Roadmap lays out software releases for BlackBerry in 2011

Roadmap lays out software releases for BlackBerry in 2011
BlackBerry users have some exciting software upgrades to look forward to for the rest of 2011. Perhaps the most interesting upgrade could be BlackBerry OS 7 which could be the first to contain integration from the QNX software that is used on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The roadmap shows core integration for OS 7 to take place in November.

The roadmap also gives out a clue about when we could see the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook as later this month, RIM will release the BlackBerry App World for the PlayBook. That would seem to support a March launch for the tablet. Another interesting upgrade coming this month is BIS 4.0 with 4.1 rolling out in July. The upgrade to BIS is expected to allow users to sign on just once to access email and BlackBerry App World while offering a new UI.

Beta 2 of Facebook 2.0 should be released this month as RIM tries to bring the quality of their social apps up to the same level seen on Android and on the Apple iPhone. BlackBerry News 1.1 will rollout in May and the month after will see the end of a long time fan favorite, Viigo. While the news and RSS service, acquired last year by RIM, was not available on the latest BlackBerry OS, the official time of death will be in August.

Most of the changes, though, pales in comparison to the possibility of QNX coming to BlackBerry OS 7. If the software does contain QNX for Berry handsets, RIM could see a nice buzz around its smartphones just in time for the holiday shopping season.

source: N4BB via Crackberry



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14 Comments

1. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Who cares about their OS, when are they going to come out with devices that match Android and iPhone?!?! God they are so far behind....

2. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I agree with you there. Although their OS does need a bit of work, I think they should me more focused on the power of the handset. Get something out there that can handle better graphics, even if it is for business use. I still want the guys are RIM to succeed...I keep crossing my fingers hoping they get it right.

3. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Who cares about iOS and Android? Last I checked, 90% of users don't even use the features of their devices that aren't already included in a dumb phone. Before you go all aggressive, I have an HTC EVO.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The fact is that iOS and Android sales gains have come at the expense of RIM and Nokia. Yes, 90% of Android or iOS features aren't used by the customers, but the customers have made the move.

9. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

BB OS has been the least affected by iOS and Android. Symbian, WinMo, Bada, Nokia OS, and WebOS have taken a greater hit from it. As much as everybody is people want RIM to "up" their phones, they're actually the only phone manufacturer where their consumers use majority of the features on the phones. People on tech blogs can cry all they want about RIM being outdated but last I checked, RIM catered to businesses not techies. I've used a BB before and it clearly wasn't for me since I didn't need most of what was offered. I'm pretty sure if I were to be more business-oriented, I would switch back to a BB in a heartbeat and use my EVO as my "entertainment" phone. This may not apply to everyone but anybody within the right state of mind wouldn't be far off from those views.

10. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Did not proof-read that... *As much as everybody wants RIM to "up" their phones, they're actually the only phone manufacturer where their consumers use majority of the features on the phones.*

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is amazing how far behind the curve RIM has slipped. It is not as if the Android handsets have just come on the scene. The market is on the 3rd generation of Android handset in some instances. IMO, RIM has 2011 to get back in the game. Otherwise, they are going to see a continued erosion in their customer base. The only consumer customers on RIM handsets are those who are waiting for a 2 year contract to run out. The rest of RIMs user base are corporate and government accounts who will slowly leak away over the next 5 years to Android or iOS. MS was trying to take customers away from RIM, but with the latest f*ck-up on mango (maybe it should be called no-mango?), that ain't happening anytime soon.

11. Das70

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

So what if they are a little behind. They do constant software upgrades for their customers have a much more stable os than android.(not as vulnerable to viruses.) Plus they have a great form factor on all there phones. Android are all candy bar touch screens. SOme people dont want an expensive toy like the android. Blackberry can do almost anything an android can do. Maybe not as fast or fancy but good enough for people who arent fooled into thinking they need to get a phone based on Specs alone. BB is quality no matter what you may think.

4. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Anybody else interested in the App World for Playbook?

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sigh.... latest gossip is that RIM is using the Playbook for a templete to get OS7 prepared to kick off in Q4 or early 2012. While I am okay with getting the software right, there is NO DOUBT everyone else is screaming for them to pick it up in the device department. I personally am fine with what I have seen in thier OS6 platform, but I am not impressed with the browser, screens, or the quickness of the devices compared to top end devices (such as iPhone and high end HTC) or even some of the mid-range smart phones they are competing with. I am a fan of Blackberry devices, what they do well they do better, or as good, as anybody. Why can't they get aggresive and get after these other devices?

6. ps1001

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 14, 2010

my 9700 with os6 is ok-device... the problem with rim is that they got stucked on the same platform... - the 6xxMHz processor used in 9000 is still the one found in 9800 and 9780... They just added RAM, no graphics... But if they can get their shitz right and produce dual-core QnX device this year(phone, not pad) WE ALL GONNA BE DAZZLED AND ORBITED TO NEW HEIGHTS.... cause believe me, that QnX is really smthing special....

14. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Hope you are right. But still need to cater to the "entertainment" group that p0rkguy mentioned above. In all truth, BB is so far ahead in the professional world, that they can afford to invest in a "fun" niche high end and mid range phones, and not lose a lot to other OS's in the coporate world. Why can't RIM do both?

12. MrJazzPurr27 unregistered

I don't understand why they say RIM needs to keep up with Apple and Droid, for what it not like if they did they would be on top they would still be in the same place they are now when it comes to OS, so why rush something that doesn't need to be fix, b/c people with Apple and Droid think they are behind. Most of the Blackberry users are happy as is. The Torch and bold 9000 are still some of the top notch devices....Apples are for Kids, Droids are for Teenagers, and Blackberry are for Grown Folks that just how i see it but i'm sure 1000s would disagree but ol well lol

13. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

See, I agree, but I also don't. Why does BB only have to be a business phone? I personally love BB, but I want the power of an Android / iPhone. If BlackBerry came out with a touchscreen bold or something along those lines and put a 1ghz processor in it, they could stomp on Android and iPhone simply because they will have their business look ALONG with a gaming phone as well. You are being snobby if you think BB isn't behind in the game; Yes they are the prefered business phone, but if they don't upgrade, they will be left behind...

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