Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Microsoft/Windows
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
RIM Changes Name to BlackBerry, Unveils 2 New Phones
RIM Changes Name to BlackBerry, Unveils 2 New Phones

By Barry Levine
January 30, 2013 10:52AM

    Bookmark and Share
"This is not the finish line, this is the starting line," said Thorsten Heins, the company's chief executive. RIM will be known as BlackBerry going forward. One of the new BlackBerry 10 devices, the BlackBerry Z10, is all touchscreen, while the other, the Q10, sports a small QWERTY physical keyboard. Both are LTE-capable.
 



The new BlackBerry has landed. On Wednesday, the Canadian company formerly known as Research In Motion introduced its first two BlackBerry 10 devices and renamed itself after its best-known brand.

The main launch was in New York but there were also launches in other cities, including Toronto and Dubai. One of the new devices, the BlackBerry Z10, is all touchscreen, while the other, the Q10, sports a small QWERTY physical keyboard. Both are LTE-capable.

"This is not the finish line, this is the starting line," said Thorsten Heins, the company's chief executive. RIM will be known as BlackBerry going forward.

The Z10 offers a 4.2-inch display with 1280x768 resolution, a dual-core TI OMAP 4470 1.5-GHz processor, 2 GB of memory, and 16 GB of internal storage, as well as an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p recording on the back, a 2-megapixel front camera, and near-field communications for mobile e-commerce. The model will be available through T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless beginning in March in the U.S., and this week in the U.K. and Canada.

Q10, Viki

The Q10 has a 3.1-inch touchscreen with 720x720 resolution, the same processor as the Z10, and the same memory and internal storage. The model will also be distributed through the big four carriers, although apparently not until April.

The BlackBerry 10 operating system provides a virtual keyboard on the Z10 that is designed to resemble the physical keyboard that had been characteristic of a BlackBerry phone. There's also updated camera software, and access to a revised BlackBerry World app and media store. Both devices have a voice agent called Viki, which is being compared to Apple's Siri in that it allows users to voice their commands for reminders, news or weather, and other functions.

At first glance, the reaction appeared positive. The New York Times' David Pogue, for example, apologized in writing on Wednesday for having said that RIM was "doomed." His pessimism, he said, was based on such facts as RIM's worldwide market share being in the low single digits, its stock price having dropped 90 percent from its high in 2008, and the company having laid off thousands and fired its two CEOs.

'Fresh, Useful Ideas'

But now that the company's Hail Mary pass is here, Pogue wrote, "it's lovely, fast and efficient, bristling with fresh, useful ideas." He and others praised the company for launching a well-stocked platform, with 70,000 apps, content such as music and movies, speech recognition, turn-by-turn navigation, and more. He also described the Z10's screen as being "even sharper than the iPhone's vaunted Retina display."

There's also positive reaction to the Hub, where all communications reside, so users are not wandering from app to app, and for a highly intuitive typing system in the touchscreen keyboard that fills in words or phrases from first letters -- and that quickly learns your most common phrases, to save even more time typing.

There's also a Time Shift feature that allows a user to "dial" forward or back two seconds on a photo, in order to get better expressions on faces, for example. Some features, however, are getting less positive response, including the accuracy of Viki, and the battery life.

Referencing Mark Twain, Information Technology Intelligence Consulting's Laura DiDio noted that "reports of the demise of the BlackBerry have been greatly exaggerated." She told us the company was "taking its best shot" with this launch, and, although it has fallen behind, it is "building on an established name."

"This could get them back in the game," DiDio said.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.


 Microsoft/Windows
1.   Patch Tuesday Offers Critical Fixes
2.   China Approves Microsoft-Nokia Deal
3.   Microsoft Pulls Plug on Windows XP
4.   Against a Wall, Some Buy XP Support
5.   Last Fixes Tuesday for XP, Office 2003


advertisement
Last Fixes Tuesday for XP, Office 2003
Microsoft closing out support for two.
Average Rating:
Will Nadella Launch an Office for iPad?
New Microsoft CEO may act this month.
Average Rating:
Windows 8 Updates Expected Soon
Using OS feedback, security concerns.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tips To Defeat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
 
NSC Backs Disclosing Software Vulnerabilities
Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld unless there is a clear need, says the National Security Council.
 
Heartbleed Flaw Affects Hardware, Too
It appears the Heartbleed security bug affects not just Web sites, but also the networking equipment that connects businesses and homes to the Net, including Cisco and Juniper's equipment.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Is Amazon Launching a 3D Smartphone?
Once known for selling books on an e-commerce platform, Amazon is now a bona fide hardware maker -- and it's reportedly rolling out an innovative smartphone with a 3D screen.
 
Review: S5 Features Useful, Less About Gimmicks
There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone -- among them, its relative lack of features. Samsung chose to focus on features people might actually want, not gimmicks.
 
Analyst: Samsung Galaxy S5 Won't Sway iPhone Lovers
The Samsung Galaxy S5 hits store shelves on Friday and the reviews are starting to pour in. The question is: Can the latest in the Galaxy line grab more market share from Appleā€™s iPhone?
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.