In case you weren’t paying attention, we thought we should point out that Blackberry tried to reinvent itself this morning in more ways than one. First, they are actually called Blackberry now, rather than RIM. That’s right, it’s a global name change that goes into effect immediately. Second, they announced Blackberry 10 (their newest OS) and two devices – the Blackberry Z10 and some random QWERTY thing that no one will want (it may be called the Q10).
The Z10, however, is their flagship and one that is aiming directly at Android and iOS. And since this device has a full touchscreen, is nothing like the failure that was the Storm, and might make some of you peek out the corner of your eye to see what it can do, we thought a spec battle was in store. If that seems weird, it’s not – we do this with all the big competitors.
To show off the business-readiness (SAFE) of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, Samsung has released a new TV spot that features a fictional mobile gaming company whose employees are stuck in a world of Blackberries as business phones. Well, Blackberries as business phones and iPhones as their “home” phones. As one would expect, Samsung highlights the powerful business sharing tools, levels of encryption, and multi-tasking abilities of their current lineup, while also taking jabs at the guy in the sportcoat who thinks a Blackberry means “business.”
Oh, the game they are creating is called “Unicorn Apocalypse.” Who doesn’t love unicorns? (more…)
According to a new report from the IDC, iOS and Android accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped during Q2, which is a phenomenal percentage. To no surprise, Samsung accounted for about 44% of all Android smartphones shipped and actually totaled in more combined product sold than the next 7 Android OEM’s combined. Do work, Samsung.
In total, Android accounted for 68% of all smartphones shipped globally while iOS held a mere 17%. As with any major release from Apple, those numbers are sure to get a nice boost as they prepare to launch their newest iPhone next month. On a sadder note, while Android numbers grow bigger and healthier, it means that Windows and BlackBerry are not sharing the same success, accounting for just 4.8% and 3.5% of all shipments during the second quarter of 2012. Ouch.
Stay strong, Bugdroid. Stay strong.
According to a report out of the Wall Street Journal, RIM is no longer looking to license its BlackBerry Messenger client to other platforms and will instead focus on creating additional features for it while pushing BlackBerry 10 and new devices. This move comes as somewhat of a shocker to many, as purported pictures of the service running on Android devices have appeared a couple of times now. There have also been countless rumors over the last year which suggested that RIM may try to leverage the popularity of the service to make some money for the company as their sales and market share continue to fall off cliffs.
My thoughts? Who cares. RIM had a chance to port this service over to Android and iOS a couple of years ago when it actually was still popular, but failed to do so. It’s just another sign of a company that may no longer be with us in a couple of years – one that has made the wrong move over and over again.
Seriously ask yourself, would you all of a sudden switch your messaging life over to BBM should it launch on Android today? You have lived without it for years now, is it really an app that you need to survive? Had RIM made the move to license it back in 2009 when everyone was migrating from BlackBerry devices over to Android and iPhones, it would have been a big deal. Now, not so much.
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This morning, our boy Ron wrote up his opinion on the “fanboy” situation that plagues almost every tech community. Whether you own an iOS or Android or Blackberry device, someone is bound to call you a fanboy because you chose one over the other. At one time, Apple users were pegged as being the worst fanboys, but since, it has grown to include other platforms as well. Hell, even in the Android game you are starting to see groups of users band together as “Nexus fanboys” and/or “Motorola fanboys.” It really doesn’t matter what piece of technology is in your hand or on your desk, someone is bound to have a problem with it and thus refer to you as biased or as a fanboy.
But during his piece, Ron talked about removing the blinders and embracing “good” technology overall rather than siloing yourself into one platform or brand. I’ll just say that as someone who runs an Android site and has dedicated his life to the platform, even I find myself branching out to other areas of tech until I find something I truly love. For example, my favorite tablet to this day is still probably the Blackberry Playbook. Had that sucker actually had an app ecosystem, I probably still be using it. On a computer level, brace yourself, I use an iMac and a Macbook Pro. I’ve been through every version of Windows since the early 90s and in the last year made the switch to OSX. So far, it has been a breath of fresh air.
So I’m just curious, since I know that many of you own iPads and other non-Android products, what your mix of technology is. Windows or Mac? iPad or Android tablet? Anything else?
Okay, so unless one of these companies actually comes out and says, “Yes, it was us,” then we will not write about this event anymore. It’s becoming a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream. Anyways, newly gathered evidence is pointing to RIM as being the culprit behind the staged protests outside of an Australian Apple store last week. After most people were honestly concerned with the marketing(?) attempt, it seems that no company is willing to raise their hands and accept responsibility. Samsung even went as far as to publicly deny involvement, which most people could believe due to the fact that Samsung has no fear of publicly poking fun at Apple. (more…)
Blackberry World is in full swing this morning and to kick it off, RIM teased us with the future of their OS in Blackberry 10. In the video, you can see the oS running on their new developer unit which essentially looks like a Playbook, but as a phone. While it may be a while before we see this on a device any time soon, this teaser video should give Android devs some ideas to consider for their apps. How about that incoming call pop-up? Or better yet, check out the predictive text style of the keyboard. Rather than providing you word suggestions in a bar at the top of the keyboard, you see mini-suggestions over the next letter you may type. To me, that seems brilliant.
I have to be completely honest about this – the Blackberry Playbook may still be my favorite tablet. While the lack of apps and features at initial release killed it before it even got its start, the UI that RIM has put together on a tablet makes more sense than most. So when the 2.0 update for the device went live today, I actually got a little giddy.
If you are not familiar, the 2.0 update for the Playbook introduces native email, Twitter and Facebook integration, new home screen UI, a new keyboard, enhanced browser and more. Most importantly though, it allows users to run Android apps that have been ported over to Blackberry’s App World. So yeah, this tablet essentially just turned into an Android tablet, but with a better UI (in my opinion anyway).
I’m downloading 2.0 now and will hopefully have some hands-on time with it this afternoon. At $199 for the 16GB version, this may finally be worth your money if Android developers care to take the time to bring their work over.