Blackberry World 2011 Roundup

Every year Research in Motion holds a conference specifically to show off what they plan on releasing in the next year. This year all eyes were on RIM hoping for new and better hardware, along with software improvements and maybe even a completely redesigned OS. So did everyone’s dreams come true, read on to find out!


RIM stuck to what its know for at Blackberry World by releasing 2 new phones, the Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9930. The 9900 and 9930 are basically the same old Bolds that we’ve fallen in love with, but with a 2.8 VGA capacitive touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 768 MB of RAM, NFC support, a 5 megapixel camera, and 8GB of internal storage (with microSD expansion). The circumference of the phone has an almost iPhone-like stainless steel band that makes the phone oh-so-fancy. The 9900 supports HSPA+ connectivity and the 9930 is the world variant,with dual-band CDMA and quad-band GSM, and both have 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi along with Bluetooth 2.1, and Blackberry 7 OS.

The phones will arrive this summer.
A new OS!
RIM announced its newest OS called Blackberry 7 OS. There has been a lot of rumours swirling around the new Blackberry OS, since many were claiming that RIM would bring QNX technology to the platform; unfortunately there’s no sign of it in the new OS. Fortunately, RIM is promising a whole bunch of enhancements to the OS including a new browser, a JIT (just-in-time) JavaScript compiler, HTML5 Video support, and a new feature called Blackberry Balance that will allow users to “compartmentalize your personal and professional lives into neat and separate piles of content”. Along with those features, RIM is promising integration with Bing services at the OS level.
And that’s where the good news ends, RIM has announced that there will be “no legacy support”. This means that older devices, even those running version 6 of the OS, won’t be getting any official updates to the latest and greatest OS.

The new OS is expected to ship this summer.

Playbook update!

RIM’s 7″ Playbook looked promising when it was announced, but after early reviews came out, the tablet was an utter failure. Fortunately, RIM is ready to add features to the tablet to make it (hopefully) a hit. Firstly, RIM announced that they are going to release a Facebook, Video chat, email client, and an Android emulator app either within the next few weeks or very soon. The email client is a welcome addition since email was only available on the tablet when it is bridged with a Blackberry smartphone. Probably the most exciting feature announced at the convention was the Android emulator for Playbook.
The emulator will run any app that runs on Android with only a few lines of re-coding. The regular Android buttons will be emulated by gestures on the Playbook’s bezel, and the apps will have their own section in the Blackberry App World.

Overall, Blackberry World 2011 brought us a lot of new features, phones, and tablets, and it is bringing RIM closer to being in the mobile OS race again…but is it too late already?


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Ian Schwartz had written 137 articles for TEKNAMI

Hello, I'm Ian (eye-an) I was born in Recife, Brazil and raised in the fridge tundra of Minneapolis, MN USA. I graduated from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL with an AA in Audio Recording Production and Engineering. I love tech, always have since I was a little tot and what better way to know more then to tell everyone else about it also. So here is teknami (tech-nah-me) Tek for tech and nami is a derivative of namesake.