BlackBerry 10

RIM: BlackBerry 10 phones with physical QWERTY in pipeline

RIM: BlackBerry 10 phones with physical QWERTY in pipeline

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has insisted that there will be QWERTY-keyboard blessed BlackBerry 10 handsets when the new platform launches, despite the developer device being touch-only. The company prompted speculation yesterday that it was shifting away from its legendary hardware keyboards, when it confirmed plans to distribute a full-touch BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha to developers attending BlackBerry World 2012 this week, and spent keynote time demonstrating a new on-screen keyboard with predictive text.

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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha freebies can’t save RIM’s stock

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha freebies can’t save RIM’s stock

RIM may be handing out BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices to all and sundry at BlackBerry World 2012, but the company is stressing hard that consumers shouldn't expect to see the pixel-dense prototype on store shelves. Intended to give developers a real-world device on which to trial their BlackBerry 10 SDK efforts on, the Dev Alpha may well end up being significantly different to what goes on sale later in 2012. The absence of any hard news on RIM's commercial launch plans has seen shares in the company take a dive.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: May 1, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: May 1, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone. It's the beginning of the month. We're always halfway through the year and the tech news wires are cranking as strong as ever. First off, an update to the LG/Windows Phone story - LG denies ditching Windows Phone. And speaking of mobile platforms that people are running from, RIM guarantees Blackberry 10 devs $10,000. So how about that other non-Apple mobile platform? Yeah, it's doing pretty well. Comscore pumps Android to 51% market share.

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RIM guarantees BlackBerry 10 devs $10,000

RIM guarantees BlackBerry 10 devs $10,000

RIM today unveiled its next-gen QNX-based platform, BlackBerry 10, and it's willing to pledge some money to motivate developers to create apps for the new OS. BlackBerry 10 developers are guaranteed to earn $10,000 per app in the first year or else RIM will pay the difference.

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BlackBerry 10 Prototype says to iPhone: “Wake Up”

BlackBerry 10 Prototype says to iPhone: “Wake Up”

The folks at Research in Motion have revealed their BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device, a smartphone which very clearly speaks to Apple in the same way their Australian "Wake Up" campaign has this past month. RIM revealed today that they were and are behind the Wake Up campaign in Australia in which their ultimate aim will be to show how Australians want to "do business" in the country - not with Apple, we must assume. So what BlackBerry 10 will be launched with is a developer model smartphone that looks strikingly like another well-known smartphone. Does it ring any bells for you?

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BlackBerry 10 Wrap-Up

BlackBerry 10 Wrap-Up

Today was a big day for RIM. At BlackBerry World, they needed to impress customers, developers, and the tech press with BlackBerry 10, and while it doesn’t seem like a slam dunk, what has been seen so far seems to have been met with a positive reception. It’s been a busy day, but so far we’ve seen a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device, basic functionality of the OS, and a demo of various apps coming to the platform.

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PixelMags demos BlackBerry 10 magazine app

PixelMags demos BlackBerry 10 magazine app

Aside from general functionality and gaming, RIM also showed off some other aspects of BlackBerry 10, notable magazine functionality. PixelMags took to the stage to talk about its mobile app that it would be creating for Blackberry 10. On top of that, every BlackBerry 10 user will receive 10 minutes of free reading per month. After that, you’ll need to fork over some cash.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: May 1, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: May 1, 2012

This morning we'll be continuing our ongoing series exploring the inner workings of the upcoming blockbuster film Prometheus - expect more monsters today! Then we've got one whole heck of a lot of BlackBerry 10 going on - releases galore! So many releases that your head will spin - it could be the rebirth of BlackBerry as we know it! And of course we've got a review of a major product as well, wouldn't be a fabulous morning without that - BIG JAMBOX for your ears!

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RIM focusing on gaming with BlackBerry 10

RIM focusing on gaming with BlackBerry 10

You’d be forgiven for thinking that RIM would want to play it safe with BlackBerry 10 and stick to what it knows best, enterprise support. That’s definitely important, but the Canadian company is also placing a heavy emphasis on games for its next-gen platform. Several developers took to the stage at BlackBerry World in order to extol the virtues of BB10’s APIs and ease of use.

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BlackBerry 10 functionality detailed

BlackBerry 10 functionality detailed

BlackBerry World is well underway, with RIM CEO Thorsten Heins taking to the stage to detail the features that BlackBerry 10 will bring to the table. Based on QNX like the PlayBook OS, BB10 will bring BlackBerry up to speed and add features typically found with modern day smartphone operating systems, with couple of new twists too.

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BlackBerry 10 launches

BlackBerry 10 launches

RIM has officially launched BlackBerry 10, the company's next-gen OS, at BlackBerry World 2012 this week, previewing the platform on a brand new developer device and pinning its hopes for the future on the QNX-based software. Previewed back in the days when RIM was still calling it BBX, BlackBerry 10 leans heavily on HTML5 for its cross-platform software support. There's also an initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development, fresh and ready for download today, with RIM hoping coders get busy creating apps ready for launch-day.

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RIM unveils BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device

RIM unveils BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device

RIM has just taken the lid off its BlackBerry 10 dev alpha kit. What you’re looking at is essentially a miniature PlayBook, with a similar design and GUI. RIM hasn’t detailed the internals of the device, but some basic specs are known: the device has a 4.2-inch screen with a 1280x768 resolution, 16GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM. The dev alpha is also said to have a mini HDMI port, a microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, and three stage volume rocker.

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