This morning we told you about Blackberry’s introduction yesterday of their new operating system and two new smartphones.
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) announced yesterday that its customers will soon be able to make free voice calls over a wi-fi network. The new feature will be available as a free update for existing customers. The good news comes just a couple of months before the release of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
Despite an abysmal overall share of the smartphone market, BlackBerry will plod on with the launch of its latest software and devices early next year.
The company responsible for making BlackBerrys, Research In Motion (RIM), announced yesterday that they are currently testing the new Blackberry 10 on 50 wireless carriers around the world. They also confirmed that the new BlackBerry 10 software and phones will be released during the first quarter of next year.
Embarrassing. That single word has made up a lot of the overall feedback received after RIM uploaded this video to their YouTube page yesterday. Aimed at developers, it aims to showcase all the cool new features of the Blackberry 10 – by having a couple of dads pretend to be rockstars.
In another financial blow that the company can’t afford, RIM has been found guilty of patent infringement and has been forced to pay out $147,2 million in damages.
Celestica, the Toronto-based manufacturer that produces hardware for Research In Motion, have announced that they’ll be stopping production of BlackBerry hardware over the next three months, and charging the company $1 billion for unsold BlackBerry inventory. Between the BlackBerry 10 smartphone getting pushed back to late 2012, and new iPhone rumours, this could sort of be RIP RIM.
It’s no secret that Blackberry’s stock has been falling. The company that once dominated the world of business smartphones has been heavily hit by the likes of Apple and Android, causing it to market itself to the masses with cheaper handsets. This move has done little to help the company’s falling stock, with the entire company now valued at less than Apple’s App Store alone.
The Carrier IQ software, installed on most modern Android, Blackberry and Nokia phones, is supposed to record some of the things phones do so manufacturers can do quality control. Except it’s also been logging everybody’s text messages, web searches, and phone calls. Which is pretty bad.
While Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM, has already publicly apologized for last week’s three-day BlackBerry outage, the PR guys figured that that probably wasn’t enough. Which is why they’ve announced that they’re offering BlackBerry customers a bunch of free “premium apps,” in the hopes of winning back some love. Check the app list after the jump.
At least that’s what Mike and Jim at Research In Motion would have the industry believe. RIM is expected to launch several new BlackBerry devices today in a desperate effort to win back its market share, particularly in North America.
Research In Motion (Rim), the makers of BlackBerry, has been severely criticized for having two CEOs, but apparently there’s really only one man who wears the pants in the ever-deteriorating domestic situation that is the Rim boardroom: Mike Lazaridis.
South African’s just love their Blackberrys, and annoyingly rave about how cool they are, and constantly put their Blackberry pins up on Facebook, saying, “Just got my BB. Add me guys!” But RIM, the company that makes the annoying device, seems to be in quite the spot of bother.
Classy. Mike Lazaridis, CEO of the Canadian firm behind Blackberry, was interviewed by the BBC yesterday; when asked about the problems they’d had with Indian and Middle East governments, who’d demanded greater access to the security system used by Blackberry, Lazaridis said the question was unfair and walked out on the interview.