Today is a celebration day for BlackBerry Z10 users, as the Canadian firm started seeding the first major update for their smartphones. BlackBerry has just started the rollout of the BlackBerry OS version 10.1, which requires a download of about 1GB. We’ve only received confirmation of the update being available in the Philippines, so far.
There is no official changelog provided with this update, but we already knew what to expect thanks to the the previously seeded developers’ build. HDR stills, PIN-to-PIN messaging, APN edition, improved BlackBerry World store, improved text picker are among the major novelties brought by BlackBerry 10.1.
The update is rolling out gradually, so it might not be available for your country yet. BlackBerry hasn’t provided a detailed schedule for, but we hope the release won’t take more than a couple of weeks to go global. If you happen to receive the update notification make sure to let us know about in the comments section below, mentioning your country.
The launch of the BlackBerry 10 OS platform, and the changes on the Candian firm, alongside of its flagship BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is yet to make a significant impact, but the company is busy preparing the new OS for the Z10’s QWERTY-based sibling, the BlackBerry Q10. We just heard that the first major update for BlackBerry 10 is almost ready and will launch alongside the second smartphone running the new OS.
The BlackBerry Q10 returns to the sources of RIM with a physical QWERTY keyboard model and a 720 x 720 Super AMOLED 3.1 inch touch display. BlackBerry Q10 is expected to go on sale later this month, and while the update will apply to both devices (Z10 and Q10), BlackBerry OS 10.1 is slated to be chock-full of optimizations created specifically for the Q10’s physical keyboard.
Moreover, we’ve recently learned that the BlackBerry OS 10.1 will also bring significant updates to the camera including faster performance and HDR picture mode for better low-light performance.
There’s also hints of an update for BlackBerry Link that allows you to access your PC and its files.
The rest of the BlackBerry 10.1 changelog reportedly goes like this:
- Mnemonic Phone Dialing
- BlackBerry Mobile Voice System Support
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- BlackBerry Balance
- Word Prediction
- Type N Go
- Corporate Liable Feature
- Cross Domain Email Warnings
- Dark Theme Support
- Smartcard Support
The BlackBerry Q10 is rumored to hit shelves in Canada on the 30th of this month of April, so expect to see the update go live around that time.
RIM has just announced it is officially changing its name to BlackBerry. This is a part of the major changes the company is going through, following the BlackBerry 10 OS launch.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins just announced that Research in Motion is no longer known as “RIM,” and will be simply known as “BlackBerry” going forward.
BlackBerry’s official slogan is now “One brand. One promise.”
From now on you will be able to follow BlackBerry’s stock at NASDAQ:BBRY. Let’s hope this change, along with the new devices and OS will help bring the company back on its feet.
Samsung attack RIM in its latest ad, just a few days before the release of BlackBerry 10. The new OS from Canadian manufacturer that will arrive on January 30 and seal the future of RIM. A low blow from Samsung?
The latest Samsung’s ad seems funny, but it highlights something that’s currently taking place in companies of all sizes and in all countries. As smartphones become the computing device people spend the most time interacting with, employees are going to want to pick something that they feel is helpful to make the work done. The “BYOD”, short of “bring your own device”, movement is strong, and it’s only going to become more important with time.
But the question is : Can Samsung attract companies users? We think so, because Samsung is also in the PC business, that means they can sign contracts with other companies to provide them with laptops, desktops, monitors, smartphones, tablets, and just about any other gadget an employee would need to get his or her work done.
Samsung is also taking security seriously with their SAFE hardware. SAFE stands for Security and Feature Enhancements.
Will other smartphone makers will do the same initiative? like, will Huawei, HTC, or even Google, copy Samsung’s SAFE initiative? We certainly hope so, because that just makes the market more competitive, which results in more innovation, and that’s something we can’t complain about.
As we getting colser to the BB 10 event , we’re starting to see an increasing number of leaks related to the latest and greatest from RIM. With less than three weeks left until the unveiling of the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones, a new slides show the BlackBerry Z10 in black and white and flaunt some of the new features of the mobile OS. In one shot we see a lovely red holster.
Among the new features, visible on the slides, is the video calling with device screen sharing, the Balance feature, which allows for switching between a work-time setup and a free-time setup, and the revamped BlackBerry keyboard.
Rumors have it that along with the new software and hardware announcement, RIM will also lower the steep prices of the specialized data plans needed for using the company’s services by end consumers.
RIM has planned the BB 10 unveiling event for January 30, so we are bound to learn more in a few weeks’ time.
Check them out for yourself and let us know what you think. They are quite bunch of new images.
Source : DsmTech
With the official launch of BlackBerry 10 scheduled for January 30, 2013, RIM decided to cause some excitement by teasing one of its upcoming smartphones. The back of the company’s yet to be announced product got partially revealed on its official website.
The teaser image shows the textured back of what’s likely an already leaked, touchscreen-only smartphone, its camera unit on the top left side, as well as a large BlackBerry logo in the middle. The handset’s volume rocker and power key are also visible. A promise for a re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry experience is flanking the image, along with an option to register for updates.
Via : BB Blog
The iPhone 5 launch was “and still” big, that it turned out so big that it slowed the growth of Android in the US and the UK, according to Kantar World Panel.
The rest of the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy and Spain) saw just the opposite – Android’s share went up, iOS went down.
It should be noted that iPhone 5 was on sale for only a week in Q3 (even less in some markets) and is yet to launch in China and Brazil, so Q4 is bound to bring big gains for iOS.
Anyway, during this year’s Q3, the market share of iOS in US went up to 35.7%, compared to 21.5% during the same period last year. That’s a massive increase of 14.2 percentage points. Meanwhile Android dropped from 66.4% to 57.5%. Another notable decline is that of BlackBerry, which is now below Microsoft’s OS (which is currently at 2.9%).
In the UK, iOS market share increased by 9.9 percentage points to 18.1%, but Android went up too – from 53.4% to 58.2%. RIM still holds a respectable 8.8% there, while the WP share more than doubled. Symbian practically went extinct in the UK.
iOS shares declined in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Australia, while Android’s shares increased in these markets. In Germany and Spain in particular, it’s almost complete domination with 77.8% and 82.7% respectively. In Brazil Android went from controlling a fifth of the market to half of it.
In EU5, iOS remained relatively constant, buoyed by its conquests in the UK, while Android went up by 16.2 percentage points. Windows saw decent gains, now controlling about 5% of the market, ahead of the former king, Symbian.
If you want to see all the numbers for all OSes, you can download the PDF from Kantar.