RIM to Seed BlackBerry 10 Devices to Developers
Research In Motion today said that it plans to distribute a limited number of BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices to developers who attend an upcoming developer event to be held by RIM. RIM insists that the devices are not final BlackBerry 10 handsets and are not running final BlackBerry 10 software. Instead, they are running modified PlayBook OS and are meant to help developers create and test BlackBerry 10 applications ahead of the platform's planned launch later this year. In addition to the development device, RIM also plans to deliver the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK, BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, BlackBerry 10 SDK for Adobe Air, and the BlackBerry 10 SDK for Android apps. This will be the first time that BlackBerry developers have such broad access to BlackBerry 10-specific tools. The alpha developer devices will become available in early May.
Review: BlackBerry Motion
The latest collaboration between BlackBerry Mobile and TCL is the Motion, a large slab that runs Android and boasts BlackBerry's powerful productivity tools. Mobile pros will be happy with features such as BlackBerry Hub and the Productivity Tab, while businesses that deploy the Motion will appreciate the DTEK security software.
BlackBerry Expands Hub+ to More Android Phones
BlackBerry today made its BlackBerry Hub+ suite of enterprise applications available to a wider range of devices. At the same time, it added five more apps to the suite.
BlackBerry to Cease Monthly Updates for the Priv, Launch Trade-Up Program
BlackBerry said this week that it will no longer provide monthly system and security updates to its BlackBerry Priv smartphone. The company originally committed to providing updates for a period of two years.
BlackBerry Repackaging Device Management Suite
BlackBerry today announced the BlackBerry Experience Suite, a package of software that will help businesses manage their Android, iOS, and Windows smartphones and tablets. The suite will take form in three distinct services: Productivity, Communications and Collaboration, and Security.
BlackBerry to Kill Off Advertising Business
BlackBerry today said its BlackBerry Advertising Service will reach its end of life on June 16, 2015, after which the servers will be disabled and the APIs will no longer work. BlackBerry launched the service to help developers generate ad-based revenue via mobile applications.