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  • RIM adds Android app support to BlackBerry PlayBook via ‘optional app player’

    You read that right — RIM just announced that its forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will support both BlackBerry Java and Android apps. That includes native C/C++ development support, HTML5, Flash and AIR support, not to mention game engines from Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3). That means that you’ll have access to over 200,000 Android apps should developers choose to “quickly and easily” port them over, and assuming you dive into one of two optional “app players” in order to do so. It’s also worth noting that RIM’s presser only focuses on Android “2.3 apps,” and while we’re assuming Honeycomb apps will eventually be supported, there’s no mention of Android 3.0 just yet. Furthermore, devs can look forward to an imminent release of the native PlayBook SDK, which will specifically enable C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry Tablet OS. So, now that you can look forward to digging into the near-limitless Android Market via BlackBerry wizardry of some sort, are you actually considering picking up a PlayBook on April 19th? Let us know in comments below!

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    RIM adds Android app support to BlackBerry PlayBook via ‘optional app player’ originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • RIM earnings show strong revenue and growth, but weak guidance for the months ahead
    Research in Motion just kicked out its year-end and Q4 earnings for fiscal 2011, and while things look fairly rosy for now, shares of the company have sunk around ten percent in after-hours trading. Why? Because even the greatest performance in the world can’t ward off skeptical investors who are keyed in on guidance. The outfit reported expected revenues of around $5.2 billion and $5.6 billion, with earnings ranging from $1.47 billion to $1.55 per share. Sounds lovely, but not when you consider that analysts had expected those figures to be closer to $1.65 per share. That said, RIM did manage to ship 52.3 million BlackBerry smartphones, representing a 43 percent uptick over fiscal 2010. Furthermore, fiscal 2011 revenue shot up 33 percent over fiscal 2010 (landing at $19.9 billion), and we were given a confirmed ship date of April 19th for PlayBook. If you’re looking for a breakdown in revenue for the quarter, you’ll be interested in knowing that 81 percent was attributed to devices, 16 percent to service and just three percent to “software and other revenue.”

    Based on what we’ve gathered from the earnings call, RIM understands that it’ll be selling more lower-end devices going forward (during what it continually referred to as “a transitional period”), and it’s expecting stronger revenue to come from software and services based around QNX. In fact, QNX (known as BlackBerry Table OS on the PlayBook) was pinpointed as being an OS for future “superphones,” and while we heard a brief mention of the impending BlackBerry OS 6.1 release, it’s fairly evident which platform the outfit is salivating over. If all goes well, we’re told to expect some sort of RIM superphone in 2012, and while our instincts are telling us that just has to refer to a phone with a 4.3-inch display, no specifics whatsoever were given beyond the moniker.

    When referring specifically to the PlayBook, it was confirmed that WiMAX, LTE and HSPA+ versions were en route, and when asked about incoming 4G products, we were told that while no specific products could be spoken to (and that “no promises” could be made), there’s a “super intense 4G effort” ongoing within the company.

    RIM earnings show strong revenue and growth, but weak guidance for the months ahead originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Senator Harry Reid calls for DUI checkpoint app removal: RIM’s game, Google isn’t, Apple’s undecided

    There’s a lot of folks out there drinking and driving, and Congress sees DUI checkpoint location apps as enablers of all that cruising and boozing. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats have decided to use their powers of political persuasion to address the issue and ask Google, Apple, and RIM to pull such apps from their respective stores. The letter didn’t name names, but Reid and co. want offending software yanked or “altered to remove the DUI checkpoint functionality” to prevent checkpoint circumvention. Of course, the creators of one such app, PhantomAlert, claim it provides such information to deter drunk driving by letting users know the risk of getting caught (yeah, right). RIM agreed to comply with the congressional request while Google said no thanks, but mum’s the word out of Cupertino — time will tell if Apple gets on the banning bandwagon too.

    Senator Harry Reid calls for DUI checkpoint app removal: RIM’s game, Google isn’t, Apple’s undecided originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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