research-in-motion

  • BlackBerry PlayBook will come with 7digital music store installed at US launch

    BlackBerry PlayBook will come with 7digital music store installed at US launch

    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion this morning announced that it will launch its PlayBook tablet computer with 7digital‘s music store pre-installed. The music store will come installed on the tablet at its launch in the United States and Canada, with further international roll out in 2011, the companies said. Read More

  • BlackBerry PlayBook Will Come With 7digital Music Store Installed At US Launch

    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion this morning announced that it will launch its PlayBook tablet computer with 7digital‘s music store pre-installed. The music store will come installed on the tablet at its launch in the United States and Canada, with further international roll out in 2011, the companies said. Read More

  • RIM Finally Sees The Light. Unfortunately, It’s An Onrushing Train – Or Is It?

    RIM Finally Sees The Light. Unfortunately, It’s An Onrushing Train – Or Is It?

    Strange things are afoot in my hometown of Waterloo, Canada, which doubles as Research In Motion’s headquarters. ShopSavvy says that someone there has been running their Android app — on BlackBerry devices. Separately, Bloomberg has reported that RIM’s forthcoming PlayBook tablet will run Android apps. A video from the Mobile World Congress allegedly shows a BlackBerry… Read More

  • eMarketer: Apple Will Soon Lead The US Smartphone Market – But Not For Long

    eMarketer: Apple Will Soon Lead The US Smartphone Market – But Not For Long

    According to eMarketer, Apple is to pass Research In Motion as the leader of the US smartphone market this year, only to be overtaken by Android in 2012. eMarketer, which bases its forecasts on analysis of research estimates and methodologies from multiple firms who monitor the smartphone market, estimates Apple took a 28% share of the US smartphone user market in 2010, just above the 24% of… Read More

  • Gartner Forecasts Mobile App Store Revenues Will Hit $15 Billion in 2011

    Gartner Forecasts Mobile App Store Revenues Will Hit $15 Billion in 2011

    How big a business are mobile apps? In a new report, market research firm Gartner forecasts that global mobile app store revenues will triple from $5.2 billion last year to $15 billion in 2011, and keep growing to an astounding $58 billion by 2014. As with any forecast of a hypergrowth market, you can be sure this one will change in six months, and the further out you go the more… Read More

  • RIM Buys Developer The Astonishing Tribe To Improve PlayBook And Mobile UI

    RIM Buys Developer The Astonishing Tribe To Improve PlayBook And Mobile UI

    RIM has announced a purchase today—UI developer The Astonishing Tribe (a.k.a TAT). It looks like RIM will be using TAT’s talent to help improve the UI for Blackbery’s new tablet PlayBook as well as for its mobile smartphones. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As stated in a post: “Today we are pleased to confirm plans for The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) team to join… Read More

  • RIM CEO Jim Balsillie To Steve Jobs: "You Don’t Need An App For The Web"

    RIM CEO Jim Balsillie To Steve Jobs: "You Don’t Need An App For The Web"

    Research in Motion CEO Jim Balsillie may still be smarting from the fact that Apple passed it in smartphone market share last quarter. Steve Jobs made a point to rub it in during Apple’s most recent earnings conference call: ““We’ve now past RIM, and I don’t see them catching up to us in the near future.” Asked what he would say to Jobs if he were present… Read More

  • How RIM’s PlayBook Could Have Succeeded

    How RIM’s PlayBook Could Have Succeeded

    Editor’s note: Guest author Jon Evans is a novelist, journalist, and software engineer. Oh, Research In Motion. You never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. RIM was born in my home town, at my alma mater, so it’s depressing watching their empire rot and crumble before the Android / iPhone onslaught. I had high hopes for their new tablet, a potential game-changer –… Read More

  • Research In Motion Buys Mobile Storefront Platform Cellmania

    Research In Motion Buys Mobile Storefront Platform Cellmania

    It looks like Blackberry developer Research In Motion has made a purchase today: Cellmania, a company that builds and licenses the software that drives many mobile phone stores. According to Cellmania’s website, the company is “now part of Research In Motion.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cellmania’s technology powers mobile ecosystems for mobile operators… Read More

  • BlackBerry Gets Its Own "Death Grip" App

    BlackBerry Gets Its Own "Death Grip" App

    Reading over the press release for the new “Antenna Meter” application for RIM’s BlackBerry devices, I’ll admit that I was bored. Okay, so it’s exactly what it says it is: an antenna meter. But aha! The two companies behind the app, Xtreme Labs and Fixmo, know how to pitch it. It’s not an antenna meter, it’s a “death grip” meter. Read More

  • eBay application for BlackBerry leaves beta, heads to Australia and Europe

    eBay application for BlackBerry leaves beta, heads to Australia and Europe

    eBay and RIM this morning jointly announced that the free eBay Application for BlackBerry smartphones is now available through BlackBerry App World in six more countries: Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The application is also now officially available to BlackBerry smartphone users in North-America after a beta preview period. Read More

  • How RIM Can Bring the Sexy Back to BlackBerry: A Five-Point Marketing Plan

    How RIM Can Bring the Sexy Back to BlackBerry: A Five-Point Marketing Plan

    Editor’s note: In the following guest post, PR consultant Vijay Chattha of VSC/AppLaunchPR gives some unsolicited marketing advice to Research in Motion. Another profitable quarter and another hit to RIM’s stock price. People are buying Blackberries, but investors are not buying RIM. Why? Short answer. No buzz. Despite continuing to reign supreme as America’s smartphone… Read More

  • Awwww RIM and Motorola kissed and made up

    Is it Christmas? Motorola and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion have just jointly announced that they have entered into a settlement and licensing agreement that ends all outstanding worldwide litigation between the two companies. The financial terms of the agreement include an up-front payment and ongoing royalties to Motorola. Further terms and conditions of the agreement will remain… Read More

  • Motorola And RIM Make Peace, End All Outstanding Litigation Worldwide

    Motorola And RIM Make Peace, End All Outstanding Litigation Worldwide

    Is it Christmas? Motorola and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion have just jointly announced that they have entered into a settlement and licensing agreement that ends all outstanding worldwide litigation between the two companies. The financial terms of the agreement include an up-front payment and ongoing royalties to Motorola. Further terms and conditions of the agreement will remain… Read More

  • iPhone And Android Now Make Up 25 Percent of Smartphone Sales

    iPhone And Android Now Make Up 25 Percent of Smartphone Sales

    Google-powered Android phones and iPhones are both gobbling up market share. The combined worldwide market share of both operating systems reached 25 percent in the first quarter, up from 12 percent the year before, according to Gartner. The iPhone still has a bigger share, at 15.4 percent (up 5 points), but Android is catching up fast with 9.6 percent (up 8 points). All other smartphones… Read More

  • Google Gains, Apple Stays Steady, And Palm Loses In Smartphone Share

    Google Gains, Apple Stays Steady, And Palm Loses In Smartphone Share

    No wonder Apple is suing HTC for patent infringement over its Android phones. In the three months between October and January, Android’s overall share of smartphone subscribers in the U.S. rose 4.3 points to 7.1 percent, according to mobile market share data released by comScore.  Android showed the biggest single gain of any of the top five smartphone platforms.  Apple’s share… Read More

  • Smartphone Sales Up 24 Percent, iPhone's Share Nearly Doubled Last Year (Gartner)

    Last year, Apple’s iPhone nearly doubled its worldwide market share of smartphone sales to 14.4 percent, up 6.2 points from the year before, according to the latest market share figures put out by Gartner. The iPhone still trails behind Nokia’s Symbian-powered smartphones (No. 1), which saw their share decline 5.5 points to 46.9 percent, and RIM Blackberries (No. 2), which gained… Read More

  • Smartphone Sales Up 24 Percent, iPhone's Share Nearly Doubled Last Year (Gartner)

    Smartphone Sales Up 24 Percent, iPhone's Share Nearly Doubled Last Year (Gartner)

    Last year, Apple’s iPhone nearly doubled its worldwide market share of smartphone sales to 14.4 percent, up 6.2 points from the year before, according to the latest market share figures put out by Gartner. The iPhone still trails behind Nokia’s Symbian-powered smartphones (No. 1), which saw their share decline 5.5 points to 46.9 percent, and RIM Blackberries (No. 2), which gained… Read More

  • New Nimbuzz app runs natively on BlackBerry phones

    Mobile communication startup Nimbuzz has just made the first native application for BlackBerry smartphones that allows for multi-network chat sessions available in Research In Motion’s App World store (get it here). The native functionality allows the free app to run in the background without interruption, have alert notifications ‘pushed’ to the BlackBerry device’s… Read More

  • Nimbuzz Introduces Native IM App For BlackBerry Smartphones

    Nimbuzz Introduces Native IM App For BlackBerry Smartphones

    Mobile communication startup Nimbuzz has just made the first native application for BlackBerry smartphones that allows for multi-network chat sessions available in Research In Motion’s App World store (get it here). The native functionality allows the free app to run in the background without interruption, have alert notifications ‘pushed’ to the BlackBerry device’s… Read More