RIM's BBX BlackBerries Will Mimic PlayBook and Support BES
Research In Motion's forthcoming BBX-based BlackBerry smartphones will match the PlayBook tablet display's aspect ratio and 1024 x 600 pixel count in order to maximize application compatibility between the PlayBook and BBX BlackBerries. Alec Saunders, RIM's vice president of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development, told PCMag.com, "Look, if you build [an app] for the PlayBook, then it will run on BBX. We have maintained aspect ratios, BBX also has the ability to upload multiple dimension graphics … [and the standard resolutions] are the same as PlayBook." Saunders also said the first wave of BBX BlackBerries will support RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server. BES support is necessary for the BlackBerries to include email, contacts, and calendar management tools out of the gate. BBX is the new platform that RIM intends to use for its future smartphones. It combines elements of the PlayBook's QNX operating system with the current BlackBerry OS 7 operating system to create a new, combined smartphone/tablet platform. RIM's first BBX devices are expected to launch during the first half of 2012.
BBM Gains PayPal for Android, BlackBerry, iOS
BlackBerry today added a handful of new features to its cross-platform messaging service. All versions of BBM (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) earn the ability to send money to BBM contacts using PayPal.
BlackBerry Debuts BES 12.2
BlackBerry today made BES 12.2 available to its business customers. The improved mobile device management platform adds a handful of features, especially those aimed at platforms other than BlackBerry.
BlackBerry to Allow Rivals to Manage BB10 Devices
BlackBerry today announced that it has agreed to allow several other, large mobile device management companies to support its BlackBerry smartphones. Until today, BlackBerry has only allowed its devices to be managed by its own Blackberry Enterprise Services product.
BlackBerry Weighing Move to Android
BlackBerry is considering whether or not to make a smartphone based on Google's Android platform rather than its own operating system, reports Reuters. Citing sources familiar with BlackBerry's plans, Reuters says the company is working on a slider handset that would have a touch screen and a slide-out physical keyboard for typing.
What will the first one be called?