1. Posted on Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 8:56 pm by Andy
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    BlackBerry Curve 3G now in violet

    Network provider T-Mobile has secured an exclusive version of RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 3G, which features a smoky, violet colour tint to help it stand out from its stable mates.

    T-Mobile released a fairly cryptic statement in which it spoke about this new smoky, violet Curve 3G as if it was a pair of designer jeans but in short it is attempting to sell it as a kind of must-have fashion accessory, rather than a mid-range smartphone with excellent messaging capabilities.

    In terms of specs, the new Curve 3G will be identical to its siblings, sporting a two megapixel camera on the rear, high speed 3G network connectivity for browsing and a full QWERTY keypad with all types of email service supported in the native software.

    There is no doubt that this is one of the more stylish BlackBerry smartphones on the market and as RIM pushes to win a younger audience, it will need to roll out more handsets like this.

    The manufacturer seems to be doing a good job of attracting youngsters with disposable income in the UK, as it was reported earlier this week that last year it outsold the iPhone.

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  2. Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 1:16 pm by Andy

    BlackBerry Torch 9800UK consumers bought more BlackBerry handsets last year than they did iPhones, according to the latest retail figures published by GfK.

    This means BlackBerry smartphones were more popular than the much loved Apple handset, based on sales figures gathered from mainstream sales channels.

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM), will probably be very happy with its 28.2 per cent share of the UK mobile market which it captured in 2010. Its share of sales in the Christmas period was even better, as it sold half a million handsets and bagged 36 per cent of the market.

    RIM will also be celebrating the gradual improvements which have been made to its BlackBerry App World service, which increased in size by 60 per cent over the last 12 months. It is still a minnow when compared with the App Store or Android Market, but quality is more important than quantity and many of the 200,000 Android apps lack this all-important asset.

    It will be interesting to see how the BlackBerry range holds up in the coming months. With the arrival of the impressive BlackBerry Playbook tablet and the likelihood of a touchscreen Curve model on the market, things are looking bright.

  3. Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 8:06 pm by Andy
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    The BlackBerry Curve Touch?

    An internal document from within Research in Motion (RIM), has revealed details about the as yet unannounced BlackBerry Curve Touch smartphone.

    In among various pieces of information relating to future RIM handsets, it was discovered that a smartphone codenamed the Malibu is an all-new touchscreen device that is likely to ship later in the year.

    In terms of specs, it has a healthy 800MHz processor, a 3.25 inch touchscreen display and a five megapixel camera on the rear, with HD video capture thrown in for good measure.

    Unlike most BlackBerry handsets of the past, it will do away with the messaging-friendly full QWERTY keypad but it will retain the optical trackpad, which recent models have featured, according to the documents acquired by Crackberry.

    Jumping on the Google bandwagon, the BlackBerry Curve Touch will allegedly sport Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for contactless payments. This sounds new at the moment but it is thought that the device will not be available until the closing weeks of 2011, by which point the iPhone 5 will probably have brought this to mainstream attention.

    RIM is apparently going to put the emphasis on augmented reality features when this mobile arrives, using an operating system known as BlackBerry 6 evolution, about which little is known.

  4. Posted on Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 11:22 am by Andy
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    Canadian BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM), is apparently expanding the Storm range of smartphones with a third iteration, according to leaked images published last week.

    The first two Storm handsets were innovative in the context of the existing BlackBerry line-up but they failed to find favour with critics or consumers, thanks to clunky touchscreen implementation and poor software support.

    The third Storm handset, sensibly called the Storm 3, is apparently in development at RIM and according to a source quoted by tech site BGR, it will have a large 3.7 inch display and a powerful 1.2GHz processor under the hood.

    At the moment the question over whether RIM will retain the Storm moniker for this upcoming handset is up for debate, particularly since the earlier versions were not exactly hit mobiles. Various codenames have been rumoured, but an official announcement is the only thing which will quell these industry murmurings.

    The source says that UK consumers will be able to pick up the Storm 3 from some point in September, so there is still a long wait until it arrives. Its specs look healthy compared to the current crop of smartphones, but with dual-core monsters inbound, it will not be at the top of the pile upon its launch.

  5. Posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 3:20 pm by Andy
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    Coming with 3D screen soon?

    Canadian manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM), is apparently gearing up to bring 3D display and interface technology to BlackBerry handsets of the future.

    This is based on the news that RIM has acquired a Swedish firm called The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) which has a long history of working on 3D systems.

    TAT has already carried out extensive development of 3D that can be used in a handheld device like a smartphone, according to 3D TVWatcher, which would make it a key asset for RIM if it chooses to employ 3D tech in its BlackBerry range.

    The main issue which observers have noted is that most BlackBerry devices are aimed at business users and that this section of the market might not necessarily be interested in upgrading to aesthetically interesting but functionally unimportant 3D displays.

    Rival manufacturers including HTC and Apple are also rumoured to be working in partnership with 3D firms, in order to bring 3D displays to the mobile world, but since both have a history of making multimedia and gaming-focused handsets, this type of feature makes much more sense for them.

    RIM has made no comment on its intentions for its latest acquisition so only time will tell.