Optus and Vodafone BlackBerry customers can now update their phones to OS version 7.1, an update that offers a number of new features, including near-field communication (NFC) tags.
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Frank Maduri is Research In Motion's (RIM) senior director for Mobile Wallet, and is currently in Australia to address Terrapin's annual Cards and Payments Conference in Sydney. His side mission, however, is to meet with various local near-field communications (NFC) stakeholders to drive adoption and form partnerships for the future of the BlackBerry NFC ecosystem.
Wireless tethering is one of several new features in version 7.1 of the BlackBerry OS, which was released on Monday at CES alongside an update to the BlackBerry Messenger tool
RIM has unveiled two smartphones, the Curve 9380 and Bold 9790, both of which still use its BlackBerry 7 OS ahead of the transition to the recently announced BBX platform
BlackBerry Tag is a tap-to-share feature that will be rolled out to all NFC-enabled BlackBerry phones, Research In Motion has said
Near-field communications (NFC) technology is more well known these days for being the power that enables mobile payments on smartphones and other gadgets, but Research In Motion (RIM) is planning to use NFC for a different purpose, which presumably RIM executives hope will give the BlackBerry an edge over the competition — in one regard at the very least.
BlackBerry Tag coming soon to NFC handsets...
Other mobile manufacturers could learn a lesson from RIM when it comes to NFC technology.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 offers an upgraded OS, solid specifications and good integration of a small touchscreen with an optical navigation pad and keyboard. But battery life is disappointing and, despite the novelty of Near Field Communication support, this is primarily a catchup device.
A hands-on look at the Curve 9360, a slimline, BlackBerry 7-powered addition to RIM's non-touchscreen handset that places near-field comms and social-networking alongside business features
NFC and upgraded camera onboard...
RIM has shown off new handsets based on the BlackBerry 7 OS, including the hybrid Bold 9900 with touchscreen and Qwerty keyboard, and Torches with a slider and a full touchscreen
Hybrid touch-Qwerty smartphone is RIM's thinnest Blackberry yet...
Research In Motion's new Bold 9900 and Bold 9930 smartphones are the first BlackBerry devices to support the contactless communications tech used in travelcards
The updated mobile OS will use GPU-accelerated graphics and add support for near-field communication technology, and underpin two new Bold smartphones
Near-field communications coming to almost all RIM devices in 2011, says UK MD...
Most new BlackBerry devices from RIM from now on will include near-field communication capabilities, the company's UK managing director has said.Although RIM chief Jim Balsillie already revealed at Mobile World Congress that "many if not most" of 2011's BlackBerrys would have the short-range wireless technology (usually abbreviated as NFC) built in, Stephen Bates's words on Tuesday suggested that almost all upcoming RIM smartphones and tablets would include these capabilities.