Posts Tagged ‘BlackBerry News’

Vote for the BlackBerry Tour to Take Down the Motorola Droid!

April 2nd, 2010

androidkneetotheballs After the BlackBerry Bold 9700 took an embarrassingly close loss to the Palm Pre Plus in the last round of Laptop’s Smartphone March Madness, today it’s the BlackBerry Tour going up against the Motorola Droid. The BlackBerry Tour already managed to knock out the Apple iPhone 3GS, which the bookies had favorited to make the finals, so the Tour has momentum going into this battle though it’s trailing a little as I put this post live. BlackBerry lovers cast your vote for the Tour above and let’s bring that Droid to the ground!

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Stratus Comes with T9 Style Keyboard

March 31st, 2010

blackberry_9105 The updated Pearl 9100 has been showing up with a wide variety of keyboard styles. First, it was a SureType keyboard, then a small QWERTY, and now we’re seeing it in a T9 style. Currently, we don’t know much about the BlackBerry 9105, except that it’s rumored to be hitting the European market and Fido. The European market rumor makes a lot of sense as the device has a really European, SMS-centric look to it. Maybe the keyboard stylings are all designated for various carriers and what they believe will sell best. I’m thinking full QWERTY for Verizon, SureType for Fido, and T9 for Europe. We can expect the release date of this phone around the May/June time frame.
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Twitter for BlackBerry Update: Public Release Date No Longer March 31st

March 29th, 2010

twitterforblackberrybeta Last week we brought word straight from RIM’s Twitter for BlackBerry booth at CTIA that March 31st would ring in public availability of the app. However, today I received the following update from RIM:

The March 31st launch date for the public beta of Twitter was prematurely shared at CTIA. The application will not leave its current limited beta in March. As of right now, the launch date hasn’t been decided and the team is working to make sure the next release is feature-rich and has a great user experience before opening the app to everyone. 

So there you have it. Public availability will not be coming this week as we were initially told. I know that kind of sucks, but at the same time it’s not a bad thing if the extra time is going to mean more features and an overall improved user experience. And of course there are lots of great twitter apps out there already (see our Ultimate BlackBerry Twitter Client Roundup) to make the wait easier. We’ll let you know when we have more news on this one.

The Hockey News for BlackBerry Launches VIP Mobile with In-App Alerts

March 28th, 2010

Capture1_56_400 The Hockey News has announced that they’ll be beefing up their service and offering in-app and text message alerts. The Hockey News app has been available for BlackBerry for a while now, but users looking to get more from the app may wish to sign up for the new VIP service. For $2/month, you can sign up to receive alerts in the THN application during games, where you will receive reminders as pop-up alerts when running the application. Users can also sign up to receive text message alerts if they prefer. Sadly the BlackBerry version won’t include the additional mobile video thats included in the iPhone version (surprise). For more information, check out The Hockey News in BlackBerry App World. Read the full press release after the jump.

Google Search Updated to v3.6.13; Google Sync Updated to v0.7.2

March 25th, 2010

google-mobile-app-blackberry-email-search I guess Google likes to kick out all of their updates at once. Yesterday we noted that the Google Voice app had been updated, and it appears that both the Google Search and Google Sync got a jump as well. The Google Search app now sits at version 3.6.13 and is said to be working on the Storm now. This app lets you easily search mail and contacts on your device. The Google Sync app has been updated to 0.7.2. No word of whats new, but as in the case of the others, most likely just some minor bug fixes. Hit the links below from your device to download.

Spring into Spring with BlackBerry Apps

March 24th, 2010

spring_logo You stand there, staring into the cold eyes of your adversary. For months they have been taunting you and now, in their fall from grace, they attempt to deny their fate. You approach your foe with a renewed confidence- the last snowman of winter. You watch as he slowly melts away and imagine hearing its silent screams. With its last moments, it defiantly raises its arm/branch and flips you the bird before fading away.

Folks, welcome to Spring!

Okay so it was a little over dramatic, but you try growing up with Winters where your nostrils stick together every time you breathe. Love it or hate it, Winter is gone and Spring is here. It’s a season of new beginnings and with that, new projects. Why not get them started the right way, with the right apps on your BlackBerry? The sooner you tackle them, the sooner you can enjoy Spring before Summer comes along.

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CTIA 2010: Twitter for BlackBerry Available March 31st

March 23rd, 2010

twitterforblackberrybeta2 After the keynote this morning I rolled by the BlackBerry booth and stumbled upon the Twitter pod. After some smooth talking (just kidding, no smooth talking required), I was informed that the Official Twitter for BlackBerry client will be rolling out to the public on March 31st. Only a few weeks ago it was rolled out as an invite-only beta, but if you still haven’t checked it out you won’t have to wait much longer. The beta has been going strong and although the results are mixed, everyone who hasn’t yet had a chance to play with RIM’s own Twitter client will surely be itching to get a hold of it in just over a week. Thats all we know for now, so keep it locked here and we’ll bring you more details if anything pops up.

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Lucid Messenger Coming Soon

March 22nd, 2010

slide_1 How BlackBerry Messenger is one of the biggest sticking items for BlackBerry users. Many, after having become accustomed to having it, do not want to give it up. One could argue (and many have, including Dieter) that the system being closed off from other platforms is not the best thing. But what if you could have a BlackBerry Messenger like experience across platforms? The idea is not so far out there these days. New apps are popping up daily which promise mobile convergence through instant messaging and Lucid Messenger is looking to join in.

Lucid Messenger is, at time of this writing, available on Android and iPhone. So what’s up with BlackBerry? Well, it’s sitting in the BlackBerry App World review process currently, but will hopefully be passed through soon enough. Offering instant messaging, groups and file sharing across platforms is a great idea and Lucid offers all of this and more.

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Actual Shots of BlackBerry OS 6.0 Leaked Out?

March 21st, 2010

os6-2 For the past few months we’ve heard a lot of rumblings about RIM’s upcoming OS 6.0. All signs point to a completely new OS for RIM that make them “comparable” to other smartphones on the market. Well early this morning shots leaked out of what could be RIM’s next OS (version 6.0), and it feels like Android on steroids. By looking at the pics it seems that the home screen will feature many integrations with social networking, email, and rss feeds.

The screen shots are similar resolution to the BlackBerry Storm family, and this OS is rumored to be launching with the upcoming BlackBerry Slider that made its photo debut a few weeks ago. What’s really interesting is the screen shots seem to be pretty much dead on with the ones from last month’s webcast for developers. Interesting eh? So what do you think of these possible OS 6.0 shots? Is this enough to save RIM from a dying OS for say?

Xobni Mobile Released for BlackBerry Smartphones

March 18th, 2010

mobile_bb_screens The biggest buzz around the BlackBerry world today revolved around an application called Xobni.  Xobni – “inbox” spelled backwards – is an innovative new way to manage your contacts both on your BlackBerry and through Microsoft Outlook on your PC. While the Outlook plugin is not new, the mobile version released today is a first for the company.

I think a lot of people wonder why you would need another application to handle your contacts, when your BlackBerry comes with an address book pre-installed. Xobni is more than just another list you manually create with names, phone numbers and email addresses. The application actually scans the emails, SMS messages, and call logs on your BlackBerry and compiles all of the contact information it finds into a very easy to use database. It’s really amazing how it works, drawing out information you may not have realized you had. As new emails and calls come in to your BlackBerry, Xobni automatically adds them to the database, so you never have to worry about losing that important phone number or email address again.  Contacts are sorted based on the frequency that you use them, so your most important contacts are always listed first.