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RIM Asks FCC To Keep PlayBook Details Confidential Until Launch

March 31st, 2011

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As the launch date of BlackBerry PlayBook drawing closer, we become much more curious about PlayBook’s details. However, RIM just asked FCC to hold BlackBerry PlayBook information until the launch date. Therefore, we only can see some internal & external photos, test setup photos, as well as the user manual of the BlackBerry PlayBook until April 19th. And I just wonder whether RIM can release the PlayBook tablet as scheduled? What do you think?

Foursquare for BlackBerry Updated to Version 1.9.85

March 30th, 2011

4SQ Foursquare for BlackBerry has been updated to version 1.9.85 with adding some new features and fixing some bugs reported by users. New Features include:

  • Email/txt tip details – Quickly send a great foursquare tip to a friend via email/txt.
  • New badge detail view.
  • New comments view.
  • Add comments to a shout.
  • Improvements to notifications.
  • Improved memory management and cleanup.
  • Built in help and support for common questions/issues.
  • Streamlined photo view support for profiles.

For more information and to download the new version, go to foursquare.com/devices/blackberry.

BlackBerry Messenger Updated Version 5.0.2.12 Now Available!

March 30th, 2011

BBM It’s been a while since we’ve seen an update to BlackBerry Messenger. Now, RIM has officially released BlackBerry Messenger version 5.0.2.12, and it is now available for download. No word on what is new in this version, so it leaves to you to figure out the changes.

For more information or to download the latest version of BlackBerry Messenger, head over to blackberry.com/messenger, or download it directly from BlackBerry App World.

Official OS 6.0.0.481 for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 from Telus Mobility

March 29th, 2011

Telus M Software For BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G smartphone (model: 9100)

BlackBerry Handheld Software v6.0.0.2114 (All Languages)
Package Version: 6.0.0.2114
Consisting of:

  • Applications: 6.0.0.481
  • Software Platform: 6.6.0.151
  • File name: 9100_9105AllLang_PBr6.0.0_rel2114_PL6.6.0.151_A6.0.0.481_Telus_Mobility.exe
  • File size: 174.7MB
    Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.

Download OS 6.0.0.481 for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 from Telus Mobility

BlackBerry Desktop Manager Version 6.1 Coming Soon?

March 29th, 2011

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Wow, BGR guys are always keeping an eye on RIM, they just disclosed some information on BlackBerry Desktop Software. From the screenshots shown above, it seems that BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6.1 is on the way! Maybe RIM is going to launch a Desktop Manager 6.1 the time the new BlackBerry devices with OS 6.1 arrive. Currently, the one noticeable feature is the ability to forget a previously backed up or synced device. No exact word on the release date, but it probably won’t be longer before we see a leaked version popped up.

Official OS 5.0.0.1067 for the BlackBerry Curve 8520 & 8900, and BlackBerry Bold 9000 from AT&T

March 28th, 2011

Software For BlackBerry® Curve(TM) 8520 Smartphone

BlackBerry Handheld Software v5.0.0.1728 (Multilanguage)
Package Version: 5.0.0.1728
Consisting of:

  • Applications: 5.0.0.1067
  • Software Platform: 5.2.0.96
  • File name: 8520wifiM_PBr5.0.0_rel1728_PL5.2.0.96_A5.0.0.1067_AT_T.exe
  • File size: 125.47MB
    Software For BlackBerry® Curve (TM) 8900 smartphone

BlackBerry Handheld Software v5.0.0.1728 (Multilanguage)
Package Version: 5.0.0.1728
Consisting of:

  • Applications: 5.0.0.1067
  • Software Platform: 5.2.0.96
  • File name: 8900M_PBr5.0.0_rel1728_PL5.2.0.96_A5.0.0.1067_AT_T.exe
  • File size: 132.3MB

Software For BlackBerry® Bold (TM) 9000 smartphone

BlackBerry Handheld Software v5.0.0.1728 (Multilanguage)
Package Version: 5.0.0.1728
Consisting of:

  • Applications: 5.0.0.1067
  • Software Platform: 5.2.0.89
  • File name: 9000M_PBr5.0.0_rel1728_PL5.2.0.89_A5.0.0.1067_AT_T.exe
  • File size: 126.02MB

Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.

Download OS 5.0.0.1067 for the BlackBerry Curve 8520

Download OS 5.0.0.1067 for the BlackBerry Curve 8900

Download OS 5.0.0.1067 for the BlackBerry Bold 9000

Press Release: Research In Motion Reports Year-End and Fourth Quarter Results for Fiscal 2011

March 25th, 2011

rim RIM has announced their Year-End and 4th Quarter results for Fiscal 2011. Read the full press release below for more details.

Press Release

Research In Motion Reports Year-End and Fourth Quarter Results for Fiscal 2011

 

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – March 24, 2011) – Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported fourth quarter results for the three months and fiscal year ended February 26, 2011 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).

Highlights:

  • Record BlackBerry® smartphone shipments of 52.3 million grew 43% over fiscal 2010
  • Fiscal 2011 revenue grew 33% over fiscal 2010 to $19.9 billion and earnings per share grew 47% over the prior fiscal year to $6.34 per share diluted
  • Ongoing investment in PlayBook and QNX-based platform development in Q1 with PlayBook launch date of April 19th
  • BlackBerry was the number one selling smartphone brand in the United States1, Canada1, Latin America1 and the UK2 for calendar 2010

Q4 and Fiscal 2011 Results: Revenue for the fiscal year ended February 26, 2011 was $19.9 billion, up 33% from $15 billion last year. Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $5.6 billion, up 1% from $5.5 billion in the previous quarter and up 36% from $4.1 billion in the same quarter of last year. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 81% for devices, 16% for service, and 3% for software and other revenue. During the quarter, RIM shipped approximately 14.9 million BlackBerry smartphones for a total of 52.3 million smartphones in fiscal 2011.

"We are pleased to report record shipments and financial performance in fiscal 2011," said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "As we enter fiscal 2012, RIM is in an excellent position to benefit from the continuing convergence of the mobile communications and mobile computing markets. We are laying a strong foundation for RIM’s expanding market opportunity through focused investments and we are extremely excited about our smartphone, tablet and platform roadmaps."

Net income for fiscal 2011 was $3.4 billion, or $6.34 per share diluted, up 47% over fiscal 2010. The Company’s net income for the quarter was $934 million, or $1.78 per share diluted, compared with net income of $911 million, or $1.74 per share diluted, in the prior quarter and net income of $710 million, or $1.27 per share diluted, in the same quarter last year.

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $2.7 billion as of February 26, 2011, compared to $2.5 billion at the end of the previous quarter, an increase of $227 million from the prior quarter. Cash flow from operations in Q4 was approximately $1.0 billion. Uses of cash included intangible asset additions of approximately $365 million, capital expenditures of approximately $304 million and business acquisitions of approximately $161 million.


FY2012 and Q1 Outlook:
For the full year fiscal 2012, RIM expects earnings per share to be in excess of $7.50 fully diluted. Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 ending May 28, 2011 is expected to be in the range of $5.2-$5.6 billion. Gross margin percentage for the first quarter is expected to be approximately 41.5%. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be in the range of $1.47 -$1.55 per share diluted. This guidance range reflects a mix shift in handset towards lower ASP products in the first quarter and an increased level of investment in Research and Development and Sales and Marketing related to our tablet and platform initiatives. The guidance range is slightly wider than normal to reflect the risk of potential disruption in RIM’s supply chain as a result of the recent earthquake in Japan.

Conference Call and Webcast: A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 5 pm ET, March 24, 2011, which can be accessed by dialing 1-800-814-4859 (North America), 416-644-3414 (outside North America). The replay of the company’s Q4 conference call can be accessed after 7 pm ET, March 24, 2011 until midnight ET, April 7, 2011. It can be accessed by dialing 416-640-1917 and entering passcode 4310316#. The conference call will also appear on the RIM website live at 5 pm ET and will be archived at http://www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml.

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry(R) solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visitwww.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

Press Release: RIM Announces Android Apps to Run on the BlackBerry PlayBook

March 24th, 2011

Android_on_PlayBook We firstly heard the rumor from BGR that RIM had considered a new feature to allow BlackBerry devices to run Android Apps at the end of January. Now, it becomes a reality, RIM does make such a great move there. Today, RIM has announced officially that they will expand their App ecosystem for the BlackBerry PlayBook to allow Android Apps running on PlayBook. I believe it is absolutely a very exciting and huge news for the Android developers, since they can also port their Apps onto BlackBerry App World then! Personally, I am also very excited, since I can run my favorite Apps on the PlayBook then!

For more information, read the full press release below!

Press Release

RIM Expands Application Ecosystem for BlackBerry PlayBook

 

  • BlackBerry PlayBook to support BlackBerry Java and Android apps
  • Native C/C++ development support added, in addition to HTML5, Flash and AIR support
  • Support from leading game engines: Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3)
  • BlackBerry PlayBook becomes a new market opportunity for all the developers who have already created over 25,000 BlackBerry Java apps and more than 200,000 Android apps

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – March 24, 2011) – Developers wanting to bring their new and existing apps to the highly anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBookTM tablet will soon have additional tools and options to enhance and expand their commercial opportunities. Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced plans to greatly expand the application ecosystem for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 19.

RIM will launch two optional "app players" that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java® apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook.

In addition, RIM will shortly release the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook enabling C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry® Tablet OS. For game-specific developers, RIM is also announcing that it has gained support from two leading game development tooling companies, allowing developers to use the cross-platform game engines from Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to bring their games to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Support for BlackBerry Java and Android Apps

"The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform."

Developers currently building for the BlackBerry or Android platforms will be able to quickly and easily port their apps to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS thanks to a high degree of API compatibility. The new optional app players will be available for download from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure "sandbox" on the BlackBerry PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run.

Developers will simply repackage, code sign and submit their BlackBerry Java and Android apps to BlackBerry App World. Once approved, the apps will be distributed through BlackBerry App World, providing a new opportunity for many developers to reach BlackBerry PlayBook users. Users will be able to download both the app players and the BlackBerry Java and Android apps from BlackBerry App World.

The BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Tablet OS are built on the QNX® Neutrino® microkernel architecture with a 1GHz dual core processor and a leading OpenGL solution, which allows RIM to make this incredibly broad platform support possible.

BlackBerry PlayBook users and developers who are interested in seeing the new app players for BlackBerry Java and Android apps can see demos at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida (May 3 to 5, 2011) (www.blackberryworld.com).

BlackBerry Tablet OS Development Tools

The BlackBerry Tablet OS already supports an incredibly robust platform with support for Web development standard HTML5, through the BlackBerry® WebWorksTM SDK for Tablet OS, and Adobe® AIR®, through the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is built from the ground up to run WebKit and Adobe® Flash® as well, giving developers a fast and true Web experience to leverage.

RIM is also announcing today that the BlackBerry Tablet OS Native Development Kit (NDK), which is currently in limited alpha release, will go into open Beta by this summer and be demonstrated at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to build high-performance, multi-threaded, native C/C++ applications with industry standard GNU toolchains. Developers can create advanced 2D and 3D applications and special effects by leveraging programmable shaders available in hardware-accelerated OpenGL ES 2.0.

Other features of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will allow developers to:

  • Take advantage of the QNX POSIX library support and C/C++ compliance for quick and easy application porting and for creating native extensions for both BlackBerry and Android applications
  • Easily integrate device events like gesture swipes and touch screen inputs
  • Integrate the BlackBerry Tablet OS environment into existing code management and build systems using industry standard Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tools)
  • Leverage work done in standard C/C++ to make it easier to bring applications to the BlackBerry Tablet OS
  • Find and fix bugs quickly with provided debug and analysis tools

"The response to the BlackBerry PlayBook from the developer community has been exceptional. Our commitment to supporting HTML5 and Adobe AIR development has resonated and spurred developers to create fun and innovative applications for BlackBerry PlayBook users," said David Yach, Chief Technology Officer, Software at Research In Motion. "The upcoming BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK beta will add C/C++ tools to our repertoire and gives developers one of the broadest and deepest platforms to develop on."

Gaming Engines

Building on the power of the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK, RIM is working with leading gaming and application development technology providers such as Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to implement their native engines and application development platforms. Developers will be able to take advantage of these engines when building games and other applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The Ideaworks Labs Airplay SDK is expected to include support for the BlackBerry Tablet OS soon, making it easy for publishers and developers to use their existing code to bring their games and apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

"Supporting a new OS can be a challenge for developers," says Alex Caccia, President of Ideaworks Labs, "however, integration of the BlackBerry Tablet OS with the Airplay SDK makes this a non-issue. We think this is a far-sighted move by RIM: the BlackBerry PlayBook is a great device for games and applications, and combining this with content distribution via BlackBerry App World brings an exciting new ecosystem for developers."

RIM has also been working closely with Unity Technologies, providers of the highly popular, multi-platform Unity development platform and Union, the firm’s games distribution service. Through Union, dozens of high-quality Unity-authored games are slated to make their way to BlackBerry App World for the BlackBerry Playbook.

"With a sharp focus on the multimedia experience, very powerful hardware, and fantastic games in the pipeline, the BlackBerry Playbook has all the right ingredients to be a mainstream hit," said Brett Seyler, GM of Union at Unity Technologies. "Through Union, Unity developers have an opportunity to reach a new audience and grow with another great new platform."

Availability

The new app players for the BlackBerry PlayBook are expected to be available from BlackBerry App World this summer. More information and demonstrations of the new app players will be shared at BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK will be available in beta later this year and will also be showcased at BlackBerry World.

Useful Links

For more information on the BlackBerry Tablet OS and BlackBerry PlayBook developing, visit http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/

To see the BlackBerry Tablet OS in action running conceptual applications from The Astonishing Tribe, please visit http://www.youtube.com/blackberry#p/c/8D8C3A23664E6761/5/uH7NKhNyygw and http://www.youtube.com/blackberry#p/c/8D8C3A23664E6761/0/mWJG-sB7H4Y.

For RIM insights into developing for the BlackBerry Platform, visit http://devblog.blackberry.com or follow @BlackBerryDev on Twitter.

Visit the BlackBerry Developer Zone at www.blackberry.com/developers for the latest news, information and updates for BlackBerry developers.

Visit the BlackBerry Developer Video Library at www.blackberry.com/go/developervideolibrary to view a variety of instructional videos.

Sign up for the BlackBerry Developer Newsletter at http://na.blackberry.com/eng/developers/resources/newsletter.jsp.

For the latest news and information about the BlackBerry Developer Conference visit www.blackberrydeveloperconference.com.

BlackBerry PlayBook Will Last 8 Hours with Continual Use?

March 24th, 2011

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I guess most of us are curious about BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life, such as: how long the BlackBerry PlayBook will last on earth if we keep using it? Will its battery life (5300mAh) be shorter than iPAD? What the actual battery life is after the official release…Till now, we have not heard any official news about BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life from RIM. Fortunately, we got to know that “Battery life: 8 hours with continual use” from the PlayBook’s pre-order page posted up by Staples. Supposed that it is correct, then it would be a pretty sweet news to all the PlayBook fans! Anyway, we don’t know the actual battery life for sure until we get our hands on one. Let’s wait for the official release of the PlayBook!

Opera Mini 6 for BlackBerry Now Available with New Look, YouTube Support, and More Features!

March 23rd, 2011

Opera Mini Opera Mini 6 Browser App for BlackBerry has been released with a fresh new look, YouTube Support, and more new features! Check out the new features below:

  • A Fresh New Look – Opera Mini 6 sports a new and improved design, including a new skin, and new zoom and jump buttons for easy touch-navigation.
  • Share – Share links directly to major social network sites as you browse, directly from Opera Mini 6.
  • YouTube Support – Click any Mobile YouTube video to launch it directly on your device’s native media player (if available).
  • Improved Zoom for Touch Screens – Pinch-to-zoom is now supported for multi-touch devices. Regular touch devices now zoom with a double-tap, or with Opera’s new zoom buttons.
  • Tailored to Tablets – We’ve designed a new user interface especially for tablet users.
  • Open Link in Background – Read your news uninterrupted and utilize the power of tabs by opening new links in the background.
  • Better Font Support – We’ve been working hard to improve the selection and rendering of Asian fonts, including Thai and Arabic.

For more information or to download the new Opera Mini 6 App, go to m.opera.com.