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



1. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

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

33. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

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 It's severely outdated

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: 437; 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 ?


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.

14. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

@danyryr : oh cmon, "Android is not always better THEN blackberry" what the hell is that sh&t ? LOL find some mirror dude...


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

26. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

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

34. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 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

47. dannyryr

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

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

35. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

38. webOSlove unregistered

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

16. PLoLPo

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

A great example of a brainwashed Android user.

17. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

28. PLoLPo

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

That's what they all say

29. boblight

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

That's what he said...


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

30. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

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