RIM rebrands its app store to BlackBerry World

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Jan 212013

Research In Motion today announced that its BlackBerry App World web store has been rebranded and is now known as BlackBerry World. The move comes as RIM gets ready to broaden its app store’s catalog to include videos and music (and movies in the future) as well as apps sot that it can become a ” one-stop shop for all of your mobile entertainment needs.”

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 World

The change is first coming to the web storefront. It will be rolled out to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry smartphones “in the coming weeks.”

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Official 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

BlackBerry 7 devices not upgradeable to BlackBerry 10

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May 022012

Research In MotionAt BlackBerry World 2012, Research In Motion CEO Thorsten today reconfirmed that BlackBerry 7 smartphones will not be upgradeable to BlackBerry 10. Instead, the two operating systems are likely to co-exist.

Heins explained that BlackBerry 7 would continue to power entry-level devices while higher-end devices would run BlackBerry 10. RIM continues to introduce new BlackBerry devices (such as the BlackBerry 9220) in emerging markets and as more and more users replace their feature phones with smartphones. It looks like BlackBerry 7 could be around for another two years at least.

RIM has already confirmed that the BlackBerry Playbook will be upgraded to BlackBerry 10.

For now, if you want to get a new BlackBerry device, your best move may be to wait until the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone launches (hopefully) later this year.

Read more: The Verge

BlackBerry World 2012: A closer look at the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

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May 012012

BlackBerry 10 Dev AlphaDevelopers attending the BlackBerry 10 Jam (held in parallel to BlackBerry World) have been provided with a free development device known as the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. It is designed to allow them to test their BlackBerry 10 applications before BlackBerry 10 devices are available. RIM also continues to reiterate that this is not the final design:

The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is not a BlackBerry 10 smartphone for end users nor does it run the final BlackBerry 10 software – it’s been created just for our developer partners to help them prepare for the launch of BlackBerry 10.

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha specifications:

  • Operating system: Modified BlackBerry Tablet OS
  • Cellular connectivity: Cellular ready (micro SIM)
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 4.2-inch XGA (1024×768)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage: 16GB onboard
  • Connectors: Micro-USB, micro-HDMI

RIM will push OTA updates to the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha as new BlackBerry 10 features are added and made ready for developers to work with. Whether it gets the final version of BlackBerry 10 appears unlikely though.

Best of all for those who have the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha in hand, they will be able to later exchange it for a limited edition final BlackBerry smartphone if they publish a BlackBerry 10 app. The move certainly makes sense if the prototype never gets upgraded to the final version of BlackBerry 10.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry and CrackBerry (via Twitter)

No BlackBerry 10 smartphones at BlackBerry World 2012

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Apr 302012

Research In MotionOne of the biggest expectations for BlackBerry World is that Research In Motion will show off some BlackBerry 10 devices. That will not be the case unfortunately. “We are not unveiling any BlackBerry 10 hardware,” a company representative told CNET today.

RIM will instead focus the event on the BlackBerry 10 software itself. The new operating system, based on QNX, is the platform upon which RIM is basing its turnaround. Much as Android and iOS before it, RIM is hoping that BlackBerry 10 will power not only smartphones but a wider ecosystem of devices including tablets and others.

This does not mean that no new hardware will be unveiled at the event. RIM is expected to announce new HSPA+ and LTE versions of the BlackBerry PlayBook as well as the BlackBerry Curve 9320. On the BlackBerry 10 Jam side, developers will be given BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices but RIM has stressed that these prototypes are not final devices both on the software and hardware side.

Read more: CNet

BlackBerry World keynote to be webcast live

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Apr 302012

Research In MotionBlackBerry World 2012 kicks off tomorrow and it hopefully marks the start of Research In Motion’s renewal. The upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system is set to take centre stage along with its new CEO, Thorsten Heins. For those of us unable to make it down to Florida for the event, RIM will offer a live webcast of Heins’s keynote presentation on Tuesday May 1st at 1000 0900 EST.

The developer-centric BlackBerry 10 Jam will be taking place alongside BlackBerry World 2012. Developers will be provided with BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices as they get apps ready for the new OS.

There should be plenty of RIM and BlackBerry 10 news over the next few days!

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Blog

BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees to get BlackBerry 10 prototype device

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Mar 232012

Research In MotionAttendees of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 Jam conference will not only gain “insights on the BlackBerry 10 platform; its strengths, the vision, and how developers can make applications that stand out, as well as drive usability and loyalty” but they will also walk away with a limited edition developer prototype device.

Called the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, the device will run a modified version of the PlayBook OS which will help developers design their apps for the BlackBerry 10 smartphone. RIM points out, “Just to be 100% clear – it’s not the final hardware or OS for BlackBerry 10 – it’s a device to help developers get started with designing for what’s coming.”

RIM will also release the first beta of the BlackBerry 10 Developer Tools. It will include the Native SDK, WebWorks SDK, and SDKs for Adobe Air and for Android apps.

BlackBerry Jam will run concurrently with BlackBerry World from May 1st to 3rd in Orlando Florida. The full conference pass costs US$299.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog

RIM outlines general topics for BlackBerry World 2012

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Jan 202012

Research In MotionResearch In Motion’s BlackBerry World 2012 will take place from May 1st to 3rd in Orlando. Registration will open in February. Alumni of past conferences are receiving emails that provide a very general overview of what this year’s conference will cover:

  • BlackBerry® 10 platform and roadmap
  • BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet OS 2.0 for the enterprise
  • BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion
  • BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services
  • BlackBerry® Mobile Voice System
  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Server management tips and troubleshooting
  • Trends and vision for the future of wireless from industry experts

RIM has also already indicated that it will showcase “the capabilities of our future operating system” at Mobile World Congress. It remains to be seen if BlackBerry will unveil any BlackBerry 10 devices at these events.

You can now sign up at BlackBerry World to get further updates and further registration details.

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