BlackBerry World 2011

Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook gets first demo

Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook gets first demo

RIM has publicly demonstrated Android apps running on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for the first time at BlackBerry World 2011 this morning, showing how code intended for Google's platform will be packaged and run on the QNX slate. Apps will each run in their own instance of a virtual machine, presented to the user as regular shortcuts and with the emulator automatically - and transparently - loading.

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Microsoft Bing now default search on BlackBerry: Deep OS integration coming

Microsoft Bing now default search on BlackBerry: Deep OS integration coming

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a surprise appearance on the BlackBerry World 2011 stage today to announce a new partnership with RIM that will see Bing made the default search provider on BlackBerry smartphones moving forward. The search default will only be the first step of the collaboration, however; Bing will be closely integrated into the core BlackBerry OS.

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Adobe bringing “creative applications” to PlayBook

Adobe bringing “creative applications” to PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook has been criticized for its shortage of applications - even having to turn to Android later in 2011 to make up the shortfall - but it could get some salvation among artistic types with Adobe's help. Taking to the stage with RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis at BlackBerry World 2011, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen confirmed that the company would bring its "creative applications" to the tablet.

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Angry Birds for PlayBook confirmed

Angry Birds for PlayBook confirmed

RIM may be calling the BlackBerry PlayBook an enterprise tablet, but it can't seem to leave consumers alone at BlackBerry World 2011. After video chat and Facebook apps were announced yesterday, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis confirmed today that Angry Birds for the PlayBook is coming sometime this summer.

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BlackBerry PlayBook updates “every few weeks” as RIM refines tablet

BlackBerry PlayBook updates “every few weeks” as RIM refines tablet

RIM made life difficult for early reviewers of the BlackBerry PlayBook with almost daily updates of the QNX OS the tablet is based on, improving and tweaking in the run up to launch. The company isn't threatening quite the same pace now that the PlayBook is on the market, but it is committing to very frequent updates: every few weeks, in fact.

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RIM: No BlackBerry 7 OS for existing phones

RIM: No BlackBerry 7 OS for existing phones

RIM has confirmed that existing BlackBerry handsets will not be getting an upgrade to BlackBerry 7 OS, as unveiled this morning on the Bold 9900/9930. Confirmed at BlackBerry World 2011 this morning, the absence of legacy support means current devices will be stuck at OS 6.x.

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PlayBook getting Video Chat and Facebook apps in May

PlayBook getting Video Chat and Facebook apps in May

One of our key complaints about the BlackBerry PlayBook was its lack of video calling support - leaving the front-facing camera pretty much pointless - and the absence of Facebook integration. Out of the box, the PlayBook's Facebook icon simply takes you to the social networking site's homepage; now, there's a new Facebook App for the PlayBook, along with a video calling app.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 official with BlackBerry 7 OS

BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 official with BlackBerry 7 OS

BlackBerry World 2011 is kicking off today in Orlando, and RIM has officially unveiled its latest smartphones, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Bold 9930. The thinnest BlackBerry smartphones to-date, at 10.5mm thick, the two handsets have 2.8-inch capacitive 640 x 480 287dpi touchscreens, full QWERTY keyboards and an optical trackpad, and run BlackBerry 7 OS on a 1.2GHz processor with 768MB of memory.

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