Posts Tagged ‘RIM’

Mobile News: RIM to upgrade software and services for BlackBerry

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Research In Motion announced that the BlackBerry will have improvements regarding to software and services this week. It is not deniable that RIM finds it difficult in pushing the PlayBook OS 2.0 in the market. This week, RIM has improved some applications and services for BlackBerry users.

BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing Version 3.0
RIM provides new feature on BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing to avoid hassles on the user’s side. The new app allows you to join easily on an active conference from your BlackBerry smartphone. On the application, you will see “Join now” button where it is located at the calendar appointments for one-click dial-ins. The application also features a one-click Reconnect button that allows you to get back on track when you are disconnected from a call or conference. On the BlackBerry Calendar, you can set a schedule for future conference with complete conference bridge details on a hassle free two-step process. The newest version has the ability to convert email threads into meeting invites involving those people who are on the email thread.

But what’s more amusing is that the application features a “tell a friend” that tolerates you for sharing application through the use of BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, eMail and instant messaging.

BlackBerry Music – Free Trial
This service requires $10.00 per month to enjoy listening music, but as it improves its services, RIM offers a free trial on BlackBerry Music in which US and Canadian users will be free for 4 months, 6 months for British, Spanish, and Italian users.

The BlackBerry Music app allows everyone on the BlackBerry society to share music and playlist within BlackBerry users. People will also have access to a stored music from a friend’s library.

V3.1.1.15 Beta for BlackBerry App World
Research In Motion unveiled the newest version for the BlackBerry App World for the convenience of BlackBerry users. The application store is exclusive for beta testers, otherwise non-Beta testers cannot register. The newest version allows a user to opt on different choices of billing that are visible on the purchase confirmation screen – submitting apps feature an easy-to-use confirmation screen that is only supported by OS 7.1.

For non-BlackBerry Beta Zone, registration is for free!

Samsung Sells Enough Phones | Mobile News

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The smartphone wars were focusing on Apple and Google, as well as Research in Motion and Microsoft are still in the industry finding ways to hit the market. While Samsung was successfully gained the market share as some surveys unveiled its recorded profit.

HTC presented its financial decline, while Samsung is still at the peak in where it sells over 35 million smartphones in the previous quarter.

From a recent survey, Google has been experiencing a deluge of new Android device activations with a current run rate of 255.5 million a year – that gives a 64 million per quarter.

Apple sold 35 million of iPhones last quarter, compared to 64 million that Google has. Who dominated the Android devices? We all know that it is Samsung.

Analysts believed that Samsung sold more than 35 million smartphones alone even though the company hasn’t reported about their unit sales.

As the current rates show us that Google Android dominates and to assume that Samsung also dominated the device, then Google will still be undefeated from being no. 1.

Even Motorola which was owned by Google now could not defeat the volume of Samsung smartphones that were sold-out.

Only Samsung can demand Google for changes like new technical directions and features to improve the sales in the industry. Most of the Android devices are Samsung and no other manufacturers can demand Google. Google cannot get rid from Samsung, as Google depends its success in Samsung and would not gamble to advice Samsung to use Windows Phone.

eMobileNews.net (c) 2012

2012 Mobile Surprises |Mobile News

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Rumours about the iPad 3 have been striking the minds of people, yes; Apple will release its iPad 3 by March or April. Nobody knows about its specs and features unless of those in Apple, but for sure it will be equipped with LTE-4G, high resolution screen and it might be supported with NFC, Near-Field Communications. The all new iPhone may be introduced in summer or fall. It may be just the same with iPad, it may be supported with LTE-4G, faster processor, it might be supported with NFC and it may support the all new 802.11ac faster Wi-Fi standard.

2011 has been a dramatic year for mobile industry, where intensive competition happened, patent wars and etc. But what’s more with 2012? It is not just Apple has its surprises, but there are lot more. Here are some predictions for 2012.

Google will finally acquire its Android act together
There is no doubt for Google to conquer individuals using smarphones in everyday life. But it will soon create disorders as its marketplace produces multiple Android OS versions, different skins from manufacturers, security inconsistency and capability management.

Google believes that Android 4 or Ice Cream Sandwich firmware will be a solution from its incompatibility. It is smoother and much better than previous firmware. But the Ice Cream Sandwich is only compatible with some devices and it is not also because Google favours some manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola. It is just that some manufacturers do not suggest, instead, make their own skins and improvements for their devices.

In 2013, the situation will revolutionize since Samsung now is trying to bet with Windows Phone 7 and its own BadaOS. Google will still have Motorola, LG, Acer, and the rest which are Android dependent to stabilize and rationalize with the OS and centre apps. For sure that the 3LM Security that Google assigned will affect all android supported phones as well as its Motorola Mobility depending on the device and its capacity.

Samsung and Motorola will soon dominate the market share as it continues to produce devices that are manageable by Android. Some manufacturers will produce also Android supported devices that are lack of unity among other devices with nothing in common – like the 1 billion supported by Java devices but none of them has its similarities. It is all up to the manufacturers to give extra features that will support their devices.

Tablets remain an iPad vice-like grip
iPad will still be the king of tablets even Samsung has its Galaxy Tab 10.1 and LG has its Transformer Prime, even they are well-designed, we have witnessed that Android apps are inferior than the iOS. Even Google will release its Ice Cream Sandwich; it could not even defeat the iTunes and iCloud of iOS.

This issue only concerns with tablets (that are resembled to computers.) and not on smartphones user. As Apple continues to give best apps in its market place for iPad, Android supported tablets will struggle the competition as its apps are still inferior compared to iOS. Android developers still making apps that are originated from Apple apps store, in a low price or even free, least of them are Android designed.

NFC gets real grip but not for payments
In 2011 NFC (Near-Field Communication) has been a foundation of Google wallet mobile payments system. NFC is now more on talking than actions and only some devices are supported by NFC for Google transactions which use short-range two-way wireless technology.

2012 will be an important implementation for NFC for devices or at least of them. And as NFC goes quicker and faster exchange technology, NFC might support debit and credit cards as it is easier than compared to smartphones were you need to run an application to perform transactions. Maybe sooner or later, NFC will use the concept of Bluetooth that perform transactions such as trading contacts, URL’s and other important information. This process had shown by HP TouchPad’s WebOS 3 using its touch-to-share capability.

Sooner or later, Bluetooth will be used in performing transactions and maybe Apple will be the first to adopt since its iPhone 4s adopted already the new low-power Bluetooth spec.

A mobile shakeout is coming
For the coming years or even in 2012, mobile completion will rise and will increase the tension within Apple, Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell an more, and for sure Google and Apple will survive the phenomenon. It is like Apple is the Microsoft in the mobile market and Google is the one who will occupy their position.

RIM, Microsoft and Nokia have failed for several years and maybe 2012 isn’t still their lucky year and they are all at stake of make-or-break point.

RIM announced its delay of their new smartphones, as they have also completely rebooted the platform of its OS. They have promised to release the handsets by this year but on the later part. Maybe they are trying to wait for Apple and Android devices to introduce new devices in summer or fall to have ideas from the updates so they could make better than the leading smartphones.

Microsoft introduces the newest update Window Phone 7.5 Mango, just a minor update of Windows Phone 7 that has been falling since 2009. It could not vie against Apple and Google, even its market place haven’t dominated on the market share even after the release of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Its designs may be attractive to those people who are not really looking for a smartphone. If Microsoft will unveil Windows 8 by this year which supports tablets, then there is a possibility for Microsoft to hit the market.

There is a high percentage for Windows 8 will compete against iPad from Apple. There is a possibility that Windows 8 will rank as no. 2 tablet and will be followed by Android in the third rank. As Microsoft has shown us from their desktop ever since, Windows 8 would be a key for extending the desktop to tablets if the concept of Windows 8 is just the same with the desktop.

Nokia as the new partner of Microsoft which was hoping to hit Europe, North America and East Asia using Windows Phone OS where it will compete against Samsung and other Android supported manufacturers. Nokia lost lot of shares from having Symbian OS from the past years and Windows Phone will try to regain it. According to an IPSOS survey that only least of the European population are interested with Nokia’s Windows Phone devices, most of them prefer to use Apple’s devices and smartphones that are supported with Google’s Android. Maybe this year would be a dramatic event for Nokia and maybe they will retreat from the competition and associates with Google’s Android to regain back their lost shares.

The rise of Advanced Technology
As we have witness 2011, prompt mobile enhancement took place for competition. We will surely witness that this year are more on enhancement on the device, high-resolution display, lighter and cheaper. Even stealing a handset design will happen just to win the market share. All I can say is that this is a survival of the fittest.

eMobileNews.net (c) 2012

RIM – Blackberry has announced the delay of 10 new phones by 2012

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Mobile news presents… RIM (Research in Motion Ltd. – Blackberry maker) has announced about the delay of new phones which will be released on the late 2012 last Thursday.

One of the Co-CEO of Blackberry Mike Lazaridis confirmed that the new phones will not be released until mid 2012 to ensure highly integrated chipset built on new phones. It will affect the shipments and expect a delay on 2012.

The new platforms will affect the RIM’s market future since most of the U.S users use touch screen smartphones like iPhone and other Google Android based smartphones as articulated by the analysts.

RIM admitted that the Blackberry sales will decline by the quarter of holiday. iPhone had already took the interest of many U.S. users which give the RIM a difficulty in making a new niche for Blackberry to hit the market.

Market researcher NPD group stated that RIM had already fluctuated 44% in 2009 to 10% on this year on their Blackberry sales in U.S. In the other hand, RIM relies on their sales overseas were Blackberry succeeded. But in Thursday, RIM fell 7% in extended trading.
The 10 new Blackberry phones will serve the latest series of RIM smartphones on 2012. After selling the Playbook at a very low price last October, Blackberry had gained millions of buyers which aided RIM to hit the market in a low profit. After the inconvenience caused by an Aired Canada fight, RIM fired two executives and the head of its operation in Indonesia that was charged due to stampede where there were injuries as reported.
The new phones will be using the same operating software as the PlayBook has been using, said RIM. RIM disclosed that its company fluctuated 71% as the revenue fell which charged them to use the same Operating Software for the new phones. “We ask for your patience and confidence,” Lazaridis said.

At the end of November 6 this year, RIM hit $265 Million or $0.51 per share which differ last year where the company hit $911 Million or $1.74 per share – 6% revenue fell of $5.2 Billion. $485 Million was charged on PlayBook before taxes.

14.1 Million Blackberry phones and 150, 000 PlayBook Tablets were shipped throughout the third quarter. Most of the investors focused on the fourth-quarter’s distribution since the earlier quarter had showed them a result.

RIM announced that they will be selling fewer Blackberrys’ but it was predicted last Thursday that the amount of Blackberry will be worse than expected.

Only 11 million to 12 million Blackberrys’ will be released by the Fourth quarter which differs to the previous shipment of 14.8 Million Blackberrys’.

$0.80 to $0.90 per share on the revenue or $4.6 billion to $4.9 billion is expected for the fourth quarter earnings as RIM said. But according to the FactSet, RIM will be hitting $1.15 per share on revenue of $5.04 billion which gives an expectation to the analysts.

It was said by an analyst in Jeffries & Co. of New York, Peter Misek earlier that if RIM will release no more than 12 million blackberrys then RIM has to release the phones before mid 2012 to avoid downward fluctuation on the sales by the future quarters. The new 10 Blackberry phones must be released three to nine months later than what people had expected.

“If consumers abandon this platform it can happen pretty quickly…Don’t think this is the bottom.” said Colin Gillis, a Financial Analyst of BGC who stated the start of RIM’s collapse if the guidance continues.

One of RIM Co-CEO, Jim Balsillie replied that the previous quarters were just a challenging times in the company and they are working for turning the wheel of fortune to hit the market but it will take time. “We are not satisfied with the performance of the business in the United States,” Jim Balsillie said.

Balsillie and Lazaridis stated that they have reduced their cash salary to $1 per year but still they were able to earn stock options and compensations.

After the results were leaked on Thursday, RIM’s stock fell $1.15 to a new seven-year low of $13.98 in extended trading.

“We recognize our shareholders may feel we’ve fallen short,” Balsillie said

75% of stock values were lost or earning only $8 billion this year comparing to the $70 billion of market value a few years ago.

eMobileNews.net (c) 2011