As per CEO of Research In Motion, Thorsten Heins, the Blackberry 10 smartphones will be released in January 2013, as revealed in an interview to The Telegraph on Aug 2.
RIM had recently been in the news for poor quarterly earnings, and the laying off of about 5000 employees, close to about a third of its workforce.
Do you think the new tablet, and the new Blackberry 10 smart phone is all that RIM needs to turn the game around? Or is there something more?
In a bid to save as much as $1 billion, layoffs at Research in Motion are imminent.
The Waterloo based BlackBerry maker has seen its shares plunge more than 70% since the last year. In the first quarter the company had announced of the layoffs of close to about 5000 employees, or about a third of its global work force. The job cuts are expected to affect the employees working in customer service, human resources, marketing and global repair services.
The Canadian Smartphone and tablet maker RIM, or Research in Motion, will be launching its latest PlayBook next week.
RIM has said that the new tablet would be launched in Canada next week and will roll out in US, Europe, South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean in the months to follow.
The new Playbook will run on the latest 4G LTE networks that offer high-speed capabilities. The device will be launched with 32 gigs of memory and will be available from major Canadian carriers like Bell, Rogers and Telus on August 9th.
BlackBerry users can no longer use the official New York Times app to read news stories on their devices.
No matter how much goodwill you hold for this company, every time you sign on the internet, you see RIM in some kind of trouble.
Even though this piece of news isn’t an immediate concern as such, but it does go on to show the sentiments of people and companies, and their hope in the Blackberry platform.
Here’s what New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy, had to say,
It’s a matter of usage of our apps, and we dedicate our resources where we think there’s the highest level of usage. We’ve seen a drop-off.
This definitely should be taken as warning sign by the Canadian smart-phone maker.
Do you think RIM is really up for the challenge of making a comeback? Share your views in the comments.
This is indeed a news from the Canadian smart phone maker. Research in Motion, RIM showcased its PlayBook tablet at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 and launched a Wi-Fi version later.
The latest 4G LTE-enabled Blackberry Playbook tablet is expected to be launched very soon.
The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook will be launching in Canada under Bell, on July 31, 2012. The new Playbook is expected to have a price tag of $549.95.
Just like the previous Playbook, this one will be sporting a 7-inch display, a resolution of 1024 x 600, and a 4800 mAh battery. The LTE playbook will be powered by a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM and runs on OS 2.0. The tablet also has a 5MP rear camera that can shoot full-HD 1080p videos and a 3MP front-facing camera.
The originally Blackberry PlayBook came in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. However this new 4G LTE playbook is expected in 32 GB.
Cameras have always been one of the good points of a Blackberry phone. The picture quality even in the old BlackBerry torch easily surpasses the picture quality of iPhone and the likes. What we would like to see is better touchscreen though, and a more fluid like smooth interface.
Sitting tight, and waiting for this next RIM release!
This bad news couldn’t have come at a worser time for the smart phone maker RIM. While on one hand RIM is trying to save $1 billion, by selling a company jet and cutting down on the workforce. On the other hand RIM has got this huge blow from the San Francisco federal court to hand over $147.2 million in damages to MFormation Technologies.
The patent infringement case had started back in 2008 when Mformation technologies stated RIM had infringed on two of their patents (6,970,917 and 7,343,408) that dealt with enterprise server software.
RIM reportedly has to pay $8 royalty for every BlackBerry device sold in the U.S., which equal to 18.4 million units and that amounts to $147.2 million.
This decision definitely is going to tighten up the financial situation at RIM. RIM responded to this decision in a press release and said that they are,
disappointed by the outcome and is evaluating all legal options. Additionally, the trial judge has yet to decide certain legal issues that might impact the verdict. RIM will await those rulings before deciding whether to pursue an appeal.
[via mobilesyrup, bloomberg]