BlackBerry Z10 Vs iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Absolute Must Apps For RIM To Take The Steering Wheel From The Kings

We’ve entered 2013 and it’s going to be a big year for BlackBerry’s maker Research in Motion (RIM). After fighting a losing battle over the past couple of years with the iPhone and various Android smartphones, the company is literally putting all its eggs into this one basket – that of the BlackBerry 10. In all fairness, RIM is going to face quite an uphill task at it takes on not just these 2 popular smartphone OS’s, but also Windows Phone 8, which has also been receiving its share of rave reviews.

One of the biggest challenges RIM will have to overcome is in the number of apps on offer. Given that Android and iOS have been around for a while, they each have over hundreds of thousands of apps that their users can choose from. Currently, the BlackBerry 10 has less than 100,000 apps on offer when it’s set to launch on January 30.

Another big issue with BlackBerry has to do with the brand perception. Traditionally, the BlackBerry has always been seen as a corporate, professional device, with no scope for entertainment. Although RIM did try quite a bit with expanding its customer base through marketing to make the BlackBerry appear more fun, let’s face it – its QWERTY keypad and tiny screen didn’t really spell out fun.

If it really wants to take on the likes of iOS and Android, the BlackBerry 10 OS should offer many entertainment apps, which will keep its users engaged. With its unique BlackBerry Balance feature, the BlackBerry Z10 will allow users to separate their work apps from their personal ones, making the Z10 a lot more likeable as a smartphone for stuff beyond work.

On the plus side, recent tests have shown that the BlackBerry Z10’s browser is much faster in performance than that of the iOS 6 and Windows Phone browsers – a key advantage for those who depend on their mobiles for accessing the net. The BlackBerry Z10 has also proven that it can handle multitasking comfortably, so we’re hoping that the BlackBerry App Store would have enough apps we can choose from to use this capability to the hilt.

The good news for RIM is that the BlackBerry 10 is being talked about and people are eagerly waiting to see the latest OS launching. If it has managed to make as many headlines even before its launch, we’re guessing all RIM needs to do is to play their cards just right to be able to make the BlackBerry 10 a successful smartphone OS. It may just be powerful enough to win back some of its loyal customers who have moved on to iPhones, Android phones, or maybe even Windows Phone based smartphones.… Read the rest

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HTC M7 Vs BlackBerry Z10: If Z10 Won’t Bring Back RIM From Dead, Nothing Will

HTC’s M7 is expected to push the company back into one of the top spots as an Android smartphone maker. Even though the company hasn’t yet provided too many details about the phone and its expected release date, we wonder if it is worthy enough to make RIM’s chances with the BlackBerry 10 even more difficult than it already is. Yes, it hasn’t come out yet, but RIM’s pinning all of its hopes on the success of their latest OS offering. That’s why we’re pitting the M7 against the BlackBerry 10 Developer Alpha device.

Display: In terms of display size, the HTC M7’s 4.7-inch screen fares much better than the BlackBerry 10’s 4.2-inch screen – and not just because of the larger screen. Even in terms of resolution, the M7’s 1920X1080 pixel screen has a higher resolution than the BlackBerry 10’s 1280X768 pixel display.

Tech specs: While we don’t know much details about the processor, the M7 does have a higher 2 GB RAM than the BlackBerry 10’s 1 GB equivalent, which makes it a much more appealing choice for those who love to multitask or run heavy apps.

The OS: While little is known so far about whether the BlackBerry 10 will be able to make a mark in a market where Android and iOS have been reigning supreme over the past couple of years, one of the obvious differences is in the extent of apps on offer. Currently, the Android OS is the most popular smartphone OS in the world and has over 700,000 apps on offer. However, the upcoming BlackBerry 10 has just about 43,000 apps – a far more limiting variety.

Connectivity: The BlackBerry 10 Developer Alpha has just 3G connectivity, while the HTC M7 can connect to LTE networks. This means that if you’re looking for higher browsing speeds, you might as well opt for the M7.

Storage space: Another huge advantage of the M7 is its 32 GB of internal storage, when compared to the BlackBerry 10’s 16 GB storage option. This means that you’ll end up reaching for a memory card a lot sooner on the BlackBerry 10.

With such spectacular features, looks like HTC’s upcoming flagship phone will definitely make things much harder for RIM. BlackBerry 10, good luck to you indeed!

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Would Blackberry 10 Get Back The Precious Ground Which RIM Lost To Samsung Galaxy S3 And Apple iPhone5?

Once the forte of the corporate professional, RIM’s BlackBerry lost precious ground to iPhones and Android based smartphones over the past couple of years. But with its latest version of the OS, the BlackBerry 10, RIM promises to get right back in the game and win back some precious lost ground. Ahead of its release, we’re taking a look at what RIM has to offer with the BlackBerry 10, and if it can really turn the company’s fortunes around.

There are a lot of rumors abuzz in the tech world, what with so much information about the BlackBerry 10 being leaked. One such leak of a screenshot of the BlackBerry 10 OS shows RIM’s new Voice Control feature that lets users make phone calls, send SMSs, book appointments or browse the internet by talking to their phones. Also on offer are apps like Google Talk and Twitter for BlackBerry 10 users.

Now one of the biggest concerns surrounding the success of the refreshed OS is the number of apps it has to offer. While it’s a long journey to compete with the likes of the App Store or the Google Play Store, what’s encouraging is that RIM managed to get 15,000 apps from developers for its BlackBerry 10 within two days. If that speed is anything to go by, we’re hoping that it could reach the big league soon.

There’s also a leaked screenshot from Best Buy Canada that pegs February 28th as the launch date for the brand new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. According to the screenshot, a particular handset has been priced at $799 with Canadian telecom carrier Bell. Given that RIM’s a Canadian company, it’s not surprising that it could be among the first few countries to start selling BlackBerry 10 devices.

 

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RIM Stock Takes a Dip on News of Changing Source of Revenue

RIM stock plungesShares of Blackberry-maker Research in Motion plummeted Friday morning despite the company having announced better-than-expected Q3 earnings yesterday. The company also announced a better cash position for the quarter as it is set to launch a marketing drive for two new phones on January 30.

However, in a conference call with investors and analysts, RIM chief executive Thorsten Heins said that the company’s service-revenue model would change significantly next year. Currently, RIM’s revenue is based on the service fees it charges customers for use of their proprietary network. This accounts for more than a third of RIM’s revenue. However, Heins did not specify the changes to revenue stream they were expecting, which has made the market nervous.

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RIM Offers a Preview of BlackBerry 10 with Keyboard

Research in Motion strongly believes that 2013 could be the year of the BlackBerry. With its all new operating system, BlackBerry 10, coming out next year, the company hopes that it can win back some of its faithful customers and gain market share among smartphones. In keeping with the current fad, BB10 also offers a touchscreen interface. However, the company appears cautious with its innovation, also including a BB10 model that has a keyboard in addition to the touchscreen.

The audience at BlackBerry Jam, a developers event, got a peek at this new device. There was also mention about this device on RIM’s developer blog. The company will release a limited number of developer models featuring QWERTY keyboards so that they can make apps that can work with the keyboard input as well.

But not all developers can get their hands on the new BB10 devices. Only those who can offer proof of developing more than two apps for the new OS can get these devices to help them. RIM will also prefer those developers who are working to create apps exclusively for BB10 over those who are adapting existing apps from other OS’s.

The Developers Jam was held with an intention to get developers excited about the latest BlackBerry OS and get more people to develop apps for this OS. RIM intends to feature quality apps that appeal to its business customer base within its app store.

The BlackBerry App World featuring the new apps that will run on BB10 is already open. BB10 has been designed to provide users a fluid switch between personal and business data, while providing an engaging experience on both profiles. It is expected to launch on January 30, 2013. Shortly after that, RIM is expected to launch at least two new smartphones featuring this OS.… Read the rest

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Jefferies raises price for RIM shares from $5 to $10

Research in Motion shares are finally on uproar. Last Friday Jefferies analyst Peter Misek set a new price for RIM shares from $5 to $10.

On Monday, RIM’s shares ascended to 39 cents.
“Preliminary results from our quarterly handset survey indicate developed market carriers have a much more positive view of BlackBerry 10 than we expected,” he writes in a research note. “With greater carrier shelf space and marketing support, we now believe BB10 has a 20%-30% probability of success. While the likelihood is low and we remain well below the Street for the November quarter and February quarter, the potential reward is high.”
Misek further said that he had expected a more muted response from the carriers; his theory is that “carriers see BB10 as one of their last chances to avoid being locked into a long-term smartphone OS duopoly,” with Android and Apple’s iOS.
If we believe what Misek is saying then there are 20% to 30% chances that BB 10 would be a success which may give shares a boost.

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Research in Motion Hopeful about BlackBerry 10

As Research in Motion gears up to launch its latest version of the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, the company is hoping to keep its loyal customers happy and regain lost ground in the smartphone share. One of the biggest chunks of its customer base is made up of government officials, estimated to be around 1 million customers in just the North American region. This is mostly due to its biggest strength – security.

However, RIM definitely has reason to worry – iPhones and Android phones are taking over even their most loyal government customers. RIM CEO admits that the company has to take drastic measures to face the competition, while being realistic about all that the latest offering can hope to achieve. RIM plans to increase its customer base to include the individual consumer, and not just the business worker.

An even more damaging trend for the company has been the bring-your-own-device programs at many workplaces, letting employees opt for their own personal smartphones instead of using company-issued BlackBerry devices. RIM is now focusing on improving overall user experience and making BlackBerry convenient for personal as well as professional usage.

New features on BlackBerry 10 allow users to configure essentially two phones on the same device. While one section can be dedicated for games, users’ personal e-mail accounts, and data, the other section can be configured with users’ work e-mail accounts, company approved software, documents, etc. Users can choose to toggle between these two sections and even lockdown the business section when not in use.

BlackBerry 10 also has renewed focus on multitasking capabilities, letting users run multiple apps related to e-mail, messaging, social networks, and calendars in the background and even run up to eight apps at once. BlackBerry 10 is expected to debut sometime in January 2013 with around 70,000-100,000 apps on offer.… Read the rest

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RIM Shares Rise, Says BlackBerry 10 to Launch Early 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research in Motion shares went up by 5% on Wednesday after the handset company announced the launch of the BlackBerry 10 slated for early next year. It had better-than-expected subscriber numbers which further tipped the share price in its favor. The company added 2 million subscribers in the past quarter and now has a total subscriber base of 80 million worldwide.

Bloomberg has reported that RIM chief executive Thorsten Heins set achievable goals for the company and said that he wants to make BlackBerry 10 the third-place operating system in the world. He is likely seeing the OS after Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The Blackberry 10 will go on sale in early 2013.

The maker of BlackBerry phones is planning an ambitious launch, which is likely to improve excitement for their phones in the market. The company has said that they will roll out phones running BlackBerry 10 across six continents.

The company revealed some features of the upcoming operating system such as a keyboard that can type in multiple languages, as reported by Laptop Magazine.  However, the company has not released any device for the system. While BB10 should launch in January, they will follow up the new hardware soon after.… Read the rest

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Disruption Of Services Comes At the Worst Time For RIM, Blackberry 10 Delayed

Reports of an outage causing inconvenience to BlackBerry users hit the web early Friday morning as the firm’s services got disrupted. BlackBerry users in Europe, Middle East and Africa were affected. However, Research in Motion (RIM) got the team investigate the matter and around three hours later, the systems went back up to function normally.

The reports were confirmed by the firm on BlackBerry UK Twitter account. The tweet said, “Some users experienced issues with BlackBerry services today. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. All services now operating normally.”

The outage affected a lot of people, though the number stays unclear. BlackBerry users couldn’t send or receive e-mails during the interruption.

The disruption of services couldn’t come at a worse time for phone maker. RIM had faced similar situation last year in October, when its services went down for several days in the US.

It also comes at a time when RIM is getting prepared for a developer’s conference next week following the sales of its tablet, the PlayBook.  RIM is also trying hard to keep its foothold steady in the smartphone market, dominated by Apple and Samsung. And looking at the hit of iPhone 5 on the headlines surely won’t be a boost for the company.

The Canadian company has already delayed the launch of its system, BlackBerry 10 twice.

Thorsten Heins, CEO, RIM, has defended his decision for the delay in release. He said he wants to ensure its smooth functioning before taking it out for customers. The BB10, however, is speculated to hit the stores in January next year.

As per reported in CIO.com, Heins said, “I won’t give you a specific date, but it’s kind of like a one-two punch. You will see more than two devices, but I can also tell you that you will see us being much more focused in the product portfolio that we will be bringing out.”

RIM shares were trading nearly 2 percent down at the market’s open, at a price of $6.80 per share.… Read the rest

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It’s Android Smartphones or iPhone 5 for Marissa at Yahoo!

Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo! and ‘the cool boss’ recently announced giving each and every employee in the US office a latest smartphone. The list of phones Mayer sent, offers her staff a choice of picking up either Android-powered phones or an iPhone 5 including Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE, a Nokia Lumia 920 or Apple’s iPhone 5.

What’s very clearly not in the list? Yes, a BlackBerry!

Mayer, it seems did not want to include a BB in the firm’s list of corporate phones. However, there’s reasoning for her decision. Let’s see what the memo read.

“A few weeks ago, we said that we would look into smartphone penetration rates globally and take those rates into account when deciding on corporate phones. Ideally, we’d like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the majority of our users do.”

It looks like with RIM ship drowning in the sea of various competitive smartphones, the Canadian phone maker is losing ground in consumer’s mind. Following Mayer’s decision, the stock of RIM plunged and opened at $7.17 per share. In mid-morning trading, RIM’s stock traded at $7.23.

Lately in June this year, RIM slashed around 5,000 jobs.

However, RIM hopes to lash out in the market with its latest BlackBerry 10, which is expected to roll out early in 2013. With so much of competition from Apple, Samsung, Android phone makers, Nokia and Windows Phone, RIM really needs to hit off with a mark to attain its foothold in the mobile market.… Read the rest

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