1. lc474's Avatar
    Very positive article on what's coming for us!
    from knowyourmobile.com

    Back in 2009 RIM was named the fastest growing company on the planet by Fortune magazine, following a growth in profits of 84 per cent over three years.

    A simple glance at RIM’s financials between the years 2002 and 2009 illustrates this point plainly enough: during 2002 RIM’s sales were at 264,000,000. By 2009 they’d reached 11,065,000,000 and by 2011 they were at 19,907,000,000 – a truly massive figure.

    But this is where things started to go wrong. By mid-2011 RIM had announced its first drop in revenue for nine years. The ramifications associated with Google and Apple’s entry to the market were now obvious for all to see and RIM, for the first time in its long and distinguished history, was beginning to look more and more unsure of itself.

    Matters went from bad to worse when RIM confirmed that it was laying off around 11 per cent of its staff in June 2011. Following closely behind this was the market’s lacklustre response to the PlayBook, RIM’s continual loss of market share to iOS and Android, and, of course, the now-famous global server outage.

    By the end of 2011 RIM’s stock value had dropped by 72 per cent to its lowest point since 2004. Going forwards into 2012 all of RIM’s efforts were focussed on developing and launched its new QNX-based smartphone platform, BlackBerry 10.

    To say RIM has a lot riding on BlackBerry 10 would be an understatement. BlackBerry 10 represents a make or break moment for RIM – there is no room for error here.

    Could RIM survive another year without making BlackBerry 10 a success? Sure it could. The company’s revenues are still gigantic (its net income for 2011 was $3,444,000,000). RIM needs a solid strategy moving forward though – something it can sell to customers, developers and businesses. And that strategy, at least for the foreseeable future, is BlackBerry 10.

    So what can we expect from RIM’s new platform?

    BlackBerry 10 is similar to BlackBerry’s PlayBook OS
    Being based on the same QNX platform as the PlayBook means that BlackBerry 10 handsets, which should be here by the close of 2012, will have more in common with RIM’s current tablet device than its existing range of smartphones.

    Higher pixel density than Apple’s Retina Display
    According to CrackBerry, ‘all of these next generation BlackBerry devices sport amazing displays (higher pixel density than the iPhone 4's retina display), which will really add to the sex appeal here.’

    Hardware
    Of the couple of leaked handsets we’ve seen one thing is certain: RIM is not messing around when it comes to the hardware on its BlackBerry 10 handsets.

    That means you can expect excellent imagining capabilities, HD displays, top-notch processors and seamless UI transitions. The BlackBerry London, for instance, featured an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, LTE-support and a HD display.

    There won’t be any physical navigation keys
    Can you imagine a BlackBerry without any navigation keys? No – neither can we. But that’s exactly what RIM has in store for us with BlackBerry 10-powered handsets, according to sources close to the company.

    There will still be physical keyboards, of course. But that’s a given – the BlackBerry experience is tied so closely to using a physical keyboard that we imagine this will still be the case in years to come.

    BlackBerry 10 handsets will feature dual-core LTE-enabled chips
    Former RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis officially stated during an earnings call that BlackBerry 10 handsets would be hitting the market in 2012 a little later than expected on account of there not being a readily available supply of LTE chipsets.

    This, of course, was not true. Qualcomm’s S4 system-on-a-chip, which has been readily available to OEMs for quite some time, fits all of Lazaridis’ wants and needs and can now be found inside handsets like the HTC One X and the Asus PadFone.

    RIM hit back with an official statement, which comes via CrackBerry, after being accused of lying:

    ‘RIM made a strategic decision to launch BlackBerry 10 devices with a new, LTE-based dual core chip set architecture. As explained on our earnings call, the broad engineering impact of this decision and certain other factors significantly influenced the anticipated timing for the BlackBerry 10 devices.’

    It added: ‘the anonymous claim suggesting otherwise is inaccurate and uninformed. As RIM has previously explained, and as Mike Lazaridis reiterated on the earnings call, we will not launch BlackBerry 10 devices until we know they are ready and we believe this new chip set architecture is required to deliver the world class user experience that our customers will expect.’

    On a lighter note: this does mean that all new BlackBerry 10 handsets will feature LTE-support, which is definitely good news.
    ActiveSync
    RIM confirmed at CES 2012 that email would be handled by Microsoft’s ActiveSync software in its PlayBook 2.0 OS update. This will also presumably be the case for BlackBerry 10 once it launches. But does this mean that RIM’s Network Operations Center (NOC) has been sidelined?

    Is RIM giving up a large aspect of its service revenue? ‘This change is causing some people to wonder if RIM's service revenue may be at risk,’ says CrackBerry. ‘Every BlackBerry subscriber has traditionally generated a few bucks per month of service revenue for RIM. Users don't pay this to RIM directly. They just pay their bill, and RIM collects the fees from the carriers.’

    Is RIM about to give up this $1 billion revenue stream? Only time will tell with this one. But we don’t think investors would take too kindly to RIM shelving one of its only remaining USPs.

    PlayBook will get BlackBerry 10
    RIM has confirmed that all existing PlayBook tablet devices will be getting updated to BlackBerry 10.

    Homescreen widgets
    Like Android and Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 will feature active homescreen widgets. Leaked images suggest these widgets will display all kinds of information from album artwork to contact pictures to email notifications and weather updates.

    3D virtual keyboards?
    According to an exclusive report over at N4BB, BlackBerry 10 will feature a 3D keyboard that will revolutionise the way users type on touchscreen keyboards. Here’s the scoop:

    ‘BlackBerry 10 has a new 3D virtual keyboard built likely from TAT Cascades. The keyboard mimics the authentic physical BlackBerry keyboard. RIM is also working on implementing a vibration response when keys are hit. They’re calling it ‘vibration feedback’. We’re not sure how this might differ from what is commonly known as haptic feedback.’

    It added: ‘Additionally, we’re told that BlackBerry 10 will literally utilize TAT Cascade animations in nearly everything. We’re only going to get a small glimpse in PlayBook OS 2 through 3, but will see it full-blown in BlackBerry 10. So far we’ve seen a small preview of this from those leaked BlackBerry 10 images.’

    BlackBerry 10 will be very HTML5-friendly
    According to HTML5Test BlackBerry 10’s built-in browser will be one of the most HTML5-compatible operating systems out there. So much so in fact that if HTML5Test’s scores are to be believed BlackBerry 10’s browser is even more HTML5 compliant that Google’s Chrome Beta for Android.

    This isn’t the most exciting of developments but it does show that RIM is taking web standards very seriously. No doubt Flash will continue to be supported as well.

    Release date
    RIM is expected to unveil BlackBerry 10 at its annual BlackBerry World 2012 expo, which kicks off on May 1.

    We’re expecting big things – and so should you.
    kbz1960, ad19, fanatical and 1 others like this.
    03-28-12 09:25 PM
  2. Kandoo-BB's Avatar
    Thx for posting this.
    03-28-12 09:41 PM
  3. anthogag's Avatar
    Nice article. Too bad the media can't present RIM like this...an impressive company that has a bright future with BB10 and beyond.

    I'm really looking forward to the new phones and next-gen playbooks
    03-28-12 09:51 PM
  4. mithrazor's Avatar
    Doubt RIM will be unveiling BB10 during BBWorld. They never said they would. Only that they will share their vision of BB10.

    Plus if the phones aren't scheduled to launch until the end of the year. That would be a horrible move to unveil it during BBWorld.
    03-28-12 09:52 PM
  5. ad19's Avatar
    Doubt RIM will be unveiling BB10 during BBWorld. They never said they would. Only that they will share their vision of BB10.

    Plus if the phones aren't scheduled to launch until the end of the year. That would be a horrible move to unveil it during BBWorld.
    They will most likely preview BB10 OS as they have already confirmed attendees will be getting a BB10 alpha device so they can develop apps for the upcoming operating system. While we may see BB10, I doubt we will see any of the phones as previewing them this far in advance of their actual release would not be a good idea.
    03-28-12 09:57 PM
  6. Foreverup's Avatar
    I swear the author is a crackberry member.

    Is RIM giving up a large aspect of its service revenue? ‘This change is causing some people to wonder if RIM's service revenue may be at risk,’ says CrackBerry. ‘Every BlackBerry subscriber has traditionally generated a few bucks per month of service revenue for RIM. Users don't pay this to RIM directly. They just pay their bill, and RIM collects the fees from the carriers.’
    I can comment on this cause my company works with ATT and at the very least from three different sources ATT is not going to get rid BIS/BES charges. Now will ATT ask for better pricing, maybe, but RIM is still going to collect a fee.
    03-28-12 10:14 PM
  7. zoso28's Avatar
    This is very good news indeed. If even 75% of this info turns out to be accurate, RIM will finally be competitive Again. And being in the business, I can say with complete certainty that all it will take is a solid OS with refreshed devices and BB will be popular in no-time.
    03-28-12 10:29 PM
  8. BergerKing's Avatar
    About the vibrating feedback, I am quite happy to hear that. I am using my first touchscreen keyboard with vibe input, and is the first virtual keyboard I've been able to type reasonably well on.

    ;BB would do well to have something similar, it does make a bug difference.
    03-29-12 01:01 AM
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