Tag Archives: PlayBook
3:21 pm on Aug 9, 2012 |
RIM has released the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE in Canada today. While we haven’t been able to get our hands on one yet (since we are a US based site…), RIM has posted a nice hands-on demo of the new 4G PlayBook. The video features Donny from the Inside BlackBerry Blog interviewing the 4G PlayBook’s Product Manager, Shaun. You can check out the video above or click the link below to see the original post on Inside BlackBerry.
9:21 am on Aug 9, 2012 |
Today is August 9th, and if you’ve been keeping up with the BlackBerry news lately, you know what that means. Today’s the day that RIM is launching the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE in Canada. The new PlayBook comes with a 4G LTE radio, 3G cellular ability, and an upgraded, 1.5 GHz processor. The 4G PlayBook is now available through the Big Three carriers in Canada. Here’s the rundown on pricing for each carrier. Just click the carrier name to head over to their website to check out the 4G PlayBook.
- $349.99 with a 3-year contract
- $549.99 with no contract
- $349.95 with a 3-year contract
- $549.95 with no contract
- $549.99 regardless of contract choice
3:49 pm on Aug 3, 2012 |
Yesterday RIM announced the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE and said it was launching in Canada first. Today, we have found out some of the pricing for this device from both Rogers and Telus. First up, let’s take a look at the Rogers pricing. You’re looking at:
- $549.99 full-retail
- $499.99 with a 1-year contract
- $449.99 with a 2-year plan
- $349.99 with a 3-year plan
The Telus pricing for the 4G LTE PlayBook looks to be very similar. So far, we only have confirmation that the full-retail on Telus will be the same $549.99 as on Rogers. The PlayBook 4G LTE will be launching on both these carriers, plus Bell Canada, on August 9th. If you’re in Canada and looking to grab RIM’s first 4G device, get ready for August 9th.
Source : MobileSyrup
It’s August and you know what that means, time for going back to school. Going back to school after Summer almost always results in the back to school blues. Well, this year BlackBerry hopes to ease the pain with some great BlackBerry products that are sure to make transitioning back to school and studying much easier. Follow me past the break to take a look at a few of these products.
9:42 am on Aug 2, 2012 |
On the heels of the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE announcement, RIM has pushed a software update for owners of the WiFi BlackBerry PlayBook. This OS update is version 188.8.131.528 and it is cited as a maintenance release. I know that most users were hoping to see PlayBook OS 2.1, which has been in Developer Beta for a few months, become available soon, but that didn’t happen today. The new 4G PlayBook will not be launching with OS 2.1 either, so it may still be a while before we see it become available. Either way, there’s a new OS available for your PlayBook right now, so hit that software update button and get to downloading.
9:31 am on Aug 2, 2012 |
RIM has gone ahead and officially announced the often rumored BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE. The updated 4G PlayBook will be the same size as the current WiFi model, but will feature 4G LTE, HSPA+, and an updated 1.5 GHz processor. The new 4G PlayBook will only be available with 32GB of sotrage space, rather than the 16 and 64GB versions offered with the WiFi model.
The 4G PlayBook isn’t available today; however, it’ll be launched on select wireless carriers in Canada on August 9th. The 4G PlayBook will be making the rounds to the US, Europe, and other countries in the coming months. Check past the break for the full Press Release from RIM regarding the launch and availability of the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE.
3:17 pm on Aug 1, 2012 |
**Update: CrackBerry has confirmed that these boxes do indeed contain the security display devices for BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE devices. Look for the launch sometime this week or next.
We had originally heard that the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G was slated for a Q4 2012 Launch and then we heard last week that date had been pushed up to July 31, 2012. Well, yesterday was July 31st and the day came and went without any PlayBook 4G launches. However, that doesn’t mean that the 4G PlayBook isn’t coming very soon. Select Rogers stores across Canada have been receiving display security packages marked “PlayBook Security.” This indicates that the stores should be getting the 4G PlayBook in sometime soon and we should see a launch in the coming weeks. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more.
Source : MobileSyrup
4:17 pm on Jul 30, 2012 |
We have heard about the 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook many times in the past, most recently in the BlackBerry 2012-2013 Roadmap. On that roadmap, the 10-inch PlayBook is referred to as the “Blackforest” and slated for a Q3 2013 release. This time; however, we aren’t just hearing about the oft-rumored, 10-inch slate. We are actually getting a good look at the thing.
The 10-inch PlayBook that’s being shown off in these photos features a sim card for 4G connectivity, something we can expect to see RIM rely on heavily as we move forward. Besides the 10-inch screen, not much as changed from the current PlayBook. The only noticeable difference is the screen’s aspect ratio.
It looks like the 10-inch PlayBook will feature more of a square screen instead of the rectangular screen on the current 7-incher. With a release set for mid to late 2013, these photos are certainly of an early prototype for the device. Things could change between now and then, but at least we have some visual confirmation. Check past the break for a bunch more photos of the device.
11:00 am on Jul 28, 2012 |
RIM has announced a new certification that has been achieved by both BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 and BlackBerry Device Service. Both pieces of software are now FIPS 140-2 Certified, meaning they are certified as the most secure mobile services available. Everyone knows what BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is; however, most won’t be familiar with BlackBerry Device Service. This is the portion of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion that manages BlackBerry Devices on the server. It’s basically the BES portion of Mobile Fusion.
Having this certification is huge for RIM, especially since they are counting on the PlayBook, BlackBerry 10, and BlackBerry Device Service to enable them to continue support for government and enterprise customers who require top-level security. This is also a good sign for BlackBerry 10’s security future. It has been widely quoted that since BlackBerry 10 devices could be rooted and jailbroken, they would not achieve the required security standards for government use. Seeing PlayBook OS 2.0 certified, this gives BlackBerry 10 a good chance. Check out the link below for more information on these FIPS Certifications.
As we reported earlier this week with the 4G BlackBerry PlayBook release information, there is an OS update planned to release soon for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The full rollout of OS 2.1 for the PlayBook is set to debut soon, most likely coordinating with the release of the 4G BlackBerry PlayBook which is set for a July 31st retail debut. As noted in the OS 2.1 document pictured above, and see in the current Developer Preview of 2.1, there are many new features and improvements coming in this release. Check past the break for the full list of features that are confirmed coming with the OS 2.1 release.
Source : CrackBerry
8:30 am on Jul 25, 2012 |
Today, RIM has made a big announcement concerning Canadians and the BlackBerry PlayBook. They have finally gotten all the licensing deals worked out and the BlackBerry PlayBook Video Store is now available in Canada. The video store offers thousands of movies and TV shoes the are available for purchase or rental right on your BlackBerry PlayBook.
I have had good experience with the PlayBook Video Store, having used it a few times. Being able to play movies on the big screen via HDMI cable and control the PlayBook using BlackBerry Remote from the couch is a big plus. This news is also huge news coming just before BlackBerry 10. The BlackBerry Ecosystem is going to be a huge part of the BlackBerry 10 launch, so having the Video Store available in Canada is one big piece of the puzzle. If you’re in Canada, you can hit the link below to download the Video Store to your PlayBook.
Path is one of the most popular social networking sites available on iOS and Android today. Instead of the traditional status updates, Path keeps track of your activities and photos and displays them on your life “Path.” It’s a great service and millions of people use it every day. However, BlackBerry users are currently left out of the fun. That can all change though, if enough BlackBerry users send messages to Path. The have opened up a contest between BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Kindle Fire, and the winning platform will get Path for their OS.
To enter for vote and bring Path to BlackBerry, just click the link below and send a message telling the Path team you want them to develop for BlackBerry. In the meantime, you can always sideload the Path Android app onto you BlackBerry PlayBook. So, BlackBerry fans, here’s your chance to voice your opinion and bring a great app to the BlackBerry Platform.
Source : Path
10:00 pm on Jul 23, 2012 |
RIM has pushed out updates to BlackBerry Desktop Software for users that are running either a Mac or a PC. The latest update lists a huge feature in the update notes that all but confirms the news from earlier today that the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook is launching this month. The update adds support for “new mobile network enabled BlackBerry PlayBook Tablets.” You can grab the update from the link below or by opening your copy of BlackBerry Desktop Software and checking for updates. If you plan to get a 4G PlayBook this month, better grab that update now in preparation.
4:17 pm on Jul 23, 2012 |
We’ve got some breaking news today on the upcoming 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook. Some leaked retailer screenshots show that the 4G LTE-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook not only exists, but that it’s set to launch this month. We initially heard that the 4G PlayBook was on track for a late 2012 launch; however, this new information shows that RIM has pushed that date up. One would presume that the push to Summer from late 2012 is to try and get some positive news and sales going before the BlackBerry 10 launch in early 2012. The specs on this one include 4G LTE, HSPA+, and a 1.5 GHz processor. The remainder of the specifications will be the same as on the current WiFi-only PlayBook.
The documents show the 4G PlayBook hitting the shelves on July 31st. This date is currently only confirmed for Bell Canada; however, other Canadian retailers should be launching the device the same time. As for a US and European launch, there’s no confirmation as to when and if that’ll be happening. Pricing is listed at $549.95 for a 32GB version. The 32GB version is the only version listed and may very well be the only version of the 4G PlayBook that launches. As for the current WiFi-only PlayBooks, we can most likely expect to see an OS update coinciding with the 4G launch.
Source : Mobile Syrup
EA Games is hosting a 50% off promotion on some of their most popular PlayBook Games. Now through July 26th, you can grab many of the top EA PlayBook Games for 50% off the regular price. Some of the games included in this promotion are FIFA 11 and Madden NFL 12. Check out the full list at the link below and be sure to pick a few up while they’re half off.