BlackBerry Laguna specs leaked

Is this the next BlackBerry 10 OS device?

Want a sneak peak of the upcoming BlackBerry Laguna smartphone?

A list of specs for this BlackBerry OS 10 device has been leaked or posted on a Blackberry fansite, giving us a preview and something to drool over.

According to the post, the 4.2-inch BlackBerry Laguna boasts of a 1280×768 screen resolution with 355 DPI. Apple’s latest iPhone device has a 1136×604 resolution and a 326 DPI.

The BlackBerry Laguna is also said to be powered by a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 4G LTE and an impressive 8MP autofocusing rear facing camera with flash and a 1GB or RAM.

The device is also rumored to have NFC capability, DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi direct.

The specs of the BlackBerry Laguna \re said to have come from Verizon Wireless, the post said.

Another device which comes from the BlackBerry L Series is the BlackBerry London which also boasts of a 1GB of RAM and a dual core processor.

If these reports are true, then we might be seeing bright future for BlackBerry and Research In Motion. As a BlackBerry fan, I can’t help but be excited to have a glimpse of this magnificent device and have a crack of it.

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RIM Blackberry 10 hopes for your happy “thumb” to multitask on its own

Even though the company is slowly fading into oblivion, we still know about RIM and the now infamous Blackberry. The company has been struggling the most in the new era of smartphones, which is ironic because RIM was once the leader of the smartphone community. In fact, the Blackberry was what used to define the smartphone.

Times have changed since the iPhone was launched. The touch screen device with an interface centered on Apps created by third party developers has become the most successful business model yet. The iPhone indeed changed and revolutionized the definition of what a smartphone is. The iPhone model was the same model used by the now dominant Android operating system, which runs on more than 50% of the market.

Ever since then, RIM and their Blackberry devices began losing ground. They even lost corporate partners when the “bring your own phone” trend began in the corporate world. People brought in their iPhone and their Android handsets.

Nokia, another mobile brand has begun their rebirth into the mobile world thanks to Windows 8. It is apparent that more than hardware, today’s consumer is very much focused on what your software can offer as well. For a while, Blackberry tried to survive with their dated system, but that was to no avail.

They began work on the Blackberry 10, an operating system that was meant to finally take RIM out of the hole it was in. Unfortunately, several technical issues during its development pushed the operating system’s release further back two times. In fact, it is still not ready, and they can’t even promise it to be ready before Christmas. It looks like RIM and their Blackberry 10 will miss out on this year’s shopping spree.

Despite the poor timing and availability, RIM is very optimistic about their Blackberry 10. They announced that it was nearly complete, and they have created its interface centered on touch and one finger navigation.

You got that right. The new Blackberry 10 aims to address what Apple and their iPhone design was trying to point out, that phones should be easily navigated by one thumb alone. While the iPhone’s dimensions do permit you to reach all parts of the screen with just your thumb, many interface elements still require you to use two fingers, and most of the time, this involves two hands.

The new thumb gestures implemented on the new Blackberry 10 are supposed to allow you to access the entire interface and navigate your data with just one thumb. Nicknamed “Blackberry Flow” these one thumb gestures allow you to quickly access several of the apps and services installed in the device, as well as the all new Blackberry Hub.

The new Blackberry Hub is the center of all the information that you want. You control what appears on the hub, like notifications from your social networks, emails, SMS, calendar and other information you decide. It’s always on, and is always accessible from anywhere within the OS.

Their new “Peek” function is their take on multitasking, allowing a quick look at a function going on in another app. You can then proceed to continue with what you are doing, or proceed to the app and directly interact with it.

Speaking of multitasking, open apps can actually be minimized and placed on the “desktop”, still showing the information on the small “tile” or “widget”-like interface. It makes it easy to switch between things you are doing. Everything looked very fluid.

RIM also promises that the new Blackberry will have a very fast browser. So fast, that they are even so bold to say that it is faster than a desktop browser. We will be sure to watch out for that.

The new Blackberry 10 also seeks to be a world phone as they implement a new idea in predictive text. It predicts in multiple languages  as you go. It was demonstrated that in Blackberry 10, the user was quickly able to type and get predictions in Spanish, English and French.

Apparently, carriers already have had a look at the capabilities of the new Blackberry 10. As RIM puts it, they are certainly excited and certainly eager to promote the new Blackberry OS. Will you give Blackberry a chance next year?

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RIM gives a preview of apps to come with the BB10 OS

Attendees of BlackBerry Jam Americas conference had a sneak preview of what Research In Motion has for BlackBerry fans around the world.

RIM unveiled the apps that will be included in their BlackBerry10 OS when it launches sometime soon and during the Blackberry Jam Americas conference, those in attendance got a small preview of what RIM has in store.

Social Networking giant Facebook made its appearance on the conference. The Facebook app for the BlackBerry10 OS looks similar with that of the Facebook app for iOS, with shortcuts at the top and the navigation panel on the left portion of the screen.

Foursquare is also set to make a mark to BB users as Senior Software Engineer Pete Nofelt showed what the Foursquare app for BB 10 OS would look like. The great thing about the Foursquare app for BB10, and one that is unique to BlackBerry, is the BBM integration. This enables Foursquare members who use BlackBerrys to post updates to their BBM accounts and other social networks with the Foursquare app.

RIM also said that LinkedIn and Twitter are set to come up with apps for their BB10 OS, although they were not a part of the conference.

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Heins apologizes for BlackBerry Service outage in Africa and Europe

Research In Motion said that BlackBerry users might have been struggling to connect to their BlackBerry Internet Service a couple of days ago.

BlackBerry CEO Thornsten Heins said that about 60% of their subscribers could have possibly been affected, but final figures as to the extent of the outage are still unknown.

Heins apologized for the service outage, but analysts have aired their sentiments saying that this just adds more bad rep to Research In Motion and might even be used as a reason for BlackBerry owners to jump ship and move on to another platform.

Heins said in a statement, “I want to apologize to those BlackBerry customers in Europe and Africa who experienced an impact in their quality of service early this morning. The BlackBerry service is now fully restored and I can report that no data or messages were lost. Preliminary analysis suggests that those customers may have experienced a maximum delay of 3 hours in the delivery and reception of their messages.”

This comes in the heels of the release of the latest operating system by RIM, which they hope it could be their great boost, as the company tries to bounce back after abysmal performance of the past few years.

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Marissa Mayer offers Yahoo employees smartphones, RIM not included

Research In Motion’s BlackBerry used to be the smartphone of choice when it comes to business minded individuals. Not long ago, the word “crackberry” was often used to define individuals.

Now, BlackBerry seems to be a thing of the past, a pigment of man’s imagination.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has added more insult to an already injured BlackBerry, after she decided to leave the phone out of her company’s smartphone procurement.

Mayer informed the Yahoo employees that they will be getting the smartphone of their choice. Whether it’s a Samsung, HTC, Nokia or Apple, they could have it. The list even includes new models such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5 and the HTC Evo 4G LTE.

The best part about it, Yahoo will foot the voice and data bills of their employees. Such a lovely gesture!

But RIM not being a part of the selection is a big slap to the face.

Not only is RIM losing ground in the market share race but companies are turning their backs off of the once king of the smartphone market.

According to a recent study by Chitika, RIM had a 25% market share last September 2011. As of July this year, their numbers continue to dwindle and ended at 1%.

Is Yahoo reflecting the current status of RIM then?

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Faucette: RIM is struggling in US

Time for RIM might be running out.

According to Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette as told to AllThingD, the company is seeing a decrease in shelf space in recent months. What’s more alarming is that some stores can’t sell a BlackBerry unit in a month’s time.

“In terms of sell-through, we believe that current run rates are roughly one-fifth of those we saw in the United States just eight months ago. Further, we found a meaningful number of carrier retail locations which had not sold a single BlackBerry in over a month,” Faucette said.

A few weeks ago, TNG reported that carriers were very supportive of the latest OS the BlackBerry 10 by RIM. This is clearly in contrast to their statement.

RIM might want to keep its fingers crossed since this just gives a glimpse of the BlackBerry market since the analyst only did an evaluation in the US (it might not be the whole of US at all).

The future might not look as good as they want to since the holiday season is fast approaching and their products will likely be placed head on with newer devices such as the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini and a handful of others.

What do you think about the future of RIM?


RIM to partner with Qualcomm to bring high res graphics to Blackberry 10 OS

Research In Motion has placed all their bets on the BlackBerry 10 to finally revitalize the life of the Canadian tech firm. Whatever they have planned, everything seems to point in the right direction starting from the backing of telecom companies last week after they presented their BlackBerry 10 product lines.

According to BlackBerry OS, the first devices to be installed with the BlackBerry 10 OS will come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T Processor.

This 1.5GHz quad-core chipset comes with Adreno 320 GPU for high resolution screens that will be standard for Blackberry 10 devices.

According to reports, the Snapdragon S4 pro chip will be one of the biggest advantages of Blackberry 10 devices, as this will enable them to support 4G LTE technology.

Speculations have been made as to who will develop devices that will carry the Blackberry 10 OS. Some rumors have said that devices that will run on BlackBerry 10 OS are already made and are only waiting to be shipped.

Research In Motion has been toying out with the idea of LTE for their devices. In a BlackBerry blog post earlier this week, RIM has dedicated an article for the importance of LTE technology.

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BlackBerry 10 devices are presented by RIM to telco companies

Months leading to the release of the much hyped BlackBerry 10 OS, Research In Motion is aggressively presenting their future Blackberry lineups to telecommunication companies all over the world.

These Blackberry devices are going to run on their latest BlackBerry 10 OS, which has seen a delay in their release. Research In Motion is banking heavily on their new OS to revive the company.

BlackBerry 10 is scheduled to be released early 2013.

According to RIM’s managing director in its Canadian operators, that feedback form telcos have been great.

McLeod added, “We’re in the process of finalizing the software. It was at a point where we had a confidence level that we could really demonstrate the validity of the products and software. Obviously you don’t want to show something that is not going to wow folks. People were excited with what they saw.”

Vice President of developer relations of RIM Alec Saunders also said that the company is still months away from shipping BlackBerry 10 devices from their plants.

RIM recently cut their workforce to save money and is under a new management team.

RIM and BlackBerry used to be the smartphone of choice for businessmen but has faltered in recent years making the latter shift from BlackBerry to iPhone and Android devices.

Can Blackberry make it back?

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Samsung undecided whether to buy RIM or license BB10

As speculations arose that bombing company Research In Motion is going to be bought by Korean tech firm Samsung, a new glimmer of hope peeks through the cloudy night haze.

RIM, the developer of the once famous BlackBerry devices, has seen a significant drop in their sales and market performance, due to heated competition which left them behind to pick up the pieces that they left. Even the BlackBerry PlayBook failed to compete with other tablets that are being run by Android and the iOS.

But according to an analyst at the Jeffries Investment Banking Group named Perter Misek, “Samsung is considering ramping up its internal development efforts, licensing BB10 or buying RIM. Samsung is undecided.”

After Misek’s report was released, shares of RIM climbed up by 4.2% to $7.62 per share at the close of the trading day in New York.

RIM is very positive with their BlackBerry 10 operating system and the devices that will be running their latest OS. They are hoping that their BB10 will be their great white hope that could lead them once again to the top of the market.

Can RIM bounce back or will it be wise if they sell the company or license the BB10 to Samsung?

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Status Shuffler app for BlackBerry to update your BBM status

One of the few bright spots that show that there is still a flicker of hope for Canadian tech firm Research In Motion, is its BlackBerry Messaging service.

BlackBerry and its BBM app enables individuals to send and receive files with their contacts, be able to have a chat with them or with a group of individuals, play a game with a contact and change status manually or via a third party application.

One such app that enables you to change your BlackBerry Messenger status is the Status Shuffler for BBM which was developed by SRID games.

Status Shuffler enables you to change your BBM status via a single press of a button. Status Shuffler posts a status either from a quote, sayings, one-liners and others. It has about 15 categories that you can choose from. Categories include relationship quotes, inspirational, funny and friendship quotes.

You can select to choose a time for you to let Status Shuffler change your BBM status.

Status Shuffler can be downloaded in the BlackBerry App World. It has a free version while the premium version costs you around $1.99 and can be installed in BlackBerry units with OS 5 or up.

Check it out and let your status be the talk of the town.

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