Blackberry’s Own App Store

27 03 2009

BusinessWeek says that RIM chief Mike Lazaridis will launch BlackBerry’s long-awaited App Store competitor from CTIA on April 1. Paid apps will start at $2.99, but like the Apple App Store, freebies will exist.


It’s Blackberry’s New iPhone! They Call It The STORM!

9 10 2008

This was the official marketing material posted tonight by RIM’s Storm launch partner, Vodafone.

We can’t put our finger on it, but there’s something vaguely familiar about this new Storm 9500.  Is it the buttons? No… Does it say “Apple” somewhere on it? Not quite…


Blackberry Bold Release Date: October 2

8 09 2008

AT&T has decided to push the launch date for the Blackberry Bold back a bit, to Oct. 2—possibly to iron out some issues. But, stores will be allowed to start ordering them on Sept. 24, meaning you might be able to grab one a little bit before the Oct. 2 street date Boy Genius is touting. The $299 price still looks solid, though.

3G Woes Meet The Bold

26 08 2008

Cellular access woes initially pinned on the iPhone 3G’s particular hardware now appear likely to be thwarting the BlackBerry Bold’s debut with AT&T, according to a new report.

Citigroup investment research analyst Jim Suva’s early testing of the Bold, which uses the same 3G network standard as current iPhones, finds the device with just as unstable a connection as that reported in the US and elsewhere for Apple’s handset, with data sometimes dropping to the slower EDGE network or even cutting out entirely.

“We had a few occasional 3G signal dropping troubles at some locations,” Suva writes, “especially on high-rises building streets on our 34th floor… which may be why AT&T has yet to launch the product.”

And while Rogers Wireless in Canada has already launched Research in Motion’s new smartphone, the researcher suggests that an American launch may hinge on either a patch for the Bold’s firmware or straightening out network issues with AT&T, which will be the phone’s sole carrier in the US.

Tellingly, the Bold uses a component of its Marvell processor as its 3G modem where iPhone 3G uses a separate Infineon chipset, ruling out identical hardware as the issue.

Google Maps On Blackberry Pearl

4 07 2008

Google has just released a new version of their maps application that supports voice recognition search on the BlackBerry Pearl. That means Pearl users can load Google Maps, hold a side button, say “pizza, i said PIZZA…PEE-TSA UH” and have the application magically find tacos in your immediate vicinity. This upgrade doesn’t look to be automatic, so hit the link to have Google text message your phone for the “experimental” update.