RIM has already shown it's willing to dip into other platforms if it thinks that will boost its market appeal - the arrival of Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook later this year will be evidence of that - but the company hasn't forgotten that enterprise users will want to securely manage their broadening ecosystem. The new multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution will allow admins to control and manage not only BlackBerry smartphones and QNX tablets, like the PlayBook, but also Android and Apple iOS devices too.
Research In Motion (RIM) has either accidentally posted the new BlackBerry Bold Touch on their front-page today or pulled a PR teaser trick. Whatever it was, it was quickly removed, but not before folks got a good screenshot of the page, which detailed the company's new touchscreen smartphone likely to be unveiled at next week's BlackBerry World convention in Florida.
RIM finally took the covers off of the highly anticipated and much-rumored BlackBerry Bold smartphone. RIM wants you to think of the phone's beautiful display when you think of the "Bold." The BlackBerry Bold is no doubt beautiful, at least for a BlackBerry anyways. So everyone, please say and give a warm welcome to the all-new BlackBerry Bold.
The BlackBerry Bold features a 480x320 pixel resolution, 65,000-color display, a new design that looks much more elegant than previous BlackBerry models. The Bold sports curvier edges and a silver trim complementing the black casing. Flip it over, and you'll find that RIM has added a leatherette texture to the back. The days of cheap and slippery plastic are gone. RIM intends to sell replaceable backplates in different colors, including blue, gray and red. The Bold weighs 4.7 ounces and measures 4.5-inches tall by 2.6-inches wide and only 0.5 inches deep. The blackberry Bold also has a new QWERTY keyboard that's a more modernized version of the Curve. People who have used the new layout have commented that it's pretty easy to use thanks to its "large-ish" buttons with some spacing between the keys.
Porsche Design and RIM have resurrected the P'9981, the expensive love-it-or-hate-it smartphone that redresses BlackBerry 7 in an angular metal suit, this time in black. The new P'9981 Black has the same touchscreen and QWERTY combo as the silver version we reviewed back in February, as well as a 5-megapixel camera embedded in a leather-covered back, but Porsche Design claims the matte finish case is actually more in keeping with its racing car heritage than the original.
The most recent software update for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II brings not just Android version 4.0.3 but the ability to use the NFC payment system ISIS. This software is being sent out as a manual update to all of you across the nation who want to get a collection of bug fixes and can be access with your Kies software on either a Windows machine or a Mac. This update brings software code T989UVLH1 and is an "optional update" - but you're gonna want to get it, for sure.
RIM has responded to allegations that a significant number of its enterprise customers plan to defect from the BlackBerry platform in 2012, suggesting that they're probably unhappy because they're not using the latest models from its range. The Canadian company has not had a chance to review the EMA findings - which discovered 30-percent of businesses with 10,000 or more BlackBerry users intend to ditch the platform next year - it said, but "would be interested in finding out" whether those questioned were using BlackBerry 7 phones on Enterprise Server v5.0.3.
It's what they're calling their Yes, Every Smartphone Is on Sale, Sale” and it'll be pulling down the prices of every single smartphone and tablet they've got in the store to $99.99 or less, most of them requiring a mail-in rebate to make the full reduction work. Everything from the G-Slate Android tablet to the BlackBerry Bold 9900 to the myTouch 4G Slide is now $99.99 or less after rebate. You'll of course be tying each of these devices to a new (mark the "new" bit, it's important), 2-year Value plan with unlimited data - this includes unlimited talk, text, and data family plan for $49.99 for each of two lines.
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion made its Q2 earnings report today, and things are still looking dreary. Revenue for the quarter fell short of Wall Street expectations if $4.5 billion, falling 10 percent to $4.2 billion, down from $4.6 billion in the same quarter last year. Sales of its PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry smartphones have also been disappointing.
Could the tide be turning against HTC's prime position in the Android smartphone segment? UK carrier Vodafone has confirmed this morning that it has ditched the HTC EVO 3D from its line-up, over concerns that ongoing delays in the GSM version's launch meant it would come simply too late to compete with rival devices.
Once again, we attempt to bring you a roundup of the week's tech news in under 6 minutes. The chaos of the Sony PlayStation Network breach continued into this past week. Apple unleashed an iOS update that addressed most of the location tracking concerns. Intel made their biggest announcement of the year with a new 22-nm 3D Tri-Gate transistor technology that really puts it ahead of the competition. Other major announcements came from the BlackBerry World conference as well as from a Samsung event. For the full list and video continue after the cut.
With BlackBerry World still rolling on, we've got plenty of exciting RIM news this morning, but first, make sure you check out the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer review by our man Chris Davies. Also, Asus will only be able to build 10K of these tabs per month, when they wanted to build 300K. But they plan to have the bottleneck in component supplies cleared up by June. Now, on to BlackBerry news, plus a new iMac, and lots of Android, including a special Ice Cream Sandwich from Google.