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RIM to take a little from Android and Windows Phone for the contacts list in BlackBerry 10

RIM to take a little from Android and Windows Phone for the contacts list in BlackBerry 10
Although BlackBerry 10 is going to be RIM's cutting edge OS, information revealed by RIM last week shows that the Canadian based manufacturer will be borrowing a concept for a unified contacts listing that was used on Android as early as 2009 and is also used by Windows Phone. Contacts in BlackBerry 10 will not only have their name, phone number and email address listed, users will also be able to read the individual's latest tweets, Facebook status and more. Enterprise based information will also be displayed such as the user's next meeting with the contact.
"BlackBerry has always had this heritage of productivity ... We are just going to make it better yet again, when we launch BB10."-T.A. McCann, RIM
A unified contacts list was available as far back as 2009 when Android 2.0 debuted on the Motorola DROID. Over time, Google made the contacts list experience better and better which is something that RIM's T.A. McCann is looking to do. McCann is in charge of developing the contacts listings and BBM in BlackBerry 10 and he is aiming to continue BlackBerry's heritage of productivity.

People Hub on Windows Phone

People Hub on Windows Phone

Besides Android, Windows Phone's People Hub has a similar expanded contacts listing. When you open up a contact in the People Hub, you see the contact's latest Facebook posts and recent pictures. Windows Phone 8, due out before the end of the year, should improve on this method of saving information on your friends and business contacts. RIM needs to do more than just copy features from Android and Windows Phone as there needs to be innovation to take the unified contacts page one step ahead of the competition. At this stage in BlackBerry's battle for survival, merely copying the competition may not be enough for fans who have constantly watched new BlackBerry models fall just short of being able to compete with the Apple iPhone and Android models.

RIM's McCann says that the contacts page on BlackBerry 10 will include show all contact info, status updates and meetings in one place along with Facebook status information and the latest tweets sent out by the contact. He also says that many of the changes are already available on the latest OS build for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which uses the QNX OS that BlackBerry 10 is based on.

source: Reuters via InformationWeek

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posted on 19 Aug 2012, 02:49 15

1. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


LOL
Dont take from ios, they will SUE YOU!!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 11:50 6

33. ph00ny (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 May 2011)


There isn't much to take from ios contacts. It's severely outdated

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 02:53 12

2. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


bb 10 won't success, android or iPhone are better than bb

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 03:18 11

3. dannyryr (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


I hope you never breed. "bb 10 won't success." Are you retarded or 6 years old.

On another note, I also believe Blackberry 10 won't SUCCEED. It will probably be a great operating system, just like Windows Phone 7, but all the negative bashing the media has written about Blackberry has taken it's toll.

Android is not always better then Blackberry. Try any Android phone that isn't high-end and you'll see what I mean. It's kind of sad and pathetic when you have more lag and battery pulls and soft resets on a Android phone then a 5 year old Blackberry. (Talking about low to midrange Androids, not all but most.)

iOS is buttery-smooth but come on, it's outdated. The hardware makes up for it though.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 03:28 2

4. NateAdam8 (Posts: 130; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


I fully agree with you

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 04:28 5

6. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1936; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I found your insults to be hilarious, but before you bash someone on their grammar, you better be damn sure yours is pristine. Both of the instances in your post where you used "then" should have been "than". FAIL.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 01:51

44. dannyryr (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


Got me there.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 04:30 4

7. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


S3 vs Bold 9900, who will win ?

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 07:42 3

22. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


S3 obviously.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 04:30 2

8. MeoCao (unregistered)


BB10 will fail not b-c of it's technical issues but the ecosystem or the lack thereof.

BB10 does not compete with low end Androids but with Android phones with the same price range.

You guys say BB10 will be successful but it's just your wishful thinking not reality.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 01:52

45. dannyryr (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


I'm pretty sure there will be a low-end Blackberry 10 device. They are making six devices. Not all will be high-end.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 04:38 4

9. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


so you are saying that the 5 years old blackberry (curve 8330 to be exact) is better than galaxy ace 2 ? (galaxy ace 2 is midrange android phone)

try to do some research before leaving any reply dude....

talking about grammar, yeah i admit it.... i'm wrong

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 04:51 5

11. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


You are comparing a goldsmith hammer to a sledge hammer... They can't replace each other. BB10 has something android doesn't and android has something BB10 hasn't. When you choose between OS it's about what compromises you are willing to make...

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 05:08 2

13. MeoCao (unregistered)


u r kinda right, but then BB is only a very small niche market and it can't support a separate OS.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 02:12

48. dannyryr (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


That is true. I rotate between my Galaxy Nexus, Blackberry Bold 9900, and Nokia Lumia 900. WP7 is really beautiful once you're inside an app. Blackberry Bold has a really awesome keyboard and awesome messaging system, and Android can be customized to your hearts desire.

That said, Android comes with lag and force closing apps, Blackberry come with an outdated system and not so pretty looking apps, and WP7 is missing out on hardware.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 02:03

46. dannyryr (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


Based on lag, bugs, resets than yes. The 8830 was a every good phone. It was when the Blackberry Storm launched that RIMM started launching buggy, slow, unresponsive phones as many low to mid range Android phones are known to be.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 05:33 1

14. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


@danyryr : oh cmon, "Android is not always better THEN blackberry" what the hell is that sh&t ?

LOL find some mirror dude...

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 07:44 2

23. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Its time u own, buy, and use High-end Android set's.....
Android needs power to push the full OS.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 07:50 3

26. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


iOS is buttery smooth because of it's plain launcher+(x) widgets. Give iOS some widgets and it "WILL" lag too :))

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 11:51

34. ph00ny (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 May 2011)


One thing you're failing to take in account for BB is the fact that they are one of very few handset makers to have FIPS certified devices and that's cruicial for anything federal government related

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 02:05

47. dannyryr (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


Many government sectors are ditching Blackberry devices for iPhone and Android devices. That said, it's certainly a plus.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 12:15 2

35. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I think that the artical hit it on the button with one of the problems with a lot of these competing operating systems is like what happened to palm at the end. They had a very capable operating system but the only real obvious innovation was the card system that alowed true multitasking and did it very well. But for the most part it just basically only put the features into it that android or iOS already did. It had no innovations that were good enough. Plus not having apps being built fast enough. Windows phone atliest has a huge developer support and is coming out with quality apps I heard faster than android and apple. For palm though another thing is the lack of quality hardware. (palms mistake was the palm pre being there bread and butter and not having a touchscreen only device that had a big screen and was thin with no keyboard) that is where black berry could fail on also. They really need the best hardware that can be put together. Not just as good as the rest of the field but better than with chipsets that are on the bleeding edge. People are gonna expect that. Yes black berry actually has loyal users that switched over to android and iOS. So if they come out with the quality than right there you could get those people back. I really think there is a chance android and iOS won't be overtakin for awhile. There is enough room for one or two other operating systems to like windows phone and black berry to compete enough to float I think they both are gonna have to be able to stick it out for the long haul and take back market share slowly and don't expect an android type of take over. I know Microsoft has the money to do so but blackberry? Good Luck!!!!! May the planets and stars align and the force be with you it's gonna need it.
The good thing out of it all is no matter who wins the battle me as a consumer will always be the winner, well minus the apps I bought into for specific operating systems that I might lose if I switch.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 13:45 1

38. webOSlove (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Ummm really because Palm invented Synergy and everyone else copied it in some form . Synergy was a really good innovation

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 06:52 5

16. PLoLPo (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


A great example of a brainwashed Android user.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 07:14 4

17. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


android users are not BRAINWASHED, android users are smart because whenever their device get some problem, they will fix it until done, not like BlackBerry users who can't do anything with their BB, except for bbm

You are a great example of a brainwashed blackberry user

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 07:47 2

24. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Android users are never brainwashed! We go where technology
and where Specs are the utmost.....

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 08:31 2

28. PLoLPo (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


That's what they all say

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 09:03 1

29. boblight (Posts: 68; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


That's what he said...

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 07:40 2

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Xeroxing from other's, they will need to pay patent fees.....!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 09:29

30. jroc74 (Posts: 3985; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I just wanna see if there will be alot of hate for this.

All the mobile OS's take from one another, its been going on in just about every industry..its called adapting to change.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 11:41 1

31. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I agree with you iOS is not built from the ground up with innovations. They took what was good with the smartphone as it was and improved on it in many ways. But the biggest improvements were to make it simpler with apps that you download to do specific tasks and the most was make it finger usable with nothing requiring a stylis.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 01:28

42. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


why are haters really waste time to post on a BB news.... ok i get it... your android and iPhone is way better.... but BB10 is a promising new OS!!!

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 01:45

43. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


ok i get it.. your android and iPhone is wayyyyy better than blackberry.... apps, support of latest hardware and dev support... but blackberry 10 is gonna change that..since playbook and bleckberry smartphones will like have the same kernel (QNX) like the new WP8 and win8... all blackberry's problem now is dev support...they need to support devs so that devs will support them.. and thats the very reason of the dev alpha device right? and i think 2013 is the bast time for BB to make a comeback... they got loads of apps(hopefully with those thousands of dev alpha), support of latest hardware etc etc....

all i want to say is that, need more competition!!! one on the new company ,Jolla (the one that the ex nokia people make to support maemo/meego and mer project and they will make an OS base on these too and the REAL FULL LINUX, android is linux base, not a full linux) said that there's always a room for more competitor... so BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Jolla and the newly open source WebOS can still gain consumers hearts if they offer something that is really different or superior from each other.. BB has BBM and i hope that apps for BB device can be ported to PB like the microsoft did to the new WP8 to win8 tablet/loptop, they share same core!!!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 03:36 2

5. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Looks very WP7... But still, its a nice and classic design from blackberry. GOOD LUCK BLACKBERRY! MAY YOUR BB OS 10 BE A MAJOR SUCCESS!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 04:44 3

10. andrew1953 (Posts: 174; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


We shall overcome,no matter what you jerky turkeys have to say because on release day,BB10 will blow you all away!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 04:57 2

12. frydaexiii (Posts: 1157; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Whatever you say bro...It doesn't matter how good an OS is, as long as it doesn't have developers support, it will never beat one that does. Just look at iOS and Android and WP7, the perfect example. Android and WP7 both run circles around iOS in functionality, and iOS is so bad that Apple has to use "it has the best apps" as one of their selling points when the apps aren't even developed by them nor are most of them free, but it still sells because it has apps.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 00:47

40. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


yeah its true... but thats the point why RIM is giving devs thousands of dev alpha devices right? to make the new OS ready for people who are hungry for apps.. but did you know that BB has an alternative to the apps that people are enjoying on android and iOS (WP doesnt really have the apps that these to have) the likes of instagram, temple run etc... there's molome and tomb escape as an altenative... and i think they are small devs that need to be supported... why dont you just please be happy about that BB wants to make a competition on these two (three) giants? and all i want is competition.. so lets just be happy about that ok... these companies wants to go head to head to each other.. and make us happy...

and im just wondering, why you guys hate BB much?

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 07:47 1

25. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Yeap enjoy ur Half-baked OS.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 00:57

41. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i think RIM dont want to make the same mistake like they did to PlayBook...

troll, why you hate BB so much? why you will write hate messages on every BB news? what did they ever do to you?

its clearly that you are an android fan... an obsess one!

you really want to be control by that robot? because you really bash RIM just to tell other people that Android is way better...

and what makes me hate android is its fans and manufacturers who skinned it!! they are too obsess about the OS and i think they are really to kill anyone who will claim that it is the worst!!! and i think its not a good thing.. coz crime starts on that way..

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 06:26 4

15. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Then apple gonna sue you rim

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 07:34 1

18. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


We don't want to see only three OS, there are few things which are people looking in every other OS, wish RIM all the best...

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 07:38 4

19. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


RIM will lost a lot of money on licensing from Google and Microsoft for a failing OS. Why not using Android OS or MS WP8 instead of mixing it with a few Apps, BB 10 is doom.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 07:38 3

20. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Sue RIM!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 08:24

27. bigbmc26 (Posts: 41; Member since: 10 May 2012)


The PlayBook has done this for a while now. This really isn't anything new. The PlayBook has always been precursor to BB10.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 11:44

32. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I wonder what happened with blackberry devices being able to run android apps roomer. That would be pretty cool.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:46

49. bigbmc26 (Posts: 41; Member since: 10 May 2012)


The PlayBook has been running Android apps since 2.0 was launched.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 13:09 1

36. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 156; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


You mean still from Maemo 5? Maemo 5 was the first OS with deep contacts' services integration. But, it has to be mentioned that Americans invented everything.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 13:43 1

37. webOSlove (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Ummm phone arena, a unified contacts list wasn't available SINCE the Droid, it launched on webOS on the PALM PRE . Its was called "Synergy" in case you didn't know

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 18:16

39. jroc74 (Posts: 3985; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Been reading up on Synergy. Seems like WebOS is a forgotten OS...wish it was still a player or parts of it were being used more by others OS's.

Synergy pre dates Android 2.0.

Maemo 5? It debuted around the same time as Android 2.0....lil harder to call on that one....unless contact integration was there before Maemo 5.

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