5 Cool Things We Can Expect From RIM in the Next Few Months


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With summer ending, we’re expecting a few announcements from RIM just around the corner. End of summer also means we’re closer to the holiday season where RIM and all the major tech companies scramble to get a killer product out of the door that everyone can buy for their loved ones. So what can we expect to see from RIM coming soon? Here are 5 things we have heard about and we know will come soon (hopefully).

1. Android app player beta

This was somewhat promised to come from RIM this summer and we got the impression at the BBM Hackathon that we will see something soon. The problem is that the Android app player will most likely end up in the hands of developers first and consumers may not see something until the Developer Conference. It should be interesting to see how this all pans out as having a tablet with access to both BlackBerry and Android apps could be huge.

2. Native Email and PIM functionality on PlayBook

We’re not clear on exactly when this will happen but we’ve been hearing about a big relaunch of the QNX Tablet OS UI coming soon and it could coincide with native PIM functionality for the PlayBook. There is a lot riding on the QNX platform and while the PlayBook may not be a huge seller now, it will definitely sell more units when you don’t necessarily have to have a smartphone to use it.

3. BlackBerry Curve Touch announcement

The BlackBerry Curve Touch announcement looks just around the corner as we’ve already seen it popping up in FCC filings. The device looks to be just like the other recent BlackBerry 7 devices: incremental updates to the devices, giving them all “liquid graphics” and smooth user experiences. Sure, it may not have all the glory we’re going to expect of the QNX devices, but they’re great updates to the product lines.

4. BlackBerry Colt announcement

This one is a bit of a stretch but rumor has it that the BlackBerry Colt will be pushed to early 2012 and a holiday announcement wouldn’t be so far fetched. Generally, devices are announced a couple months before they’re available for sale so an announcement shouldn’t be that far away. If the device is up for sale in January, a November announcement wouldn’t be unheard of.

5. BlackBerry Music Service announcement

The BlackBerry Music Service looks like an interesting project. So far, we’re reading that the service will likely be around $5 a month and give you access to a limited number of songs for that price. Songs and the app are shared over BBM and where the service really takes off, is that you also get access to the songs on your shared network. This will encourage people to invite their friends to download the app and get in on the monthly charge. By leveraging BBM and the shared experience, RIM could do a great job of monetizing the BBM network. The only downside could be that if RIM is making money, will they want competing music services such as Spotify coming to their network? Perhaps RIM should be more focused on building a platform that will encourage music innovators to get on board rather than doing it themselves.

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Eric at Ebscer

    Do you really think that the Colt will be out in early 2012? I can’t help but think that it will be closer to Summer.

  • Gustav

    Native email and PIM is “cool?” That puts it in line with the iPad 1. I would expect more from RIM. 

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    It’s not relative if you don’t own an iPad.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    I think the company wants to rush a QNX phone because the market keeps saying they need something new. The problem is that if they rush it and the first QNX phone doesn’t impress, people might completely write-off the company. Early 2012 announcement at least.

  • Anonymous

    First of all, BES/BIS need re-write to make native e-mail, PIM & BBM function with QNX. With RIM’s current situation (stock price, investor confidence & lack of innovation), I’m not even sure it’s even possible for them to take the time required to make things work. Articles like these are usually a sign they’ll rush things out again to satisfy everyone involved. Big mistake! Expectations are already too high. Leaking news of a QNX phone before they even have things worked out is a sign of stalling. I’ll be surprised if any of these products are ready even a year from now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=789099619 Andy Brady

    I love the QNX software on my tablet, but I love how customizable my Bold Touch is, I’m not so sure I want my phone and tablet to be the same (iphone/ipad).  As for the music service, the best way to get competetors to build apps is to take business away from them, capitalism.  Amazon app store is not on the playbook, but people are still buying music from them because their isn’t an alternative available on the playbook, start taking sales from Amazon and others and they’ll rush to make an app.  Android app player and PIM would be great, but not a dealbreaker for me.  Blackberry origionally said they were making playbooks to be accessories to the phones, not stand alone tablets.  I bought the playbook, fell back in love with BB and Have gotten rid of my Thunderbolt and went to the Bold Touch and love it!  I think that was their intention!