How time flies!
Today is the last day of the year of 2011. Now i would like to say goodbye for this year. And Express our great thanks to our customers and our helpful partners.
Btw, this year has been a true rollercoaster for BlackBerry users and addicts. RIM first tried placating users upgrade demands with slightly improved variants of existing devices with more memory. They then released the BlackBerry PlayBook which showed tons of promise but struggled to improve the OS. Then they finally treated us to a whole lineup of BlackBerry 7 devices with processors that doubled the speed of the previous crop.
Now at the end of 2011 it seems like this transition period will be stretching into 2012 but will hopefully start showing its promise in February. I am excited to see what RIM has in store for us and I truly hope they hit the ground kicking ass and taking names with a successful PlayBook 2.0 launch. There are so many different rumors I am hearing from inside RIM and the excitement seems to be brewing. Hopefully RIM shows us what a BlackBerry BB10 “Superphone” looks like soon!
I wanted to thank all of you for making 2011 an amazing year with record breaking readership on eMobistudio. We hope you enjoyed the ride with us. Here is to an amazing 2012!
Happy New Year!
May the New Year filled with much joy, happiness and success.
It is said that PlayBook and OS 7 devices are anxiously looking forward to BBX devices, Bridge enhancements, and the 4G PlayBook. The details that have been revealed so far give us reason to keep our faith.
Here’s Ronen’s highlights:
4G PlayBooks will launch around the same time (early 2012) as the PlayBook 2.0 OS which is scheduled for February 2012. It has been in testing for several months on multiple carriers.
PlayBook OS 2.0 will be bringing speed improvements to Bridge without many UI changes. Mostly improvement and functionality. There will be “some updates down the road”
RIM has teams working on extending PlayBook video chat into an endpoint for corporate video chat so it is beyond just device to device. (I want to know more!)
PlayBook messages and PIM will sync almost as fast as smartphones.
The push infrastructure is the same as the current smartphone push but the moderator did not think PIN to PIN messaging was in OS 2.0 yet
OS 2.0 will have spell-check with type ahead and word prediction
S/MIME encryption will not be available at OS 2.0 launch but will be available shortly after
Currently the PlayBook native email does not color code BES vs Personal email
BlackBerry Mobile Fusion server can handle 10,000+ users per server compared to the current 2,000 user limit.
RIM Plans on making more apps be able to connect to the internet over bridge
RIM is looking into other PlayBook sizes
The 4G PlayBook will not have voice capabilities beside video chat at first. The initial release will be data and video chat. There will also be third party apps that can make regular calls but nothing from RIM.
Corporate and personal contacts are in one general list but the device knows which is which. Any new contact will be corporate by default.
Today we learned that RIM issued a official statement about the PlayBook being rooted aka DingleBerry. They insured that the PlayBook is still a very secure device and that they are working with security researchers to look into the situation.
“Research In Motion (RIM) is aware of a claim made on Twitter by security researchers working together that suggests the ability to “jailbreak” a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The term “jailbreaking” is commonly used to describe altering the software on a smartphone or tablet in order to obtain access to systems or applications not officially authorized or distributed by the manufacturer. BlackBerry smartphone users are not affected. RIM is currently investigating this claim and has been in contact with one of the security researchers to discuss it.
RIM is currently not aware of a jailbreak being leveraged by anyone other than the researchers, who claim to have performed a jailbreak on their own BlackBerry PlayBook tablets only. If it is determined that the claim is accurate, RIM will follow its standard response process to develop and release a software update that is designed to minimize adverse impact to our customers or carrier partners. RIM is aware that the security researchers have stated they intend to release a tool to jailbreak the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. If such a tool is released, RIM will investigate it.
The security of mobile devices and major networked systems is tested by third-party security researchers every day. RIM also continually tests the security of its own products, and volunteers its products to recognized industry experts for security testing and certification to help identify possible issues. RIM is committed to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and to working with researchers to continue to protect our customers.”
Looks like RIM is aware of the situation and is working to make sure that the PlayBook stays secure! Do you want access to your PlayBook via a root. Would be much appreciated if you can comment it!