RIM had hardware demo units available at today's Torch product intro, and we got some time to get a first impression of both the hardware and the new OS. There's no doubt that RIM is hoping that the combination of the two will let it expand into the consumer space, where most of the smartphone action is these days. All the speakers from RIM repeatedly emphasized that the products are thoroughly touch-based and are multimedia powerhouses. But do those claims hold up to a casual hands-on??
Even with the emphasis on touch, the Torch is still obviously a BlackBerry. Slide out the keyboard, and if the virtual keyboard is visible onscreen, it will instantly vanish. If you like the BlackBerry's hardware keyboards, this one should keep you perfectly happy.
Otherwise, the hardware seemed good. The devices were both locked down and linked to chargers, so it was difficult to get a good sense of the Torch's weight, but it did seem light. The movement of the keyboard slider was solid and precise, and the screen looked excellent, even when viewing movie trailers. Overall, BlackBerry's extensive hardware experience showed in the details of the device.
Both RIM and AT&T have application stores for BlackBerry devices, and the demo units were loaded up with a variety of applications, including some games and a number of social networking apps. The BlackBerry app stores may not have the breadth of the iOS catalog, but a casual user will probably find something they like.
Here is some OS6 Screenshots
BBT Slider Mechanism
The CrackBerry crew have disassembled a Torch to see what makes it burn and produced some glamor shots of naked hardware for us to gawp at in the process. As you can see by the exploded shot of the phone above, most internals are either integrated or soldered down, but this undressing does afford us an opportunity to take a look at the biggest novelty in this new BlackBerry, namely its slider mechanism.
ZeptoLab has released their highly popular Cut the Rope HD for the PlayBook. The premise is simple but the game can get quite tricky, especially in the later levels.
Not sure if developers suddenly found out about the existence of the PlayBook or if the recent fire sale has finally made them take interest in the device but the troubled tablet has finally started getting some popular titles.
has elected a new CEO and President , with previous co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepping back after investors and the company board demanded change. Heins who was previously co-COO at RIM, and before that Senior VP of Handhelds takes his new role today, where he says he will "focus both on short-term and long-term growth, strategic planning, a customer- and market-based product approach, and flawless execution."
Jim Balsillie will remain a RIM board member and a Director of the company. Mike Lazaridis, meanwhile, will become Vice Chair of the Board as well as head a new Innovation Committee; to further pacify investors, he is grabbed another $50m of RIM shares to show confidence in Heins abilities and the company future.
RIM first QWERTY BlackBerry 10 handset will not arrive until December, according to the latest leaks from the ailing company, with a further keyboard-toting slider tipped for early 2013.
After last week twin PlayBook tidbits as well as news on new Curves, BGR‘s sources reckon the BlackBerry London will hit in September, but will be followed in December by a combo touch and QWERTY device running the BlackBerry 10 OS and slotting into the Bold series.
A recently leaked RIM roadmap reveals all the upcoming BlackBerries for 2012. Unfortunately there is nothing really interesting scheduled before November this year.
RIM is preparing two new mid-range Curves for the spring seaso and for Q1 and Q2 release respectively. White Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 will hit the market in March or April as well.
BlackBerry London is a name of the Upcoming Blackberry Next-Generation smartphone, Now we have an image of this upcoming smartphone based on RIM new BlackBerry 10 platform.
The image shows the device in black, and looks like a slide from a presentation. The front of the device looks similar to the last picture we saw of the phone but has some differences. It is completely black, but that could just be an alternate shade. What more important is that the beveled edges are missing, replaced by rounded corners and the large BlackBerry logo on the bottom is now a bit smaller and directly below the display.
RIM BlackBerry Music Store launched in Canada where users can download the free Music Store app from the BlackBerry App World and use it to discover new tracks, purchase and download them right away, and tell their inner circle about the songs they dig.
You can either use the built-in search to find a specific Arts/Album/Song or browse and check out other tracks and albums by from all Artists.
BlackBerryItalia.it managed to show many of the tutorials currently involved with BlackBerry 10 OS in the full touch-screen environment. The videos are short but informative.
Based on the gestures outlined in the video, it looks like the company is on the right track. There are four videos, two of which the captions are in English, the other two in Italian. We've got 2 video below for you to watch.