed among people who love hardware qwerty keyboard. Both, Z10 and Q10 are going to be priced $200 on contract, so it all boils down to whether the user needs a hardware keyboard or not. What are your thoughts on BlackBerry Q10? Are you interested in buying one for yourself? Let us know using the comment section below.

BlackBerry Z10 officially announced

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30th is here and the biggest announcement in smartphone industry is also here. RIM has finally launched BlackBerry 10, and the company is called as just BlackBerry instead of Research in Motion.

Along with BlackBerry 10 operating system, which is completely re-designed and re-engineered, the company has officially announced two new devices running the BlackBerry 10 OS, namely BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. As previously rumored, Z10 is a full touch-screen device whereas the X10 that was rumored before has been named as Q10 and it comes with a hardware qwerty keyboard.

The BlackBerry Z10 looks great and it certainly had the potential to compete with iPhone and other popular Android powered devices. Below is the official spec sheet of BlackBerry Z10.

• Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz – Snapdragon S4 Plus
• Display: 4.2”, 4 point multi-touch LCD display, 1280 x 768 resolution at 356 DPI, Touch On Lens
• Camera: 8MP rear facing camera, Auto Focus, 5X digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording ・2MP front facing camera, 3X digital zoom, 720p HD video recording
• Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot
• WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz ・4G Mobile Hotspot
• GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
• Battery: 1800mAh Removable ・Talk Time: up to 10 hours on 3G・Standby Time: up to 305 hours on 3G, up to 316 hours on 2G・Audio Playback: up to 60 hours・Video PlayBack: up to 11 hours
• Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
• Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
・4G LTE
• Size (LxWxD): 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm

BlackBerry has put in a lot of effort and money into making of BlackBerry 10 platform. The company started designing BlackBerry 10 after corporate acquisition of popular companies such as QNX, The Astonishing Tribe, Gist, Scoreloop, and plenty of others. Like several other manufacturers, it would have been easier for BlackBerry to just make a wholesale switch to Android, but they chose the path that is less taken. Now they are in control of their own destiny. BlackBerry is now in full control of its own platform and it’s unique.

BlackBerry is concentrating more on the Z10, and this device will make it to the US in mid-March. For those interested in qwerty equipped Q10, you will have to wait till April. I feel that Blackberry should give importance to Q10 as well because there are so many users out there who are dying to have a good smartphone with physical keyboard. The company is focusing more on the touchscreen Z10, and perhaps it is missing out on a bigger opportunity.

The Z10 will retail on various carriers for $199 on a 2 year contract, which is a pretty reasonable price tag, but not as attractive as Lumia 920’s $100 price point. There will be good number of apps in BlackBerry World when the device starts shipping. What are your thoughts on BlackBerry Z10? Are you interested in buying one for yourself? Let us know in the comment section below.

BlackBerry PlayBooks Outsell the New iPad in the UK

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RIM has just concluded the BlackBerry 10 launch event by launching the BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 smartphones. And nothing sets the tone right for an announcement like a bit of good news going your way. For RIM, this good news is coming from the UK where a recent survey has shown that its very own BlackBerry PlayBook tablets have outsold the new Apple iPads and by a fair margin. It must be noted though that these numbers do not take into account the sales registered at Apple Stores. So in a way this survey is a tad unfair, but one which gives us a fair estimate of how well Apple does outside the realms of its stores. These sales figures were put together by local electronics company named Context and took into account the sales made in November and December 2012.

According to the numbers, RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook sold a total of 160,000 units in the last two months of 2012, while the new fourth gen iPad only sold 113,000 units. The ASUS made Google Nexus 7 was in at third place with 105,000 units sold with the 10.1-inch and 7-inch Galaxy Tabs selling 85,000 and 60,000 units respectively. Apple loyalists however might argue that the Apple Store sales would have accounted for a lot more than 113,000 units. If it’s any consolation, putting together the sales of all the iPads i.e. even the previous generations of the iPad, the total sales figure exceeds 200,000 quite comfortably.

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a relatively under spec’d tablet to go up against the likes of the new iPad or even the Nexus 7 for that matter. But the main motivating factor here was the price and the offers that RIM was providing with the tablet which proved to be beneficial for the company. As with any survey, there will be loopholes here too, but I guess RIM can take inspiration from this news, at least for the most part. BlackBerry devices aren’t known to be economical, but RIM seems to have realized that unlike smartphones, tablets only sell well if they are priced competitively. This was particularly important given the fact that the PlayBook was a colossal failure since its launch. The tablet benefited greatly from the BlackBerry 2.1 update which brought forth a bundle of missing features to the platform. It is also believed that part of the reason why the PlayBooks sold so well is due to the amount of margins RIM provides to the retailers. This obviously motivates the retailers to sell the device more. The newly launched BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 smartphones, could easily be potential hot sellers in certain parts of the world. All in all, it’s a tad surprising that PlayBooks are outselling the iPads, but perhaps we should get used to seeing other tablets outselling the iPad on a regular basis.

Source: The Channel
Via: Phone Arena

More pictures of BlackBerry Z10 leaks

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RIM will be launching its all new re-engineered and re-designed platform tomorrow and along with the new operating system, the Canadian technology major will also launch its flagship BlackBerry 10 device, the BlackBerry Z10.

A lot has been spoken about the devices that will be launched on January 30th. According to several sources, RIM will be launching two new devices, the full touch-screen BlackBerry Z10 and another one will be called as BlackBerry X10 and it will have the signature BlackBerry QWERTY hardware keyboard. We have seen leaked images of both the devices, but it’s confirmed that Z10 will be launched.DSC00246

With just one day away from launch, the BlackBerry Z10 has appeared again in front of shutter, and these new leaked pictures give us a better view of the device. In the photos, we can see the upcoming BlackBerry Z10 in white. RIM has apparently decided not to go with an all-white design for the Z10, and instead it will keep the screen glass black, just like what HTC has done with the white One X. The device definitely looks good and perhaps can be added to the list of best-looking smartphones out there. As far as the internal hardware goes, RIM’s choice of hardware is pretty decent, and a lot better than what is inside the current generation of BlackBerry devices. The device is expected to come with 4.2″ HD display, a fast dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a good amount of internal storage, coupled with a microSD card slot.

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Below is the leaked spec sheet of BlackBerry Z10:
• Processor: Dual Core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470・ Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 (US and Canada)
• Radio: Quad Band HSPA+ / UMTS (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz) ・Quad Band GSM / GPRS (850/900/1800MHz) ・Quad Band LTE: Bands 2,4,5,13,17 (700, 850,1700, 1900MHz)
• Display: 4.2″・1280×768・356PPI ・24 Bit Color ・15:9
• Camera: 8MP Auto Focus ・2MP Front Facing ・Flash ・1080p Video Recording
• Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot
• WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz
• GPS: Autonomous ・A-GPS
• Battery: 1800mAh Removable
• Sensors: Ambient Light Detector ・Accelerometer ・Magnetometer ・Gyroscope ・Face Detect for phone calls
• Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 LE

It is believed that RIM will start shipping the devices as early as February 28th. There’s no confirmation on whether Research In Motion will launch the qwerty equipped BlackBerry X10 or not because it has a smaller screen when compared to the Z10, and since RIM hasn’t released the SDK for that screen size, the apps won’t be compatible with the X10 right out of the box. It is said that BlackBerry World will have over 70k apps at the time of launch, and not all will run on X10, which is not a good thing.

The flagship device looks great. Hopefully the device will retail for less than $199 on contract. What are your thoughts on BlackBerry Z10? Let us know!

via: CrackBerry

Renders of BlackBerry X10 appears

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RIM will be launching the all new BlackBerry 10 platform tomorrow. Along with the new platform, the smartphone manufacturer is expected to launch 2 new devices, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry X10. We have extensive leaked images of the full touch-screen Z10, but there aren’t many pictures of the X10.

We know the X10 will be coming with a hardware qwerty keyboard which BlackBerry brand is popular for, but no further details are available about the same. Limited number of images are available, but thanks to some skilled people out there, we now have a render of the device which will let us have an early look of the upcoming device.
Martin Hajeck from France has rendered the upcoming BlackBerry X10 and the images look life-like and amazing. The render is based on the images of the X10 that were leaked back in December. The rendered images look very real, but don’t be fooled because they are after all some high quality 3D renders.

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The same guy had previously rendered the white version of BlackBerry Z10 and compared it with iPhone side by side. It’s not known whether RIM will launch the X10 along with Z10 or not, but Z10 is the flagship device. Apparently there will be 70k apps in BlackBerry World at the time of launch, but all the apps are designed for Z10, and since the X10 comes with a smaller screen with a very different resolution, the same apps won’t be compatible with the X10. RIM distributed alpha developer devices to the developers so that they could create compatible apps for the new platform, but the distributed devices had the same screen resolution as the Z10. Officials at RIM have promised that they will be distributing qwerty alpha devices and SDK for the X10 soon after announcement so that developers can adapt their apps to make it compatible with the X10.

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There’s no information on the specs of the X10 device, but it is said that the device will have identical internal hardware as the Z10, and the only changes will be the smaller screen size and additional physical qwerty keyboard.

Specs of BlackBerry Z10 are as follows (unofficial):
• Processor: Dual Core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470・ Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 (US and Canada)
• Radio: Quad Band HSPA+ / UMTS (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz) ・Quad Band GSM / GPRS (850/900/1800MHz) ・Quad Band LTE: Bands 2,4,5,13,17 (700, 850,1700, 1900MHz)
• Display: 4.2″・1280×768・356PPI ・24 Bit Color ・15:9
• Camera: 8MP Auto Focus ・2MP Front Facing ・Flash ・1080p Video Recording
• Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot
• WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz
• GPS: Autonomous ・A-GPS
• Battery: 1800mAh Removable
• Sensors: Ambient Light Detector ・Accelerometer ・Magnetometer ・Gyroscope ・Face Detect for phone calls
• Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 LE

Are you planning to buy a new BB10 based BlackBerry device? If yes, let us know which device interests you more in the comment section below.

Source: Nowhereelse

RIM reduces minimum price of apps in BlackBerry World

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RIM is launching the new BlackBerry 10 platform on January 30th, and it has been rebranding some of the services it offers as a part of its preparation for the launch. In order to make its services more attractive, and due to the fluctuations happening in currency, RIM has decided to keep the prices of its apps competitive.
When developers upload apps, they can either choose it to be free or set it as paid. In case of free apps, developers gain monetary benefits from in-app advertisements. If the apps are paid ones, then there is a minimum price which is set by RIM. In order to keep the pricing competitive in relation to app stores on other platforms, RIM has lowered the minimum price tag for apps.

“This price tier update includes updated currency exchange rates and VAT requirements. These updates will help to position your content items to be more competitive and attractive to customers in the UK and Eurozone markets. The goal of this adjustment is to ensure prices are in line with currency fluctuations and ensure content within BlackBerry World is competitive” RIM said on its developer blog.

The first two currencies which will be affected include the Great British Pound and the Euro, and the changes will be based on individual currencies and corresponding VAT charges. For example, the new minimum price for paid apps priced in GBP will be .75 GBP, which is a significant 25% reduction from the previous 1 GBP minimum. For apps which are priced in Euros, the changes will vary in accordance with the country involved. For instance, in France the minimum price would be .89 EUR, which is an 11% reduction from the previous lowest tier of .99 EUR.

It’s good that RIM is taking the app market very seriously, which is after all will be the main thing that will decide success or failure of the new platform that RIM has invested a fortune on. RIM says that it will have over 70k apps in the app store at the time of launch, which is considerably less than the 700k apps that are present currently in Google’s Android Play Store, but RIM says that they are concentrating more on quality than on quantity, which is pretty much true because some of the apps available on Play Store or Apple’s app store are nothing but useless.

In order to make things more interesting, RIM will be offering much more than just apps in BlackBerry App World, and as a result of this move, the Canadian smartphone manufacturer has renamed its app store as just BlackBerry World. The rebranding brings new content like music, movies, and TV shows to the store, and the new content should be rolling out to all users in the “coming weeks”. It’s not known what kind of music and video will be pulled into the BlackBerry World, but apparently there will be “millions” of songs. What do you feel about BlackBerry 10? Let us know.

Source: RIM

BlackBerry World music and video to roll out in “coming weeks”

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RIM will be launching its all new platform, the BlackBerry 10, in a week from now. On 30th January, the Canadian company will also launch two new devices running the platform, and it will have over 70,000 supported apps in the app store at the time of launch. Compared to Google’s Play Store, which has over 700k apps, RIM is much behind to catch up, nevertheless, RIM assures that users won’t be missing out on many important apps and the app store will be attractive that even casual users will be attracted to buy the BlackBerry device instead of an iPhone.

The upcoming flagship device is BlackBerry Z10, which is a full touch screen device with 4.2 inch display. With just few days left for official announcement, RIM is undergoing some rebranding exercise and it is complete. BlackBerry App World has now become simply BlackBerry World, because the store is no longer focused solely on apps. In Apple’s online store, one can buy more than just apps. Users can go and buy music and movies and many more, and since RIM is planning to compete with iPhone as well as Android devices, it should offer what other platforms are offering too. Blackberry 10 will anyways manage to capture the enterprise market easily due to the fact that it comes with inbuilt security that other smartphones don’t come with, but casual user market is where the money is, and content is the king. The rebranding brings new content like music, movies, and TV shows to the store, and the new content should be rolling out to all users in the “coming weeks”.

“With BlackBerry World, there are various ways to browse, download, buy, and manage apps using a BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, or desktop or laptop computer,— inspiration is at your fingertips. And if you find something you love and want to tell the world, you can easily share it with your friends over BBM, Facebook and Twitter. Also, you can simply tap smartphones together and invite your friends to download it — just like that.” -Blackberry blog

It’s not known what kind of music and video will be pulled into the BlackBerry World, but apparently there will be “millions” of songs. Apart from this, they are also launching something called BlackBerry Messenger Music, or BBM Music. BBM Music will basically let users to choose up to 50 songs as “profile tunes”, and 25 of those songs can be changed each month. Your BBM friends can listen to those songs free of cost, and the service will be available for free for the first 30 days, and will cost $4.99 per month in U.S. It’s still unclear why someone would be paying $5 a month for such a service because a similar feature is also present in Google+, and friends of the user can listen to the songs bought by the user once.

RIM is aiming BlackBerry World to be “the one-stop shop for all of your mobile entertainment needs”. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: Inside BlackBerry

Why BlackBerry 10 will succeed? – Part 2

Continuation of Why BlackBerry 10 will succeed?

1)      Attracting developers: RIM understands the value of apps and has been trying all methods to have their app store filled with apps. As you know, BlackBerry 10 is an all new platform, the company must ensure that BlackBerry App World has good number of apps. Android has more than 700,000 apps in the Play Store, and there’s no way RIM can catch up with that, but then BB10 wouldn’t require 700k apps. If the platform has all the important apps, that’s enough to keep customers happy for a while.  RIM was able to get over 15,000 app ported to BB10 platform by offering developers $100 for each app submission that got approved. There are several other offers from RIM where developers will be able to win trips to conferences and many other incentives. RIM is making sure that developers receive the best treatment ever. Currently the App World has 70k apps.

2)      Loyal fan base: BlackBerry brand has a loyal fan base. Currently, there are over 79 million subscribers. I have few friends of mine who are BlackBerry users and they are sure of upgrading to a BB10 device when it launches. Even if a small percentage of those 79 million users decide to upgrade their handsets, RIM will surely recover the money they invested in BB10 in no time. Several BB users have moved on to iPhone or Android devices, and some may come back seeing that BB has finally improved.

3)      The Hub: The Hub is like a universal mailbox. It’s all about saving time. With The Hub, you won’t have to stumble through various apps such as email, sms, whatsapp and many more. Instead, this universal mailbox will have messages from all these apps at one place, thus effectively saving a lot of time for the user. It can even bring content from social networks Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and apart from that there’s a built in calendar which will keep you organized.

4)      Multitasking: Phones are coming with faster processor these days and they are basically computers. You can multitask easily, but only if the platform allows you to do so, and BB10 does allow you to. The platform allows the user to have up to 9 applications running in the background, and user can easily switch from one app to another using easy gestures.     The user experience should be great on BB10 with true multitasking.

5)      Trademark keyboard: BlackBerry is known for its keyboard. Most of the users, especially enterprise users would like to have a physical qwerty keyboard, and we know BlackBerry is the best when it comes to that. RIM will be launching X10 in few days and that will have a physical qwerty keyboard. The Z10 seems to be the flagship device, and it’s a full touch screen device, but the good part is that RIM has worked a lot on the onscreen keyboard and the keys are well-spaced, accurate, offers decent predictive text, and even simultaneous multi-language support.

Do you think BlackBerry 10 will succeed? Let us know in the comment section below.

Why BlackBerry 10 will succeed?

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RIM has been doing bad in past few months, and in last quarter it actually lost its subscribers, down to 79 million from 80 million. The company has laid down a lot of employees, restructured the organization and invested $2.9 billion in the upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform, so the company cannot afford to fail. It’s a do or die situation and fate of the company completely depends on how BlackBerry 10 performs in the market, which is currently a duopoly of iOS and Android.

The share price of the Canadian company was around $8, but now that the launch of new platform is near, the share prices have increased to almost $15, which testifies the fact that investors believe in what RIM is planning. Below are few reasons why RIM’s BlackBerry 10 will succeed and put the company back in the game.

1)      Securing the enterprise: BlackBerry devices have always been known for the security of content they offer. BlackBerry Enterprise Server, BES, is a powerful tool for IT departments. All the Fortune 500 companies and government organizations have been trusting BlackBerry services for all these years and BlackBerry 10 is also designed on the same lines. BlackBerry 10 will be an instant hit among the enterprise users because iOS and Android aren’t able to offer the same level of security that BlackBerry has got to offer.

Apparently, over 1,600 companies have signed up for receiving training on BlackBerry 10. This alone shows the level of interest among business users. Android and iOS are focused heavily on consumers, and in terms of security, the only good competition would be from Windows Phone 8.

2)      Dividing work and play: With BlackBerry 10, RIM has included two separate modes, Personal and Work. Though it sounds simple, one can install games, chat and read personal emails in the personal mode, and this happens in a separate encrypted partition. Work mode will be another separate encrypted partition, and it can be locked down by the employer. That’s a convenient way to avoid carrying two phones, and the employer will have no control over what’s happening in the Personal container.

3)      Standing out of crowd: When Microsoft launched Windows Phone, it was seen as a genuine contender because it was a genuine alternative. You will normally see Apple accusing Google that they’ve copied few stuff from iOS. The best thing about BlackBerry 10 is that it will stand out of crowd because it is not a weak copy of any particular operating system, but a genuine alternative. The platform will be familiar for Android, iOS and Windows Phone users, but RIM seems to have taken inspiration from all the major platforms and added their own features such as gestures, the speed, the active frames, smooth multitasking between apps and services. This will make BlackBerry 10 stand out of the crowd and a viable choice for people who are bored with Android or iOS. Also, BB10 users won’t be missing out on the main features which these platforms have to offer.

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BlackBerry X10 won’t be able to run all apps at launch

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The launch of BlackBerry 10 on January 30th is a major event in the smartphone industry. RIM is going to redefine the BlackBerry brand with this all new platform. Along with the platform, RIM will also launch 2 new devices based on this platform.

For any smartphone platform to be successful in today’s smartphone market, it should come with an app store and it should be loaded with a lot of apps. One reason why Microsoft’s Windows Phone is not widely used is because of the fact that it lacks developer support, though the platform itself is unique and stable. Nevertheless, RIM has got this covered and it has been running programs where it would re-imburse developers for the apps they submit. Recently the Canadian company had a port-a-thon online event where in which it paid $100 for each app the developers ported to its new platform. This offer of course received a lot of attention and RIM received more than 15,000 apps in less than 2 days, which is a great achievement. It’s not clear how many of these apps were actually approved into BlackBerry World, nevertheless, RIM seems to have things under control as of now.

It is said that BlackBerry World will have 70,000 apps at the time of launch, and it was confirmed today by the leaked training materials. That’s a pretty good number considering RIM is aiming for quality vs quantity as said by the company’s chief:
“The tactic we are deploying is by country and by region. We are aiming to have the most important 200 to 400 apps available, because many applications are regional and they really do have a regional flavour,” RIM Chief Executive Thorsten Heins said. “In my view it is really short-sighted to say, you have 600,000, you have 400,000 and you only have 100,000 apps, so you are not good,” he said.
“Look at how many actually get downloaded. … BlackBerry App World today is still the most profitable portal for application developers – it has the highest number of paid for downloads.”

Though RIM claims that it has the app problem under control, it actually may not. According to the rumors, the company will be launching two new devices, the Z10 and X10 at the press conference this month. The Z10 is a full touch screen device whereas the X10 will come with a hardware qwerty keyboard. The problem is that RIM has been distributing the alpha developer’s handset to the developers and that device is similar to the upcoming Z10, which means the apps are optimized for Z10, and hence all the 70,000 apps won’t be supported by qwerty equipped X10 out of the box. The touch-only Z10 will have a 16:9 display with a 1280×768 pixel resolution, quite different from the X10’s 1:1 display at 720×720 pixels.

RIM spokesperson Victoria Berry explained the SDK for the traditional, Qwerty keyboard toting BlackBerry 10 devices will be available once BlackBerry 10 launches. Early adopters of BlackBerry X10 will surely face problems for at least few months because it will take good amount of time for developers to optimize their apps for the particular screen size. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: MobileSyrup

BlackBerry 10 to launch with 70k apps

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BlackBerry 10 platform launch is on 30th of this month, and it is turning into a major event in the smartphone arena this year. After all BlackBerry is making a comeback because it has been a laughingstock of last year and BlackBerry 10 is going to build reputation for Research In Motion.

The comeback will be tough since BlackBerry 10 is in its infancy and has to face the heavy competition by duopoly of 2 major smartphone operating systems, the iOS and Android. As this high profile launch is getting closer, we have more and more leaks flowing in. We had EvLeaks leaking the Verizon product page which confirmed the existence of Z10 and now folks at CrackBerry have got their hands on an official BlackBerry 10 training manual.

Official training manuals are always the best way to get information because of the fact that they are official and contain most of the information needed by a salesman to convince a buyer to buy the said device. The leak is a powerpoint ppt slideshow and contains screenshots of the online course used to train employees. The information contained in the ppt just reiterates what RIM has been saying so far, including the claim that the new platform will have the best-in-class browser along with HTML 5 compatibility and performance.

Apart from the browser point, the slides also say that the platform will have 70,000 apps in the BlackBerry App World. That’s a bit less than RIM’s previous claim of 100,000 launch apps, but then RIM has said that it is concentrating more on quality rather than quantity, and that’s a good argument because there are so many apps on Android and Apple app stores which do nothing meaningful. Most probably BlackBerry World will have more than 100,000 apps in it when the devices start shipping, which will be happening in later half of February. RIM has indeed been working very hard on attracting developers to submit their apps to BlackBerry World. Recently, the company had hosted a port-a-thon where they would pay the developers $100 for each app they ported to the new BlackBerry platform. It’s not mentioned that of 70,000 apps, how many of the apps are ports, and how many are new, nevertheless, 70k is still a large number and will definitely give a huge boost at the time of launch.

Other noteworthy things in the leak are some mentioned specifications, which include a 1,800 mAh battery, a Snapdragon S4 processor, and a 356 pixel density.
We will have more BB10 devices later this year. According to RIM CMO Frank Boulben, RIM will introduce at least six BB10 devices this year, beginning with an all-touch device and a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, which it will announce at the end of the month. In an interview with Fierce Wireless at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, Boulben stated that the company “does not have any exclusive relationships with carriers for BB10 in any markets.” He went on to add, “We intend over time as we transition the portfolio to have a full range of devices.”

What are your thoughts on BB10?

Source: MoneyControl