RIM announced a while back that BlackBerry App World, the storefront for apps and games for BlackBerry OS, would be getting an overhaul for BlackBerry 10. The changes include a name change to just BlackBerry World and the addition of music and video content. That transition has started today, with BlackBerry World being the official, one-stop-shop for all apps, games, music, and movies for BlackBerry users.
Until BlackBerry 10 launches, the music and movies portion of BlackBerry World will be unavailable. This new storefront will serve as the place for downloads on your BlackBerry 7 smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook, and BlackBerry 10 smartphone. You can hit the link below to check out the redesigned BlackBerry World.
Check out the completely redesigned BlackBerry World
With only 11 days until the official unveiling of BlackBerry 10, there’s not much time to leak the surprises that RIM has planned for BlackBerry 10. The latest surprise to leak is a pretty big one, especially with Siri being such a big and helpful feature on iOS. RIM has prepared a completely new voice control feature for BlackBerry 10. To activate voice control, you just hold the play/pause button on the side, which is located between the volume up/down buttons. She will come up asking what she can do for you and then you can perform all sorts of actions just by speaking.
Voice control allows you to do things like send a text, call a phone number, or play a song, all by just pressing a button and speaking. This feature is much like Siri on iOS, with a similar voice and the familiar conversation bubbles that she uses. I’ll let you decide if copying Apple directly is a good or bad plan for RIM and BlackBerry 10. I’ll leave you with this, it certainly is an awesome feature and you should check out the video above to see for yourself. The video also features a walkthrough of some of the native apps like Twitter and Facebook, so that makes it worth a look, too.
We know that Verizon is going to be launching the first BlackBerry 10 phone, the Z10, sometime in the coming months. We also know that it will be launching in both a black and a white model. What we didn’t know, until now, is that Verizon would be launching the Z10 in both black and white. A page on Verizon Wireless’s website, which we assume to be unpublished at the moment, shows that Verizon is not only launching the first BlackBerry 10 device, but also that is is officially called the Z10 and will be available in both black and white. The unveiling is only 12 days away and the launch will be shortly after that, so we don’t have too much longer to wait.
These times are, as usual, best case estimates and you won’t get anywhere near these in real world usage. Keep in mind that these times are for the GSM model of the Z10 only, and that the times are only listed for GSM and UMTS. The times for 4G LTE, which most North American devices will run, should be significantly less than this. We’ll keep you up to date as more information leaks out prior to the official unveiling on January 30th.
RIM is planning to unveil BlackBerry 10 and the first two devices to run it, the Z10 and X10, on January 30th in multiple locations across the globe. Even though these two devices are unannounced and unreleased, we’ve still seen tons of leaked images and videos of them. Now, we have the full specs for the full touchscreen device, the Z10 or L-Series, available.
This device will feature a 4.2″ touch panel display with a resolution of 1280 x 786. The processing power will be provided by a 2 GHz, dual core Snapdragon chip with 2 GB of RAM on board. The rear camera will be 8MP and the front will come in at 2MP. In addition to these specs, we will have WiFi, NFC, 4G LTE, and an 1,800 mAh battery. There will also be a version of the Z10 that does not have LTE, which will be reserved for markets where LTE is not yet available, such as the UK and India.
While the actual specs could possibly be different from this, it’s highly unlikely given the timing and the images this information was sourced from. Check out the rest of the spec images past the break and let us know what you think.
RIM has been hosting BlackBerry 10 Port-A-Thons where thousands of app developers have easily ported their applications over to BlackBerry from other platforms. The last chance Port-A-Thon starts January 18th at Noon EST and continues for 36 hours. Here are some requirements and what you’re eligible for if you port:
Port one or more approved apps and you’ll receive $100 per eligible app, to a maximum of 20 paid applications per Vendor
Additionally, submit five (5) or more apps and be entered into a random draw for one (1) of two hundred and fifty (250) Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 devices. You’ll receive one (1) entry for the first five (5) approved apps and an additional entry for each approved app after that.
Be sure to check out all the details for this last chance even on RIM’s BlackBerry Developer Blog, which is linked below. Porting is easy and pays off very quickly.
RIM has announced today that their Secure Element Manager using NFC has been officially approved by Visa as an authorized mobile payment provider. This is a big step for RIM in making mobile payments via NFC a major feature on BlackBerry. Check out the full Press Release for all the details.
RIM Receives Approval from Visa for Mobile Payment Solution
WATERLOO, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that its Secure Element Manager (SEM) solution for NFC (Near Field Communication) mobile payments has been approved by Visa. RIM’s SEM is the backend solution for carriers that can securely manage credentials on SIM (subscriber identity module) cards installed in all types of NFC-capable mobile devices.
We’ve seen some small leaks of the upcoming BlackBerry X10 QWERTY keyboard device, but now we’re getting an even better look. An Instagram user has posted some shots of the X10. One model is connected to Verizon’s network and the other isn’t showing a carrier connection. This device looks almost identical to the current Bold 9900, but with a much larger touch display. Enjoy these shots, they are likely the last few we will see before RIM officially unveils this device on January 30th.
While Canadian and US carriers have been confirming that BlackBerry 10 is coming, European carriers haven’t been so giddy about announcing RIM’s new platform. EE one of the first European, and UK specific, carriers to announce that BlackBerry 10 will be launching on their network this year. EE is one of the European carriers that feature 4G LTE and this is great for BlackBerry fans looking to get the most out of their BlackBerry 10 device. We don’t have any concrete details on when the actual launch will be, just that it is happening in the first quarter of this year. Stay tuned to TheBerryFix for all the latest.
We have a leaked roadmap from T-Mobile’s internal channels showing a launch date for BlackBerry 10. And the date is not what anyone was hoping for; however, it’s not concrete and could change. The date is March 27th and it actually falls in line well with what we have heard from T-Mobile representatives. They have stated that T-Mobile will be launching BlackBerry 10 “later this year.” March would qualify well with that statement. Either way, we know T-Monile is getting BlackBerry 10. So, if you’re on that network you’ll get a chance to have the BlackBerry 10 goodness sometime this year.
We know that RIM is revealing BlackBerry 10 on January 30th; however, it’s only a reveal and not a release. The actual release could come anytime after the 30th, be it February 1st or March 31st. We have some new leaked information that shows the launch date may actually be somewhere in the middle of that range. The information shows BlackBerry 10 launching on Bell on February 28th. The leaked image also shows a price for the device, $799. This date and price would line up well with what we’ve been hearing, but we won’t know for sure till January 30th.
We’ve heard before that BlackBerry Desktop Manager was going to be replaced with the aptly named ‘BlackBerry Link’ when BlackBerry 10 rolls out. Now we have more confirmation and some good images of the newly designed syncing interface. BlackBerry Link looks much more modern and the interface is much cleaner than past installs of BlackBerry DM. Check out the rest of the images past the break and get ready to link your BlackBerry 10 device up with this software sometime soon.
This week at CES 2013 in Vegas, RIM didn’t have a booth and there weren’t any major announcements from partners. This, however, didn’t mean that RIM wasn’t present at the biggest and most important electronics show every year. RIM was meeting secretly with partners and potential partners in backrooms at CES. There were also big confirmations from the 4 major American carriers regarding BlackBerry 10. Read on past the break for how the confirmation from each carrier came in.
We saw the Verizon branded BlackBerry 10 touchscreen device debut last week in a quick photo. Now, we’ve gotten an even better look at the device, thanks to a foreign source. These photos, which can be seen after the break, show off a dummy version of the first full-touchscreen, BlackBerry 10 device with Verizon branding. There’s not much more to say about this besides wait until January 30th and we’ll have all the details.
It’s a new year, 2013, and it’s time for a new you. New Year’s resolutions almost always include getting healthier and more fit, and BlackBerry has you covered. The following is a list of five free apps, brought to you by RIM, that help you meet your resolutions and get into better shape in 2013:
Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal(Free): Weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. With the largest food database of any BlackBerry calorie counter (over 1,700,000 foods), and fast food and exercise entry, MyFitnessPal is a fast and easy diet app that will help you take those extra pounds off.
Gym Technik (Free): Many of us make efforts to stay fit and healthy. Whether you’re just getting started on a fitness regimen in the New Year or are a seasoned gym rat, Gym Technik is a handy mobile web application that assists in planning your workout routines and keeping track of them on the spot. The app offers workout guidance and allows you to track workouts, body stats, and schedule monthly workout routines to motivate and reach fitness goals faster.
adidas miCoach(Free): Can’t afford a personal trainer? No need! With adidas miCoach, put your trainer in the palm of your hand. GPS and real time audible coaching keep you going past your personal best; you can choose a training plan customized for your sport and build the speed and endurance to go even farther. Sync up to miCoach.com so you can save and view your detailed workout analysis.
Endomondo Sports Tracker (Free): For those taking on a new activity while staying fit, Endomondo Sports Tracker allows you to use your mobile as a free personal coach and training partner. Using the built-in GPS, it tracks your running, cycling, hiking, kayaking, skiing – you name it! As a bonus, you get audio feedback while working out and, for an extra motivator, you can see your friends’ latest workouts in real-time.
Quit Smoking Tracker(Free): Stick to that resolution to stop smoking with the help of Quit Smoking Tracker. Quit Smoking tracks your current and potential smoking habits beginning the minute it’s activated – the app keeps track of how much time you have quit smoking and helps you stay motivated. You can track the amount of money saved, the life you extended and the number of cigarettes you avoided since you quit smoking.