During his keynote presentation at the GITEX conference in Dubai, Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie this morning introduced BlackBerry Tag, new service coming to BlackBerry devices that support NFC which will allow BlackBerry users to tap their devices together and instantly share data such as contact information (including BBM contacts), documents, pictures, and even multimedia. BlackBerry Tag reminds me a lot of Bump, the popular iPhone and Android application, but, with the added benefit that BlackBerry users won’t have to install the app, as, it will be included in a future update of the BlackBerry 7 operating system…
T-Mobile has officially announced the BlackBerry Curve 9360 with immediate availability online for business customers and in stores for all September 28th. Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, BlackBerry 7, a 5MP camera, and NFC, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 packs a lot of punch in a small package…
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A year ago it wasn’t easy to remain optimistic about RIM. You know this if you were reading RIMarkable and BBGeeks at the time. As both Robb and I lamented, the 2010 line of BlackBerry devices offered little to no tangible upgrade over the 2008 and 2009 models, which in themselves were behind their times. It left in the air RIM’s future as a smartphone competitor. We heard plenty about the QNX operating system and how it would change everything, but that was still a ways off. RIM needed something inspiring to bridge the gap.
Earlier in the year we caught wind of RIM’s plans for 2011. From a physical standpoint it looked like more of the same. The new line would include an updated flagship device, a full touchscreen device, a new Curve, and an update to the Torch. Nothing new, nothing revolutionary. Yet RIM made a few subtle changes to each model. The full touchscreen device ditched SurePress, which doomed the Storm from the start. The flagship device got a small touchscreen in addition to the full QWERTY keyboard. The Curve got a graphics update. But, most importantly, they all got faster processors: 1.2 GHz to be exact, which are among the fastest on the market.
While the software didn’t figure to change much — they called it BlackBerry 7, but it was really more like 6.1 or 6.5 — the processor might have made the difference. After all, my biggest complaints about the OS 6 models centered on lag. Everything just ran slow, as though the processor just wasn’t powerful enough to handle the tasks assigned to it. As it turns out, that is exactly the case. The result is a line of BlackBerry models that should make RIM proud. They’ve delivered practical, usable devices that, as has been their calling card for more than a decade, help users get organized and stay in touch.
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It’s been a few months since we last talked about the BlackBerry Bold 9790, the yet to be officially announced new BlackBerry 7 device with all the hotness of the BlackBerry Bold 9930, sporting a 1.2 GHz processor and a touchscreen, but, closer in size to the BlackBerry Bold 9650/97xx. Rumor has it, however, that the BlackBerry Bold 9790 could launch as soon as next month.
I originally wrote a post on Simple Mobile Review about issues with the BlackBerry Bold 9930 browser crashing. I was wondering how many RIMarkable users have upgraded to the Bold 9930 and have noticed stability issues with the web browser. I feel the 9930 is likely the best BlackBerry device ever made, however, when using the browser the phone frequently becomes sluggish and unresponsive leading the a crash.
Eventually you get an error stating:
Uncaught exception: Application
net_rim_bb)_browser_daemon (324) is not responding; process terminated
I will apologize up front as the video is long but at 2 min 17sec you can see the first crash. The screenshots above highlight the error dialog you see upon crashing. Are any of you having this issue and if so what sites are causing the browser to crash? I detailed how to replicate the crash on Simple Mobile Review but you can also see this in the video.
In case you were wondering, the new BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360, and 9370, all look identical to each other. The only differences in the devices are the radios. Check out the gallery of the new BlackBerry 7 running Curve line-up after the jump…
Research in Motion today introduced a new wave of BlackBerry 7 running BlackBerry Curve devices, the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360, and 9370… Check out the press release after the jump.
I would never expect a corporate executive to paint a bleak picture of the company they represent when doing an interview with a journalist. Eternal optimism is pretty much required both on and off the record. When a company, however, is experiencing tough times, it is always nice when the eternally optimistic views of its executives actually line up with the reality of what the company is going through. Unfortunately, this is not the case when it comes to Mike Kirkup, Research in Motion’s Director of Developer Relations.
Wikitude, the Augmented Reality app which comes pre-loaded on BlackBerry 7 devices, is now available for download via BlackBerry App World. Wikitude allows you to see places, points of interests and even your BBM contacts using Augmented Reality through your camera’s field of vision.