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.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.

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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49 Comments

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

37. webOSlove unregistered

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

36. picka_vi_materina

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

27. bigbmc26

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2012

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

32. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

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

49. bigbmc26

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2012

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

20. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Sue RIM!

19. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

18. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 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...

15. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Then apple gonna sue you rim

10. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

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

12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

40. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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?

25. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yeap enjoy ur Half-baked OS.

41. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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..

5. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 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!

2. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

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

3. dannyryr

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

4. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I fully agree with you

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

44. dannyryr

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

Got me there.

7. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

S3 vs Bold 9900, who will win ?

22. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

S3 obviously.

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.

45. dannyryr

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

9. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 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

11. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 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...

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.

48. dannyryr

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

46. dannyryr

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

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