Verizon Wireless has released a firmware update for its Research in Motion BlackBerry Storm device. The 22.214.171.124 update is now available via the phone's Desktop Software Manager -- accessible by connecting your phone to your PC and running BlackBerry Desktop -- and is expected to go out over-the-air by late Friday evening.
The upgrade comes amidst a storm of emotion as BlackBerry fans clash with the numerous reviewersdelivering overwhelmingly negative impressions of the device. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing report has been writer David Pogue's piece in The New York Times, in which Pogue stated he hadn't "found a soul who tried this machine who wasn't appalled, baffled or both."
So can tweaked software turn the numerous naysayers around? It seems much of the critical lashing is geared more at the Storm's design and hardware, including its notably absent physical keyboard. Software issues have arisen as well, however, including Pogue's claim of constant "freezes, abrupt reboots, [and] nonresponsive controls."
The firmware update is supposed to correct some of those, including issues in switching between landscape and portrait modes as well as subpar multimedia application performance.
Some blog reports indicate Bell Canada is already one step ahead, distributing version 126.96.36.199 of the operating system.
If you are wondering which carrier will be offering the BlackBerry Z10, it's Verizon, see screenshot above for a screenshot. Twitter user "evleaks," who has a solid track record of leaking accurate details and images of unreleased smartphones, published a purported screenshot from Verizon Wireless (VZ) on Friday.
The document confirms some details we already know - RIM's (RIMM) first full-touch BlackBerry 10 phone will be called the BlackBerry Z10 and will feature 4G LTE, among other specs - and it also confirms Verizon will support the handset.
The BlackBerry Z10 rumored to feature a 4.2-inch 1280x768 display as well as 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, and unsurprisingly, it'll also feature 4G LTE connectivity on Verizon's network. There's still no word on exactly when Verizon customers will actually be able to get their paws on their very own Z10, but hey, at least now they can be extra sure that it's coming.
If you are with Verizon, would you consider getting the BlackBerry Z10?
We have already seen the Blackberry 10 images leaked by BGR last week. Now, we are witnessing an integration of this device in form of images by one of web vendors. Although, the official images of this new device (BlackBerry Z10) has already been published, but the vendor has provided image in his own hand.
The images were taken at a training centre opened to train the employees in Kuwait to know about this new phone and it's been confirmed that this new phone would be launching in Kuwait within 14 day. No other information regarding the price and other features has been revealed yet. Looking at the pictures provided now it seems it's just an integration of previous device with a bit of difference in terms of display. But, we will soon find out the exact story behind the curtain as the date for release isn't away.
Can't say I blame them, but I am a little surprised it took this long. At today's BlackBerry 10 event, CEO Thorsten Heins came out and told the crowd that instead of watching the press conference at Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 event, they were now at BlackBerry's BlackBerry 10 BlackBerry event, which confused many of the already listless guests in attendance. Along with the name change, the stock symbol will be listed as BBRY on the NASDAQ from now on, although who would buy shares after a move this desperate is a mystery to me.
This comes on the heels of a reveal of the BlackBerry Z10, a device which has consumers excited and investment bankers weary, but should give the company the boost it's needed for some time now.
RIM has had a rough couple of years, there's simply no beating around that bush by this point. With Android and iOS taking up a whopping 96% of the total smartphone market, the team at BlackBerry and the unfortunate recent releases that have plagued their brand have been beaten to a pulp by more responsive touch screens, cleaner notification systems, and ecosystems that were pre-designed to sustain millions, if not billions of devices at a time without a hitch.
We've assembled a quick list of pro's and cons from the proposed OS, so you can decide if the next round of BlackBerry's is a purchase or a pass.
BlackBerry Messenger gets an upgrade called BBM Screenshare, which allows you to share either what's being seen by the primary camera or what's on your screen, during the video call.
The BlackBerry camera uses Timeshift, a feature not unlike Samsung's BestFace that allows you to take multiple pictures of the same setting and combine the best elements from each.
The keyboard looks like it may take some getting used to for any Apple or Android veterans. They have implemented new ways to auto correct that seem ingenious on paper...but so did a lot of ideas that RIM has had over the past half-decade, so we remain skeptical.
No details on the browser yet, which can't bode well for a company notorious for the worst mobile browser currently crawling the web.
Someone is selling the unreleased BlackBerry Z10 on eBay, current bid is well over $1,500 dollars. Click below for the ebay to the auction.
Specs as follows:
- Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz - Snapdragon S4 Plus
- Display: 4.2", 4 point multi-touch LCD display, 1280 x 768 resolution at 356 DPI, Touch On Lens
- Camera: 8MP rear facing camera, Auto Focus, 5X digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording ・2MP front facing camera, 3X digital zoom, 720p HD video recording
- Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot
- WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz ・4G Mobile Hotspot
- GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
- Battery: 1800mAh Removable ・Talk Time: up to 10 hours on 3G・Standby Time: up to 305 hours on 3G, up to 316 hours on 2G・Audio Playback: up to 60 hours・Video PlayBack: up to 11 hours
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
- Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
- ・4G LTE
- Size (LxWxD): 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm
- With today's announcement of the BlackBerry 10 platform and the high-end Z10 smartphone, BlackBerry (formerly RIM) showed that it doesn't have the slightest intention to play the silly specs game. The BlackBerry Z100 will neither have an octa-core processor, nor will it feature a 5" screen. Instead, the new flagship will keep things nice and compact, while still being powerful enough in order to deliver a perfectly smooth user experience. We approve.
AT&T will start taking pre-orders of the BlackBerry Z10 tomorrow prior to its official date of release on March 22nd. This phone is not only a new device since BlackBerry has revamped its name and removed RIM. It will also introduce the newest OS from the company, along with as many as 70,000 initial applications to boot. It will run on the BlackBerry 10 OS and is 4G LTE-enabled.
AT&T is offering it at $199.99, which is $50 less than what T-Mo is offering its business customers. The Z10 looks sleek and promising with its dual core Snapdragon S4 chipset that clock in at 1.5GHz each. It has front and rear cameras at 8 and 2 MP, respectively and 2GB memory. It will come in black and white variants. Who knows, this might just be the redeeming factor that BlackBerry has been waiting for in "ages"?
Link: AT&T Website on Z10
BlackBerry recently shipped 1M units of Z10 devices to various key markets and has apparently sold most of the shipment, resulting in early profits this year. This is very unlike the typical earnings news by BlackBerry as they have posted a net loss of $125 million last year in the same quarter.
Aside from BlackBerry Z10 devices, they have also sold 370,000 units of their Playbook tablet as well as 5M units of earlier smartphones. However, the company saw a decline in the number of users from 79 last quarter of the previous fiscal year to 76 million at present.
According to Thorstein Heins, cost-cutting has been implemented to ensure that BlackBerry will not suffer from further losses. Looks like whatever it is they're doing is effective and that the Z10 is looking good, considering it's been only out since January in UK and February in Canada and the UAE.
Good news for BB OS fans. BlackBerry Z10 has just been launched on Verizon for only $199.99 for a 2-year contract. The touchscreen smartphone is available online and on Verizon outlets.
This 4-incher features a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that clocks in at 1.5 GHz, 2GB RAM, is LTE-enabled, 16GB internal plus expandable memory, and an 8MP back camera.
On the other hand, some Verizon competitors will also be offering the device to their clients. First up is AT&T, which offers the same plan as Verizon. Sprint has not yet decided if it will launch the BB Z10 as it earlier on announced that it will wait later in the year to launch the BB Q10. It's not yet too late anyway.
T-Mobile arguably has a better payment plan as it only requires $99 down payment and $18/month for a two-year contract. According to some critics, the Z10 may just be the best touchscreen phone that BlackBerry has created, more positive news for them as they announced that they have just shipped 1M units of devices during their first fiscal quarter. Good job, BlackBerry!
Source: Verizon Wireless
Blackberry has launched its latest smartphone, but how does it measure up to the most popular handsets in the market today? Google features the Nexus 4 by LG whereas the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 embody the best-selling handsets for their individual platforms.
The all-touch Z10 by Blackberry fares well against the competition though, for tech geeks, essentials like a quad-core CPU will be missed. At the end of the day, its evaluation will be determined by the BlackBerry 10 operating system's ability to harmonize its functions with the given hardware and this is no easy task.
Image credit: phandroid
We all know this will come sooner than later, as big as the enterprise mobile market is, Samsung is currently still lacking to gain any traction in terms of market share in the enterprise arena, but Mobile World Congress seems to be a great time and place for Samsung to make any type of announcements related to enterprise market for mobile.
According to the Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton, it said this morning morning that Samsung plans to unveil a new enterprise platform at the Mobile World Congress trade show later this month that will compete with BlackBerry's next-generation BlackBerry 10 operating system.
Currently no much other details were provided, but the news definitely give downside to BlackBerry considering its reliance on the enterprise market. BlackBerry shares were trading down more than 3% on the news.
The BlackBerry Q10 has been put up for pre-order by AT&T today, while T-Mobile now has it in stock. If you aren't familiar, the Q10 is the keyboard version of the Z10. It carries the same 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of system memory, 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of flash memory as the Z10. Both handsets run the new BB10 operating system but the Q10 will ship with the latest version, 10.1.
The main difference, however, is the keyboard and the display. The QWERTY board takes up plenty of real estate which only leaves room for a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen operating at 720 x 720 pixels.
Here's some cool features of the Q10:
- BlackBerry Hub - see your inbox from any app
- Classic BlackBerry Keyboard supercharged with BlackBerry 10 - Instant Action for quick access to apps and functions
- BB BalanceTM - work life and personal life, separate but equal
- BBMTM Video with Screen Share - share content and apps
Here's the link