BlackBerry has been steadily losing ground to iPhones and Android based smartphones, and looks like its recently launched BlackBerry 10 OS hasn’t helped stem the tide much. Many companies have chosen to quit BlackBerry and let their employees use iPhones or Android phones as corporate smartphones. But BlackBerry still had a significant share of enterprise customers in the government, which unfortunately looks like is also getting smaller by the day.
The latest to ditch BlackBerry is Pentagon, which announced its decision to let users pick iPhones or Android-based phones instead of the BlackBerry if they wish to starting from February 2014. However, employees can continue to use BlackBerry too if they like. 470,000 of the 600,000 smartphones in use at the Pentagon are from BlackBerry, but this new ruling will definitely pull away a chunk of this share.
While Pentagon has clearly stated that it is not in favor of implementing a BYOD (bring your own device) program, this freedom should help partially curtail expenses while giving some level of freedom to the employees to use their devices in their personal lives too.… Read the rest
UK, Canada and now a March date with USA—BlackBerry Z10 has now thought on stepping onto Indian soil. The Z10-copter is all set to soar in to India on February 24. With India emerging as a hot bed for the smartphone players and brands, BlackBerry would never possibly miss planning its launch strategy very tight. Tagged with a Rs. 39,000 level, the berry is all set to burst its wonder story on Indian enthusiasts.
The Z10 comes laced with full-touch screen and LCD display of 4.2 inches. Add to this 1280×768 resolution backed by dual-core processor 1.5 GHz processor; the BlackBerry Z10 comes with promise galore. Powerful 8-MP rear camera calls for an awesome clicker story while the 2-MP front shutters makes video calling breeze.
However, the company is tightlipped on the launch date and refused to elaborate saying, “We would wish to get the product in India and any other key market as soon as possible but there are a certain timelines that have to followed to get any new product in the market.”… Read the rest
After the much-awaited glimpse of the blackberry Z10, fans have now gone all-out in expressing their irritation at having to wait until March end for getting hands of the wonder phone. T-Mobile, however, seems willing to launch the phone in the USA by the middle of March. Ask why? Well, we have it from the company that the berry would not take very long to meet carrier tests.
Now we do know that Canada and UK has seen it and done that earlier than USA. However, there is no way to turn back the clock. Pacifying ourselves with the mid-march promise is the best we can, currently.
Frank Sickinger, Head, Business Sales at T-Mobile said, “I’m glad to see BlackBerry launch a relevant product. BlackBerry stands to do very well in 2013 with T-Mobile.”… Read the rest
BlackBerry has tightened its strategy real tight since it let go off RIM from its name. Now the biggest news comes with Alicia Keys joining the Blackberry board as Global Creative Director. Now this is no deal on the appointment front. However, the catch of the story is that she claims to be oh-so-in-love with the Blackberry Z10 unveiled just two days back.
Her role would need her to collaborate with app designers, innovators and carriers so that BlackBerry garners up more juice drown its counterpart-competitors in. However, what got us wondering is how Keys could switch over to the Blackberry-romance story wearing an all-black ensemble, when she was addicted to her iPhone even sometime back!
Seems like she has switched sides too soon. Perhaps this is what you all being wise in business. Hear it from Keys who went on reard stating, “I don’t think it’s necessary to disclose which phone I used..”(before her patch up with BB)… “It was another phone.”
RIM is planning to go easy on apps as far as BlackBerry 10 is concerned. Following in the footsteps of Android and Windows 8, The Canada based company has allowed BitTorrent and uTorrent remote app on BB 10 at the time of launch. Let us tell you that iOS on Apple iPhone doesn’t provide such flexibility.
The torrent remote app would let users add, monitor, and manage torrents on your home computer from your mobile device. So the next time you want to download a movie or a music album you can do with much ease with your Blackberry remote.
According to BitTorrent, the apps are ready to go and will be available in the BlackBerry World store when BlackBerry 10 launches.
Even though RIM has not yet officially launched the BlackBerry 10 OS or the devices running it, there are enough rumors over the internet about it. A recent video shows a side by side comparison of what looks like the BlackBerry Z10 against the iPhone 5. The Z10 has a 4.2-inch display with a resolution of 356 ppi, as opposed to the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen with a 326 ppi resolution.
Another interesting advantage is the BlackBerry Z10’s 1800 mAh removable battery, while the iPhone 5 has just a 1440 mAh battery which can’t be removed. The Z10 also has a micros card slot, which is a huge bonus for those who require a lot of storage space.
While Apple has got Siri, RIM has also put in a new BlackBerry Voice feature that lets users dictate commands, texts, e-mails, etc. to the phone. In the video, we also get to see how users can preview any incoming SMS’s while running an app without any interruption. What’s even more interesting is that the browser on board the Z10 loaded pages much faster than that of the iPhone 5’s Safari browser.
With the BlackBerry 10, it’s all about multitasking as the BlackBerry Balance features lets users keep work apps separate from the personal apps on the same device. This makes for improved security, and this is a feature lacking on the iPhone 5. But is all of this enough for RIM to win back its customers?… Read the rest