Rumour: Launch dates for RIM BlackBerry 10 devices

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Oct 182012

Research In MotionResearch In Motion has been saying for a while that its first BlackBerry 10 devices will launch in Q1 2013. That still leaves a fairly large three month window in which the launches could happen. N4BB has put together a more detailed roadmap based on what it has heard from multiple sources. It extends extends past the first two series of devices to show what RIM could be planning for the first half of 2013.

Things get started in January with the launch of the all-touch L-Series. The QWERTY-keyboard N-Series follows in February. Two more series, the R-Series, the rumoured Curve family replacement, and S-Series, are set to follow in May. RIM will then launch the A-Series Aristo, its rumoured flagship line, in July. With five series planned, it appears that RIM could have more than 6 devices planned.

All the series but the S-Series have been the topic of rumours in the past. This is the first time that we hear about the S-Series. The report suggests that this line will be very similar to the R-Series but come with an older version of BlackBerry, perhaps a refreshed version of BlackBerry 7 known as BlackBerry 8.

Lastly, even N4BB suggests that there is plenty of speculation behind these dates so take everything here with a grain of salt.

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RIM opens first BlackBerry Tech Center in England

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Oct 172012

Research In MotionResearch In Motion yesterday opened the doors to its first BlackBerry Tech Center in Slough, England. It offers dedicated workspace for BlackBerry 10 developers.

In addition to the regular stream of activity, the global BlackBerry Tech Centers will also provide a space for a wider range of developer engagement activities, while serving as an open, collaborative forum for our developers to share their experiences developing for BlackBerry 10.

The Tech Center will also offer access to a BlackBerry developer evangelist team. It will not only offer expertise and guidance but also provide help on specific topics on different days of the week. For examples, Mondays will focus on Native/Cascades™/Qt, BlackBerry WebWorks and HTML 5 will be Wednesday’s topic and Thursdays will be about iOS porting.

RIM will also open Tech Centers in additional locations including Silicon Valley, Indonesia and Vancouver.

The move is one more indication of much RIM understands that BlackBerry 10 alone will not be enough to sway customers over. It needs to offer a compelling app ecosystem as well and making sure that developers have all the necessary tools at hand is one way to achieve that.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog

RIM now accepting BlackBerry 10 app submissions

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Oct 102012

Research In MotionResearch In Motion today announced that it has begun to accept app submissions for BlackBerry 10 devices.

This means that apps submitted to the store starting today, October 10, are guaranteed to be reviewed, tested and ready for publishing when BlackBerry 10 launches in Q1 2013. This is a huge opportunity to be the first into the store and capitalize on app-hungry BlackBerry users.

Developers are now able to target their applications to both the BlackBerry 10 Family and more precisely to the “All Touch” device when creating a new release in the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal. The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is also still available for targeting for testing purposes.

As an additional thank you to developers, apps submitted in October and November could be given preferred carousel placement on BlackBerry World at launch. They will also qualify for the 10k Developer Commitment (first announced back in May) once certified.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog

Rumour: BlackBerry 10 devices to launch in March

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Oct 092012

Research In MotionResearch In Motion has publicly stated repeatedly that it will launch its BlackBerry 10 devices in Q1 2013. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins went as far as indicating that devices would launch in January. “I’m very confident about the first quarter, whether it’s January or February,” Heins told CrackBerry this summer. A research note is now calling this in question.

Jefferies analyst Peter Misek now expects that RIM will launch its BlackBerry 10 devices slightly later, in March.

“We had hoped for a January launch but now see a March launch as more likely,” he writes. That would mean no sales of the next generation phones in the February quarter.”

Misek expects that there is little chance that someone could acquire RIM before BlackBerry 10 launches. This suggests that companies are waiting to see how good RIM’s new operating system is before making any kind of move.

Misek also believes that RIM still has a chance to establish itself as a credible third mobile ecosystem. To do so, RIM will need to license BlackBerry 10 to others to grow its device selection (something already echoed by RIM itself). It will also need to compete against Windows Phone 8 and other mobile operating systems.

Just how long are you willing to wait for your BlackBerry 10 device? Or is it too late already?

Read more: Forbes

RIM BlackBerry 10 L-Series detailed specifications revealed?

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Sep 302012

Along with a number of recent pictures of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 L-Series, a leak has given us alleged detailed specifications. Three L-Series models are planned to support different markets. The oft-rumoured BlackBerry 10 London (R072) will be the world version while the Laguna (R069) and Lisbon (R070) are planned for the Canada and U.S. markets. More specifically, the Lisbon is headed to undisclosed Canadian carriers and AT&T and the Laguna to Verizon.

Rumoured BlackBerry 10 L-Series specifications:

  • Processor (London): TI OMAP4 + ST-E MS730
  • Processor (Lisbon/Laguna): Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960
  • Operating system: Superphone / QNX OS (better known as RIM BlackBerry 10)
  • Cellular connectivity (London): HSPA+/HSPA/EDGE
  • Cellular connectivity (Lisbon): LTE/HSPA/EDGE
  • Cellular connectivity (Laguna): LTE/CDMA/UMTS/EDGE
  • Other connectivity (London): A-GPS/GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA, NFC
  • Other connectivity (Lisbon): A-GPS/GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (dual-band), Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA, NFC
  • Display: 4.2-inch HD (1280×720)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Connectors: Micro-USB, micro-HDMI
  • Battery: 1,800mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 130 x 65.6 x 9 millimeters

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry L-Serries London specifications

The specifications line up quite well with earlier details but there a few odd details. The operating system is referred to as “Superphone/QNX OS” rather than BlackBerry 10. And despite the Qualcomm MSM8960 SoC sporting Bluetooth 4.0, version 2.1 is listed here. It could well be that these slides are quite old or early draft versions. They could also be fakes.

Read more: RapidBerry (Source: N4BB)

Video: RIM BlackBerry 10 previews and BlackBerry Jam Americas keynote

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Sep 252012

Shortly after today’s keynote at BlackBerry Jam Americas, Research In Motion posted a number of videos giving us sneak peeks at a number of features in the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system.

The first video previews Flow, BlackBerry’s new way of interacting with apps and data. It uses “active frames” to present key information as soon as the device is woken up. It also shows off the BlackBerry Hub, your central communication area.

Other videos show off the completely redesigned browser which incorporates BB10’s Peek and Flow concepts and the redesigned BlackBerry App World which will offer music, movies, and television shows as well as apps.

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RIM BlackBerry subscriber base hits 80 million

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Sep 252012

Research In MotionAs BlackBerry Jam kicked off today, Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins revealed during the keynote that it now has 80 million BlackBerry subscribers. The news came as a surprise to many as RIM had been widely expected to announce either a drop or a stall in its subscriber numbers when it announces its latest fiscal results later this week.

RIM had reported that its subscriber base stood at 78 million users when it announced financial results back in June. It’s likely that most of this growth came from emerging markets where its cheaper devices remain popular.

Heins also said that BlackBerry 10 was getting a positive reaction from carriers that have seen the software and upcoming BlackBerry devices:

“We are making believers out of our partners. We are making believers out of those who had previously written BlackBerry off,” Heins said.

BlackBerry 10 remains on track to launch in early 2013. Carrier testing is set to start in October.

RIM will start to accept BlackBerry 10 application submissions on October 10th. Its BlackBerry App World will also be updated for BlackBerry 10 devices.

RIM BlackBerry 10 R-Series will follow L and N Series?

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Sep 242012

Research In MotionResearch In Motion is widely expected to launch BlackBerry 10 with an all-touch L-Series device and a physical QWERTY keyboard N-Series one. Past rumours have suggested that RIM is also working on an additional series, the M-Series. Now comes word of a fourth series, the BlackBerry R-Series. This latest family of devices was apparently mentioned by ex-RIM employees over beers.

The R-Series will reportedly be RIM’s new Curve series and is intended for the low- to mid-market. No specifications were announced but the BlackBerry R-Series could be launched as early as May 2013. Maybe the company will use its BlackBerry World event, taking place May 14th to May 16th next year to unveil the new line.

An earlier rumour suggested that RIM would launch six BlackBerry devices 10 devices in the months following the launch of the operating system. With the rumoured new lines, it may be looking to quickly refresh its entire device portfolio with BlackBerry 7 devices to be offered only as low-end devices and in developing markets.

Read more: BerryReview (Source: N4BB)

Two new RIM BlackBerry L-Series pictures leaked

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Sep 182012

With all the new devices being announced this month, Research In Motion and its upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices have slipped a bit from our radar. At last word, they are still on track to launch their new devices in early 2013 with an all-touch device to lead things off. N4BB has landed new pictures of this L-Series smartphone:

Rumoured BlackBerry L-Series device

Rumoured BlackBerry L-Series device

There are no new details to go with the pictures though.

It remains to be seen if RIM will announce the BlackBerry L-Series and N-Series at the upcoming BlackBerry Jam Americas at the end of September. The company had previously revealed that it would announce both devices at the same time without giving a specific timeframe. Hardware design is complete and the software nearly so and RIM has begun to shop its new devices to carriers in preparation for the launch.

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Rumour: Six BlackBerry 10 devices planned

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Sep 032012

Research In MotionAccording to Pocket-lint, Research In Motion will launch a total of six BlackBerry 10 devices in the months following the launch of the operating system in early 2013. With these, RIM will cover the high, mid and entry-level entry points. The report does not indicate if all of these devices will be released in 2013 though although that seems to be the implication.

As RIM has already confirmed, the first two devices it will launch will be an all-touch device (likely the London or L-Series) and one with a QWERTY keyboard (likely the Nevada or N-Series). Unlike previous rumours that suggested a 1280 by 768 pixel display for the London, the report suggests that it will come with a 1280 by 720 pixel display. The QWERTY model will have a 720 by 720 pixel display. This makes sense given RIM’s decision to standardize on two 720 pixel resolutions.

Supporting earlier rumours, the hardware for both devices has reportedly been finalised and both are now undergoing RIM and carrier testing in preparation for their launch early next year. Both are “characteristically BlackBerry” but also promise “a design ethos that carries the experience forward.”

It’s not clear if the rumoured M-Series keyboard sliders will be part of these six devices. More information is promised at the end of September at BlackBerry Jam Americas in San Jose.

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