Monthly Archive for January, 2011Page 2 of 18

Miss DevCon Asia? Check Out the Roundup Videos

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DEVCON Asia 2011 – Developer Round Up

DevCon Asia looks like it was a blast. As RIM expands into various regions around the world, getting developers together to get passionate about the platform is really going to help the platform grow in terms of apps, but it will also help grow a lot of localized content that wouldn’t otherwise exist. At DevCon Asia, the main areas of discussion were centered around the PlayBook, BlackBerry OS 6.1 and the BBM platform which has been an incredible hit in Asia Pac as we’ve seen from the videos RIM has made recently.
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Alex Ovechkin aka Ovi Uses a BlackBerry to Catch the Action

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The Washington Capitals’ Russian machine Alex Ovechkin was at the NHL’s first ever All-Star Fantasy Draft snapping pics with his BlackBerry (Torch?). Team Staal selected Ovi as the third overall pick and with a big smile (minus a few teeth), Ovi proudly put on the fourth all-star jersey of his career.

Photo courtesy of Dale Hammond.

Thump Mobile Web Game Lets You Compete to Predict Sports Outcomes

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Thump is a game that lets sports fans watch a game and compete with friends or strangers to be the most accurate predictor of what their teams will do next. The game currently supports pro and college football, with baseball planned to launch in March. While the game doesn’t yet have a native BlackBerry app, it’s available as a mobile web site which means you can play from your BlackBerry with other platforms. Also, given the ease with which developers can port their apps over to the PlayBook, we may be seeing this game come in tablet form.

Thump is in beta right now and you can get started at their site thumpgames.com. The next game to predict the outcome for is AFC@NFC, 7PM EST, 1/30/2011.

BlackBerry Theme Studio 6 Public Beta 2 Now Available

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The new BlackBerry Theme Studio 6 Public Beta 2 is available for download in the Developer Zone and it provides support for new and upgraded devices with BlackBerry 6. The new Theme Studio as has import functionality for theme projects designed on previous versions of Theme Studio. Translating your BlackBerry Theme Studio 5 projects to 6 is a simple three step process so you can quickly transition to the new software. Another cool feature of Theme Studio is a simplified theme export for App World so you can quickly submit your BlackBerry 6 themes.

Use this link to download the new BlackBerry Theme Studio 6 Public Beta 2.

Read more about Theme Studio 6 on the Developer Blog.

All New BlackBerrys Leaked Including New Curve Touch Malibu

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We’re pretty familiar with RIM’s 2011 lineup for the most part, but a recent leak shows us a new device we haven’t seen before and it looks pretty cool. The BlackBerry Curve Malibu, a touchscreen Curve device, looks really slick and while the specs may not blow you away, they’re still a step up and the form factor is probably its best selling point. The device is rumored to be marketed as an “entry-level” device, much like the Curve series in general, so it should be interesting to see how this touchscreen device fares in the market.

Included with the device lineup leaks is some news about BlackBerry 6.1 and the improvements it will bring in terms of gaming, apps, graphics and augmented reality. OS 6.1 will feature something called “liquid graphics”, for smoother graphics processing, more homescreen and UI customization options, voice-activated Universal Search and a generally faster experience thanks to the hardware boost.

Other devices in the CDMA 2011 lineup leaked include: the Monaco (new Storm), Sedona (new Curve) and Montana (touchscreen Bold). Hit the jump for the leaked slides and details:
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IDC Q4 2010 Smartphone Analysis Shows Huge Mobile Growth

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IDC released its Q4 2010 world smartphone market analysis and it shows some impressive growth for not only the mobile market, but for smartphones in general. Recently, we talked about BlackBerry in South Korea, and according to IDC, Korea had the biggest smartphone appetite in Asia this quarter accounting two-thirds of phones shipped in 4Q10, up from one-eighth a year ago. In Western Europe, the BlackBerry 8520 was among the region’s top sellers and contributed to the overall market’s growth.

The United States saw vendors like RIM and Apple maintain a healthy lead and in Canada, Android, Apple and RIM prevailed. Again, it’s all about smartphone growth and users are aggressively turning in their feature phones for smartphones. In Latin America, Nokia, RIM, and Samsung had strong smartphone sales, as well as relative newcomer Huawei.
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