RIM will automatically slash the price of the cheapest apps by up to 25 percent as the launch of its next OS, BlackBerry 10, looms.
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More and more is leaking out as we approach the RIM BB 10 launch event and in this 7 minute, 30 second, video you get a good feel for possible hardware and the OS.
I never thought I would get pumped to see a new BlackBerry from RIM after they basically took the year off in 2012; but BlackBerry 10 is the mobile OS I look forward to the most at the start of 2013.
UPDATED: RIM shipped approximately 6.9 million BlackBerry smartphones and 255,000 PlayBook tablets in Q3.
Keeping developers on side while making a major OS shift isn't easy - and it's even harder when you're losing ground in the market. So what is RIM doing to persuade new and long-time developers to keep the BlackBerry faith?
What does beleaguered device maker RIM need to do to halt BlackBerry's slide? The key lies in whether it gets developer relations right and fends off fragmentation with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS.
Sorry for the pessimism, folks, but RIM's hopes that the addition of LTE will bring the PlayBook tablet back from the dead are about as farfetched as the Easter bunny winning the U.S. election this year.
There may well be a new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook winging its way to Canada and the US, but will it ever make it to the UK?
I can't say I completely understand the moves made by RIM over the past year and releasing a PlayBook with integrated cellular data surprised me.
So let me get this straight: According to the company's CEO, the delay in the new BlackBerry 10 OS, the one that is supposed to turn Research in Motion around, is good for the company?
Research In Motion has stopped making the cheapest version of its PlayBook tablet, a less successful rival to the iPad and to Android tablets.RIM has said it will no longer produce the 16GB version of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
The PlayBook has had something of a checkered history, but its 2.0 software update has put it well on the road to BlackBerry 10 and given it a social network-integrated messaging platform that's second to none.
As promised, RIM has handed out prototype Dev Alpha BlackBerry 10 test devices and new SDKs to developers at its BlackBerry Jam event, as part of its transition to the QNX-powered OS
RIM is proudly showing off its latest version of the OS on the BlackBerry, but it's not going to matter.
RIM needs to do something soon and if we see them launch BB OS 10 this year with hardware similar to the Dev Alpha device then I think they are still in the game and may even take the third spot behind iOS and Android.
BlackBerry developers attending the early May BlackBerry Jam event in Orlando will be given prototype devices running a modified version of the PlayBook OS to help them start building apps for the new smartphone platform launching later in 2012.
The OS 2.0 update brought support for Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook. While many Android apps are available in BB App World, there are still many missing that can be side-loaded onto the device. This is similar to how apps are loaded on the Kindle Fire and B&N Nook Tablet.
Delayed BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 OS is released
RIM's latest tablet operating system adds native email, an enhanced browser and support for some Android applications, among other features. Here's a tour of the new-look PlayBook OS.
RIM has finally delivered the operating system its tablet hardware deserved. If you've got a PlayBook, then PlayBook OS 2.0 is an essential upgrade.
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