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    Found on French Tom's hardware pages (presence-pc.com pages - sry, not found in Us English; is this a sign ?) today :
    RIM, les applications Android, le futur

    Home translated here :
    Yesterday, RIM received the press to present its current range and talk about the future, including version 7.1 of its OS. This minor update brings some new and should be quickly deployed to France on 9790 and Bold 9900, Curve 9360 and 9380 and the Torch 9810 and 9860. It's more of an upgrade, for example with the appearance of a mode "personal access point" to share the 3G connection on your smartphone with Wi-Fi, some improvements on Twitter and Facebook applications , DLNA compatibility and activation of the integrated FM tuner in smartphones.

    More interestingly, we could discuss the playbook and the 2.0 update. Specifically, the compatibility of Android tablet that RIM is obviously ahead. Currently, it is possible to adapt an Android application directly on the playbook, even if some things are not accessible. Specifically, applications that use the Google API without using the code "native" function directly in a virtual machine on the playbook. There are some limitations, such as lack of access to geolocation, but it is generally quite effective.

    RIM actually suffers the same problem Intel: there are about 25% of applications from the Android Market that use native code and therefore require direct access to the ARM processor, that does not allow the playbook or x86 smartphones . More disturbing - and it will be fixed in version 2.1 of the system - anyone offer an Android application on App World of RIM, even if it is not the author of the application.

    In practice, the applications we have seen run function properly, the hardware platform of the tablet RIM is close to that of Android tablets. The OMAP4 1 GHz coupled to the operating system from RIM - based on QNX - is very effective and fluidity is even higher than that offer the high-end Android tablets.

    Finally, RIM also showed its solution Mobile Fusion, which is adapted to the "consumerization" of enterprise uses. The widespread use of devices "general public" in the company is in practice a nightmare for IT services companies, who must manage security, but also directly for RIM, which has long specialized in this type of devices . Mobile Fusion is an elegant solution that allows to put forward solutions from RIM, which has a definite advantage over its competitors in this specific area. Mobile Fusion manages BlackBerry devices, the tablet playbook, but Android devices and IOS. But while the management functions are poor devices with Google and Apple - the APIs are few and the two systems do not apply to companies - RIM obviously puts forward its specificities on the market. For example it is possible to create a separation between business applications and personal applications on the tablet, with a lock password, what do not allow the iPad and Android tablets.

    The main problem with RIM, and the company makes clear, this is the craze for touch: users want the touch, and RIM is (very) far from its competitors on this point. If the OS of the playbook is well suited to the touch, the sales are too low - 1 million tablets over a year - to publicize the system, and BlackBerry OS 10 is pending. If version 7.1 brings several new (minor), it is just as poorly suited for touch screens than its previous versions. The OS was designed for devices with keypad, and it shows. RIM suffers the same problem as Nokia - Symbian has not been designed for touch - but the solution chosen to try to get out of this mess is not the same: RIM working on a new OS, Nokia preferred to get the system elsewhere ...
    04-16-12 02:17 AM
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