Blackberry Slider To Run Exclusive On Sprint

We have heard rumors about the upcoming slider phone from RIM earlier.While earlier rumors were based solely on leaked images and the technology behind it, we are now hearing that the new Blackberry Slider with QWERTY keyboard could be launched exclusively on the Sprint network.

This comes after leaked pictures of the phone that sported the Sprint logo on it were released. Additionally, folks at BGR have confirmed from their sources that this upcoming Blackberry device could be numbered as 9900 and 9930.

What’s more, expect the launch to take some time. The sources have also reportedly claimed that the new slider handset failed 4 out of 5 times in initial diagnostic testing. So, it could be a while before all the issues are sorted out.

[via BGR]

Blackberry Slider QWERTY Handset Photos Leaked

Is this the real deal? We are not sure. Folks at BBLeaks have caught hold of a few photos of the alleged new Palm Pre-esque Blackberry Slider phone. It is suspected to be Storm3 though that is 100% speculation.

Blackberry Slider QWERTY Keyboard Leaked Photo

We had first written about the new sliding QWERTY phone last week. The handset comes with a portrait oriented keyboard, runs Blackberry OS 6.0 and supports Wi-Fi 802.11n.

Tell us what you think of the new look BB phone in the comments.

[via Blackberry Leaks]

Blackberry Slider QWERTY Device In The Works

After fiddling with plain QWERTY and touch screen keyboard, it now appears that Research In Motion is looking at a Palm Pre-esque sliding QWERTY keyboard for their upcoming device.  Folks at Boy Genius Report offer more insights into this new handset

  • Portrait-oriented slider keyboard
  • Run on BlackBerry OS 6.0
  • Support Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • 360×480 Resolution

A Palm Pre kind phone running on Blackberry OS. Tell me, are you interested?

[via BGR]

Verizon To Stop Selling Blackberry Storm?

After reports of numerous device cancellations, it is now being rumored that Verizon, the sole US carrier to currently offer RIM’s Blackberry Storm touchscreen mobile device is likely to cease operations to bring the device to their customers.

This speculation has been fueled by a note from analysts that has been doing the rounds among investors. While the research firm that has issued this note is not yet known, The Street writes that a cut in supply, if not an outright cancellation, of Blackberry Storm handsets is very much on the cards.

RIM and Verizon have not responded to the speculations.

[via The Street]

Blackberry Focusing On Advertising Services For App Developers To Take On Apple

In November of last year, RIM announced the Blackberry Advertising Service which would help app developers connect their apps with an array of ad networks to better monetize their applications.

The company has today applied for two patents related to the advertising segment. One patent titled “SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INCORPORATING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT INTO A MESSAGE HANDLED BY A MOBILE DEVICE” delves completely into what the Blackberry Advertising Service is supposed to do. The inventors write

This (advertising) may be done by examining content in the message handled by a mobile device and matching portions of the message with predetermined criteria such as keywords or phrases. Upon finding matches, corresponding multimedia content is associated with a respective portion of the message content and access to the multimedia content is enabled through selection of a linking mechanism that is visually identifiable with the respective portion of the message. The message is modified to include such linking mechanisms such that upon viewing the modified message, a user may reveal the multimedia content by selecting the linking mechanism. It has also been recognized that multiple layers of multimedia content can be provided such that different types of user interaction can reveal different forms of multimedia content.

RIM Blackberry Advertising Service

In another patent, RIM has described a technology that will minimize occurrences of ad impression-inflation on part of app developers. The patent says this will be done by “A method of evaluating advertising metrics may include, but does not require, receiving advertising metrics from an application handling advertisements, augmenting the advertising metrics with data from an advertising client, and validating the advertising metrics

RIM Advertising metrics for app developers

The strategy for RIM is clear – Make the environment as developer-friendly as possible in order to attract more of them which the company sees is the way to take on Apple’s App Store.

Blackberry’s WebKit Browser To Support Flash?

Research In Motion’s Co-founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis gave a sneak peek into the upcoming WebKit based browser for Blackberry phones at the Mobile World Congress yesterday. While the demo focused on the rendering accuracy and compression schemas that improved data efficiency, one interesting sidenote was the support for Flash.

Folks at Boy Genius Report point out the site used for the live demo, used one advertising block entirely for Flash based ads – something that showed up pretty cleanly on the new WebKit browser.

BGR writes

“we do see a web ad at about 0:41 in the video that appears to be running in Flash; if you go to, you’ll see that only Flash advertisements seem to run on that particular spot in the page (middle left). Will the BlackBerry WebKit browser deliver Flash support? “

Check out the video below and tell us what you think? Will Adobe find solace in the fact that at least RIM is not deserting them!

[via BGR]

RIM Working On OS 6.0 For Blackberry

Folks at Boy Genius Report write in that they have received solid tips from one of their contacts that Research In Motion, the company behind Blackberry has started its work on the next generation operating system.

Not much information is available at the moment about what we can expect from Blackberry OS 6.0. There have been earlier rumors about RIM launching OS version 5.2 later this year. Considering that this new version is not a decimal iteration over 5.2, it is likely that some very significant additions are introduced.

RIM had acquired Torch Mobile WebKit browser late last year and we see this as a possible addition to the handset. Also, recent patents filed give an indication of work towards improving the overall performance of the device to be something of paramount focus.

[via Boy Genius Report]