BlackBerry revs up app store

Canadian gadget shop Research In Motion (RIM) has started accepting submissions for its application store, which is due to open its doors later this month.

RIM strikes PC deal with Lenovo

RIM, the maker of the Blackberry device, has announced a partnership deal with PC manufacturer Lenovo at the MWC event in Barcelona. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will work together so that Blackberry smartphones will be able to synchronise, via a Bluetooth connection, with Lenovo ThinkPad laptop computers. “R&D is coming […]

50 million BlackBerrys shipped

Canadian gadget shop Research In Motion (RIM), said Thursday that it shipped its 50 millionth fruit flavoured handset during January 2009. During the fourth quarter of 2008, the BlackBerry vendor notched up 2.6 million net new subscriber accounts and shipped approximately 6.7 million devices. As of the end of 2008, there were approximately 21 million […]

Handset sector feels the pinch

As the credit crunch takes its toll on the mobile market, some analysts have suggested that global handset sales in the traditionally lucrative fourth quarter may actually be down sequentially on Q3 for 2008. So far, only two top vendors have reported their figures for the fourth quarter, with troubled Motorola posting a 25 per […]

Smartphone sales suffering; RIM, Palm feel the pain

Canadian handset manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) issued a surprise profit warning this week as device shipments continue to slow worldwide. The BlackBerry maker said third quarter revenues are now expected to be in the region of $2.75bn to $2.78bn, compared to the previously forecasted revenue range of $2.95bn to $3.10bn. The reasons given are […]

Apple overtakes BlackBerry in smartphone market

Californian gadget shop Apple steamed into second place in the smartphone market during the third quarter, knocking RIM off its perch, and creeping up on Nokia. During the three month period to the end of September, global shipments of smart phones hit a new peak of just under 40 million units, representing around 13 per […]

Apple claims to be beating BlackBerry

Californian kit maker Apple laid into BlackBerry vendor Research In Motion (RIM) late Tuesday, with head honcho Steve Jobs bragging to analysts that he had sold more handsets than the Canadian firm. As Apple’s financial results were posted, Jobs said that in the quarter to the end of September – the first period in which […]

BlackBerry in motion

The firm that made its name selling mobile email into the enterprise sector is moving into the consumer space, proving necessity really is the mother of invention. With the BlackBerry, Canadian smartphone manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) managed a rare feat: The creation a brand so strong that widespread consumer awareness of the product and […]

BlackBerry to get app store

Keen to get in on the application distribution action that Apple and Google have brought to the industry’s attention, BlackBerry maker RIM (Research In Motion) on Tuesday revealed its own plans. In March 2009, RIM will launch the BlackBerry Applications Storefront, a marketplace which will put developers apps in front of the millions of BlackBerry […]

Microsoft eyeing up BlackBerry maker?

Canadian BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) and US software shop Microsoft were caught up in the industry rumour mill this week, with speculation circulating that the pair are about to get hitched. Naturally, both parties are keeping quiet on the rumours, which appear to have been started by a US analyst who commented Microsoft […]

RIM forecasts global Storm

Canadian smartphone maker Research in Motion has announced that that the sun will never set on a Storm before the year is out. The latest meteorologically monikered Blackberry, the Storm, will be available later this year and is seen by some as a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone. RIM says the Storm has the world’s […]

RIM gets cosy with MySpace, Microsoft

Canadian gadget maker Research In Motion (RIM) continued to dominate the headlines this week, with a late announcement that it has teamed up with MySpace and Microsoft to further strengthen its presence in the consumer market. Late Thursday, the vendor announced that it has struck a deal with social network MySpace, to develop an integrated […]

RIM serves up BlackBerry in a clamshell

Canadian manufacturer of fruity gadgets, Research In Motion (RIM), continued its assault on the consumer space Wednesday, with the unveiling of its first ever clamshell device. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone packs all the expected BlackBerry gadgetry into the ‘popular’ clamshell form factor, just as we were thinking sliders and touch screens were all […]

BlackBerry crushed ‘for not being Apple’

There’s just no pleasing some people. Canadian gadget maker Research In Motion (RIM) reported that revenues for the quarter to the end of May jumped 107 per cent year on year, and watched its share price nose dive as a result. While revenues came in at $2.24bn, net profit more than doubled from $223m last […]

Nokia, BlackBerry, Apple sew up market with services play

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, and two outsiders, RIM (BlackBerry) and Apple, stand to gain most by pioneering fresh revenue streams for the mobile handset industry with their emerging push into value added services such as navigation, email and music. Industry analyst Strategy Analytics said Wednesday that Nokia, BlackBerry and Apple are the first […]

RIM makes Bold move with new gadget

Canadian handset vendor Research In Motion (RIM) stepped up its game on Monday with the unveiling of its latest BlackBerry baby, the Bold. This latest BlackBerry is the first to support tri band HSDPA as well as wifi and GPS. In terms of looks it’s been called RIM’s answer to the iPhone, with its smooth […]

BlackBerry steps up push into consumer space

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM) has been stepping up its presence in the mass market of late, focusing on applications that will help its BlackBerry device appeal to the mass market. Following on from the launch of a Facebook application for its devices last week, the mobile email shop introduced the first music download […]

BlackBerry gets Facebooked

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM), joined the social networking revolution this week, making Facebook available to BlackBerry users. Mike Lazaridis, founder of RIM and Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook, unveiled the application at the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment show in San Francisco on Wednesday. T-Mobile USA has been selected to be the first […]

New BlackBerry gets wifi

Research In Motion’s (RIM) second wifi-enabled gadget got an airing and a first this week, being the first BlackBerry to support UMA (unlicensed mobile access) for Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC). The BlackBerry 8820 is RIM’s thinnest smartphone design to date and features a full QWERTY keyboard, the now familiar trackball navigation system, built-in GPS and […]

RIM’s international call up

Internet phone specialist EQO Communications has announced that its EQO Mobile application supports the Blackberry Pearl, Curve and certain other handsets from Canada’s Research In Motion. The firm advertises free or local-rate charges for long distance or international calls over carried using its system. EQO users also get cheaper messaging, it says. “Blackberry users are […]