Hands-on with the new NFC enabled BlackBerry Music Gateway

By Bla1ze on 1 May 2012 02:41 am EDT
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Update: The BlackBerry Music Gateway is Now Available from ShopCrackBerry.com!

Kicking off the BlackBerry World 2012 announcements a little early, RIM went ahead introduced the new BlackBerry Music Gateway to the masses. In case you've never read our original review of the device, the BlackBerry Music Gateway is a A2DP Bluetooth music streaming device that serves as an in-between for your BlackBerry and any audio equipment you may have such as a home theater system or your car, enabling the capability to stream music from your BlackBerry. RIM did however, make some small feature changes to the BlackBerry Music Gateway that separate it from the original:

  • Connections Made Simple – Using NFC, simply tap your NFC enabled BlackBerry to connect to the BlackBerry Music Gateway**, or connect via standard Bluetooth for universal connectivity of any Bluetooth enabled device such as smartphones, tablets and computers
  • Enjoy Wireless Freedom - Stream music from your BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook, or any other Bluetooth enabled device. BlackBerry Music Gateway connects to any existing home stereo equipment or car stereo using the RCA or 3.5mm cables included in the box
  • Wireless Remote Control – Use your device as the remote for complete control of playback, track changes, and volume.
  • Multitasking – Access other applications or surf the web while playing music. Music automatically pauses when an incoming phone call is received and continues when the call is ended without skipping a beat.

As noted, the updated version also brings NFC to the mix for supported devices allowing you to simply just tap your device on the gateway to pair them up and then you're ready to stream your music. The price-point has been lowered as well with the original having cost $99.99, the new one will be reasonably priced at $49.99 when it hits shelves in June. Check out the video walk-through above to get a better look and expect ShopCrackberry to be stocking them soon!

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Hands-on with the new NFC enabled BlackBerry Music Gateway

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Now all we need is a mapping solution that isn't BB Traffic. What about off-line maps? RIM must be the only manufacturer in the world without an offline mapping function. I travel all over Europe and for me it's a must to be data independent.

I would never have left BB if they had this but I got pissed off waiting, but there is nothing, so I went back to Nokia. Hopefully will see it with the change of OS to BBX.

you should have took your shirt off like in your workout video!!! i bet that rim rep would have joined in. though you should have played im sexy and i know it

it's bluetooth connection, nfc just initiates the bluetooth connection b/w the devices. so whatever your bluetooth range is... hope that helps.

Uses Micro-USB, so any car adapter for recent phones or devices will work. These are pretty cheap anywhere.

That would likely be an easy workaround if they don't include a 12v adapter, because the power supply is probably 9v dc. Good pricepoint too. Finally bluetooth for our older cars...now if we could only get RIM to add maps to BB traffic!

The irony of using NFC to simplify Bluetooth is not lost on me. As Bluetooth should have been what NFC is but it was designed by a committee with competing interests.

Too bad the PlayBook doesn't have NFC. Guess that would be reason to upgrade to the new PlayBook coming out at the end of the month.

Let's see . . . the Crackberry store will begin taking pre-orders soon. July will come and it will turn out that 16 of the devices were actually manufactured and they were all sold under exclusive agreement with a small convenience store in Saskatoon. RIM will say that due to overwhelming demand they are no longer available. The Crackberry store will continue to take pre-orders and, when queried about it, will say that they have word from RIM that the shipment will arrive "next week," which is the response that will be given no matter what week the query is sent. None will actually be sold after the first 16.

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If I didn't have the original, I'd be getting this. When I used BBMM, I loved sitting on the couch and tune surfing.

I would really recommend that there be an option for the music not to stop if a call comes in. Imagine running the music at a party and having it cut out every time your phone rings. It would be ideal if you could just leave the room to answer your call while the music continues.

Not sure if this already is possible, I don't recall it being covered in the video.