Monthly Archives: July 2011
Now, with BBM connected to many of your favorite apps, you can share app experiences or chat with your BBM friends while you’re in a BBM connected app. BlackBerry is where apps truly go social
Comwave announced today that they have released Comwave ePhone for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The app that allows you to make and receive phone calls using your PlayBook from anywhere, and make and receive calls just like a regular phone. Additionally, Comwave ePhone allows consumers to make VideoCalls to other ePhone users as well at no additional charge.
Comwave ePhone is currently free for 30days with 100 minutes to call anyone in over 60 countries. Once the free trial has expired, you have the option to purchase the app for $20/year. Comwave ePhone features include:
- Unlimited Free Incoming calls
- 250 Free Minutes per month to call almost 60 countries
- No monthly fees…Just a one-time annual fee of $20
Shape just released version 9.0 of their popular IM+ All in One Messenger. That includes both the free and $9.99 Pro version. This new version brings the Neighbors feature that was in the beta that allows you to see people who are near you using Shape. It also throws in some bug fixes and support for Russian and Russian IM services.
The full update log includes:
- Neighbors service is out of beta
- VKontakte & Yandex IM services are now supported (cheers to our users from Russia!)
- IM+ is now also offered in Russian language
- SMS+ service is no longer supported
- Bugfix and performance optimization
We’re not precisely sure which model this mystery phone is with the neon-green back, but we know it’s from RIM, and it looks an awful lot like some of the early leaked shots we’ve seen of the 9860, aka the Torch. It’s made a visit to the FCC under the moniker RDH71CW / RDP71UW / RDQ71UW, different designations for various frequency flavors we presume, but at this point is only being tested for Bluetooth and WiFi compliance, leaving us guessing as to future carriers. Place your bets in comments below, and feel free to speculate about when this thing might actually ship — and what color it might be when it does.
Update:Digging deeper into the filings, we discovered that RDH71CW supports GSM / EDGE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2000, likely pegging this as a Verizon and / or Sprint global phone; RDP71UW is the WCDMA version that supports quadband GSM / EDGE and WCDMA 850 / 1900 / 2100 that would pin it on AT&T, Rogers, Bell, and / or Telus; and RDQ71UW offers the same GSM / EDGE but substitutes in WCDMA 1700 AWS, as well as 900 / 2100 for global use, which could indicate the BlackBerry 9860 has a future with T-Mobile as well.
Just the other day we told you that Facebook for BlackBerry was updated to v2.0 for the PlayBook. Today RIM has release a small update to v126.96.36.1996. The update is so small that we are 100% positive that it is just for bug fixes. I have been using it on and off since the update was released and I did not have any issues. If you had any issues you would like to share with us please do in the comments.
Download Facebook for the PlayBook:
RIM quietly updated the BBM program to version 188.8.131.52 in App World today. If you have not seen the indicator on your phone yet, do a quick battery pull and see if it shows up. If not you might now be one of the lucky ones that are able to download it yet.
BBM 6 launches today and a selection of BBM connected apps are already available on BlackBerry App WorldTM.
“BBM 6 marks the beginning of an even greater social experience for BlackBerry smartphone users,” said Alistair Mitchell, VP, BBM Platform & Integrated Services at Research In Motion. “It also represents an incredible opportunity for developers to leverage the viral nature of the BBM service and we have already begun working with various developer partners who will be bringing their BBM connected apps to BlackBerry App World this week, offering users highly engaging app experiences.”
Some of the additional functionality users can expect to see with BBM connected applications include the ability to:
- Share app experiences with friends – When a user discovers a great new BBM connected app, they can instantly let their friends know about it. Users can simply select a BBM contact directly within the BBM connected app they are using.
- Have a BBM chat within apps – Users can simply pull up their BBM contact list directly from within the BBM connected app and start chatting. For example, the functionality can enable everything from enhanced social game play to collaboration through productivity apps.
- Discover apps through friends – Users can also discover new apps by viewing the list of apps that are posted to a BBM friend’s profile. They can also click on an app within the list, and instantly download it from BlackBerry App World.
Download BBM v184.108.40.206 in the BlackBerry App World
While some sites continue to unreasonably bash RIM and spread obviously fictitious rumors, CIO’s Al Sacco has done the BlackBerry community a solid by providing seven reasons why not to lose faith in RIM. Al thinks many critics are underestimating them which I have to agree with. He is fair with his article and provides facts with some opinion, not rumors without sources, names, links, etc.
I think RIM and its BlackBerry customers still have grounds to remain positive and upbeat. What follows is a quick list of reasons why I still keep a BlackBerry in my pocket–and why I don’t see that changing any time soon.
- Love that BlackBerry QWERTY Keyboard
- BlackBerry Battery Life Can’t be Beat
- BlackBerry Enterprise Security and Manageability
- BlackBerry Messenger and BBM Social
- Future is Bright for BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
- Seven New Handhelds in 2011, Promise of QNX-Based BlackBerrys
- BlackBerry Data Compression
Check out the full article here at CIO and let me know what you think in the comments!