RIM is hosting its annual gathering in Orlando, and this year's BlackBerry World is of particular importance: the company is taking the wraps off BlackBerry 10, the most fundamental reboot of its smartphone platform in many years. Follow along right here as we cover all the news as it happens.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed today that current BlackBerry 7 devices will not be upgraded to BlackBerry 10.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins frankly admitted that RIM has an "uphill battle" in the US. "I actually expect us to regain marketshare in the US," he said, adding "we're here to win, very very clearly. I'm not here to be just in the game."
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said during a press briefing that RIM's focus is increasingly going to be on the enterprise, because that's where BlackBerry devices are the best-suited.
In a wide-ranging discussion with the press at BlackBerry World, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins addressed our question about his strategy for licensing BlackBerry 10. There are two major opportunities for RIM to license BB10: smartphones and "mobile computing" and in both cases, Heins confirmed that RIM is actively investigating its options.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins told the crowd at a briefing at BlackBerry World that an LTE-capable PlayBook is coming soon.
At the BlackBerry World keynote, RIM is currently giving its developer partners an unusually large portion of the spotlight to show off the apps they have built for BlackBerry 10, some in as little as ten days. The apps are designed to show a few things: how easy it is to port apps to BB10 from other platforms, how flexible RIM's developer tools are, and most importantly how the new Cascades framework gives developers a way to create apps that match the look and feel of BB10.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins just officially launched the "BlackBerry 10 Platform," or everything that makes up the development stack for BB10, including many architectural elements of the PlayBook OS. What's new is something that RIM has only hinted at before: Cascades and the Cascades UI.
RIM is giving every developer at the BlackBerry Jam conference here in Orlando a phone, the "BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha developer testing device. It is a device that developers can use to create BB10 apps that look and feel native to the new BB10 platform using RIM's Cascades framework.
RIM's gaming head Anders Jeppsson has taken to Twitter to reveal upcoming titles for BlackBerry 10 and the PlayBook ahead of BlackBerry World 2012, including Jetpack Joyride, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1.
RIM's BlackBerry Music Gateway is a small Bluetooth A2DP music streamer and, well, not anything more. That's part of the device's charm: it contains no battery, no screen, and no complicated settings. You plug it in, pair your phone, and start streaming music.