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.
During todays BlackBerry 10 launch conference of RIM (BlackBerry freshly renamed, simply as that) has presented its new flaship: BlackBerry Z10. Supposed to restart the company, the Z10 looks like a phone that put weight on the new features of the OS.
BlackBerry Z10 has a 4.2 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels and a rate of 356 ppi. It is equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage expandable via micro SD. The Z10 have an 8 Megapixels rear camera, and a frontal 2 MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0, a 4G chip and NFC. As expected, BB10 focuses on social action and allows you to make a swipe by finger of emails to Facebook through your messaging via BlackBerry HUB. Everything is managed by a virtual keyboard that allows you to write fast enough through a system similar to Swype, which writes the words predictively. Similarly, BB10 seems perfectly manage multi-task, as promised no latency.
BlackBerry Z10 will also allow you to share your content easily. RIM unveiled its function Screenshare Z10. Classic video system, it also allows to instantly share your desktop, in order to benefit your partner your photos or to your applications. Full of little features that will help the user in his daily life.
RIM introduced its smartphone filled with promise, therefore, that focuses more on the OS than on its hardware.
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.
We’re almost a matter of time before the unveiling of RIM’s new handsets, and the news keep heating the web.
The Z10 is said to be Vodafone UK’s first “4G Ready” device — it will work with the carrier’s LTE network once it launches — and there will be a range of on-contract options that thankfully don’t require signing up for a special BlackBerry SOC plan. If you’re looking for no upfront cost, you’ll be paying £47 per month for 3GB of data and unlimited talk and text for 24 months.
The cheapest monthly option, meanwhile, is a £25 plan with an upfront cost of £229 that includes 100MB of data, unlimited texts, and 100 minutes of talk. If you’re particularly smitten with the white version of the Z10 that we’ve seen, we’re told that it won’t be available until mid-February. We’ll have more information, including launch plans in other regions, when RIM announces the device officially in a couple of days.
According to the verge they have received an ad from UK retailer Phones 4u that all but confirms the Z10’s imminent arrival. Additionally, it appears that Phones 4u will be offering first dibs on the white variant of BlackBerry’s latest handset.and they believes that the Z10 could be in stores by Thursday.
With only few hours before the main event, RIM has announced a sweeping overhaul of its online content offerings this week, and the new BlackBerry World storefront has just gone live. You’re now able to see the selection of TV shows, movies, apps, music, and so on from the web store, giving a look at one aspect of what RIM will have to show the world at its make-or-break BlackBerry 10 unveiling later today.
Pricing seems to be in line with other services, and RIM has already said that content updates will be timely — movies will hit the store at the same time as the DVD release, and TV shows will become available the day after they air in the UK and North America. If you’re curious about this piece of the BlackBerry ecosystem puzzle, you can browse the store now.
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.