RIM to unveil BlackBerry 10 devices at Toronto and New York January 30th events

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Dec 172012
 

Details around RIM’s January 30th BlackBerry 10 unveiling are taking shape. Media invitations began to go out today promising that “The BlackBerry Experience” will be “Re-Designed. Re-engineered. Re-invented.”

RIM BlackBerry 10 unveiling announcement

Events will take place in both Toronto in Canada and New York in the U.S. (as well as other parts of the world presumably). RIM will unveil its first two BlackBerry 10 devices, an all-touch one as well as one with a QWERTY keyboard.

Anyone else excited?

What is different between the BlackBerry 10 London, Laguna and Lisbon?

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Dec 162012
 

What is commonly referred to as the BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone is in fact represented by three variants. As suggested by earlier rumours, the the London, Lisbon, and Laguna will differ primarily in the radio bands supported and the processor. A new leaked picture reveals that there will be some slight differences as a result under the back cover:

RIM BlackBerry 10 L-Series SIM slot position

The London looks set to be the global GSM model whereas the Laguna and Lisbon will pack LTE and likely target specific North American carriers.

A very blurry image also appears to have caught a BlackBerry 10 device in white:

RIM BlackBerry 10 L-Series in white

With less than 45 days to go before RIM formally unveils its new BlackBerry 10 devices, expect a few more device sightings and rumours.

Read more: BBin (Source: N4BB)

Another BlackBerry 10 keyboard video demonstration

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Dec 152012
 

The buildup to the BlackBerry 10 launch early next year continues. Research In Motion yesterday posted another BlackBerry 10 software keyboard demonstration video. It quickly touches upon a number of the keyboard’s features including the ability to swipe word predictions and the visual familiarity of the iconic BlackBerry keyboard.

It’s no secret that BlackBerry fans love their keyboards, and for BlackBerry 10 we wanted to make sure that the typing experience is unmatched. Who better to show us around the keyboard than Vivek Bhardwaj, our Head of Software Portfolio and demo man extraordinaire!

The video also focuses on a feature RIM calls “Space Inference” which automatically inserts space between words if you miss hitting the space bar.

RIM will formally launch BlackBerry 10 and its first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30th, 2013.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Blog

RIM BlackBerry L-Series caught on camera again

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Dec 112012
 

The upcoming BlackBerry 10 L-Series all-touch smartphone has not been camera shy in the past and does not appear to change anytime soon. It has been caught on camera once more. The new images are quite clear and show it under a number of different angles, including the front and back, and with the back cover removed. Here are just four images:

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone

Back of the rumoured BlackBerry 10 L-Series

Back of the rumoured BlackBerry 10 L-Series

Top of the BlackBerry 10 L-Series

Top of the BlackBerry 10 L-Series

Cover off the BlackBerry 10 L-Series

Cover off the BlackBerry 10 L-Series

Looking through all the images, a few details emerge. The L-Series will lose the squarish edges of the Dev Alpha devices and the older London prototypes in favour of more rounded ones. The recently rumoured textured back cover is confirmed as is the removable battery. The power button is located at the top in the center next to the 3.5mm audio jack. It will also sport both HDMI and micro-USB ports.

More images are available via Tinhte.vn.

RIM will formally launch BlackBerry 10 and its first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30th, 2013.

Read more: Tinhte.vn (Source: The Verge)

RIM releases gold version of BlackBerry 10 SDK toolkit

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Dec 112012
 

RIM BlackBerryResearch In Motion today announced the availability of its BlackBerry 10 developer toolkit. Beta versions had been previously released but today’s version is the “gold” build which includes all of the final tools, components, and APIs required by developers to build their BlackBerry 10 apps.

RIM has been actively wooing developers and expects to have some big name apps ready for launch.

“We have been actively engaged with developers from around the world for many months and as we near the final weeks toward the launch of BlackBerry 10, the growing dedication and commitment we see from our developer community is truly outstanding,” said Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems at Research In Motion. “The focus we have had on building a true developer ecosystem and community is clearly working.”

RIM will formally launch BlackBerry 10 and its first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30th, 2013.

The BlackBerry 10 SDK toolkit is available through RIM’s BlackBerry Developer portal.

Read more: Research In Motion

IDC: BlackBerry 10 to be Canada’s third-largest mobile platform in 2013

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Dec 102012
 

Research In MotionResearch In Motion’s BlackBerry 10 will establish itself as Canada’s third largest mobile operating platform in 2013 if IDC Canada‘s crystal ball turns out to be accurate. The prediction is one of the market analyst’s top ten on its annual list of tech predictions.

IDC’s research has found that RIM’s current BlackBerry smartphone shipments are effectively tied with those of Windows Phone devices. IDC analyst Tony Olvet expects RIM to build on that with the release of BlackBerry 10 in January. “RIM, however, will have to be very, very sharp in its campaign to woo what we would call undecided buyers and go beyond their current and limited install base,” he added.

Among the other predictions IDC Canada had for 2013 are the following:

  • Mobile technology will penetrate every aspect of business in Canada.
  • Security breakdowns will make headlines before beefed-up measures are implemented.
  • Governments will capitalize on mobile and online technology to better pool resources and deliver services and information.

Do you think that BlackBerry 10 will establish itself as the third most popular mobile OS in Canada in 2013? Can it do the same in the U.S.?

Read more: The Toronto Star

Video: A closer look at the BlackBerry 10 camera

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Nov 302012
 

Research In Motion today released a short video giving us a glimpse into how the upcoming BlackBerry 10 camera will work. Not only will it take “great” pictures and HD video but it also promises to “solve some of the problems that you encounter every day when you use a camera.”

One exciting new feature is called Tim Shift. As explained by Arun Kumar, Senior Product Manager, Multimedia at BlackBerry, it allows you to make adjustments to a photo by moving forward and back in time to select the most appropriate photo portion. For example, you can use it to select the moment when your subject’s eyes are open.

BlackBerry 10 will also allow users to personalize photos and share their “life stories with others.”

RIM will unveil BlackBerry 10 and its first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30th, 2013.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry

BlackBerry 10 L-Series in lineup with Samsung Galaxy Note, Nokia Lumia 820 and Apple iPhone 5

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Nov 282012
 

We’ve seen RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 L-Series all-touch smartphone next to the Apple iPhone 5 and then next to the Nokia Lumia 820. In the latest picture, it shows up next to both these as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Like the previous pictures, it gives us a good sense of the size of the device:

RIM BlackBerry 10 L-Series in device lineup

The BlackBerry 10 L-Series is rumoured to come with a 4.2-inch display with an HD (1280×768) resolution.

RIM will formally unveil its BlackBerry 10 devices on January 30th, 2013.

Read more: BBin.in (Source: CrackBerry)

RIM to ship 35.5 million BlackBerry 10 devices in fiscal 2014?

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Nov 252012
 

Research In MotionResearch In Motion’s battered stock received a bit of a lift this week after a number of analysts raised their outlook on the company ahead of the launch of its BlackBerry 10 devices. RIM’s stock rally began when Jefferies & Co analyst Peter Misek changed his stock rating from a sell to hold based on “a favorable reaction from telecom carriers to the new devices and the BB10 operating system.”

The stock got another boost when National Bank analyst Kris Thompson wrote in a note that RIM could ship some 35.5 million devices in its fiscal 2014 year (which starts in May 2013). This was up from an earlier estimate of 31.6 million devices. “The shipments boost reflects about one more month of BB10 product availability plus a little extra for the positive sentiment building in the industry from our discussions,” Thompson said. Even before BlackBerry 10 launches, he believes that RIM’s stock could hit US$15.

RIM will unveil its first BlackBerry 10 devices on January 30th. An all-touch device (L-Series?) will launch first followed shortly after by a QWERTY keyboard one (N-Series?). Lower-end models (Curve replacement R-Series and S-Series?) will follow later in the year possibly with a new flagship series as well (the A-Series?).

Could analysts be warming up to RIM once more? It certainly looks that way…

Read more: Reuters

BlackBerry 10 devices available “not too long after” launch event

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Nov 132012
 

Research In MotionResearch In Motion yesterday announced that it would hold its BlackBerry 10 launch on January 30th, 2013. It will unveil its first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones at the event and announce availability details at that time. In an interview with Reuters, RIM Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear added that devices will be available in stores “not too long after” the event.

Tear explained that “we’re working hard right now to make sure all the bits and pieces and all the details are in place for the date, when the devices will be available for consumers and enterprises.”

Given that RIM expects to have its devices out in Q1 2013, it looks like “not too long after” will be no more than 8 weeks.

RIM’s BlackBerry 10 devices are currently undergoing certification with 50 carriers across the world. Tear indicated that the number might actually be higher now as additional carriers are still coming onboard.

Read more: Reuters

RIM to hold BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30th, 2013

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Nov 122012
 

Research In MotionGreat news this morning to start the week. Research In Motion today announced that it will hold its BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30th, 2013. In fact, multiple events will be held simultaneously across multiple countries around the world to mark the official launch of BlackBerry 10.

“In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs. Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. All of this will be integrated into a user experience – the BlackBerry Flow – that is unlike any smartphone on the market today,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of Research In Motion. “Thanks to our strong partnerships with global carriers and a growing ecosystem of developers, we believe our customers will have the best experience possible with BlackBerry 10. We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world.”

RIM will also use the events to unveil its first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones and announce availability details. Both are expected sometime in Q1 2013.

Anyone else looking forward to January 30th, 2013?

Read more: Research In Motion

BlackBerry 10 earns FIPS security certification

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Nov 082012
 

Research In MotionResearch In Motion today announced that its upcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system has received its FIPS 140-2 security certification. Many Canadian and U.S. government agencies require this level of security to deal with sensitive and confidential documents.

“Achieving FIPS 140-2 certification means that BlackBerry 10 is ready to meet the strict security requirements of government agencies and enterprises at launch,” said Michael K. Brown, Vice President, Security Product Management and Research at RIM. “What differentiates BlackBerry is that it integrates end-to-end security, and includes certified encryption algorithms for data at rest and data in transit. No other mobile solution has achieved the level of security accreditation that the BlackBerry solution has.”

FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) is a standard that ensures that sensitive information is appropriately secured and encrypted during transfer and storage.

It remains to be seen what government agencies and departments will adopt BlackBerry 10 devices when they are released. Many have recently begun shifting to other platforms

It is the first time that a BlackBerry product has been FIPS certified prior to its launch.

Read more: Research In Motion

Another leaked image of RIM BlackBerry 10 L-Series

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Nov 012012
 

It’s been a while since an image of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone from Research In Motion has leaked. Fortunately, here is a new image of RIM’s upcoming all-touch device. It is clearer than many seen in the past and gives us a more detailed look at what the front of the device will look like.

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone

RIM yesterday announced that its BlackBerry 10 devices had entered the certification stage with over 50 carriers. As a result, RIM’s BlackBerry 10 launch remains on track for Q1 2013.

Read more: N4BB

RIM BlackBerry 10 achieves Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers

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Oct 312012
 

RIM BlackBerryResearch In Motion’s CEO Thorsten Heins today shared some very good news when he announced that its upcoming BlackBerry 10 had achieved the “Lab Entry” milestone with more than 50 carriers, ensuring that RIM remains on track to launch its first BlackBerry 10 devices in Q1 2013. Essentially, these carriers are now certifying BlackBerry 10 for use on their networks.

Here is the full statement:

I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10. In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers – a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013. We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered. This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.

I have spent the last several weeks on the road visiting with carrier partners around the world to show them the BlackBerry 10 platform and to share with them our plans for launch. Their response has been tremendous. They are excited about the prospect of launching BlackBerry 10 in their markets. Our respective teams are now engaged on the technical and commercial preparation of the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the lab entry is an important milestone in that context.

The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch. Our developer teams are continuing to generate momentum to bring a wealth of applications to BlackBerry 10, our enterprise teams have started to present BlackBerry 10 devices and services to our business customers, and our engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013.

The announcement also confirms that RIM has started showing off BlackBerry 10 devices to its business customers.

Definitely good news!

Read more: CrackBerry

Canadian government to receive BlackBerry 10 sneak peek

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Oct 222012
 

Research In MotionResearch In Motion began shopping BlackBerry 10 to carriers this summer as it prepares to launch new devices in early 2013. The Canadian Press has learned that RIM is also taking its new operating system to Canada’s leaders. Key government officials have been invited to an event on November 7th in Ottawa where they will be given a sneak peek at the new operating system and a chance to meet with RIM executives. Invitations bearing the tagline “Get a sneak peek of BlackBerry 10, the next generation mobile platform that will change everything.” were sent to MPs, their assistants, members of Industry Canada, and regional caucus members.

Each Member of Parliament is today provided with a BlackBerry smartphone. It remains the dominant smartphone on Parliament Hill.

RIM is expected to launch BlackBerry 10 with an all-touch device first and a QWERTY-keyboard (the rumoured L- and N-Series) one shortly after. Both are expected in Q1 2013.

Read more: The Financial Post