RIM Posts Details About BIS 3.1
Today Research In Motion shared a few details about the upcoming revision to its BlackBerry Internet Services. BIS 3.1 will provide a few notable improvements, including two-way email and contacts syncing beween ALT-N, Hotmail and Yahoo Mail and the BlackBerry handset (BlackBerry OS 6 required). This means all actions that are performed on the handset will be reflected on the desktop and vice versa. Contacts can be edited on either the phone or the desktop, and changes will appear automatically on the other. RIM noted that contacts are synced once every four hours, so there will be a delay between the time that contact information is edited/added and the time it shows up on the device and/or desktop. RIM has also changed the procedure through which BlackBerry users request a new PIN. GSM-based BlackBerries will require a new SIM card to be inserted into the phone before the HTML BIS site will allow PINs to be changed. CDMA-based BlackBerry users can only change their PIN through the wireless network operator.
BlackBerry Shows Off the Priv
BlackBerry today posted some official images of the forthcoming Priv smartphone. The Priv is a vertical slider that runs Android.
BlackBerry Overhauls Productivity Tab for Android
BlackBerry today pushed out a brand new version of the Productivity Tab application for Android handsets, including the Priv, DTEK50, and DTEK60. BlackBerry says the Productivity Tab is now cleaner and more user friendly thanks to the addition of features such as Quick Triage for items in the Hub.
Unlocked BlackBerry Keyone Goes On Sale May 31; Sprint Version Arrives This Summer
TCL today announced that the BlackBerry Keyone, a smartphone it developed with BlackBerry Mobile, will be available to U.S. buyers starting May 31.
Facebook Pulls Support for BlackBerry 10, BBOS
Facebook has decided to cease supporting the BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS platforms. The company has chosen to discontinue its essential APIs for BlackBerry, effectively breaking the existing app.
BlackBerry Pushing 10.3.1 System Update to Most Phones
BlackBerry today said BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is available for device owners to download. The latest version of BlackBerry's operating system includes the Amazon Appstore for Android apps and brings back keyboard shortcuts to devices with physical keyboards.