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PlayBook Enters Tablet War

Research in Motion surprised the market with the introduction of its Play Book tablet gaining applause from one and all who saw the unit at the CES show where they had a hands on experience with a fully functional device and superb performance. Though some analysts feel that the Research in Motion Play Book maybe late in the tablet race led by Apple’s iPad, the Research In Motion CEO claims “The iPad’s dominance of tablet computing will change when we are in the market.”Although the Play Book sports a 7 inch screen in comparison to the iPad’s 9.7 inch display, Video is one area where observers feel Play Book beats the iPad wholesale.

In fact, even at the CES 2011, barring the iPad, the only two other players with fully functional working units were the Research In Motion Play Book and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. At the show, almost every manufacturer, vendor in existence displayed prototypes of tablets with huge announcements presenting big tablets, small tablets, Android tablets, Windows tablets and even many concoctions poised to launch in the markets in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy tab, on the Android platform, has definitely done wonders. But, with so many other vendors promoting the Android platforms none of the others were able to present a fully functional touch and feel product. The near future will definitely unveil a horde of big time names pushing technologically advanced tablets, working hand in hand with carriers to woo the buyers away from the Apple iPad way. As of today, Apple almost holds near total supremacy of the market with over 87% holding of Apple iPad products supply. But, the dynamics are changing. Research inn Motion Play Book has set the pace equally strongly, although they cannot compete with Apple on volumes, will definitely dent the market with their outstanding product at the CES 2011.

Even diehard erstwhile Apple users have found the Research In Motion Play Book and the Samsung Galaxy Tab much, much better in terms of performance. Research In Motion has a discreet advantage over other players in that enterprise and corporate using Blackberry server and Blackberry phones will automatically move towards the same platform by Research In Motion Play Book. The multi-touch interface has been termed way, way ahead of the Apple device. The device with its large processing power has impressive multi-tasking capability, touch screen motion is fluid and the feel of the product is very comforting. Research In Motion Play Book runs Adobe Flash, ad HTML files besides being able to play proprietary audio formats of both Microsoft and Apple with phenomenal ease.

The Research In Motion Play Book runs a version of the QNX OS with 1 Gb of ram dual core processor, dual HD cameras, HD video recording, HDMI outputs, micro USB ports making the product formidable. This has set the playground for different operators and vendors including Apple to rethink their strategies and literally wage a war of technology on the tablet market.

Blackberry Rival Apple’s iPad with its Playbook

Blackberry has unveiled its tablet computer at its developer conference, Devcon, in San Francisco. As the market strategy of Blackberry has been to target the business segment customers; the latest tablet has been released keeping this market strategy in mind.

Playbook has been developed by Blackberry’ s engineering hub Research In Motion which showcases cutting edge features for business professionals.

According to Mike Lazaridis, CEO of RIM, “This is one of the most exciting times in our history, RIM set out to engineer the best professional-grade tablet in the industry with cutting-edge hardware features and one of the world’s most robust and flexible operating systems.”

So far there haven’t been any big challenges to rival iPad. However with the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, many more consumer electronics company are joining the bandwagon of the tablet as it is since as the forseeable link between the PC and a Smartphone.

Some of the features of the Blackberry tablet include:

  • Symbian Operating System
  • Bluetooth and WiFi
  • 7 inch screen with front and back cameras
  • Operating system based on QNX software
  • 3G capabilities

The all new BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.0 Limited

Blackberry is a remarkable invention in the range of smart phones. Over the last decade, the Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM) has designed some unmatched blackberry phones with unique features.

Blackberry can also be termed as Personal Digital Assistant. It is known for its unmatched capabilities of the address book, to do list, calendar, media player, push internet e-mail, Wi-Fi connectivity, Social Networking sites’ notification, high internet speed, 3G technology, etc. to name a few.

Blackberry has been upgraded as per time and needs of the consumers. Blackberry originally had monochrome display; however all the other Blackberry phones have color display now. Its operating system supports various applications, which is also upgraded as per time.

The latest advancement is the Blackberry Desktop Software 6.0 Limited Beta. You would notice some major changes, both inside and outside, if you compare it with Blackberry’s Desktop Manager 5.0.1.40.

Research In Motion had done a thorough Research & Development of Blackberry Desktop Software 6.0 to give to a completely different experience of Blackberry 6. Research In Motion has been very modest about the new development and has shown some new screen shots of the same.

Generally, when a new product is developed and about to be launched, it goes through various stages of different tests. The first stage in which the product’s software is tested and rectified, if required, within the company, is called the Alpha stage.

The second stage is known as Beta, in which the product is released to a group of users for free or on reduced price. Beta version generally has all the features of the final product; however, it has limited technical support for the users, if any available. Hence, it is called limited beta version.

Blackberry had recently launched the Desktop Software 6.0 in Limited Beta Version and is open for users’ reviews and comments for further advancement in the same, if required, so that the end product is error free and user friendly.

Blackberry is the pioneer in launching advanced technologies and latest software. Desktop Software 6.0 is another milestone in Blackberry success story. The new interface of this software is quite interesting and impressive. Blackberry Desktop software 6.0 helps the users to synchronize their handsets with their computers to install new software, keep the back up data, etc. All this and a lot more can be done via this software as it comes with Blackberry media sync, which helps in uploading media files to the smart phone.

Blackberry Desktop software 6.0 is highly responsive as compared to the other versions. It has a wonderful dark theme as background which makes it very impressive as well. Though Blackberry has many competitors in the market, however, this product might outshine others in no time.

Latest Blackberry 9800 Slider

Blackberry 9800 or Blackberry Torch is the latest launch from the company. It is a slider phone with full qwerty keypad. It is a wonderful handset with powerful features. This phone is very responsive as compared to other models. It has fluid interface, new browser for universal search, enhanced multimedia, integrated social feeds, etc.

You can view all your friends’ updates at one spot. You can update all your social networks just by typing once. You get 8 GB memory in this phone, so you can store all your favorite music and movies and watch them on the go. Blackberry Torch is launched with new desktop software 6.0 limited Beta version to help the users synchronize their handset with their computers.

People who are looking for some latest news and updates on Blackberry 9800, need to watch out for the live blog on the coming Tuesday, which will be launched by Blackberry inNew York at an event.

AT&T is again in news as it is the exclusive carrier for this smart phone. Both the Blackberry and AT&T’s CEOs would be at the launch. They might also launch a tablet on the same day. Users are expecting some exciting news on Tuesday.

Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency of United States which regulates interstate and international communications through radio and television, via wire, cable and satellite, has given a green signal to AT&T as a carrier for Blackberry 9800, a product of Research In Motion (RIM).

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) refers to the same as, “Blackberry Smart Phone model RCY71UW”. The backside wireframe forms a perfect match to the previous exclusive pictures when superimposed. The test result of FCC liberally refers to various associated documents about “Multi Source Declaration_9800_”.

A document from FCC confirms that the new Blackberry 9800 has WI-fi and Bluetooth 802.11b/g/n, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri bands 900/1800 MHz and UMTS (Radio) I 2100 bands. The slider has been tested up and down, open and closed. However, if you are still curious to know more about this latest invention, then catch up with the live blog. It also supports the AT&T’s 3G network.

Other Specifications

Blackberry Torch/9800 has a Tethered modem to provide speedy internet connection. It has a fluid display of 3.2” HVGA and touch screen. It has Blackberry® messenger and maps. Blackberry 9800 has an upgraded 5mp camera with flash and image stabilizer, etc.

Blackberry 9800 is expected to outshine its competitors with its latest technology and advanced features, such as Apple’s iPhone which uses Google Android. This new handset is better than the previous models with its latest software versions. Research In Motion has done proper R&D to invent this impressive smart phone.

Microsoft Partners with Research In Motion

Research in Motion Limited (RIM), famous for being the company who was the creator of the Blackberry Smartphone may make a good partner for Microsoft. RIM’s stock price has been sliced in half since June 2009 where a series of disappointing earnings calls started for the Canadian-based company.

RIM’s shareholders as well as the company itself believe that a sell-off has been overdone. The company even announced that there would be a share buyback plan for its earnings call in June.

In the area of high end phones, Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android are the ones sustaining the market dominance. For RIM, its growth has been limited and regulated to the emerging markets. The emerging markets may be a thriving and growing market but it is also cost sensitive.

Selling high end devices in cost competitive markets leads to a declining revenue per device sold. And the Wall Street Journal doesn’t really fancy awarding high multiples to companies that are growing just because of lower prices for their products.

Since Apple and Android are in dominance, the industry is in a pressure to support these devices. RIM should change its business model such that it would goal to dominate these mobile devices. This can be done by developing software and applications for these high end phones.

As Microsoft is positioned to develop Microsoft Windows Phone 7, it will be the next generation operating system for smart phones. With RIM’s Blackberry running a next generation Win Phone 7 OS, the result is a very good synergy and back into the game future for both companies.

Another strategy that can be employed though is that Microsoft would provide an exclusive contract with RI to produce the software for its Blackberry phones without the need for a merging partnership. This option might actually be better since a buyout would be harder to negotiate.

There was also the issue of Microsoft’s failed attempt to buy out Yahoo and that issue is still quite fresh in Microsoft’s mind. Mike Lazaridis, RIM President, Co-CEO and the one who founded the company, may be as bull-headed as Yahoo and surely wouldn’t be in the mood to sell-off his baby.

Partnering with Microsoft to deliver the best operating system for phones would be a great step for RIM towards being positioned back in the market for high end phones. For this to happen, both companies should realize that their new ventures would fail without each other’s support. The newest Blackberry would fail alone as well as Win Phone 7.

The possibility of a partnership between the two companies is not really sure to be possible since talks of a possible merge has not yet been heard of but it is indeed going to be a viable partnership if ever it will commence someday. The partnership would be a truly blockbuster move for both companies. While this materializes, we could just wish that the iPhone and the Android would stop innovating for a while awaiting this anticipated development.

Settlement of Motorola and RIM

Motorola and Research in Motion has announced that the patent dispute between them over wireless technologies has come to an end. According to their settlement, a cross licensing agreement will be set up by them based on industry standards and some key technologies. This will allow them to receive patent rights for 2G, 3G, 4G, 802.11 and wireless e-mail. RIM has also agreed to give ongoing royalties and upfront payment to Motorola. The monetary terms of the deal have not been disclosed but in reality it would have involved hundreds of millions of dollars. Thus the litigation between them has come to an end.

RIM

RIM is a Canadian telecommunication company and it is the developer of BlackBerry Smartphone. Before it started its work to produce BlackBerry, it had worked with Ericsson and RAM Mobile Data. Ericsson- developed Mobitex wireless data network which was transformed into a two-way paging and wireless e-mail network. This paved the way for the release of Interactive pager 950 which competed with SkyTel developed by Motorola.

RIM always has been entangled in a sequence of suits concerning to alleged patent infringement. In 2001 in reaction to an encroachment suit filed by Glenayre Electronics Inc, RIM sued it for patent infringement. It hunted for a command to put off Glenayre from infringing on the patent of RIM’s Single Mailbox Integration. In 2003 RIM filed suit its competitor Good Technology. Throughout the year, it filed complaints against it. After two years in March 2004, Good Technology settled the outstanding litigation by agreeing to a licensing deal.

Pertaining to keyword design on hand-held e-mail devices RIM was rewarded a patent on September 16, 2002. It then advanced to sue Handspring over its Treo device. Within two months, Handspring avoided further litigation by agreeing to license RIM’s patent. On March 3, 2006 RIM completed its BlackBerry patent dispute with NTP . RIM paid NTP US $612.5 million for the final defrayal of all claims. On July 17, 2003 RIM filed suit against Xerox. On May 1, 2006 RIM was litigated by Visto for violation of four patents.

Dispute

Disputes arose between Motorola and RIM regarding the patents related to user interface, application management and power management. On January 22, 2010 a complaint was filed against RIM by Motorola with the U.S. International Trade Commission. The other lawsuits were filed in federal court in Texas. Motorola had argued that license held for the technologies by RIM was lost in 2007. It argued that RIM, the BlackBerry maker was infringing on five Motorola patents. Hence it requested ITC to ban the import of BlackBerry phone into the U.S. According to the industry tracker IDC in the first quarter of 2010, Motorola was knocked by RIM from the world’s top five mobile phone manufacturers.

Now they have joined their hands to enjoy the benefits of Wi-Fi and new 4G standards. They have decided to spotlight on upcoming developments rather than prolonged legal battles.

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