Tag Archives: Android
4:56 pm on Dec 18, 2013 |
While BlackBerry has been making some serious headway with BBM going cross-platform, they continue to make headlines around the globe. Today BlackBerry has announced that they have reached a deal with LG Electronics to have BBM pre-installed on many of their flagship android smartphones. LG customers will see BBM pre-installed in Middle East, Africa, and Indonesia, as well as other markets in which LG offers Android powered smatphones. BBM will continue to be made available in Google Play. Continue reading for the full press release.
BBM TO COME PREINSTALLED ON LG SMARTPHONES
The G Pro Lite Will Be the First LG Device to Offer BBM Out-of-the-box
WATERLOO, ON – BBM™ will soon come preinstalled on the LG G Pro Lite from LG Electronics Inc. in markets around the world. BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced a bundling agreement with LG Electronics involving both standard and virtual preloading (using the LG App Manager) and confirmed that BBM will also continue to be available as a free download from Android app stores, including Google Play™.
“BBM is widely used throughout the Middle East, Africa and Indonesia where smartphone users tend to engage heavily in social networking,” said Kevin Shin, Vice President of Marketing for Asia, the Middle East and CIS countries of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G Pro Lite offers an optimized BBM experience with its large, high quality display and embedded Stylus Pen.”
11:00 am on May 14, 2013 |
BlackBerry has finally heard the cries of BBM fans and is answering. BBM is officially going cross-platform this summer. BBM will be available on iOS and Android devices as a free application beginning this summer. The update will work on iOS 6 and above and Android versions Ice Cream Sandwich and above. BBM cross-platform will initially be messages-only and the rest of BBM services will roll out throughout the year. The initial features will include:
- The immediacy of BBM chats
- Multi-person chats
- Voice note sharing
- BlackBerry Groups, where BBM users are able to set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more
Look for more news on BBM cross-platform in the days and weeks to come. Check out the Press Release about BBM past the break.
12:53 pm on Mar 14, 2013 |
BlackBerry has released a preview of their upcoming Secure Work Space for iOS and Android devices. This is a new feature for mobile device management with BES 10 that allows users to access their secure work information on iOS or Android devices, much like BlackBerry 10 allows with work and personal profile separation. This feature is currently being Beta tested by select business partners and will become available to all BES 10 customers in a future update. The full Press Release is featured past the break, containing all the information on this preview.
If you’re a big Instagram fan but you have a BlackBerry 10 device, which Instagram does not support, you’re in luck. An older version of Instagram has been ported to BlackBerry 10 and is now available for download. Keep in mind that this is not a BlackBerry 10 app, but rather an Android app that can be sideloaded onto your BlackBerry 10 device. The experience isn’t great and there are some definite bugs if you run Instagram on BB10, but this is a good solution if you want Instagram and don’t want to switch to iOS or Android.
You can download the Android version of Instagram to your computer using the link below and then you can load it onto your BlackBerry 10 device. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, though. There may be issues that arise when sideloading an unauthorized application onto your device.
Source : CrackBerry
2:17 pm on Jan 16, 2013 |
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.
- Learn More at the BlackBerry Developer Blog
4:44 pm on Aug 7, 2012 |
RIM has said many times that porting an Android app over to the QNX BlackBerry environment is an easy task. They built it that way on purpose. Today, Pinelake Communications is reaffirming RIM’s claims that app porting is very easy for BlackBerry OS. In the latest BlackBerry Developer Success Story featured on the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog, Pinelake discusses porting their successful Android app, Cubifice, over to the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 OS. If you want to check out the full story on Pinelake’s app porting adventure, hit the link below to check it out.
2:19 pm on Apr 30, 2012 |
RIM is set to introduce a product tonight in preparation for BlackBerry World 2012. The product they are introducing is called the BlackBerry Music Gateway and it’ll be officially unveiled tonight at the BlackBerry Solutions Showcase. This product is a totally redesigned version of the currently available BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway. The new Music Gateway will work with your BlackBerry Smartphone, PlayBook, and even your other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Here are the features:
- Connections Made Simple – Using NFC, simply tap your NFC enabled BlackBerry to connect to the BlackBerry Music Gateway**, or connect via standard Bluetooth for universal connectivity of any Bluetooth enabled device such as smartphones, tablets and computers
- Enjoy Wireless Freedom - Stream music from your BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook, or any other Bluetooth enabled device. BlackBerry Music Gateway connects to any existing home stereo equipment or car stereo using the RCA or 3.5mm cables included in the box
- Wireless Remote Control – Use your device as the remote for complete control of playback, track changes, and volume.
- Multitasking – Access other applications or surf the web while playing music. Music automatically pauses when an incoming phone call is received and continues when the call is ended without skipping a beat.
This accessory will go on sale in June and will retail for $49.99. This is just the first of many announcements that will be coming from this year’s BlackBerry World, so keep your browsers here at TheBerryFix for all the latest announcements. You can check out some more photos of the gateway past the break.
11:12 am on Apr 21, 2012 |
According to Reuters RIM has hired Law Firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP to work out a restructuring plan that could include selling assets, seeking joint ventures or even licensing patents. As part of the Canadian smartphone maker’s strategic review, the RIM board is discussing ways to boost revenue from its new BlackBerry 10 operating system and possibly opening up its proprietary network.
This could be a game changer for RIM if we see this get implemented in the near future. Oddly enough, I can’t help but get the feeling of déju vu. Before leaving the company former Co-CEO Jim Balsillie had come up with a strategy allowing carriers to use RIM’s network to content delivery, messaging and analytics. Members of the board quickly rejected the idea, as they feared releasing BBM to the competition would further erode ailing market share. Balsillie left RIM in March.
Source : Reuters
10:06 pm on Apr 9, 2012 |
Today has seen lots of internet chatter about the side-loading of applications to the BlackBerry PlayBook and upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices. This was all started when Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of Developer Relations, tweeted that they will be removing the ability for consumers to side-load apps in an effort to combat application piracy. This has gotten the BlackBerry community up in arms about the future of side-loading and OTA downloading of applications. Follow on past the break as we take a look at the topic of side-loading and see what Alec Saunders has to say about its future.
Source : BlackBerry DevBlog
4:32 pm on Apr 3, 2012 |
We told you this morning about BlackBerry Mobile Fusion’s official launch; however, we haven’t had the chance to share with you any information about the iOS and Android versions of the application. The BlackBerry Mobile Fusion On-device Clients are now available on both iOS and Android. These are the apps that will need to be installed on corporate devices to allow the IT department to remotely manage these devices. The apps are available for download at the links below; however, unless you’re linked up with a Mobile Fusion Server, they won’t do you much good.
9:32 am on Apr 3, 2012 |
Today, RIM has rolled out the carpet for a full-scale launch of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. They have published an official Press Release announcing it’s full availability, which you can view past the break. This full-scale launch builds on the limited launch of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion that came with the launch of PlayBook OS 2.0.
Now, support is not only available for BlackBerry-branded Smartphones and Tablets, but for iOS and Android devices as well. The latest version of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion includes Universal Device Service, the platform that will allow IT Administrators to manage all of these devices on one system. This is a big step for RIM and a great option for businesses looking to mix device brands. Read on for the Press Release.
Source : Inside BlackBerry
3:15 pm on Mar 16, 2012 |
Another day passes and another rumor pops up about RIM either selling the company, Licensing out the OS, or folding completely. This latest rumor comes courtesy of the analyst group, Barrons. They claim that Samsung has $1.5 Billion that it’s looking to invest in licensing for the BlackBerry 10 OS. The report also says that there’s no current device release timetable for Samsung’s BB 10 phones, but that more details will be available in the Fall. Read on past the break for a full breakdown of this rumor and our opinions on the matter.
9:30 am on Mar 15, 2012 |
LifeChurch.tv has just released their official YouVersion Bible Application onto the BlackBerry PlayBook. The YouVersion Bible App is the most popular Bible application available for mobile devices, covering all major tablet and smartphone brands. The YouVersion App that’s now available on the PlayBook is a direct port of the Android version of the app and plays seamlessly on the Android Player on your PlayBook. You get all the great features of the YouVersion Bible software, including:
- Over 50 different Bible translations in multiple languages
- Offline access to many different translations
- Easy searching for keywords or references
- Multiple reading plans to track your Bible study
- Connections to Twitter and Facebook
- Bookmarks and Notes
You can download the app for Free in App World by clicking the link below. The app itself comes preloaded with 11 Bible versions and you have the opportunity to download many more to your PlayBook. If you’re looking for a full-featured Bible study application for your PlayBook, look no further than YouVersion.
Source : BerryReview
BlackBerry will be present at SXSW this weekend with BlackBerry Jam Sessions and Developer Assistance
12:08 pm on Mar 9, 2012 |
Research in Motion plans to have a formative presence at this years South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas. Not only will RIM be sponsoring events and giving out free goodies during the event, they will also be hosting some BlackBerry Jam sessions and have space set up for developers to come and get assistance with their BlackBerry Apps. RIM has a few presentations set up for both Saturday and Sunday at SXSW and there will be on-site assistance for Android developers looking to repackage their apps for PlayBook. You can hit the link below to check out RIM’s SXSW schedule on the developer website.
12:27 pm on Mar 3, 2012 |
On the heels of the PlayBook OS 2.0 launch, PlayBook sales and app development are doing better than ever. RIM has just let us know about 2 awesome achievements for the PlayBook. First, the BlackBerry PlayBook was the #1 best-selling for this week. Second, the PlayBook was the top selling tablet at Future Shop this past week. These are both huge achievements for the PlayBook, especially when you consider these two retail locations. Both shops push sales of the Apple iPad and Kindle Fire, and seeing the PlayBook beat out both of these tablets says a lot for OS 2.0.
In addition to the PlayBook sales news, RIM also let us know a little more about application development for the PlayBook. About 6,225 apps have been submitted to App World for approval. A large majority of these applications come from Android developers who are porting their apps to PlayBook. Many of these apps have already been approved into App World; however, there are still over 3,000 that RIM is still working to get approved. We have also seen lots of tweets from Android developers talking about how well their PlayBook apps have been selling. They are saying that more sales are happening in days and weeks in App World than they were seeing in weeks and months on the Android Market. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date as more good PlayBook news surfaces.