Wednesday, 14 March 2012

What's New in BlackBerry Messenger 6.2?

Now you can stay in touch like never before with the latest update to BlackBerry Messenger. 

New on the latest version of BBM:

  1. New selection of animated avatars - not so impressive if you're looking for something better than some animated smileys you know where to go 
  2. Push to Talk - Streamlined voice notes! Now you can send voice notes at a click of a button thru BBM. If you highlight a contact in BBM and press the convenience key, you can start recording, pressing the key again will send.
  3. Tag Enhancements - adding contacts has never been easier. If your BlackBerry supports NFC technology you can turn on the Allow Auto Invitations by the Tapping option. If you and someone else have BBM open you can add each other by aligning the backs of your smartphones.
  4. Improved Search - When typing the name of a contact or group the search ignores special characters and emoticons making things easier to look for.
  5. Easily update your status update - now you can easily update your status by editing the text directly in the status bar without leaving your contact list by clicking the text at the top of the screen.
  6. Resend a message - messages that didn't send (say for example, if your smartphone was outside of a wireless coverage area) can be resent by highlighting and resending from a menu option.

Get the latest version of BBM today in the BetaZone

Monday, 5 March 2012

What will happen when BB10 finally drops?

What will happen when BB10 finally drops in Q3?

So much emphasis is being put on BB10 making or breaking RIM. With all the anticipation surrounding the BB10 release it better be kick ass. I'm predicting bad media for RIM regardless. I can already see the headlines with the aire of disappointment and underwhelmed sentiments because of not living up to all this hype and anticipation. 

iPhone5 rumored launch date will be in June or November which will surely make an impact on the BB10 launch. I'm hoping we'll see some devices actually make an appearance at BlackBerry world. Will it be too little too late?

I think the remaining BlackBerry users are fully aware of the limitations of their devices (slow browser, dated interface and limited App selection) but they stay with BlackBerry because they like the form factor, physical keyboard or security etc... I don't think they're looking for a fully touchscreen device. 

Once the fully touchscreen device is on the market it still won't be able to compete with the iPhone but may give another option to users who currently are opting for Android or Windows devices. I would like to see a BlackBerry Bold running BB10 now that would be cool. I hope we won't have to wait too long to see that.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Waiting for RIM to Bring it

bbm animated,, bbmanimated

By now I'm sure you've seen all the cool demos coming from RIM at Mobile World Congress. But let's do a flashback to the new year where many a blog splashed headlines of a BlackBerry 10 unveil at MWC and Playbook 2.0 at CES in January. So CES has come and gone and the Playbook software update didn't come until mid February, and in all fairness, late as it was, did receive some good feedback.  Now as far as the BB10 devices? Still a no show. 

With all the super impressive future concept demos I have to ask, is it all smoke and mirrors? 

Every year wireless industry professionals flock to MWC to showcase their top products however this year RIM has nothing to show. Analysts are predicting even more negative effects for RIM due to the  launch of iPhone 5 ahead of RIM's first BlackBerry 10 handset due out in September. 

We're seeing some kick ass innovation but they need to get this stuff to market!