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  2. RIM and Amazon launch the much needed Amazon MP3 store on BlackBerry devices.

    This is a huge step for BlackBerry users whom until now have been unable to download music directly from their phone like their `ahem, competition. This proves to current and potential BlackBerry users that RIM is serious about making the BlackBerry OS a real contender in the consumer media space.

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    Today, RIM and Amazon.com launched Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry smartphones, giving BlackBerry smartphone users in the U.S. access to Amazon’s catalog of over 14 million songs. Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry smartphones allows users to browse, preview, download, store, and tell friends about their favorite music all at the touch of a fingertip.

    Key features include:

    • Download music via Wi-Fi or over the air (OTA)
    • Browse by what’s new, deals, top songs, top albums, genres, and sub genres
    • Check back every day for the Free Song of the Day and Daily Deal album
    • Preview a 30-second sample before you buy
    • Tell friends about your favorites via BBM, email, SMS, Socials Feeds, Facebook, and Twitter
    • Bookmark a song and come back to it whenever you’re ready for a preview or download.
    • Integrated with BlackBerry smartphone features and functions, including Universal Search and Media Library

    Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry smartphones is available in beta for BlackBerry users in the U.S. on BlackBerry App World in the Test Center. For more information , please visit www.blackberry.com/amazonmp3.

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  4. BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Launching February?

    I thought the urge to get a BlackBerry PlayBook would pass but it seems I’m just getting more and more excited. Now realizing it may be released as soon as February things have escalated. What about you, are you still interested in the BlackBerry PlayBook?

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    BlackBerry PlayBook BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Launching February?

    For those looking to nail down a launch date for RIM’s tablet, Trinidad & Tabago’s TSTT’s Jay Alvi has said they plan on launching the BlackBerry PlayBook this February. That falls in line with RIM’s established early 2011 launch window, and also conveniently lands on the month of Mobile World Congress, where co-CEO Mike Lazaridis will be issuing a keynote.

    The BlackBerry PlayBook was announced at the end of September, and generally blew everybody’s socks off. It’s boasting a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 5 megapixel camera on the back, 3 megapixel camera on the front, and a 7″ 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen. Arguably the most impressive feature of all is the brand new operating system made by QNX. It’s light, it’s fast, and multitasks like woah. I’m particularly excited to see this OS find its way onto RIM’s smartphones, but that probably won’t happen for a little while still.

    A February launch is interesting timing since it’s when wallets are still a might empty from Christmas, but it’s also not trying to shoulder into the busy summer or fall, where the PlayBook could just be drowned out by other products. Whenever it launches, it’ll be giving the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab a run for their money, but who knows what other tablets will be available by that time?

    Curious to see how she runs? Check out this live demo of the BlackBerry PlayBook from Adobe MAX a few weeks ago.

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  5. More bad news for RIM as major companies start to leave the platform for alternatives. Is this just the beginning of things to unfold?

     
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  7. Apple passes RIM to become fourth largest phone vendor

    Many know I’m a big BlackBerry supporter simply for the reason that the BlackBerry OS platform is stable and provides the best email solution available, at least in my opinion. The problem is people don’t just want email anymore. Applications and media are playing a huge role in the decision making process of mobile phone consumers. When you go to the store shopping for a new phone which would you choose, a phone with a qwerty keyboard that looks the same as the one that was out 5 years ago, or a phone that has a large touch screen with applications that show you how to survive a shark attack. You never know when you might find yourself stranded in the middle of the ocean, right?

    There is nothing new about the phrase sex sells. It does and Apple has proved that time and time again with the “sexy” line of devices. If you can convince consumers that everything else is just ordinary you instantly have a run away success on your hands. Apple has done just that. You have the iPhone and then the rest of the phones. Don’t believe me, why is it that every single time a new phone comes out it is almost always compared to an iPhone? This doesn’t mean I agree that it the best phone available, in my opinion it is not. However it is hard to disagree that it is simply to use, provides a consistent interface, and for the most part works without trouble.

    Is RIM/BlackBerry in trouble? Yes, yes they are but how much trouble depends on how they plan out their future strategy.

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    With just a single phone model in its repertoire (two including the iPhone 3GS, which is still available for purchase), IDC reveals Apple has passed RIM to become the fourth largest cell phone vendor in the world. Last quarter, Apple sold 14.1 million iPhone units to snag 4.1% of the global market. RIM rang up about 12.3 million units over the same period and slipped into fifth place globally. Sony Ericsson was displaced from the top five list. The top three manufacturers on the list remained unchanged, with Nokia having sold 110.4 million units (32.4% market share), Samsung unloading 71.4 units (21% market share) and LG hawking 28.4 million phones (8.3% market share). This news, obviously, is not good for the BlackBerry maker. RIM recently introduced its next-generation operating system, BlackBerry 6, and also launched its first touchscreen/QWERTY hybrid handset alongside a good amount of hype. Still, it was passed by Apple, which will only pick up pace in 2011 with the expected introduction of a CDMA iPhone model. IDC’s full press release can be found after the break.Read more at www.boygeniusreport.com
     
     
  8. T-Mobile: BlackBerry OS Popularity in Steady Decline

    I would take this with a grain of salt however there is no doubt that BlackBerry is on the decline on some sort. I’m wondering if things will change once the PlayBook has been released offering a gateway back into the brand. Did you leave BlackBerry? If so why?

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    BlackBerry OS Popularity Graph

    If you believe a spy shot leaked to our friends at PocketBerry, then YES, BlackBerry OS is in a particularly steady (if not steep) decline. The image you’re looking at above was snapped by an anonymous tipster, present at a T-Mobile U.S. east region meeting. The graph pretty much speaks for itself. Oh BlackBerry OS, oh Windows Mobile… you guys are in trouble. But this should come as no surprise, right?

    According to Gartner, Google Android devices have outsold the iPhone globally, and RIM’s BlackBerry in the United States in the second quarter. That said, it should be noted that Nokia and RIM are still the kings of the castle, with Symbian OS making up 41.2% of the market, and BlackBerry holds 18.2%. However, if the Android invasion is well and truly on, it should be interesting to see what the situation is at this time next year. Will Android hold the leading market share globally? How about Apple and iOS? Will RIM’s BlackBerry 6 OS help the company hold pace? Or is the chart above simply sign of things to come?

    I wish I had a crystal ball, but sadly I don’t. I have a bowling ball in my basement, but that’s just not the same.

    What do you think the future holds for RIM and their OS?

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  10. RIM releases the BlackBerry PlayBook

    First impressions of the tablet are impressive. Hardware appears to be top of the line but what matters most is user experience. The operating system, QNX, running the brains of this tablet have yet to prove themselves outside of the scope of vehicles. Hardware will only win you half the battle. The OS must stand the test of time to become a winner. Can QNX do that for BlackBerry with the PlayBook?

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    Today Research In Motion® (RIM) introduced the new professional-grade BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet and BlackBerry® Tablet OS – check out the above video for more details on the new BlackBerry PlayBook!

    Stay tuned for future posts on the Inside BlackBerry blog family about BlackBerry PlayBook. In the meantime, read the press release here!

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