After the worst service outage in its history last week, Research in Motion said Monday that it will try to appease its BlackBerry users by giving them free apps worth more than $100.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ1esvGae_s&w=560&h=315] BlackBerry users can breathe a sigh of relief. Research in Motion announced today that global BlackBerry services are “operating well” following a massive outage that began Monday and disrupted web, email, and messaging capabilities for tens of millions of customers.
Poor Research in Motion. Just two days from Apple’s iPhone 4S launch, the BlackBerry maker is in the midst of a three-day long service outage that has now spread to North America.
The first-generation Kindle e-reader was a revolutionary device, but it was far from pretty.
BlackBerry smartphone maker Research in Motion’s revenue fell significantly this quarter, due to lower sales of its newest tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and shy consumers waiting for the BlackBerry 7 phones that launched three weeks before the quarter ended.
Not much has changed in the US mobile market over the past few months: Android is still the leader — accounting for 40 percent of the total smartphone market — and consumers’ desire for the Google OS doesn’t appear to be slowing down, reports research firm Nielsen.
IBM on Monday launched three updated mobile applications designed to help businesses that use its enterprise social networking package, Connections.
Surprise surprise, Android is still the leading US smartphone platform, with a 52 percent second quarter share, according to the research firm NPD Group.
In a reverse move, Sprint announced Friday that it has canceled its plans to sell the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G.
Smartphone sales continue to explode, increasing 74 percent in the second quarter compared to last year, according to research firm Gartner. But Microsoft continues to struggle with sales of phones using its Windows Phone platform, which was surpassed by Samsung’s low-end Bada platform.
BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion said Monday evening that it will cooperate after police said BlackBerry Messenger played an instrumental part in coordinating the violent rioting and looting in London during the past few days.
Back in March, Research in Motion said its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would expand its app ecosystem to allow compatibility with Android apps by this summer. A report from Engadget this morning is throwing cold water on that promise, with an unnamed “reliable source” saying it won’t happen until “late fall.”
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion announced this morning that it is laying off 2,000 employees as part of an earlier announced “cost optimization” program.
The Apple iOS vs. Android operating systems debate is the hottest since chocolate vs. vanilla. Unfortunately for Research in Motion (RIM), the fight has made Blackberry the new strawberry in that two-way battle.
Research in Motion co-chief executive Jim Balsillie on Tuesday promised the company would release seven BlackBerry smartphones using a next-generation OS in the next several months.
Only 18,000 new payrolls were added in the month of June. Mobile jobs, however, seem to be escaping the doom and gloom.
Apple’s iPhone operating system is now more popular than Research in Motion’s BlackBerry smartphone operating system, according to the latest usage statistics from comScore.
In a passionate open letter this morning, a high-level Research in Motion executive offered up some suggestions on how co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis could reshape the company and avoid certain doom. But instead of assuring the executive that things will get better (or even responding to his actual points), all RIM had to offer up in response was a hilariously defensive blog post.
The sixth-biggest investor in mobile device maker Research in Motion (RIM) told Bloomberg on Friday that it had sold more than half of its holdings in RIM due to market share loss.
This past quarter has been cloudy for BlackBerry maker Research in Motion. While the company confirmed that it shipped 500,000 units of its next-generation PlayBook tablet, sales of actual BlackBerry phones were disappointing.
Shares of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) fell nearly 14 percent to $30.47, down from a closing price of $35.33, after RIM released the results of its first quarter performance in its 2012 fiscal year on Thursday.
In its latest forecast of the smartphone market, research firm IDC has predicted that Windows Phone 7 will capture the No. 2 spot in market share by 2015, between Google’s Android at No. 1 and Apple iOS at No. 3. Rival research house Gartner also predicted similar results in April.
Guest Post Many are worried about the long-term viability of BlackBerry given its shrinking market share. Of course, Research in Motion is still making money and selling lots of phones. But the competition from iPhone and Android is intense, and it has to do something to be seen as a “next gen” smartphone supplier if it wants to regain its luster.
RIM, maker of the popular BlackBerry devices, announced Tuesday that it has acquired social gaming company Scoreloop. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Multi-platform note-taking program Evernote on Monday announced it had reached more than 10 million registered users.
MobileIron just announced that it has raised $20 million in growth capital to accelerate global growth. The company creates mobile device management and security tools for enterprise systems.
At the BlackBerry World 2011 conference today in Orlando, Florida, today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that its Bing search engine will be replacing Google as the default search and maps provider on all of Research in Motion (RIM)’s BlackBerry devices.
Research in Motion is taking another swipe at integrating touchscreen technology with its iconic keyboards, following the limp release of the BlackBerry Torch last summer. The company today announced the long-awaited BlackBerry Bold Touch, as well as the BlackBerry 7 operating system, at its BlackBerry World conference in Orlando.
Here’s some news that will surely make hardcore Android fans squirm: The Verizon iPhone has helped the iPhone 4 maintain its lead as the single best-selling smartphone in the US in the first quarter of 2011. Meanwhile, Android saw a dip in sales for first time in two years, according to the NPD Group.
Android is now the most desired smartphone operating system, reports market research company Nielsen. According to Nielsen’s figures from January to March 31 percent of consumers indicate Android as their preferred operating system. Apple’s iOS’s share was 30 percent.
Guest Post HP has been in the news a lot lately touting its vision for a WebOS-filled future. While it’s debatable if we’re in the “post-PC” era, there is no doubt that we are indeed still at the early stages of mobile application development. A quick glance at the mobile platform landscape has my company, the interactive agency POP, learning from our first Windows Phone experiences, continuing to sharpen our skills on iOS…
The BlackBerry PlayBook beat expectations by selling more than 50,000 devices when it launched Tuesday, according to estimates from RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky.
Though Research In Motion had stated in the past that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would be made available on Verizon’s 4G network, Verizon officials have said they are still evaluating whether to distribute the device, according to Reuters.
eBay has acquired location-based advertising company Where. The deal follows eBay’s previous purchase of Milo. The acquisitions are a part of eBay’s efforts to build a mobile marketplace for local businesses.
“Why is it that people don’t appreciate our profits?” Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Laziridis asked the New York Times in an interview.
Research in Motion’s next attempt at an entirely touchscreen smartphone, which may end up being called the BlackBerry Touch, looks like it could finally make us forget about the failed BlackBerry Storm series, judging from Boy Genius Report’s early hands-on with the phone.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion had a double dose of news today. It announced that its BlackBerry PlayBook would support Android apps, and it also released financials that included a 36 percent increase in quarterly revenues.
Top mobile device company executives obviously overestimated their ability to positively spin responses to hard-hitting questions from Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg, who moderated a panel discussion about new mobile device trends at the CTIA Wireless 2011 conference today in Orlando.
Research in Motion is planning to bring its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app to Android and Apple’s iOS, according to the mobile site Boy Genius Report.
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