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No more queue for BBM; voice and video calling coming soon

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You will no longer need to twiddle your thumbs and wait for BlackBerry to send you an email, letting you join the fun on the messenger. You can simply download the app, create a BlackBerry ID and start adding your family and friends using their BBM pins.

BBM was launched officially for Android and iOS a week ago amidst much fan-fare. Despite the fact that BlackBerry had earlier aborted an attempt to launch the app on both platforms last month, there were millions who wanted to get a hold of the app, so much so that BBM was downloaded a total of 10 million times within the first 24 hours of the launch


There’s another bit of good news for BBM for Android and iOS users. Phone Arena has reported that Andrew Bocking, Executive VP of BBM for BlackBerry has assured users on Sunday that voice and video calling abilities using these apps are coming in a few months.

Bocking has assured that BBM for iOS and Android will remain free, CBC’s Andrea Bellemare has tweeted that the Canadian company could be looking at monetising the applications via BBM Channels. Calling Channels a “social engagement platform within BBM,” Bocking said that it spreads the “BBM experience to brands, artists, businesses and communities, you will now be able to connect with individuals and groups in real time.”

Mobile review: BlackBerry Z10


Research In Motion made a couple of changes this year. It changed the company’s name to BlackBerry and with that it altered its approach to mobile devices. The company also promised to bring a new breed of devices offering full touchscreen and Qwerty with touchscreen experience. The first two devices with this agenda were announced – BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. Read about  BlackBerry Z10 features here.

BlackBerry launched the Z10 in India to supersede its previous generation Bold Touch 9900. The new BlackBerry Z10 is a transition from the BlackBerry 7 OS to the BlackBerry 10 OS, which supports system wide touch. We managed to get our hands on the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 at the launch event. Later, we got the BlackBerry Z10 review unit and spent more time with it. Here are our thoughts on the BlackBerry Z10 (STL100-1) retail unit carrying the BlackBerry 10 OS ( More from The Mobile Indian


BlackBerry launches Z10 touchscreen BB10 phone, unveils QWERTY Q10

he wait is finally over. BlackBerry has announced its new BlackBerry 10 device – the Z10. The phone was announced by BlackBerry during its BlackBerry 10 launch event today. The company claims that it is the best BlackBerry smartphone to date. It features a screen that has been designed specifically for touch input. The company has also announced the full QWERTY-based Q10, though not much is known about it yet. It is worth noting that the device will make it to Indian stores before it goes on sale in the US.

“Today sees a re-invented BlackBerry launching an entirely new mobile experience,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. “We are thrilled to be introducing BlackBerry 10 on the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, to deliver a faster, smarter experience that continuously adapts to your needs.  Every feature, every gesture, and every detail in BlackBerry 10 is designed to keep you moving.”

The company claims that BB10 and the device were designed together. The heart of the device, according to the company, is BlackBerry Flow. This essentially means that the interface is touch-based and everything is one swipe away. “Whatever you’re doing, you’re only one swipe away from the heart of all your activity,” said Heins

Here is a quick look at some of the highlights of the Z10:

  • 4.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 768
  • LTE, 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi, NFC
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • 8 megapixel AF camera with 1080p recording; 2 megapixel front facing camera with 720p recording
  • 16GB internal memory expandable up to 64GB via microSD
  • Micro HDMI for AV out

The phone runs on a dual core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor and will support a quad band radio featuring HSPA+/UMTS, quad band GSM/GPRS and quad band LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 13, 17. It comes with 2GB RAM and supports all the standard Wi-Fi networks. All of this will be powered by an 1800 mAh battery. Going by the prices for the UAE, the Z10 is set to cost approximately Rs 36,000.


es 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps. In addition, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare apps for BlackBerry 10 are preinstalled, and BlackBerry 10 customers will have access to apps from around the world.

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Images of BlackBerry X10 with full QWERTY keyboard leaked

Leading up to the impending launch of BlackBerry 10, pictures of more and more devices are getting leaked online. The latest in the series of leaks are pictures of the BlackBerry X10, courtesy of BlackBerry Empire. The phone is part of the BlackBerry 10 N series, and might be unveiled during the launch event. It is also interesting to note that the device seems to be a full touchscreen, and also features a full QWERTY keyboard.Image

Just a few days ago, pictures of the BlackBerry Z10 had been leaked. The images depict the device in black and white colours. Recently, images of some BB10 phones were leaked, including those of the BlackBerry X10, an N-series BB10 phone and the BlackBerry Z10. According to GSMArena, the images were originally posted in the technology section – /g/ – of the image board, 4chan.

Of the two phones, the Z10 is the only one that is completely touchscreen. The other two phones have full QWERTY keyboards. The BlackBerry X10 has a striking resemblance to HTC’s full QWERTY phone – the HTC ChaCha.

Canada-based Research in Motion has its hopes pinned on its massive launch of BlackBerry 10 scheduled for the end of this month. At its event, the company will be introducing a couple of its devices running the new OS that has interests piqued too. A senior executive had revealed to Fierce Wireless that through the course of this year, the company will be releasing a bunch of BB10 handsets, catering to the high, middle and lower end price points of the market.

In fact, according to RIM CMO Frank Boulben, RIM will introduce at least six BB10 devices this year, beginning with an all-touch device and a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, which it will announce at the end of the month. In an interview with Fierce Wireless at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, Boulben stated that the company “does not have any exclusive relationships with carriers for BB10 in any markets.” He went on to add, “We intend over time as we transition the portfolio to have a full range of devices.”

Ever since talks surrounding BlackBerry 10 first began, analysts have held that the success of the platform is crucial for the company’s future. An optimistic Boulben revealed that 150 carriers are testing the phones running the new OS globally. Interestingly, Boulben further revealed that at the time of the BB10 launch, there will be at least 70,000 applications available, complete with strong developer support. Reportedly, the company has been eyeing the top 600 apps across major markets, and according to Boulben, the new platform will support approximately 90 percent of those apps.