First up at Mobile World Congress is the launch of TCL’s Blackberry smartphone. TCL is a Chinese manufacturer with headquarters in Hong Kong, and has licensed the Blackberry brand. TCL also markets smartphones under its own name and as Alcatel OneTouch.
The KEYone runs Android 7.1 “Nougat” but with a couple of distinctive features.
…continue reading Blackberry KEYone launches: but we have moved on from keyboard phones
Today has been tumultuous for BlackBerry. Investment company Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, was intending to buy the company for US $4.7bn, but that deal fell through, apparently because of failure to attract other investors to what seemed a risky endeavour. Instead, Fairfax and other investors will invest US $1bn of new money into BlackBerry.
…continue reading As BlackBerry stumbles, there are now three mobile platforms that matter
How good is Windows Phone 8 security? Actually, pretty good. The key features are described here [pdf]:
Trusted Boot prevents booting to an alternative operating system, using the UEFI secure boot standard. Only signed operating system components and apps can run. App sandboxing:
No communication channels exist between apps on the phone other
…continue reading Windows Phone 8 enterprise security versus Blackberry 10 Balance and Samsung Knox
Mobile World Congress, now under way in Barcelona, is a big event. Exact numbers are not available, but I have heard talk of 70,000 trade attendees; it is not something you can safely ignore if you have a presence in the mobile industry.
Nevertheless Apple chooses to ignore it, preferring its own exclusive events.
…continue reading Power shifts at Mobile World Congress: Samsung rises, Apple absent, Google hidden, Microsoft missing
At the end of January RIM is launching BlackBerry 10 in a now-or-never moment for the company. The new smartphone, based on the QNX embedded operating system, has distinctive features that just might win it a foothold in a crowded market dominated by Apple iOS and Google Android.
If you are developing for
…continue reading Last minute offer: attend BlackBerry Jam Europe in Amsterdam for half price or even free
Appcelerator and IDC have released their latest mobile developer report, in which nearly 3,000 users of the cross-platform development tool Titanium report on their views and intentions.
These reports are always interesting but experience suggests that they are poor predictors. A year ago, the Q4 2011 report told us:
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire ignites developer
…continue reading Mobile: Windows Phone appeal growing, iOS and Android secure say Titanium developers
BlackBerry 10 developers can now download the release version of the various SDKs.
If that is not enough, there is also an Adobe AIR SDK, and a Java SDK
…continue reading RIM BlackBerry 10 SDK is now gold
RIM has announced key dates for developers in the run up to launch on January 30 2013.
The schedule looks like this:
November 29: SDK update December 11: Gold SDK available January 21: Deadline for app submission to qualify for the $10,000 giveaway January 30: BlackBerry 10 Launch
Following the release of Microsoft’s Windows Phone
…continue reading BlackBerry 10: key dates for developers announced, $10,000 incentive dangled
I attended the London BlackBerry Jam, one of around 500 developers (the event was sold out) who showed up to learn about developing for Blackberry 10 and in the hope of snagging a prototype of RIM’s next smartphone, the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. The event is part of a tour of 26 cities worldwide. I
…continue reading BlackBerry 10: QNX multitasking goodness
I spoke to Jeff Lejeune, RIM’s Advanced User Interface Director, here at BlackBerry DevCon Europe in Amsterdam.
He is part of the team responsible for the Cascades UI, a native code UI framework for the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 OS. One of the things he told me is that the Cascades name is actually being used
…continue reading On BlackBerry 10, Cascades UI and Adobe AIR