Rumor has it that RIM will be opening BlackBerry Messenger to Android and iOS. It’s not clear what their strategy is, but it looks like they might offer a watered-down version of BBM to other platforms, with more features like video and picture sharing available only to BlackBerry users, or for a fee. In general, the move makes a lot of sense because it would allow all smartphone users to communicate with each other without using SMS. The “Messenger” app would be a huge success but it would be strange for RIM to charge anything for this service. With respect to RIM’s total revenues, whatever money the messenger app would generate would be insignificant compared to device sales. If the strategy was to leverage messenger to sell more devices, that might be more fruitful for the company.
Rumor has it that the PlayBook will become available in retail outlets on April 10th. Also, the QNX OS will go gold on March 31st, and when you take the device out of the box and first boot it up, you’ll be prompted to upgrade the OS. The 10 days isn’t much to make sure developers have a stable app on the PlayBook, but if you can test and update in App World right away, you should be good.
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Rumor has it that a cell-enabled 3G PlayBook is coming in late March or early April. The source of the rumor also expects an LTE PlayBook “some time soon” after the release of the 3G PlayBook. These rumors seem plausible as we’ve already seen Sprint officially announce a 4G PlayBook. It’s not a stretch to think other carriers will offer a 3G and LTE version.
It’s not clear what version of the PlayBook will be the right one to purchase. Do you hold out for cellular connectivity? Or do you grab the WiFi version because it means you won’t need another dataplan? Either way, we’re getting one.
Rumor has it that RIM will be renaming the Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) conference to reflect the change in the company’s focus to its QNX operating system as well as other content. The new name hasn’t been suggested yet but maybe RIM started this rumor so they could hear suggestions. How about simply “The Awesome Show”.
It may be a little early to accurately predict or have concrete information about PlayBook pricing but the source was one of the first to get their hands on the PlayBook. Rumor has it that there will be 3 models of the PlayBook (8GB, 16GB and 32GB) and they’ll be available at following prices:
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The BlackBerry Torch is hands-down one of the best BlackBerrys on the market right now. It combines the fun touchscreen navigation with a keyboard that lets you get work done and send messages quickly. One of the elements of the device that could be improved is the size and weight. The device is a little bulky and feels a little heavy. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it could be better. Rumor has it that RIM will be releasing a thinner, entry level Torch which may not even have a touchscreen. This would make sense as RIM is known to release a wide range of devices that leave out certain features to lower the price point. Hopefully, RIM would make another Torch style device, with QNX and this thinner form factor. These days, it seems that if you can dream it, RIM will make it.