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BlackBerry Messenger Themes?

January 11th, 2012

With BBM being updated to v6.1.0.49 it brings a long some new features such as supporting animated avatars, and longer status updates it brings to mind something else I would like to see come to BBM.  Themes are great as is, and are very popular among BlackBerry users.  We’ve seen in the recent BlackBerry Porsche P’9981 theme that the media player can be themed.  How about other apps like BBM?

I would love to see, after playing with a friends Android phone, are themes on BBM. Not sure how many of our BlackBerry fanatics are familiar with apps like Handcent that is available on Android phones that allow you to customize your text messages in every way. These changes include:

  • Changing Themes
  • Changing Backgrounds
  • Customizing Fonts
  • Message Preview

BBM is already a favorite application amongst most if not all BlackBerry users, so it would be great to see something cool like this to BBM to really put your own flavor to BBM. We are seeing a lot of BBM Connected applications and I feel that this is something that will really add to the BlackBerry Messenger Platform. So tell us what you think, would you like to see BBM customizable with themes?

If yes, just comment on this article and we can make a further talk.

Saying Goodbye to 2011

December 31st, 2011

How time flies!

Today is the last day of the year of 2011. Now i would like to say goodbye for this year. And Express our great thanks to our customers and our helpful partners.

Btw, this year has been a true rollercoaster for BlackBerry users and addicts. RIM first tried placating users upgrade demands with slightly improved variants of existing devices with more memory. They then released the BlackBerry PlayBook which showed tons of promise but struggled to improve the OS. Then they finally treated us to a whole lineup of BlackBerry 7 devices with processors that doubled the speed of the previous crop.

Now at the end of 2011 it seems like this transition period will be stretching into 2012 but will hopefully start showing its promise in February. I am excited to see what RIM has in store for us and I truly hope they hit the ground kicking ass and taking names with a successful PlayBook 2.0 launch. There are so many different rumors I am hearing from inside RIM and the excitement seems to be brewing. Hopefully RIM shows us what a BlackBerry BB10 “Superphone” looks like soon!

I wanted to thank all of you for making 2011 an amazing year with record breaking readership on eMobistudio. We hope you enjoyed the ride with us. Here is to an amazing 2012!

Happy New Year!

Author: Jessie Categories: Others Tags: ,

Official OS 6.0.0.723 For The BlackBerry Bold 9780

December 27th, 2011

Software For BlackBerry® Bold™ 9780 smartphone
BlackBerry Handheld Software v6.0.0.3106 (Multilanguage)

Package Version: 6.0.0.3106
Consisting of:

  • Applications: 6.0.0.723
  • Software Platform: 6.6.0.248
  • File name: 9780M_PBr6.0.0_rel3106_PL6.6.0.248_A6.0.0.723_Partner_Communications.exe
  • File size: 170.93MB

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

Questions Answered About BBX, PlayBook 4G and Native PIM Applications

November 30th, 2011

Here is a transcript of some of the questions from the event where we learned about the PIM apps on PlayBook.

Q: If the BES server sits behind the firewall, and you’re concerned about security, are the two email accounts (the personal and the corporate) still separate? In the sense that if I want to send myself a note to my personal account it still goes through the Exchange Server outside the firewall, right?

A: Yeah, so the question was about security within the multiple emails. With this setup, if I send a message from my corporate account to my personal, is it still going back behind the firewall? Absolutely. The infrastructure is the exact same and we’re not doing anything to compromise security. When we get into the BlackBerry Balance portion of the presentation, we’ll talk about resonant data on the device how that is segmented off and protected. Even locally on the device you can’t copy and paste things from one perimeter into another. In that sense, yes, it would go back through the infrastructure, to your Exchange Server, and then follow the guidelines that you have set within your organization.

Q: What do you do about S/MIME?

A: S/MIME on the first iteration of the 2.0 software will not be available initially but will available shortly after.

Q: Will PlayBook 2.0 have the ability to color code the messages?

A: So the question is about setting a border color to denote whether it’s corporate or personal. I have not seen that on the PlayBook but granted I’m not on the final build. We’ll have to get back to that.

Q: Can you edit and spell check on the native email app?

A: Yes, absolutely. The logic we have on the BlackBerry in terms of type ahead and word prediction is all in the 2.0 code. You will have the spell check capabilities.

Q: How fast do the native PIM apps sync with your BlackBerry? Is there a delay?

A: It’s all relatively the same time. I haven’t noticed any delay on messages getting delivered to the PlayBook versus my BlackBerry. Most of the time it’s device, then shortly after PlayBook.

Followup Q: And it’s all the same Push infrastructure?

A: Yes. The infrastructure is essentially the same. The way it works on your BlackBerry is essentially the same as it works on your PlayBook. So the same secure, push channel that you’re accustomed to on your BlackBerry.

Q: Any difference in the ressource requirements on the server side?

A: We’re actually doing those tests now. One of the things that we’re improving is that today on BES you have a 2,000 user limit, with the new infrastructure we’re actually increasing that to several thousand more. We’re reducing the size of your infrastructure including unnecessary load and resources. While I don’t have final numbers on load balancing, the numbers that are coming in are next to nothing. So the normal 1 to 1 correlation to what you have.

Q: What about PIN messaging? As in PIN-to-PIN messaging. We didn’t see that.

A: Yes, and I won’t show you. I don’t believe PIN-to-PIN messaging is in the first iteration but I’ll have to check.

Q: What about Bridge?

A: In version 2.0 there are improvements to the speed of Bridge. There’s not many UI changes, just mostly improvement and small functionality. We’re not abandoning Bridge. While the 2.0 will have performance improvements there will be some updates down the road.

Q: Version 2.0 won’t have cellular connectivity?

A: So 2.0 is just software. The cellular devices or the “4G PlayBooks” will be available roughly around the 2.0 software release. The 2.0 software is designed to run on your current, WiFi only PlayBooks, but we will have 4G PlayBooks around the same time as that 2.0 software.

Q: In many government organizations we don’t have WiFi access. Everything is land based. So I rely on the Bridge for my functionality and we love the video chat but the problem is we can’t use it. Is there a way for us to get access to more of those apps through Bridge?

A: We’ve seen that already. The last update to Bridge allows some applications to use the connection to get out to the Internet. We’re going to of course increase the functionality of core apps to utilize Bridge.

Q: Is the PlayBook 4G being delayed?

A: We have been in testing for several months on 4G devices and on multiple carriers. Several groups are actively testing them and I have not heard of any delays. As of today (November 22nd), I have not heard anything that would put us off schedule from our early 2012 release.

Q: Will the PlayBook come in other sizes?

A: Of course we’re obviously investigating sizes and what makes sense for a larger screen. So yes, I don’t know the exact size and I can’t show you anything, but we’re looking at other sizes.

Q: Does the 4G capability imply voice functionality?

A: Not at first, besides the video chat. There is no ability to make a call from PlayBook to landline call. That’s not the final answer though. Initial release will be strictly data and video chat. There are also third party apps that will let you make a call from PlayBook to landline but not from RIM.

Q: Current video chat – can it be extended from PlayBook to something else?

A: We have teams that are working right now to make it an endpoint to a corporate video chat solution. So we’re in discussions about how that’s going to work. There’s definitely a roadmap for video chat that lets it do more than just device to device.

Q: What about segregating the Address Book by corporate and personal?

A: From a group perspective? The contacts are in one general list and there’s no way to see if they’re a personal or business contact. The device will know based on the service it’s pulling from. Any new contact will be corporate by default (I believe).

Q: What about synchronizing multiple Address Books into one?

A: I have not tried it so I can’t give you a definite answer just yet. I imagine it would still just dump it as one Address Book but I’d have to verify.

Author: Jessie Categories: Others Tags: , ,

BlackBerry Java SDK Version 7.1 Beta Now Available

November 22nd, 2011

RIM recently released a new beta version of the BlackBerry Java SDK. The new beta is available for the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry JDE on Windows, with Mac support on the way. Here are the primary API features of this release:

  • NFC Peer-to-Peer API, allowing applications to share files and other data through NFC technology initiated communication with Bluetooth® handover.
  • FM radio API, which is designed to give applications the ability to manipulate FM tuner settings on BlackBerry smartphones with supporting hardware.
  • Profiles API, which brings more Super App features to applications, allowing them to query current profile settings and adjust their own application behaviour accordingly; or, conversely, intelligently change the current profile to match the user’s current activities.

BlackBerry 7.1 OS will be available as an update for in-market devices running the BlackBerry® 7 OS, and will also be available on future BlackBerry smartphones that will be running v7.1.

This beta release of the BlackBerry Java SDK v7.1 includes a simulator for the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone running 7.1 OS, but developers leveraging net.rim.device.api.browser.field2.BrowserField are encouraged to also download an updated standalone version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 simulator , which is designed to include a more stable environment for browser-based development.

ISP Internet Outage On November 7 Did Not Affect BlackBerry Infrastructure

November 8th, 2011

Today we think that after the recent meltdown of RIM’s BlackBerry Internet Service, I’m sure those of you that experienced an outage today were quick to point the finger them. If you did, you blamed the wrong service. According to an official statement from RIM, the outage was a global issue that affects Internet Service Providers (ISPs) but did not have an affect on the BlackBerry infrastructure:

There was a global Internet issue this morning that impacted a number of Internet Service Providers (ISP) around the world. RIM’s BlackBerry Infrastructure was not impacted however, some customers may have experienced delays with their ISP. RIM continues to monitor the situation.

There you have it. Were you affected by this outage? Any comment on this would be much appreciated.

AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9900 Release Date Update: Maybe November 6th?

October 24th, 2011

The best info I have right now hasn’t come in from trusted personal sources. I’ve had a few different people send in similar info over the past ten days. When that happens it’s often a good sign of the info being legit (store owners, etc. getting the same info), but since it’s not something I have concrete evidence on yet nor is coming from what I consider one of my personal trusted sources, just take it as me passing on the tip line info I have right now to you, to keep you in the loop. And often after making a post like this we’ll see a lot more feedback come in saying whether we got it right or wrong, so stay tuned for that. So don’t get too excited yet. But at least it’s better than nothing.

So with that disclaimer in mind, the best word I have as of now is that it’s looking like Sunday, November 6th is the day that both the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Torch 9860 could become available to consumers. Based on some of the cost info that was sent in as well, on the pricing front it points to the Bold 9900 selling for $199 and the Torch 9860 going for $99 on a standard 2-year contract. Again, don’t take this as solid news yet, but I hope it does pan out to be true. November 6th isn’t too far away!

And if you go back three years in BlackBerry history, it was actually October 21st, 2008 when AT&T finally announced the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and it was November 4th when it became available to customers. In that case also, other carriers had the 9000 available since August. So maybe, just maybe we’ll see history repeat itself here… give or take a few days. If you haven’t signed our AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9900 petition yet, do that now, and keep it locked to CrackBerry for more updates as we have them on the Bold 9900 from AT&T!

Specifications and Features of BlackBerry PlayBook Tablets

January 6th, 2011

02 Compared with Apple’s iPad and Android based tablets, the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet has been specially designed wth 1Ghz Dual Core processor, 1GB RAM, 1080p HD video playback and HDMI output. The technical specs and features are as follows:

  • 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 5300mAh battery
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable: Measures 5.1"x7.6"x0.4" (130mm x 193mm x 10mm); Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g) 
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.