According to what sources have told the guys over at BGR, we will not be able to get our hands on the Bold 9900 until this September. If this turns out to be true it will definitely have a toll on the patience of BlackBerry users, as RIM announced announced that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 would be available "in the summer" from carrier’s when the product was unveiled at BlackBerry World 2011. I don't think that anyone imagined that it would be at the very end of summer. How do you feel about the new Bold 9900 not being available till September? Are you changing plans to get another Berry if this date becomes confirmed?
Another little snippet of information mentioned at the end of the BGR blog:
P.S. We have heard RIM might have one more major OS release in the cards, possibly BlackBerry OS 7.5, before the launch of QNX on smartphones.
One more additional OS step to QNX may put a damper on getting any Android apps onto BlackBerry smartphones anytime soon. Unless this intermediate BlackBerry OS 7.5 will include the Android player app - which allows users to have the ability to run Android apps. We'll keep our eyes peeled on this one and let you know of any changes in the news.
In case you missed the first video demo of the upcoming Torch 2 device, here is another from Engadget with their take on the device. They go through the routine, showing you a few native apps and the functionality of OS 7, as well as the look and feel of the device. If you are a Torch 1 owner, let us know how you think the Torch 2 will compare?
BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 is now available in beta! This new version of the SDK also comes with simulators for the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 series of smartphones, allowing you to test your applications for compatibility with OS 7. This is a good time for you app developers to make sure your apps are running smooth on these smartphones (9900/9930) at launch. The BlackBerry App World storefront is also accepting app submissions for these new devices! So feel free to submit your apps at anytime.
The BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry Java Development Environment have also both been updated to support the new OS version, featuring an abundance of new APIs. For more information on what developers need to know about BlackBerry 7 and to download the BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 beta, check out the BlackBerry 7 landing page on BlackBerry Developer Zone.
Have a look, fresh images of the Bold 9790 have hit your screen today! There have been a lot of rumors of a Onyx device and whether RIM would market this smaller Bold touchscreen. It now looks as though that may become reality as these images show a rather recent prototype of the device running OS 7. What do you think about the 9790 (Onyx?)?
Thanks to Vietnamese site, Tinhte.vn, we get to see a nice 7:41 minute video demo of the upcoming Curve 9360 device! The device is running the BlackBerry 6 operating system, so I imagine that it's an early prototype - which means the hardware could be outdated as well. They also do a quick compare to the Curve 8900 device. Check out the video above for all the angles, and be sure to leave us some feedback in the comments!
Looking to get your hands on the wallpapers that will come with upcoming BlackBerry OS 7? BBOS has got our hands on the default OS 7 wallpapers and re-sized them in different resolutions ready for you to download. Just one thing... be sure to post a screenshot in the BBOS Forum of how the wallpapers look on your device! Click the link below to head to the Forum and download the wallpaper pack.
Do you have a craving to try the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but didn't have the chance to travel recently to BlackBerry World? Well, JmanF86 (a follower of N4BB) seems to have assisted in the leaking of a 9900 simulator.
The simulator is rockin' OS v126.96.36.199, so I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is probably weeks (if not months) old.
Recently very nice Torch 2 photos were leaked by TechnoBuffalo, and today we get to see a video demo of the same Torch 2 running OS 7. Looks to be running really fast. Toward the end we get to see a bit of the loading screen, which looks like the boot time will be close to the current Torch boot time. Are you exited about the Torch 2?
The guys over at N4BB have released a juicy rumor. They claim to have received information from "multiple sources" that the BlackBerry 9850/9860 will go by the name 'Volt'. Keep in mind that this rumor is unconfirmed and it's not rare to see rumors like this before the release of a BlackBerry device. The upcoming device is set to hit the market this late summer/early fall and will model after the Storm, minus the surepress and with a lot more power. For more details on this device, see the full specsheet.
Were you under the impression from early reviews that the PlayBook's power button was basically going to be useless? After reading over many of the first reviews on the PlayBook, I was sold that I was not going to be using the power button, and that it was the worst piece of hardware on the device. Until... I got my hand on the tablet myself. I then realized that the PlayBook's power button is by far the best I have seen on a tablet. It does take bit more pressure to push than the iPad's power button, but that's what one would want in a power button to protect against accidental pushes. All the criticisms that it was "too hard to push", "had to dig my nail at it", "didn't stick out far enough", were simply over exaggerations in my opinion. As I demonstrate in the video above, you won't have to worry about using the power button. In fact, I never even noticed it was a problem since I laid hands on the tablet. How about you? Agree?, disagree? Let us know.
Are you a veteran BlackBerry users that went Droid or iPhone only to have regret the change? I may have a cure for you... In addition to the recent T-Mobile 2011 roadmap leak which reveals that they will be carrying three of the upcoming BlackBerry devices - T-Mobile has also launched a new Trade-In program which allows you to trade your device for money that can be used toward the purchase of a new handset. See the solution? Get rid of that old junkie Droid or iPhone and get yourself a fresh new BlackBerry and rekindle your BlackBerry loyalty!
T-Mobile will give you up to $300 credit for your device, regardless of brand name or which carrier it is on. The minimum criteria is that the phone needs to be fully functional, have an intact and working display and be free of liquid damage or corrosion.
You can take advantage of this offer by visiting any T-Mobile retail store. A T-Mobile representative will determine the trade-in value for your device and a check for the quoted amount will be given to you via a mail-in rebate process.
To check the estimated value of your old phone in advance, just visit My Trade Ins | T-Mobile.
A flurry of devices were revealed today as part of T-Mobile's 2011 roadmap, and three of the upcoming BlackBerry devices are on the list! Keep in mind though, all dates are subject to change, so nothing is concrete as of yet. Here are the dates and BlackBerry devices on the roadmap:
Telus Mobility comes on strong with a new BlackBerry commercial featuring the song 'Thunderstruck' by hard rock band, AC/DC. Telus is promoting their data plan that allows users to share a data plan from their BlackBerry smartphone device to their PlayBook. Not much more to say about this one except for CRANK IT UP!!
New photos leaked show the upcoming device, BlackBerry 9860 Touch Monza, with a new style of bottom buttons that aren't present in previously leaked photos. It looks like a few of these prototypes are flying around as RIM is still in the testing phase with the 9850/9860 devices. Also shown in another photo, the device is running OS 7.