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Microsoft Bing on BlackBerry Offers Users More Choice But Not Enough

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One of the biggest problems facing the perception of BlackBerry and its sales seems to be quality control and user experience. There are just a few user experience issues with a BlackBerry today that are crippling to the user experience. Here are the top 3 we hear:

Loading apps causes the phone to stall and you must reboot.
Rebooting the smartphone takes forever (up to 4 minutes).
Updating OS can take an hour and is fragmented by carrier.

The media and many analysts continue to erroneously claim “BlackBerry is doomed”, but fail to point out RIM has made all the right acquisitions and those major frustrations won’t be around for much longer. Take the PlayBook as a good indicator of where the platform is going. You can install an app, multitask and use the device without any issues. Rebooting the device doesn’t take long at all, and updating the OS is a breeze. The three major headaches facing BlackBerry can and will be solved. This is the right direction to go in and it seems like the Microsoft and RIM announcement is a step in the wrong direction. The announcement seems like it was made from a high executive level without any real concern for the end user. The fact of the matter is that Bing is an awful search engine and it hurts the user experience rather than improve it.
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Want to Know More About #BBWC11? Hit Us Up on Twitter

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There’s a great group of press and BlackBerry bloggers at BlackBerry World 2011 and they’re all on Twitter. Here is a list of some of those bloggers you may want to reach out to for more info and opinion about the conference. Feel free to follow and mention them.

Jerome Carty, BBerryGo: @jcarty
Zach, TheBerryFix: @theberryfixzach
Simon Sage, IntoMobile: @simonsage
Al Sacco, CIO: @asacco
Luis, BerryReview: @donluig
Jon, PocketBerry: @xjonx
Elle, Magmic: @ellebetz
Mauricio, BlackBerryRocks: @techncode
Matt Cameron, BlackBerryCool: @MattKCameron
Myself, Kyle, BlackBerryCool: @kylemcinnes

If you’re here, feel free to message me and meet up. It’s going to be a crazy week. Also, comment with your Twitter handle on this post and network. That’s what it’s all about.

RIM Announces Video Chat App for the PlayBook #BBWC11

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RIM has announced the video chat app for the PlayBook and will be demoing it at BlackBerry World. The app features everything you would expect of a tablet video callin app including one click calling, friends list, notifications and some in-call features. We’ll be bringing you live coverage of the app so stay tuned. The app is also expected to go live tomorrow. Until then, you can read the press release.
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RIM Announces the Bold 9900 and 9930 Smartphones

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RIM has announced the Bold 9900 and the 9930 here at BlackBerry World 2011 and they’re going to be killer devices. Combining a touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and being the thinnest devices yet, these BlackBerrys are a great new addition to the team (we’ll know for sure post-review).

In terms of impressive specs, the Bolds are built on a new performance-driven platform featuring a 1.2 GHz processor, Liquid Graphics touch screen, and support for high speed 4G/HSPA+ wide area wireless networks. These smartphones also feature NFC, APIs for augmented reality and 720p HD video recording and playback. Expect these devices to launch early this summer.
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RIM Announces MVS 5 Support for Voice Over WiFi for Avaya and Legacy Nortel Systems

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We’re here at BlackBerry World and RIM announced this morning that MVS 5 will support voice over WiFi calling for Avaya Aura 6.1, Avaya CS1000 Communication Server, as well as legacy phone systems such as Avaya Communications Manager and Nortel Communication Server. It is also currently available for Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Call Manager Express, and Mitel Communications Director. BlackBerry MVS 5 has also been re-architected to be more extensible with third party applications and phone systems. Hit the jump for more details.
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