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RIM’s Andrew Bocking Talks NFC at Mobile World Congress 2011

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At Mobile World Congress 2011, RIM’s Andrew Bocking talked about NFC and what that means for users and businesses. There are a ton of different ways that NFC can be used including Bluetooth style picture transfers, mobile payments and any scenario where your phone’s proximity to something pulls or pushes data.
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New BlackBerry 6 Trailer with Demo of Social Feeds Feature (Viigo Integration)

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The latest official video for the upcoming BlackBerry 6 shows off a lot of what we have already seen but adds a few details about the upcoming Social Feeds feature. Social Feeds, which we can only assume is the reason for Viigo’s acquisition, integrates all your news and social networks into one destination. There is a brief view of the new feature in the video, so you should definitely check it out.

In addition to the smooth new user interface, the new video illustrates a few of the new applications and features in BlackBerry 6 including:

  • Redesigned home screen
  • Universal search
  • Context-sensitive pop-up menus
  • Revamped BlackBerry Browser powered by WebKit

For more information, you can check out the post by Andrew Bocking, VP of Handheld Software Product Management on Inside BlackBerry. According to Bocking, BlackBerry 6 is on track for release this summer.

[Audio] WES 2010: RIM VP of Handheld Software Product Management

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Click here to listen to three RIM VPs talking about devices, OS 5 and BlackBerry 6.

I got a chance to learn more about RIM’s new smartphone offerings in a WES session. Three of RIM’s experts were in attendance: Andrew Bocking, Product Marketing Engineer, Carlo Chiarello, Director of Product Management, and David Smith, Director of Product Management. The group went into details about the new devices and their accompanying accessories. I’ve posted the audio, which is a good listen if you’re interested in learning more about the major announcements, and I’ll follow up with more shortly.

Topics include (in chronological order):

  • New device overview
  • Device product lines overview (how the new devices fit into the entire device lineup)
  • New chargers and accessories
  • OS 5 overview (which Bocking called “BlackBerry 5”)
  • BlackBerry 6 (lots of small details about the user interface and design philosophy)
  • The WebKit Browser