Version 7 of the BlackBerry operating system introduced a handful of iterative upgrades, including managing which icon panels were present and a new Liquid Graphics rendering engine which significantly improved browser performance. Thanks to new magnetic compass hardware, and a new graphical overlay framework, BlackBerry 7 also introduced support for augmented reality apps. Other hardware features, such as NFC, were also accommodated in the new software. We also started seeing voice-activated universal search in BlackBerry 7. A later update, BlackBerry 7.1, included mobile hotspot functionality and a device analyzer to diagnose problems. BlackBerry 7 was originally to be branded as version 6.1, though that changed before it went live through the launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9900.
After hearing the latest earnings call from BlackBerry it's clear that legacy devices are still outselling BlackBerry 10 devices by a good margin. BlackBerry have also confirmed that they will continue to support BlackBerry 7 for the foreseeable future, which isn't a bad thing.
I don't mind admitting that I don't turn on my BlackBerry Bold 9900 as often as I should, but that's because the OS feels dated to me after spending over a year with BlackBerry 10. However, if consumers are still going out and picking up BlackBerry 7 handsets, there are still some awesome apps & games to be had. Here's a selection of what I would consider to be 'must have' apps for legacy device users.Continue Reading →
We've seen a few hands-on pictures of the upcoming BlackBerry 9720, but just in case those weren't quite clear enough, here are some press pictures that have recently bubbled up. There's an obvious Q5 influence here, and OS 7.1 is looking like it will be borrowing a few things from BB10, There's no carrier branding here, so no hints as to which markets we'll be seeing it in.Continue Reading →
When the BlackBerry 9720 started to appear many BlackBerry 10 owners scoffed at the the idea of running a BlackBerry 7.1 device again but the fact is, there's still several markets where that device will do well. With that under consideration, we've already seen plenty of images of the 9720 in action but some new videos from BerryInsider have now popped up on YouTube showing off the device as well.Continue Reading →
During the BlackBerry Q1 2014 conference call, BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins let it be known a new BlackBerry 7 device would be released soon. Before that, there was plenty of rumors one was coming but that sealed the deal for it. At this point, there's no official branding for the device that we're aware of but there is plenty of references in recent builds of BlackBerry Desktop Manager that suggest it will be a 'Curve' series device. But with that being said, we've seen stuff change before so alas, wait and see how it gets branded. Aside from that, the UAProf (viewable in Firefox) required for it has appeared on the BlackBerry website and confirms a few other details about the device.Continue Reading →
Looking to give your BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 a new lease of life? Why not give it a slice of BlackBerry 10 with a fresh new theme from BBThemes? Many of the BlackBerry 7 icons have been given an overhaul and elements of BlackBerry 10 and the PlayBook OS have been injected - and it looks real sweet.Continue Reading →
We may be getting closer and closer to the BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30th but that isn't stopping RIM from continuing to promote BlackBerry 7. Over on their YouTube channel they have released a couple of new promo videos, each one focusing on a specific feature of BB7. BlackBerry Tag and Wikitude are featured once again and this clearly goes to show that although many markets around the world are set to launch BB10, there are also some where BB7 is still going to be the focus. That said, until they release some lower end BB10 smartphones, the BB7 devices are still going to be a huge part of the business for RIM.Continue Reading →
Over in India, where we know that BlackBerry sales are huge, it seems that the the RIM Premium Stores in Delhi, Gurgaon and Mumbai are now offering an added incentive to get consumers to purchase a new BlackBerry smartphone. Customers will be given, free of charge, a 4GB microSD card with two movies pre-loaded. There are a choice of films for the good people of India to choose from including:Continue Reading →
With the BlackBerry 10 hype getting bigger and bigger as we draw nearer to 2013, we must not forget that BlackBerry 7 is still around and will be for some considerable time to come. RIM is reminding us of this with a new set of online videos which go to highlight the benefits of using a BlackBerry 7 smartphone over a feature phone. It is one of those videos where you see some footage and then it stops - giving you the choice to either follow BlackBerry Curve guy or feature phone guy. Clearly, BlackBerry Curve guy is always going to have an enriched mobile experience over a feature phone but I suppose this is RIM's way of enforcing the message. And if you watch the videos with the mindset of a feature phone user you will want to ditch your current mobile and pick up a BlackBerry for sure.Continue Reading →
If you are in the market for a new BlackBerry, or it is nearly upgrade time, then it seems that a couple of the UK phone retailers are offering the BlackBerry Bold 9790 at a pretty nice price. Orange has the Bold 9790 on sale on pay-as-you-go for £229.99 plus a £10 top up and Carphone Warehouse has it slightly higher at £279.99 plus the same £10 top up.Continue Reading →
The Device Analyzer which is built onto BlackBerry 7 smartphones is in many ways one of the greatest features that was included in the latest OS update. You will need to be running version 7.1, but most carriers have rolled this out now so I am pretty sure you should all be up to date. If not, then this is a great reason to do so.
The Device Analyzer is one of those features on the BlackBerry that many people won't even know exists. It is not a feature that is promoted by RIM so in order to make the best use of it we have a short ‘how to' video. To cut a long story short, Device Analyzer will allow you to monitor applications on your BlackBerry to make sure you are getting the best battery life and power consumption. If you experience WiFi problems the Device Analyzer will tell you. The same applies for if your device drops its connection or you just need to monitor data usage.
These are just an example of some of the features held with Device Analyzer. You can see the short video below and if you have any questions feel free to sound off in the comments.Continue Reading →
RIM Introduces a New, Easy to Use and Easy to Own BlackBerry Smartphone for IndiaSleek, stylish, affordable BlackBerry Curve 9220 puts Indians in control of their social life
“India is a very important market for RIM and we are extremely proud and excited to officially unveil and launch the new BlackBerry Curve 9220 for the first time here in India,” said Carlo Chiarello, SVP, Smartphone Business at Research In Motion.
“The new BlackBerry Curve 9220 offers a unique mobile experience that young Indians will love thanks to its affordable pricing and unmatched messaging and social connectivity features,” said Sunil Dutt, Managing Director for India at RIM.
RIM has always prided itself on having a very secure platform, and security features have always been very important to them. BlackBerry 7, RIM's latest smartphone OS has just received security certification from TÜV Rheinland i-sec GmbH. The study found that BlackBerry 7 provides effective protection of data stored on the device, as well as proper security settings.
The BlackBerry 7 OS passed the checkpoint tests for "range of security functionality", "security functionality effectiveness against non-destructive physical access", "security functionality effectiveness against access via user interfaces", and "security functionality effectiveness against access via software installed on the device (apps)".
Security is always important, and BlackBerry 7 offers just as secure an experience as any of the previous BlackBerry versions. Full press release after the break.Continue Reading →
It's no secret that RIM has always been tops when it comes to security. BlackBerry smartphones have been used in government areas for years, mostly due to the ability to secure the devices and network. Today RIM announced that that BlackBerry OS 7 and 7.1 has earned FIPS 140-2 Certification by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Communications Security Establishment Canada. This means government agencies and consumers alike should be worry free when it comes to security on BlackBerry products. Keep reading for the full press release.Continue Reading →
RIM has announced that BlackBerry OS 7.1 will begin rolling out for devices starting today and over the coming weeks. While we've alreday seen OS 7.1 arrive on Sprint and Verizon (as well as leak for some devices), many users who don't yet have it will certainly be anxious to get their hands on an official version. The new software will include BlackBerry Tag in addition to other new features. Also on the way are updates to BBM, BlackBerry Traffic and BlackBerry Travel.
New BBM, BlackBerry Traffic and BlackBerry Travel Updates Also Released
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--(Marketwire - January 09, 2012) - (CES 2012) - A wide range of software improvements await BlackBerry® 7 smartphone customers at the BlackBerry® booth (South Hall 3 Booth # 30326) at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2012). Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) is showcasing the new BlackBerry® 7.1 OS as well as updates to the BBMTM (BlackBerry® Messenger), BlackBerry® TrafficTM and BlackBerry® TravelTM apps. The new OS and app updates make seizing and sharing the moment even easier.
BlackBerry 7.1 will begin rolling out from carriers around the world beginning today and over the coming weeks(1). The new releases of BBM, BlackBerry Traffic and BlackBerry Travel will be available on BlackBerry® App WorldTM beginning today.Continue Reading →