BGR Weekend is our weekly column that we introduced last week. It recollects all the important events that happen in the world of our tech. Today we have covered all the major news that transpired in the world of the Canadian vendor RIM, from the BlackBerry 9220 launch to why the vendor might want to open source its BlackBerry OS. Hit the break to continue reading. Also Read - Blackberry 5G smartphone 2021 comeback confirmed again, to bring physical keyboards
Firstly the most important news about RIM that is doing the rounds is that the Canadian vendor may soon open source its BlackBerry OS which means we could see devices from other vendors in future to be based on the BlackBerry OS. Following the Android approach, which is also an open source platform and is used by a variety of the manufacturers, RIM is trying to revive its fading business and to boost its stagnated sales. Also Read - Blackberry is coming back once more, will debut in 2021 with a flagship keyboard phone
BlackBerry PlayBook has recently received an update from RIM that bumps its software up to PlayBook OS 2.0.1. The update offers an improved browsing experience, better support for Android apps, optimizations to the Video Chat, PIM, and BlackBerry Bridge applications and also fixes other miscellaneous bug. Users can download and install the update from the Software Updates tool in the Settings app on the BlackBerry PlayBook now. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
Talking of the BlackBerry Playbook reminds me that a few apps have made their way into the BlackBerry App World. Although there has been a few paid versions of Wikipedia app in the BlackBerry App World, the official Wikipedia app has now been released as a free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook owners. The app itself has plenty of features built in such as nearby search, ability to open articles in the browser, read search results in different languages and even the adjustment of the font size.
Another app that has been added to the BlackBerry App Store is the VVM Messenger app developed by Karta Mobile which basically allows users to send short voice messages to their BBM friends on the BBM Messenger. This one is a great timesaving app if you want to get your point across quickly without having to type out several paragraphs.
Finally we have a budget Curve smartphone with us in the form of the BlackBerry 9220 which was launched a day before yesterday by the Canadian vendor. And RIM is trying to popularize it by saying its the first BlackBerry device to have FM Radio. However, its affordable pricing is one of its lucrative factors which might entice you to buy this device in case you’re a BlackBerry fan.
Apart from launching this new handset, RIM has also opened its first premium BlackBerry store in Delhi. We will be bringing a walk through of the store early next week.
We all know RIM’s Jim Balsillie stepped down as the CEO but what we didn’t know was the fact that he had a “radical” plan that could have proved useful to avoid all those llosses and shipment drops which the company has been lately undergoing. Balsillie wanted to use his company’s network to offer inexpensive data plans and services to non-BlackBerry devices, but the plan never gained traction before he stepped down. The idea was the service would entice users of traditional cellphones to upgrade to smartphones without having to pay for a costly data plan. Users would have been able to use BlackBerry Messenger on non-BlackBerry devices.
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