1:02 pm on Sep 6, 2011 |
RIM underwent a huge loss last week when Mike Kirkup, former Director of Developer Relations at RIM, left the company. It looks as though that loss may not hit the company very hard because RIM may just have a great replacement lined up for the job. Neil Sainsbury is the creator of BBSmart Email Viewer, an app from 2007 that brought HTML email to BlackBerry Smartphones. After Neil’s wild success with BBSmart, he went on to create a few other applications and was ultimately hired by RIM as a developer.
With Sainsbury as the new Director of Developer Relations, RIM could create even stronger bonds with all the BlackBerry developers out there. Neil has great rapport with both developers and the tech media and would be a great choice for the job. Keep in mind that this is only a rumor until RIM makes the official announcement, but things are look positive for Neil.
5:44 pm on Aug 23, 2011 |
We haven’t heard anything from AT&T about the launch of the new Torch 9860 or Curve 9360, until now. An AT&T launch roadmap has just been leaked online which shows the Torch 9860 and Curve 9360 both launching in Q4 2011. We haven’t heard anything from them about the Bold 9900 either, so we can hope that the 9900 is slated for a launch before the times contained on this roadmap. So I wanted to ask our BerryFix readers, how do you feel about the American carriers falling behind and launching these new devices after Canada and the UK? I, for one, am upset by it but I can see the reasoning behind it.
11:17 am on Aug 8, 2011 |
Some information just hit the net regarding RIM’s first QNX-powered super-phone. Rumor has it that this QNX-powered device is currently in the software verification stage inside RIM and that it’s going by the codename of “Colt.” In addition, sources close to BGR state that even though QNX was designed for multi-core processors, RIM will most likely be launching the Colt with a single-core processor to keep up the battery life that RIM is famous for. We’re also being told that the Colt will be a slate-style device, similar to the Torch 9860 but with the possibility of a 4.3″ screen.
The biggest shocker of all is the news about BES. We all know that the BlackBerry PlayBook has yet to receive native email capabilities because RIM is having trouble modifying their BES servers to fully support the new QNX-based system. BGR has been told that the Colt may not launch with support for the BES either. RIM could launch a dedicated BES for QNX, but that would require companies to either upgrade their existing BES and all their company BlackBerry devices or to run the QNX BES alongside their traditional BES servers. Neither option sounds that appealing, so hopefully RIM can get it all worked out between now and then.
There’s also a little information about the release date for the QNX-powered, BlackBerry Colt. Sources are saying that RIM plans to launch this monster sometime in Q1 2012. So if all goes according to plan, we may have a QNX BlackBerry in our hands by March of next year. Keep in mind that this is some of the very first information out there regarding the QNX BlackBerry Smartphones. We can’t 100% verify that this information is true; however, it does lineup with current rumors and comes from a reliable source. We’ll keep you up to date as soon as we hear more on the BlackBerry Colt, but in the meantime, we’ll keep you entertained with all the BlackBerry 7 news and reviews that are set for the coming weeks.
10:07 pm on Aug 3, 2011 |
We just saw some photos of the unannounced Curve 9370 show up on the net and now we have some leaked Verizon documentation containing a possible launch date and some other interesting information on this upcoming device. The biggest surprise is not the launch date listed, which is September 8th, but the fact that the phone is listed as 4G.
While this could be a typo, it would make sense that Verizon would want to launch an update to their best-selling BlackBerry model using their superfast, new, 4G LTE network. If the 9370 is truly 4G LTE it will be the first real BlackBerry 4G device. Besides this addition of 4G, we also know that the new Curve 9370 will feature an updated processor, BlackBerry OS 7 (Possibly a Lite version), and a sleeker design than previous Curve models. We’ll keep you up to date as soon as we hear more on the Curve 9370 and the possibility that it may be the first true, 4G BlackBerry.
Weeks back there was a leak of the unreleased Android App Player for the BlackBerry PlayBook and RIM was quite quick to shoot it down telling the internet that this version of the player was quite old and they do not suggest that the public install it. Fast forward to today, August 3rd and we are starting to hear rumours that the Android player which was said to launch in beta later this summer is now delayed until late fall.
The question is will RIM push to have the player out for its scheduled summer release? Or was the version that leaked the current version RIM is working with and it’s that far behind schedule? I’m hoping we see it soon so we can get the “App tonnage” that Jim balsillie was talking about onto our PlayBooks.
2:51 pm on Aug 2, 2011 |
Well this bit of news just makes the launch date guessing game even more difficult. The leaked Rogers flyer show above states that the Bold 9900 is set to launch on August 9th. We have heard that T-Mobile was getting the 9900 on August 31st, Telus on August 15th, and now Rogers on August 9th. RIM has said that they plan to make this launch their largest yet and I just don’t see how that’s possible if every carrier in every country launches on a different date.
Traditionally, devices launch in the US first, then Canada, and then worldwide. From the looks of things here, Canada may get a sizable jump on the US with the launch of the Bold 9900. We must also keep in mind that the date on the above flyer is “tentative.” So we could always see this date get pushed back. I’m not sure if RIM is trying to create hype and excitement while making us wait for an official launch date or if they are pushing back the dates due to production and development. Either way, the excitement has turned to anger and frustration for most BlackBerry fans awaiting this launch. Hopefully RIM will come through tomorrow with BlackBerry 7 Fan Night and give us some official confirmation of the new devices plus some launch dates and details.
12:40 pm on Aug 2, 2011 |
Earlier we brought you news from one of our sources that Telus would be launching the Bold 9900 on August 15. BGR has just published some Telus internal documentation that confirms that date for both the Bold 9900 and the Torch2 9810. In addition to these dates, the docs have August 22 listed for the Torch 9860 and then August 29 for the updated Curve. Then we have the low-end Curve listed for an October 1st launch alongside the Bold 9790.
These dates match up with both the rumored release dates and RIM’s promise to get the new Bold Touch out before the end of Summer. As we have noted previously, RIM plans to make the BlackBerry 7 launch the largest launch in company history, so we should see multiple carriers across the US and Canada launch on this same date. You can view some closeups of the inventory system after the break .
10:29 am on Aug 2, 2011 |
**PhotoShop image of Telus branding on the Bold 9900
As we get closer to the launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, a 1.2ghz rocking…NFC equipped BlackBerry the launch date rumour mill starts to spin. Today we received a tip stating that Telus would be launching the Bold 9900 on the HSPA+ 4G network on Monday August 15th. Now normally we don’t like to post on rumoured device launch dates with no screen shots but this informant has a good track record. Hopefully Telus customers are getting excited as it looks like the launch is just around the corner. Let us know what BlackBerry 7 device you’re looking at getting in the comments.
Looks as though RIM is pushing to make the August launch happen as a leaked image from T-Mobile is showing the launch of the Bold 9900 set to happen on August 31st. There’s still no concrete information from RIM or even official news from T-Mobile, but I’m guessing we’ll be seeing more from RIM very soon.
We weren’t quite sure on what scale RIM meant when they said that BlackBerry 7 devices would be the biggest, widest device launch of the company’s history, but it’s looking to be full-scale multi carrier launch. In previous launches the full touch BlackBerrys went to Verizon but it looks as though RIM is doing a wide scale launch on the new BlackBerry full touch Torch 9850. Images of a Sprint branded Torch have started to surface giving us the idea that Americas third largest carrier would also be receiving the device.
Hopefully we’re only weeks away from a full-scale BlackBerry 7 launch. Which device are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments below.
4:31 pm on Jul 25, 2011 |
The image above is reportedly from internal Sprint documentation detailing the release of three new BlackBerry devices on their network. The first device in the lineup is of course, the Bold 9330. This is listed as the BlackBerry Bold 3 and is slated to launch on August 21. The Torch 9850 is next on the list and is also listed for launch on August 21. The third BlackBerry device listed for release on Sprint is the Curve 4. This device is the Curve 9350 and is currently slated for a September 9th release. There is also mention of the Curve coming in purple, something that is not entirely unexpected given carrier history of releasing Curve models in multiple colors.
These dates are lining up well with most other rumors and it’s looking like we should see the Bold 9900 series and Torch 9850 launch in the US in August. A Canadian launch may come at the same time or could come in September. We’ll keep you up to date as soon as something official on these release dates comes out from either RIM or the carriers. The full image from the inventory system can be viewed past the break.
5:03 pm on Jul 14, 2011 |
BBM is all about social, from the messaging to the file sharing, BBM is social to the core. Music is generally not something that is though of as social. Sure, there have been some new advancements in the tech world, like Rdio and Spotify, that look to make music a more social experience. But rumor has it that RIM wants to take the social aspect of music a step further and integrate it into BBM.
The BBM Music app will allow users to share both songs and playlists with others on their BBM contact list. Then you will be able to purchase the songs or albums you like directly from the music store on your BlackBerry. This is all just rumored at the moment but we could see parts of this service come into beta in the coming months. We’ll keep you up to date as soon as we hear more on the possibility of BBM Music, but in the mean time, let us know in the comments how you would feel if RIM did release BBM Music? What features would you want in that app?
11:50 pm on Jul 11, 2011 |
It’s getting down to the final stretch in the wait for the BlackBerry Bold 9900. We know that the device will launch in “Summer,” which would be before August 31st. We have seen tons of rumored launch dates and it seems like all those rumors are starting to converge. The latest info says that Bell will be launching the Bold 9900 on August 14th. This information was given to our friends over at BerryReview by an inside source at Bell. They were also told that the 9810, 9860, and 9360 would all be launching shortly after the 9900. This is only just a rumor for now, but we should be seeing something official fairly soon.
3:03 pm on Jul 11, 2011 |
It’s getting so close to the end of the “summer” timeframe that RIM gave for the launch of the Bold 9900 that we should be transitioning from leaks and rumors to official announcements. But alas, that has yet to happen. Instead, we just have more rumors and more launch date confusion. The latest set of rumors comes to us from Mobile Syrup and one of their sources. They list the TELUS launch dates as follows:
- BlackBerry Torch 9810 – August 19th
- BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 – August 18 or 19th
- BlackBerry Torch 9860 – August 26th
- BlackBerry “Bellagio” (possibly Curve 9360) – Late September
Keep in mind that these dates are currently just rumors, but they fit well with what we’re hearing, both officially and unofficially. These launch dates are for TELUS, but the majority of carriers in both the US and Canada should launch these new devices around the same time. So, get excited BlackBerry fans! The launch of the 2011 BlackBerry devices is fast approaching!
Source: Mobile Syrup
3:12 pm on Jul 8, 2011 |
There’s not much to say here besides “enjoy the photo!” We know that App World 3.0 for developers has rolled out and that the Webstore has received it’s 3.0 makeover as well. App World 3.0 for BlackBerry Smartphones shouldn’t be too far behind. The above image is a sneak peek at what the App World 3.0 storefront will look like on the BlackBerry. I can’t confirm this, but it looks like the App World symbol in the top left will take you to the “My World” section and will also notify you when there are updates available. We’ll let you know as soon as we get more information on the new functionality or hear more about the launch date.