RIM should really feel complimented at this year’s WWDC because Apple has announced its Notification Center and BBM-clone. Imitation is the highest form of flattery and these two announcements are definitely imitations. First of all, the notification center is a big announcement from Apple and it looks nearly identical to the notifications tab in BlackBerry 6. Granted, the iPhone version does have a nice “Clear All” feature that we could really use in OS 6. Another feature announced at WWDC is Apple’s new messaging platform. The platform seems to work just like BBM and it even comes with ‘delivered’ and ‘received’ notifications just like BBM. What’s interesting here is that Apple hasn’t copied any of the crucial viral app distribution elements that RIM has announced and demoed themselves at BBWC. This is definitely something Apple will also be copying and will surely announce at their next event.
It’s interesting to note that while these conferences are selling out and creating scarcity, companies like Oracle is opening its conference to well over 40,000 attendees.
This is an interesting year for Developer Conferences. Everyone is fast converting to smartphones, all the major manufacturers are expanding their portfolio of form factors to new screen types and sizes (eg tablets), and there’s some convergence going on where you can not only build once and deploy on multiple platforms, but RIM has even announced support for Android apps on the QNX OS. The industry is moving at a fast pace and there’s no shortage of people interested in the respective Developer Conferences. So how do they compare?
Continue reading ‘Comparing the BlackBerry, Android and iOS 2011 Developer Conferences’
It looks like RIM is announcing App World 2.0 on June 16th, as they’ve sent out invitations to a press event where they’re showing “what’s new in BlackBerry App World”. We’re not sure exactly what they’ll be announcing, but RIM is fairly predictable in its announcement strategy. The general approach is tell you what they’re going to announce and then 10 months or so later have an event where they say “we said we would deliver X and here it is.”
So what did they say will arrive for App World 2.0? Here is what we’re expecting:
- Credit card billing
- Carrier billing
- Preload on all OS 5 devices and higher
- WiFi downloads
- Desktop catalog to mirror on-device App World
- Microtransactions for games, premium video content etc.
- More account management options and search improvements
- Greater number of enterprise apps in the catalog (new category perhaps)
- Free and Paid catalogs in all countries App World currently supports
Today, Steve Jobs presented his State of the Apple keynote address at WWDC. The event began with some interesting data regarding the platform, and culminated in the launch of the iPhone 4. As usual, the event was generally well put together, with only a minor hiccup in the demo process because according to the organizers, 570 WiFi base stations in the room kills connectivity.
In the introduction phase of the keynote, Jobs pointed out some interesting statistics about their App Store. There are currently 225,000 apps, with 15k apps submitted every week, in 30 different languages and 95% are approved within 7 days. In order to address the media’s attention over those apps which are not approved, Jobs pointed out that apps that are not approved are for the following three reasons:
Continue reading ‘Apple WWDC Takeaways from a BlackBerry User Perspective’
Well, it sure was an interesting day for those following the unveiling of Apple’s newest smartphone. 3G. AGPS. USD $200 on a two-year contract (8G model). 300 hours of standby time, 8-10 hours of 2G talk time, 5 hours of 3G talk time, 7 hours of video time and 24 hours of audio time. Our sister sites, QuicklyBored and SmartPhoneCool have been all over the coverage today; here are the links to some interesting posts:
Check out the content and let us know what you think of Apple’s black beauty. How does this stack up with the BlackBerry Bold?
(image via Engadget)
Many people in the BlackBerry Nation don’t know anything about WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. However, today just might be a good day to start learning, considering the ENTIRE FREAKING INTERNET is waiting on a 3G iPhone announcement that should be coming today from Mr. Jobs himself. Considering how hyped you all seem to be for 3G, and how iPhone vs. BlackBerry has always allowed for endearing saber-rattling, I must ask the question: are you in any way planning to follow today’s WWDC news?
Post a comment and let us know.