RIM invites Android developers to port apps to BlackBerry 10 in ‘Last Chance Port-a-thon’

Sure, porting Android applications to run on BlackBerry devices isn’t fresh news by any means, but with the impending release of BlackBerry 10, RIM is attempting to bulk up its App World offerings in time for the big reveal. The Waterloo based company has already held two previous “port-a-thons” in an effort to get new developers on board, and it appears as though RIM is holding a final “last chance port-a-thon” before devices begin to hit the market later this month.
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Samsung and Android Still King According To ComScore Numbers

Well, folks, the July 2012 ComScore numbers are in and we’re seeing more of the same… Samsung and Android are both still leading in market share. Sammy posted a 25.6 percent lead in the U.S. market, down 0.3 percent from April, but still dominant overall. Samsung nemesis Apple went up 1.9 percent for a total of 16.3 percent in the U.S.

On the OS front it’s what you’d expect… Android is up 1.4 percent to 52.2 percent overall and Apple is also up 2 percent to 33.4 percent overall. Microsoft dropped 0.4 percent and owns 3.6 percent of the market, and poor RIM took the biggest hit with a 2.1 percent drop and holds only 9.5 percent of the market.

Really no surprises here. The trends continue. For a more detailed analysis, hit the source link.

source: comscore

RIM CEO Reveals A Switch to Android Was Seriously Considered

Thorsten Heins, the CEO of RIM, made some controversial and stunning headlines during an interview conducted on Thursday. According to Telegraph, Heins openly admitted that RIM will not be able to keep up with Apple and Samsung with out outside help. While it’s always surprising to hear CEO’s admit something like that, you almost can’t blame him considering the market shares that both Apple and Samsung currently dominate. It’s no secret that RIM has been substantially slipping these past couple of years, and I can’t see the company rising back up with out some sort of help regardless of how the success of Blackberry 10 plays out.

If that wasn’t shocking enough for you, Heins also admitted that the company was seriously considering switching to the Android platform. While they took it into consideration, they ultimately decided against it. According to Heins:


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Cricket’s Huawei M660 Spotted in the Wild and Kindly Sticks Around for A Photo Op

The Huawei M660, which hasn’t even been officially announced yet, has been spotted in the wild and stuck around long enough to pose for a photo session. Thanks to the good folks at PhoneArena who received these shots in their inbox, we now have some pictures of the device in action. While the specs are low-range at best, the device does cater to a certain niche of people who may be interested in this type of design. If you ask me, it reminds me a lot of the Motorola Droid Pro from Verizon with the Blackberry-type physical QWERTYSadly, this device is running Gingerbread and not Ice Cream Sandwich. Who knows if it will ever receive the upgrade either. While we still don’t know too much about its specs, we do know it sports a 3.2″ capacitive touch screen, a camera on the back and it seems as if the storage is expandable via a micro SD card. Further specs of this phone will be released in the near future as the release date looms. The phone will be headed to Cricket and the price should be around that of a low-tier Android phone.

I know this will be glanced over by the power users, but is anyone out there remotely interested in this phone? You can check out more photos of the device after the break.
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“Wake Up” campaign orchestrated by RIM

Well this one certainly is a bit of a shocker. The wildly entertaining “Wake Up” campaign that was thought to be created by Samsung in an attempt to possibly promote their new Galaxy device was actually set up by RIM Australia. Two days ago, Samsung had officially denied any involvement in these actions but wasn’t quick to dismiss all the free publicity that came with the false accusations. Account director of Spectrum Communications for Blackberry, Richelle Gillet, confirms “that the Australian ‘Wake Up’ campaign, which involves a series of experiential activities taking place across Sydney and Melbourne, was created by RIM Australia. A reveal will take place on May 7th that will aim to provoke conversation on what ‘being in business’ means to Australians“.

So mystery solved, right? Of course not! So what is this really all about?  I’m even more curious now than before. The blogger that posted the youtube video on this gothic flash mob, Blunty, has now been linked to RIM and may have been purposely directed to capture the actions on tape. I guess we’ll find out soon enough as May 7 is just a week away.

source: macworld

Android Makes Up Over 50% Of U.S. Smartphones According To Latest comScore Numbers

The new comScore numbers are out and the more things change, the more they stay the same. Android and iOS dominated while Microsoft and RIM struggled. What’s more interesting, though, is that for the first time in history, over half of all smartphones owned in the U.S. run Android. Over half. That’s a majority.

Last November, Android stood at 46.9%, and grew 3.2% to a total of 50.1% in February. In comparison, Apple grew 1.5% to a total of 30.2% of the U.S. market share over the same period. This suggests that Android phones significantly outsold iPhones, contradicting a previous study by a different research firm.

Blackberry phones continue to drop, losing 3.2% for a total of 13.4% market share in February. Windows phones also lost ground to a total of 3.9%, though the much-anticipated launch of the Lumia 900 should help those numbers a bit. See which manufacturers topped the charts after the break.


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GroupMe: The Best Group Messaging App Around

 

Let’s face it, we live in a world of internet-based communication. In fact, most of us tend to keep in contact with our friends and loved ones with messaging clients, especially if your friends and loved ones are spread out around the country or world. The most famed and successful international messaging client is no doubt the Blackberry Messenger by RIM, especially because it featured the popular group chat function. My friends and family aren’t particularly fond of the Android platform, so most of them are on either iPhones or Blackberries. That means unless we use some sort of cross platform IM client like AIM or Facebook messenger, we can’t communicate with each other in real time. Enter: GroupMe— one of the most important apps I use daily. This is not only the best group messaging client, it’s one of the best IM clients, period.
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Teknision Changing Perception Of UI Skins For Tablets By Developing Chameleon Skin Based Off ICS

Ice Cream Sandwich is away and by far the best Android OS to date. By including the most fluid UI yet while integrating noteworthy features such as facial unlock and an improved set of widgets for use, ICS makes for a solid experience using the OS and especially UI. As a trademark of Android’s open platform, ICS allows for custom “enhancements” in the form of skins (Sense, TouchWiz, MOTOBLUR, etc.) and style by the various OEM who sell Android-based devices. One thing that’s painfully obvious for many of the “enhancements” done by OEMs is many of the custom skins include well… useless features and poorly designed widgets which tend to actually slow down Android devices despite those same devices having incredible processors and memory.

And that’s exactly why you tend to see many (though not all) Android owners go the way of the ROMing route in order to stick it to OEMs and experience what they feel a solid Android experience. While some folks (like me) prefer their Android in vanilla flavor or others (like many of the writers here at TA) prefer custom ROMs and some ummm, you know— like their resource hogging skins, Canadian developer Teknision is out to re-define how Android skins should be developed. Highlighted in our Forums, the same team behind RIM’s Blackberry Playbook UI has developed not only a intriguing skin for Android 4.0′s homescreen, but a stellar one at that in its Chameleon concept which is for tablets. Hit the break to read more details about what it does and to check out a video to see it in action. 
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ComScore Reveals Samsung Is Top OEM Manufacturer, Android Is Top OS

It’s Wednesday kids and that means it’s time for a follow-up to the previous ComScore stats we saw last month. In the newest study, ol’ Sammy continues to lead all manufacturers with a nice 25.4% market share. While Samsung is tops among all device manufacturers, there’s a bigger picture for the Android platform. The Android OS is the top OS by accounting for 48.6% of all smartphone subscribers. Read on for specific details of their latest study.
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Are Android Apps Being Published on Blackberry App World Without Developer Consent?

 

After RIM pushed out their 2.0 update for the Playbook, Android apps were suddenly available on the platform through their Android Player. The company is even giving out free Playbooks to Android developers who port their apps over.

Playbook users, once upgraded to 2.0, started downloading the Android-based Dolphin HD Browser from Blackberry App World as a better replacement to the stock browser. Interestingly, though, the makers of the Dolphin browser, MoboTap, did not authorize their browser to be added to RIM’s app marketplace. So how did it get there?


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