BlackBerry just announced that as of today the BlackBerry World store already contains 70,000+ apps. They have partnered with all of the major app developers to bring the most popular apps to the service.
VP of Global Alliances and Business Development Martyn Mallick said, "Many people didn't believe we could create a BlackBerry that has incredible content and experiences. We are launching BB10 with more apps by far than any first-gen operating system - over 70,000 applications have already been added to the BlackBerry World Store."
Mallick continued, "When people get BB10 devices, they're going to be looking for certain apps... We have Skype committed to BB10, Amazon Kindle, Whatsapp, SAP, Angry Birds... over 1,000 of top applications from around the world committed to BB10."
BlackBerry the company formerly known as RIM has just uploaded promotion videos of its brand new Q10 (with physical keyboard) and Z10 (with touch keyboard) to its YouTube channel.
We've embedded them below for you to view.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins along with Vivek Bhardwaj, head of software portfolio, just announced several new and exciting keyboard and BlackBerry Messenger features. Heins said "We have the experience to be best keyboard experience... Everything feels like a BlackBerry. I call this writing without typing. Imagine typing on one screen with a single thumb."
Bhardwaj pointed out that "We wanted to do more than just building gestures. The new keyboard features predictive typing that can adapt by language. Sometimes I'm in a real rush and I start typing fast, make mistakes, miss spaces, the new BlackBerry 10 keyboard can fix that too on its own".
The presentation then moved on to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). Bhardwaj said "The new keyboard is a great innovation, but I know there's another feature you can't live without: Blackberry Messenger. I've always enjoyed the real time nature of it, I use it for work, family, friends", said Heins.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins just announced that Research in Motion (RIM) from today forward will be known as BlackBerry.
"Today RIM becomes BlackBerry... It's one brand, one promise. We are now more than ever a company that is united in our vision for mobile computing, we knew we had to maintain foundation of messaging and e-mail and give people what they want."
"Our shareholders are owners of BlackBerry. From today on, we are BlackBerry everywhere in the world, it all begins with one consistent brand recognized around the world."
RIM CEO and President Thorsten Heins has said that the new BlackBerry 10 will soon give you more ways to connect your mobile experiences and yourself, not just to other people, but the whole world around you. People who want everything in one place, flow seamlessly from app to app and feature to feature without having to use a home button all the time will love the new Black Berry 10.
"The new BlackBerry 10 is for the true multitaskers, people who want to get the most out of their smartphones. People who want balance in their personal and professional lives."
"BlackBerry will be a leader in connecting you to your internet of things. We were building this with a specific set of customers in mind: people who are hyper-connected socially."
Research in Motion VP of developer relations Alec Saunders says RIM has been to every continent on the planet except Antarctica seeking developers.
"The response from the developer community has been pretty phenomenal. To all the developers out there: thank you for your commitment, your support, and your dedication", he said.
He went on to say that he even received an app pitch from a 12 year old and that it has the largest app catalog ever for a "first generation" device.
In preparation for today's BlackBerry 10 launch event Research in Motion has added music, TV shows, and movies to its recenly renamed online app store BlackBerry World. Music and movies look to have a preview feature while TV shows do not.
Music albums seem to average about $10 in the new store while Movies vary between the $10 to $20 price range. TV shows are somewhat cheap coming in at $1.99 an episode. All of this new content is only available for people in supported regions, which at the moment consist of the U.S., Canada, and the UK.
RIM's BlackBerry 10 launch event is set to take place at 10AM ET this morning, which concludes a years long struggle to bring a new smartphone product to the market. Research in Motion will be live-streaming the event and I have linked the stream URL in the source #2 location if you are interested in viewing.
Something that hasn't really been kept too much of a secret is Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. MobileGeeks are reporting they've spotted the 8-inch slate on a bunch of Austrian stores that are all "supplied by the same distributor".
We should expect two versions of the Galaxy Note 8.0, with 16GB and 32GB being the differences between them. The 16GB model should be around 450-480 euros, which is around $600-$650 USD. The 32GB version bumps this price up to the 490-550 euros mark, which converts to roughly $660-$740. Definitely getting into the upper end of expensive here.
Specifications-wise, we should expect the 8-inch slate to have a WXGA resolution of 1280x800, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 1.3-megapixel front-facer, an S-Pen stylus, Blueooth 4.0 and GPS. We can definitely expect Android to be floating around inside the Galaxy Note 8.0, but which exact iteration is unknown right now. We should also expect cellular capabilities, but only 3G unfortunately. Availability in Austrian stores is said to be the 19th of February, which is only three weeks away.
ZTE are preparing a new slate dubbed V81, which they should unveil at Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, where we should expect it to arrive as an 8-inch (1024x768) display sporting a dual-core processor running at 1.4GHz.
1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage which is expandable through microSD. A full-sized USB port and HDMI port are featured, with a 3,700 mAh battery and Android Jelly Bean coming along for the party.
Today has been a busy day for Nexus device news and rumors and we're not quite done yet. PhoneArena has managed to get a picture of what appears to be a white Nexus 4, a device that had previously been rumored for a possible release in December. No pictures had been seen of the device, until now.
The device above does appear to be a Nexus 4 in white, with the distinctive holographic pattern on the bottom right clearly visible. The picture does not appear to be photoshopped, though someone could have made a custom backplate for the device. EXIF data shows that the picture is from an LG Optimus G.
The existence of that EXIF data could show the device was snapped by an LG employee, or it could just be subterfuge. Either way, we still have no planned release date for the device, so I wouldn't keep your fingers crossed for an immediate release. How do you think it looks in white?
Pictures of the BlackBerry Z10 in white have surfaced online. We're just a day away from BlackBerry's BB10 launch event, which takes place tomorrow, so we should soon know all the details of what BlackBerry plans to offer up for this year's market. Six devices are expected to be launched, including the Z10, shown below in white, and the X10, a QWERTY-equipped device.
The white, in my opinion, looks quite good. The black bezel around the screen produces nice contrast with the top and bottom. It certainly sets it apart from other devices currently on the market. We'll have lots of BlackBerry device news tomorrow when these devices get officially announced and launched.
Until then, what do you think of the device in white?
DigiTimes, a website known for getting it right only sometimes, is reporting that Google is working together with ASUS again to bring a second-generation Nexus 7 to market. Citing sources in the upstream supply chain, they believe the new device will come with a thinner bezel and full HD 1080p screen.
The device is said to be launching in May, which is when another rumor has an upgraded Nexus 10 launching. The Nexus 7 is a great tablet as it stands, though an upgraded screen can never be declined. Google will likely keep pricing the same, or within $50 of the current price.
Whether or not the Nexus 7 would get a CPU upgrade remains to be seen. The quad-core currently in the Nexus 7 is quite capable and the GPU also performs very well. A rear-facing camera and higher build quality would be appreciated, though the price of the device could keep Google from being able to do that.
Acer doesn't want to be left behind in the budget Android tablet market. Acer's president reportedly told China Times that they are planning on releasing 8-inch and 10-inch tablets later. These budget-friendly tablets will feature quad-core processors, specifically the MediaTek MT6589, which is based off of ARM's CortexA7 architecture.
Speculation puts the price of the 8-inch tablet at around $200, with the 10-inch tablet probably running about $50 more. While that would be significantly cheaper than Google's Nexus 10, Acer's tablet probably won't offer the performance of the Nexus 10 and likely won't have a high-resolution screen for that price.
Acer already has the Iconia B1 Android tablet that retails for under $150. President Linxian Lang feels that the market will see about 200 million budget tablets sold this year alone. He thinks that Apple and Samsung will capture about 80 million of those sales, leaving 120 million on the table for Acer and others.
Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro tablets will probably feature a bit less storage than you were hoping for. The 64GB model will only come with 23GB of free space, which means Windows 8, and all of the other stuff Microsoft pre-installs, will take up 41GB of space, which is more than 50 percent of the 64GB model's capacity.
In a lot of ways, that is pretty ridiculous. Microsoft had a similar issue with the Surface RT, in which Windows RT accounted for half of the 32GB model's capacity. Even still, that is only 16GB. Windows 8 will be taking up 41GB, or more than double that of Windows RT.
Microsoft has said you can free space by making a backup bootable USB drive and deleting the recovery partition. However, if you don't do that, you'll only have 36 percent of the advertized storage space available in the 64GB model. What are your thoughts on this?
Google has Nexus 4's back in stock, at least for a limited time. The estimated ship time is 1-2 weeks, but Google is at least giving you the option of buying the device again. Previously, the web pages for the Nexus 4 8GB and Nexus 4 16GB had shown the device as "SOLD OUT" and didn't provide any way of ordering.
LG has committed to producing more devices as quickly as they can, though they have blamed Google for underestimating the number of devices that would be demanded. For $300, it's near impossible to find a better device that is unlocked and without a contract. If you're not completely sold on the Nexus 4, you might want to wait for MWC in February.
MWC should bring lots of new devices, some of which may be even better than the Nexus 4. You could also try and wait it out for the rumored Nexus 5, though that probably won't show up until Google I/O, if it even shows up at all. You can get the 8GB Nexus 4 here and the 16GB Nexus 4 here.
Well, shortly after rumors popped up that Apple was planning on releasing an iPad with 128GB of storage, the company has gone ahead and announced two new iPads, both which feature 128GB of storage. The two versions are exactly what you would expect: one with Wi-Fi and one with Wi-Fi and LTE support.
Pricing was also announced, with the 128GB Wi-Fi model ringing up at $799. If you want LTE support, be prepared to lay out $929. The two models will be available in both black and white, like the rest of the iPad line. Hardware also remains the same at the dual-core A6X processor and 2GB of RAM.
The new devices will be for sale starting Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
It's no secret that Samsung is the top predator in the Android food chain at the moment, and the South Korean company has set its sights on the low-cost smartphone market with its new Galaxy Express 4G LTE capable smartphone.
The value-driven handset bears a striking resemblance to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III, and rightfully so. Using existing tooling is the perfect way to save money on the manufacturing process. The Express comes to the table featuring an unknown 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
A 4.5 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera round out the hardware features. The Express features quad-band 4G LTE support in the 800, 900, 1800 and 2600 spectrum ranges, and ships with Android 4.1 Jellybean, skinned with Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX. I have been unable to find any pricing information so the jury is still out on this "budget" smartphone.
Research in Motion will officially launch its next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform on Wednesday along with the line's first two smartphones. The BlackBerry Z10 and X10 have both been well covered in the media thanks to a convenient and steady flow of information leaks.
The launch is posed to be the first major mobile announcement of the year and comes weeks ahead of the Mobile World Congress, where we usually see new platforms launched. Analyst think that Wednesday's press conference is less about the new phones and more about showing investors that it is committed to the new direction BlackBerry is taking.
RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue recommends that investors "keep hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times"... "A lot of information on RIM's new BB10 devices has already been leaked so we expect the stock to settle back down post Wednesday's launch," Sue wrote in a note to clients on Monday morning. "It's an ultra competitive market and most consumers have made up their minds on BlackBerry, so we believe RIM really needs to wow the audience. Variability of future unit growth depends on RIM's pace of future launches and innovation beyond the first two devices."
I first reported back in December, that we would see a red Galaxy Tab around Valentine's Day, and it has finally arrived. We have already seen a Garnet Red Galaxy S III, and now Samsung has introduced its popular Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in the flashy and sexy red color scheme.
This special edition Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be shipping with Android Jellybean on board while the other internal specs remain unchanged. A 1024 x 600 TFT display, 1GHz dual-core TI OAP processor, 8GB of storage, and that ever handy IR blaster will still be present.
However, the new garnet red Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will come bundled with a matching case that is sure to make almost any valentine smile. The device will be available for a limited time from Amazon, Wal-Mart, Office Depot, Tiger Direct, Fry's Electronics and Toys R Us. MSRP is set at $220 and it will go on sale later this week.
French tech blog, NoWhereElse.fr have published images in what they claim are components for the loud speaker modules for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. The images comes from what they claim to be a source connected to an Apple component supplier.
The site believes that Apple will shift from their usual one iPhone per year schedule, and release as many as three new iPhone's in 2013. The iPhone 5S will be the usual, slightly-better-than-the-last iPhone, while the iPhone 6 will be a substantial redesign, but no details have been reported on the differences between the two.
The third iPhone that we could see would be the rumored iPhone Math, or iPhone+ and would sport a bigger screen to compete with the 'phablet' section of the market, competing with the likes of Samsung's extremely successful Galaxy Note range of smartphones.
If the rumored reports are true, we could expect Apple to release one of the models somewhere in Q2 of this year, with the second released toward the end of the year.
The iPad maxing out at 64GB for internal storage really peeves some people, and having no options for expandable storage really stops the iPad from selling even more tablets.
But according to 9to5Mac, Apple is preparing to add another SKU to their fourth-generation iPad lineup, which will join the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. 9to5Mac's news comes from a source at a well-known US retailer, who shares the devices' SKU information with the site, marked up with internal Apple terminology that described both Wi-Fi-only and cellular-capable devices in both black, and white colors.
The devices' description give it away, naming it with a tease of 'ultimate'. 9to5Mac can't confirm the description means a 128GB model is coming, but developers are also finding references to a 128GB iOS device in the iOS 6.1 beta code, as well as icons being found in iTunes 11, too.