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.
New BlackBerry 7 Smartphones
Shortly after RIM officially introuduced the BlackBerry Torch 9810 AT&T put up a coming soon page, but, the gave no hints as to when the device would ship. At least this was the case until AT&T, via their official Facebook page, let us know that the AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9810 would be available on August 21st for $49.99 on a two-year contract.
Over on the Inside BlackBerry for Business blog, Research in Motion has listed the “Top Five Features of BlackBerry 7 for Business Users“. Those features are:
- Documents To Go® Premium
- BlackBerry Messenger 6
- BlackBerry® Balance™ Technology
- Liquid Graphics™ Technology
- Voice-Enabled Universal Search
Seriously RIM? You’ve have got to be able to come out with a better list than this…
Do you remember the massive amount of marketing that Verizon did with it’s Droid Does campaign and the original Motorola Droid? It’s been almost two years, but, I remember that Stealth Droid commercial like it was yesterday. That campaign pretty much marked the start of Android’s full frontal assault on the smartphone industry.
I believe that Research in Motion needs to launch that type of campaign for BlackBerry 7 and the new BlackBerry 7 smartphones for these devices to have any appeal to consumers that don’t already want a new BlackBerry, but, I haven’t seen a single television spot from RIM in recent memory that wasn’t about the BlackBerry PlayBook.
BlackBerry 7 is set to debut on the the BlackBerry Bold 9900 as early as next week. RIM’s new BlackBerry OS, however, isn’t so much a new OS as it is an update to BlackBerry 6. The real new BlackBerry operating system is QNX, and, according to BGR, the first QNX powered BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Colt, will make its debut in Q1 2012.
The fact that we still don’t know any official release dates for any next generation BlackBerry 7 Smartphones hasn’t stopped Best Buy in Canada from throwing up a pre-order page. For a $50 deposit you secure a BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Torch 9810, or BlackBerry Torch 9860.
Verizon has yet to officially announce their intention to carry the BlackBerry Bold 9930 or the BlackBerry Torch 9850, but, that hasn’t stopped rumors and speculation about the BlackBerry Curve 9370 hitting Verizon’s network from spreading around the web. The latest rumor is that the BlackBerry Curve 9370 will launch on Verizon September 8th and that the lower end cousin to the BlackBerry Bold 9930 is actually 4G capable.
We still don’t have official launch dates for the new wave of BlackBerry 7 smartphones soon to hit Rogers network, however, we do know how much said devices will cost. Rogers has released pricing details for the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9810, and Torch 9860.
Research in Motion officially announced two new BlackBerry 7 smartphones earlier today, but, there are several other devices that RIM still has to officially unveil. One of those devices is the BlackBerry Curve 9360 which is a full QWERTY device with a touch screen similar to it’s bigger cousin, the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930. OMR was able to get their hands on the BlackBerry Curve 9330 and have taken quite a few pictures of the device while giving it a walk-through.