RIM to launch at least six BlackBerry 10 devices in 2013

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Jan 092013
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Research In Motion will unveil its first two BlackBerry devices. One will be an all-touch model and the second will sport a physical QWERTY keyboard. But this is only the beginning. In an interview with FierceWireless, CMO Frank Boulben confirmed that RIM is planning to launch additional devices to cover a range of markets and price points. “We intend over time as we transition the portfolio to have a full range of devices,” he explained. In 2013, RIM is looking to launch at least six devices (confirming earlier rumours). None of these devices will be carrier exclusives.

No details were given about the additional devices coming later in the year. Could we see the rumoured M-Series keyboard sliders among them?

Over 150 carriers are currently testing BlackBerry 10 devices. “They very much believe that we can be the third platform,” Boulben said. In Canada, Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin Mobile have all announced plans to carry new BlackBerry 10 devices.

Recognizing the importance of a vibrant ecosystem, BlackBerry 10 will launch with some 70,000 applications available from the first day. 90 percent of the top 600 apps in major markets will be available.

The launch will also mark the start of a new global marketing campaign that will include TV ads that will show focus on BlackBerry 10’s gestural interface and features such as BlackBerry Flow, BlackBerry Peek, and BlackBerry Hub.

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More HTC device codenames revealed?

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Jan 022013

HTC recently that it was planning to reduce the number of devices in development to focus on a smaller number of devices that would have a longer shelf life. A leaked list of device codenames now appears to suggest otherwise. In all, 35 codenames have been revealed, suggesting that HTC could be quite busy in 2013 after all:

  • CP3DCG
  • CP3DTG
  • CP3DUG
  • ERA_U
  • JET
  • K2_CL
  • K2_WL
  • K2_PLC_CL
  • M7_U
  • M7_WL
  • M7_WLJ
  • M7_WLV
  • M7DCG
  • M7DTG
  • M7DUG
  • M7C_DTU
  • PDLU

Interestingly, eight variants of the M7, rumoured to be HTC’s next flagship smartphone, appear on the list. It suggests that it will have a worldwide release with different models being prepared for different carriers and markets.

There are some signs that the list may not be quite up to date though. We have seen some of these codenames before. For example, the Quattro was rumoured to be an HTC tablet as far back as late 2011. Others have appeared on older codename lists that leaked. For example, the Jet first surfaced back in 2011. Others are for devices that have been released. For example, the Deluxe is none other than the HTC Butterfly and the K2 was released as the HTC One SV.

The list also has little in common with another codename list that surfaced back in November. Only the Era and Quattro appear on both.

While we may see some of these codenames again, especially with both CES and MWC just around the corner, take it with a grain of salt until we see some corroborating evidence to support it.

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Codenames for HTC devices in development revealed?

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Nov 232012

HTCHTC could have a very busy 2013 if a leaked list of device codenames is any indication. According to @Football4PDA, HTC has a number of devices currently in development. These include the following:

  • FIT#U
  • LUNA#U
  • TUNE#U

There are no details to go with any of the devices at this point.

As @Football4PDA points out, not all of these may make it to market.

With CES and MWC not far away, we will hopefully be hearing more about these in the near future.

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Late 2012 Verizon smartphone roadmap leaked?

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Sep 212012

VerizonA leaked Verizon handset roadmap has allegedly revealed the smartphones, including a number of higher-end ones, that the carrier will introduce by the year.

First up will be the LG Spectrum II in early October. Essentially a rebranded version of the LG Optimus LTE II, it will come with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4.7-inch display, and an 8MP camera. The oft-rumoured HTC DROID Incredible X (model ADR6435LVW also known as the HTC DIx) with its 5-inch display and LTE connectivity, looks set to follow in November. Sometime in the middle of Q4, you can also expect the Motorola DROID RAZR HD.

Windows Phone 8 will also be well represented. It looks like Verizon will offer the HTC Windows Phone 8X, Nokia Lumia 920, and Samsung ATIV S. All look set for a November release.

It should come as no surprise that there are no BlackBerry devices in the lineup. Verizon does not expect to offer RIM’s first BlackBerry 10 earlier than Q1 2013.

Other smartphones expected include the Samsung Stratosphere 2 with slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the Pantech Breakout. There could also be a few tablets including ZTE 7-inch and 10-models.

Read more: PhoneArena

Rumour: RIM BlackBerry 10 2013 roadmap revealed

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Jul 022012

Research In Motion last week announced the delay of the launch of its first BlackBerry 10 devices to Q1 2013. A leaked roadmap now gives us a sense of what RIM has in mind for the balance of 2012 as well as 2013. It looks like a busy year for BlackBerry 10, especially with devices with codenames we’re already heard of showing up!

Rumoured 2013 RIM BlackBerry 10 roadmap
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Things will get started in Q4 2012 with the launch of the 4G PlayBook (Winchester 2). These will launch with the current BlackBerry Tablet OS and will be upgraded to BlackBerry 10 (like all PlayBooks) in the Q1/Q2 time frame.

As widely expected, the BlackBerry L and N-series smartphones (respectively codenamed London and Nevada) lead things off in Q1. Both will launch in Europe about 3 or 4 weeks before their North American debut. The decision is attributed to European markets and media outlets being more receptive to BlackBerry than North America is these days.

The rumoured 10-inch PlayBook codenamed Blackforest is set for a Q3 launch, likely preloaded with BlackBerry 10.

The rumoured BlackBerry Nashville and Naples are set for Q2/Q3 and Q3/Q4 releases respectively. Both could be additional N-series devices (based on their codenames) but little is known about either still.

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Verizon Summer and Fall 2012 smartphone roadmap revealed?

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Apr 262012

Verizon WirelessIt would appear that some exciting devices are in store at Verizon later this year. BGR has allegedly obtained the carrier’s smartphone roadmap for the summer and fall seasons.

While Verizon passed on the Samsung Galaxy S II, it does plan to offer the upcoming Galaxy S III. No timelines are provided but a summer launch is likely.

Verizon also has a number of new Motorola RAZR devices coming (as new DROIDs?). Details are slim but a successor to the original RAZR, possibly known as the RAZR HD, could sport a larger and clearer display. There are no details on the other RAZRs.

A new flagship HTC device is also in the works. This new device could sport a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with Adreno 320 GPU, a 5-inch 1080p HD non-Pentile display, HTC Sense 5 and a Scribe pen. It looks like Huawei is not the only competitor Samsung will have in the phablet space.

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Microsoft Windows Phone roadmap leaked?

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Apr 122012

Microsoft’s roadmaps for Windows, Windows Phone, Office and other products have been revealed after they surfaced on the Microsoft Partner Network where they could be downloaded with a logon. The three charts, dated December 2011, reveal Microsoft’s plans into 2014. They are quite vague though.

The Windows Phone timeline reveals little but a “future investments” milestone in late 2012 likely corresponds to the release of Windows Phone 8 (Apollo). Beyond that, it only shows Microsoft’s plan to have yearly releases.

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Other road maps show that Microsoft could release Internet Explorer by mid-year as well as Office 15 and Sharepoint 15 in early 2013. The Windows timeline is surprisingly vague considering that Microsoft has already released a Consumer Preview.

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HTC to focus on “hero” devices in 2012

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Jan 262012

HTCHTC appears set to follow in Motorola’s footsteps and reduce the number of smartphones it will release in 2012. Rumours have already hinted at this but it has now been confirmed by HTC UK chief Phil Roberson. In 2012, HTC will focus on a smaller number of higher-specifications devices. In an interview with Mobile Today, Roberson said:

“We have to get back to focusing on what made us great – amazing hardware and a great customer experience. We ended 2011 with far more products than we started out with. We tried to do too much.

So 2012 is about giving our customers something special. We need to make sure we do not go so far down the line that we segment our products by launching lots of different SKUs.”

The move will allow HTC to focus its efforts (marketing, development, etc) on fewer devices. It should also offer a less confusing product catalog to customers.

While not exiting the market completely, HTC is also slowing down its tablet projects. This suggests that HTC may not unveil its rumoured quad-core HTC Quattro tablet at Mobile World Congress.

Read more: Mobile Today

Microsoft’s Windows Phone roadmap to 2014?

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Oct 212011

Microsoft Windows PhoneWith Windows Phone 7.5 complete and making its way into customers’ hands, Microsoft is (hopefully) hard at work on new features and new versions. MSNerd has obtained an alleged Windows Phone roadmap that takes us all the way to 2014 and Windows 9 Mobile (merging Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9?). Here’s what the next few years could look like in the Windows phone world:

  • CES 2012 – Tango1 Launch
  • MWC 2012 – Tango2 SDK
  • MIX 2012 – Tango 2 launch and Apollo announce
  • E3 2012 – Apollo SDK
  • August 2012 – Windows Phone 8
  • MWC 2013 – Apollo+1 teaser
  • MIX 2013 – Apollo +1 SDK
  • MWC 2014 – WPN (Windows Phone Nine/New/Next?) teaser
  • MIX 2014 – WPN SDK
  • BUILD 2014 – Windows 9 Mobile RTM
  • November 2014 – Windows 9 and Windows 9 Mobile launch

No sources are given for this information and as MSNerd points out: “Microsoft and I are equally unreliable.” Take all this with a healthy dose of scepticism.

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Source: WPCentral

Qualcomm outlines Snapdragon roadmap

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Sep 192011

Qualcomm shed some light on its Snapdragon roadmap at its Innovation Qualcomm event last week. It should come as no surprise that smartphones will get even faster and feature better graphics next year. Powering some of these next-generation smartphones will be Qualcomm’s new S4 class of 28nm processors running at speeds about double what we’re see today.

The S4 chipset will come in single, dual, or quad-core configurations with speeds up to 2.5GHz, dual and quad Adreno GPUs (with 3D and 1080p capabilities) and support for 3G and LTE connectivity.

2012 Qualcomm Snapdragon roadmap

Qualcomm expects to have its first Snapdragon S4 processors available to manufacturers by the end of the year. If so, the first devices sporting these could be out in early 2012 likely with a preceding flurry of announcements at CES and MWC.

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Late 2011 AT&T smartphone roadmap leaked?

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Aug 252011

A leaked product roadmap appears to have revealed the smartphones AT&T will launch by the end of the year. While the iPhone 5 is conspicuously absent, it shows what the carrier has in store for Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone devices.

Leaked Q3/Q4 2011 AT&T roadmap?

Six of the ten devices will run Android (2.3.3 or 2.3.4). Two will come from Pantech, two from Samsung (one of which is likely a Galaxy S II model), and one each from Huawei and Motorola (likely a successor to the Atrix).

Two BlackBerry 7 devices, the BlackBerry Torch 9860 and Curve 9360, will both launch in Q4. AT&T will also launch the Windows Phone Mango Samsung SGH-i937 and the HTC Bunyip (both with 512MB RAM and 8MP cameras).

Anything catching your eye?

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Source: PocketNow.com

September/October 2011 TELUS product roadmap leaked?

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Aug 022011

Along with the news that TELUS is set to launch the Apple iPhone 5 on October 1st, BGR’s TELUS source provided them with a product roadmap that goes up to mid-October.

Things kick off with the launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 2 (9810) on August 15th with the BlackBerry Torch 9860 following on August 22nd. The BlackBerry Curve Apollo is set for an August 29th launch.

October 1st marks not only the launch of the Apple iPhone 5 but also the BlackBery Curve Orlando (a low-cost Curve with touchscreen) and the BlackBerry Bellagio. If that is not crowded enough, the Sony Ericsson Urushi (a thin Android 2.3 handset) should also launch on the first.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace (codename Cooper) is set to follow on October 15th.

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Sprint Wireless Q3 device roadmap revealed?

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Jun 242011

Sprint Wireless

ThisIsMyNext.com has landed some details about Sprint’s Q3 product roadmap. A “trusted source” has shed light on a number of upcoming devices.

The Samsung Epic 2 is set to succeed the original Samsung Epic 4G with a 1.2GHz single-core Hummingbird processor, a 4-inch display, and an 8MP camera. Like its predecessor, it packs a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. All in all, not a huge upgrade.

Sprint also has a “full touch 4G” Samsung device lined up but details are slim. This could well be the Galaxy S II rebadged as the Galaxy Within.

It’s not all Android though. Sprint will also launch the BlackBerry Bold Touch and Monaco (as the Volt?). Both should be capable of global GSM roaming. Sprint also has a number of new push-to-talk devices coming from Kyocera, Sanyo, and perhaps a new push-to-talk BlackBerry.

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T-Mobile USA 2011 product roadmap revealed?

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May 182011

T-Mobile USA

ThisIsMyNext.com has landed what could be the T-Mobile USA device roadmap for the rest of the year. It includes a number of Android devices (some unheard of until today) as well as three new BlackBerry devices. Here is a summary (check out ThisIsMyNext.com for additional details):

  • June 8th: Dual-core HTC Sensation 4G,Samsung t589 Gravity Touch 2, and Samsung t759 (mid-range Android 2.3 slab)
  • June 15th: Samsung t499 (possibly branded as the Galaxy Suit)
  • July 6th: HTC Doubleshot (possibly as the myTouch 4G Slide)
  • July 15th: Mid-range HTC Marvel (rebranded HTC Wildfire S)
  • July 27th: BlackBerry “Monza”
  • August 17th: BlackBerry Bold Touch
  • August 31st: BlackBerry “Apollo” (latest Curve)
  • August: Huawei S7 Android 2.2 tablet (possibly with HSPA+ connectivity)
  • September 21st: Nokia “Panda” (possibly as the Nuron 4G)
  • September 26th: Samsung Hercules
  • November: LG Maxx and Maxx Q (adding a QWERTY keyboard possibly)
  • No date: Samsung “Dumont”
  • No date: LG “Gelato” Optimus II
  • No date: HTC “Bresson” and HTC “G-Infinity” (possibly the latest in T-Mobile’s G-series)

There are also a number of feature phones and a new 42Mbps HSPA+ mobile hotspot to look forward to.

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The Boy Genius reveals 2008 Vodafone roadmap

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Jan 052008

Rumoured HP Oak

The Boy Genius appears to have gotten his hands on the 2008 Vodafone device roadmap and has shared it with all. Here is a quick overview of what we could see in 2008.

A new device in the BlackBerry 8000 series. Coming in May 2008, it will be powered by a 624MHz processor built on the new Tavor chipset, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, a “half VGA” 480×320 screen, integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, a 2MP camera, integrated QWERTY keyboard and a 1500mAh battery.

RIM will also offer up the BlackBerry 8110 (Pearl 2) starting this month. It features quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, a 240×260 display, RIM SureType keyboard, 64MB of user memory, integrated GPS, Bluetooth, 2MP camera, and a microSD expansion slot.

The Nokia Liam is expected to replace the E61i with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSDPA (bands not specified), a 3.2MP camera and a front-facing one for video calls, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 2.36-inch 320×320 display, QWERTY keyboard and integrated GPS. The launch date is set for the second quarter of 2008.

The Nokia Dora slider will succeed the E65. It improves on its predecessor by adding GPS and a 3.2MP camera. It also comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA (3G bands not specified) connectivity, a 2.4-inch 320×320 display, Bluetooth and a microSD expansion slot. It will sell for £280, starting sometime in Q2 2008.

The Palm Drucker will replace the Treo 750v sometime around July 2008. It will be powered by the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and come with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, a 320×320 touchscreen, display, QWERTY keyboard, 2MP camera, integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and a 1500mAh battery. Pricing is expected around £270.

Palm will also offer the Palm Wanda as the Treo 500v successor. Running Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, it will come with tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA (3G bands not specified) connectivity, QWERTY keyboard, GPS, and a 2MP camera.

HP will offer the HP Silver, a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device also expected in July. It will pack HSUPA connectivity, a QVGA display, a RIM SureType keyboard, integrated GPS and WiFi. Pricing is expected around £250.

HP will also offer the HP Oak (pictured here). Also sporting HSUPA connectivity, it will come with Windows Mobile 6 Professional, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, traditional number pad on the front, integrated GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The release date is set for September 2008 at a price of £260.

The ODM v16xx series is described as a low cost QWERTY candy-bar form factor device. Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, it comes 2.5G tri-band connectivity, QWERTY keyboard, QVGA touchscreen display, integrated GPS and a 1.3MP camera. It will be released in September 2008 for £120.

It is once again time to start saving our pretty pennies!

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