First impressions of BlackBerry 10: Cautious optimism

Research In Motion is showing off its BlackBerry 10 platform; perhaps the company’s last chance for success in the mobile market. The interface looks impressive, but there are still many hurdles to be cleared as pointed out on Twitter by those watching the demos.

RIM not totally flushing Android’s cesspool on PlayBooks

Research In Motion clarified earlier statements about removing the ability to manually install Android applications on the BlackBerry PlayBook. The company previously said it was closing the loophole in the next PlayBook software update. Now it says the option will still be available for developers.

MobileTechRoundup podcast 261: iPad 3 and MWC

Join Matt and Kevin for a recap of the phones from MWC and thoughts on the next iPad. OnLive Desktop comes to Android while MeeGo gets a great update. Matt also gives the Nike+ Fuelband a try; how well does it work?

RIM’s PlayBook starts its second life today

Research In Motion delivered a major software update for its PlayBook tablet with the release of PlayBook OS 2.0. The upgrade brings overlooked features to RIM’s tablet, which has so far faced relatively poor sales and generally negative reviews. Is it too little, too late?

RIM’s rumored 10-inch PlayBook: A bigger mistake

Research In Motion is rumored to be launching a 10-inch PlayBook tablet this year. After nearly a year of dismal BlackBerry PlayBook sales, I’m not sold on the idea. RIM has nothing to convince people to buy such a device over an iPad or Android tablet.

RIM takes $485M charge on PlayBooks, lowers guidance

Research In Motion announced on Friday it was writing down the value of its BlackBerry PlayBooks, taking a mostly noncash charge of $485 million of $360 million after taxes, due to lower-than-expected sales of its tablet. The company also lowered its guidance and outlook.

Why not even a $199 PlayBook tablet will help RIM

Holiday shoppers seeking a tablet bargain have another option: Research In Motion has slashed the starting price of its BlackBerry PlayBook line by $300, meaning it’s only $199 for the 16 GB version. But more PlayBook sales could actually be worse for RIM. Here’s why.

RIM gets desperate to move BlackBerry Playbooks

RIM is trying even harder to stoke some demand for its unloved tablet, introducing a new “buy two, get one free” offer on PlayBooks through the rest of the year. It’s a desperate move for a company that can’t seem to execute.

MobileTechRoundup podcast episode 246

Join Matt and Kevin for an audio recap of recent Samsung tablet and phone news plus hands on with the AT&T Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9. Plus an update on Windows Phone 7.5 , Matt’s BlackBerry experiment and thoughts on next week’s Apple iPhone announcement.

Best aspect of Kindle Fire? 7-inch tablet price pressure

Amazon’s Kindle Fire may be a feature-rich 7-inch tablet, but it has a key attribute that competitors need to pay attention to going forward: the $199 price tag. The market simply won’t support $499 tablets of this size, so look for cheaper tablets in the future.


What Amazon’s new Kindle line means for Apple, Netflix and online media

On Wednesday, Amazon introduced color screens and touch screens to its Android-powered Kindle lineup. With this, Amazon brings a combination of three critical elements to the tablet marketplace that no company — not even Apple — has matched: a full product line, a powerful business ecosystem and a unique combination of revenue streams. How will it compete in the tablet, video and online media spaces? This research note examines the prospects at hand.

RIM’s poor play: QNX on PlayBook before smartphones

Amid lackluster BlackBerry PlayBook sales, 1,000 production line workers have been let go at Quanta in Taiwan where the tablets are made. Instead of jumping in the tablet game with an incomplete product, RIM may have been better off to get QNX on its smartphones first.

RIM updates PlayBook software, but big gaps remain

A new software update for BlackBerry PlayBook tablets arrives today, adding more Facebook features, improved video chat in the enterprise and in-app payment support. These are nice to have, but the two largest gaps still remain: no native email client and a relative lack of applications.

BlackBerry’s Bold Upgrades Aren’t Bold Enough

Research In Motion’s new Bold brings an updated operating system and several hardware improvements to help BlackBerry sales keep pace with competitors. But the handsets are still a stepping-stone because neither uses the new QNX platform yet. The PlayBook gains video chat and a Facebook app.

MobileTechRoundup Podcast 238: The Video Show!

Matt and Kevin share hands-on impressions of three devices this week: the BlackBerry PlayBook from Research In Motion, T-Mobile’s G2X Android smartphone and the G-Slate Honeycomb tablet. Join them live for the podcast and you can participate in the show through the live chat room!

PlayBook Gains Android Apps. Did It Grab Trouble With Oracle, Too?

The unanswered question of app availability for Research In Motion’s PlayBook tablet becomes clearer today: the company announced support not only for Java apps but also for Google Android software. That’s great for perspective PlayBook owners, but does this include RIM in Oracle’s suit against Google?

Will Pricing, Flash Sell RIM’s PlayBook?

Research In Motion’s PlayBook Wi-Fi tablet is available for pre-order at the same pricing as Apple’s iPad 2. The device arrives on April 19 at more than two dozen online and brick-and-mortar retailers. That answers some questions, but others about the device still remain.

BlackBerry 4G PlayBook Coming to Sprint’s WiMAX Network

Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook will be available in a model with integrated 4G that uses Sprint’s national WiMAX network. Availability and pricing weren’t provided, but there’s a good chance Sprint will subsidize the PlayBook 4G and help get more customers on its fast data network.

RIM Looks to Distant Shores, Tablets For Growth

Research In Motion handset sales are up 40 percent from a year ago, but most of that growth was outside of the U.S. as consumers and enterprises adopt iPhones and Android handsets. RIM hopes to turn the tide with its enterprise-focused Playbook tablet next quarter.

RIM Accepting Apps for the PlayBook; Giving Tablets Away

RIM knows it faces stiff competition in the tablet space when it releases its PlayBook, and since apps will be key, the company has started accepting them for App World for consideration. Developers submitting an app that gets accepted to App World get a free PlayBook.

Poking Holes in RIM’s Anti-Apple Rhetoric

BlackBerry manufacturer RIM’s CEO Jim Balsillie made waves this week by taking a swipe at Apple at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco. To be fair, Apple CEO Steve Jobs struck first, but are Balsillie’s comments substantive or just a knee-jerk reaction?

Dear BlackBerry, I Want a Real PlayBook, Not Videos

As a long time BlackBerry user, I get pretty excited when RIM announces a new model. I’ve been particularly excited by it introducing a new tablet device, but I can’t ignore that it’s essentially hyping a product that isn’t likely to hit the market anytime soon.

BlackBerry PlayBook: iPad Rival or Rookie Mistake?

Research in Motion finally unveiled its much-rumored BlackBerry tablet yesterday, and it looks a lot more impressive at first glance than the company’s most recent handset, the Palm Pre-like Torch. But is this a game-changing device, or will it stumble out of the starting gate?