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Here it is! The moment soooo many of us BlackBerry users have been waiting for.... an official first look at BlackBerry 6. Check out the video above and be sure to drop a comment letting us know what you think.

When Mike Lazaridis introduced it during the WES 2010 keynote, he said the development team had three key design principles in mind while working on it:

  • fresh, but familiar
  • easy to use, but incredibly powerful
  • fun, but approachable

Watching the video, it looks like BlackBerry 6 is well on its way to taking the BlackBerry experience to the next level. It's still very BlackBerry (which is definitely a good thing), but with BlackBerry 6 we'll be getting a bunch of new features and refinements throughout the operating system. The best news here is that Lazaridis said we'll see it launch in the next calendar quarter, so we won't have to wait too long to get our hands on it. The wait should give us just enough time to master the BlackBerry 6 dance moves.

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WES 2010: KeyNote Live Blog!

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From the Forums: More BlackBerry 9670 and BlackBerry atlas (8980) Photos Emerge

Now that the Bold 9650 and 3G Pearl are both out in the open, we can again turn to some other BlackBerry devices that are still floating in the rumor mill. We've seen various shots of both the 9670 and atlas in the past, and forums member B.I.G.G.I.E has posted a few more for your viewing pleasure. Nothing terribly exciting this time around, but a few more angles and some OS details for both devices. The clam-style 9670 featuring BlackBerry 6 (OS 6.0) and a 5 megapixel camera recently came out of nowhere at us (we've been hearing Verizon asked RIM to build this one as an exclusive for them), while the atlas (as it's labeled here) was the codename for what was the BlackBerry 8910 and is now the 8980 (click link for another related forum post). Hopefully more to come in the near future. Hit the jump for more images.

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Official BlackBerry Pearl 3G Launch Video!

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Somehow during yesterday's BlackBerry Pearl 3G announcement madness we failed to notice the commercial for it that RIM posted up to their youtube channel. While it may not be quite as on the edge as that Lane Bryant video we saw last week, it's definitely a departure from the the last few launch videos we've seen RIM do that tend to put the focus straight on the device. This one is all about the BlackBerry ownerership experience rather than the device itself and focuses on how a Pearl 3G owner integrates the phone into her daily life. It's a good style of commercial for sure and Santogold fans will like the soundtrack. Virgin Mobile Canada actually did a similar style of online video a while back for the Pearl 8130 with their Sweet Life with BlackBerry commercial... I've re-embedded it below for old time's sake since I dubbed it back then to be the Best BlackBerry Commercial Ever.

What's really interesting about the Pearl 3G is that while the advertising we have seen so far seems to be geared towards women, I think this is a device you will end up seeing a LOT of men using too. It's a powerhouse yet it's really pocketable. If anybody believed in the notion that Pearls are for Girls, the Pearl 3G should shatter that stigma. Over the years we've been a bit guilty of neglecting the Pearl here on the blogs in favor of devices with a full qwerty, but I have a feeling that'll change with this one hitting the market. Enjoy the videos!

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Contest Winners: BeeSweeper, MobileQs Trivia, BlackBerry Music Gateway and More

We're hard at work here in Orlando for WES 2010, but we still have some winners to announce (we wouldn't dare miss a week of contests). We'll try to sneak in some more free stuff this week in between all the crazy news. Remember if you're a developer or retailer and want to run a contest, you can hit us up at editorial(at)crackberry.com. Congrats to all the winners - hit the jump for the full list.

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BlackBerry Theme Roundup for April 26th 2010 - 50 Copies of Digital Steel to be Won!

Contest: 50 Copies of Digital Steel to be won. Leave a comment!

Hello again Theme Junkies. I'm sure everyone is a little more concerned with all the goodies to come from the team at WES, but let's calm the shakes from your weekly theme withdrawals first, so you can focus on the news. Hit the jump and check out some of the great themes we have this week, a couple from the tip line, and a couple dug up out of the forums.

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WES is the biggest BlackBerry show of the year so it only make sense that RIM's head honchos all be on hand. While RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis will speak tomorrow morning during the general assembly keynote (we'll be live blogging it,) he spoke to analysts during Capital Markets today. During the event he highlighted a couple of interesting statistics, showed off a preview of BlackBerry 6 (hopefully this will be in the keynote tomorrow and we'll bring you a video) and from their handled some pretty intense Q&A. Some of the big takeaways:

  • App World Downloads - RIM has never been one to hand out App World statistics, but apparently now they are and they aren't too shabby. Mike said App World is delivering a million downloads per day.
  • OS 6.0 Availability - Coming in the next calendar quarter.
  • OS 6.0 Input - As thought (and makes sense) OS 6.0 will work on touch and non-touch devices.
  • OS 6.0 Backwards Compatibility - It seems the analysts in the room had the same burning question we have in terms of what current in-market devices will get OS 6.0. Mike L. didn't answer the question directly, but did make it clear that RIM will continue to do what they always do - carry on support for older devices as it makes sense (within memory limitations). So expect to see 6.0 launch on a new device and from there we'll see it trickle out to at least some current devices.
  • WebKit clarification - Mike L. clarified that the WebKit browser is an integrated part of OS 6.0. It's not a standalone app (you won't be able to install the WebKit browser on OS 5.0 for example). He further elloborated saying that it's not really a "webkit browser" but a WebKit rendering engine, which can be/is leveraged in areas/apps beyond just the browser.
Lots of interesting stuff here that we'll try and follow up with more detail on over the next couple of days. If you want to dig into the nitty gritty, you can listen to the whole keynote above.
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BlackBerry Bold 9650 Coming to Sprint May 23rd

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Coming to Sprint May 23rd

Following up on all of this mornings announcements regarding the Bold 9650, Sprint has dropped a press release of their own. The CDMA carrier will be making the device available for purchase on May 23rd. Less than a month away, but still a bit of a wait for those chomping at the bit. No word from Verizon just yet with a date of their own, but I'm assuming we won't have to wait much longer for an official date from them as well.

Press Release

Advanced Features and Refined Style of BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone Coming to Sprint

Available in all Sprint sale channels May 23, the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 offers international roaming for a global smartphone experience

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Apr 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --With an extensive array of high-end communications and multimedia features, compact and highly refined design and international roaming capabilities, the new BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9650 smartphone will be available from Sprint (NYSE: S). It will operate on Sprint's nationwide 3G Network domestically, and roams on other high-speed wireless networks around the world for reliable voice and email communication.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes & surcharges excluded). It can be purchased in all other Sprint sales channels, including Web sales (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), Sprint Business Sales, Sprint stores, national retailers and third-party dealers, Sunday, May 23.

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Following up this morning's official BlackBerry Bold 9650 announcement and our guided video tour of the Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G, we spent a few more minutes with the new CDMA Bold stacking it up against its two brothers the Bold 9650 and Tour 9630.

While the BlackBerry Tour brand has been given the axe and is now a member of the Bold family, the feel of the new Bold 9650 is obviously more Tour 9630 than Bold 9700 (or 9000). If you have held or own the Tour, in your hand the device feels almost identical, the exception being the center navigation area, where the Bold 9650's optical trackpad replaces the Tour 9630's trackball. Considering that a lot of Tour owners suffered issues early on with their trackballs, this change is most welcomed one. While you can't see the WiFi, it's now there, but for some reason this new flagship device is lacking the 802.11 n (it does have b and g) that the Pearl 3G has received. Maybe they ran out of room for n attena with all of the 9650's World Phone goodness in there.

As we reported on the other day, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 doubles up in device memory from the now standard 256MB to 512MB - a first for a BlackBerry Smartphone. The jump up in memory provides more room for apps and should handle OS 6.0 and the WebKit browser well when they get rolled out later this year. And as with the Storm2 and Curve 8530, the Bold 9650 gets OpenGL support for 3D graphics, something no other BlackBerry Bold or GSM BlackBerry device for that matter has.

Be sure to take a look at the video above... Adam did the recording on this one and left a little surprise at the very end for y'all. We'll be doing more in-depth reviews on the 9650 once we get to spend some real with it.

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Quick Look: BlackBerry Pearl 9100 & 9105

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I was super excited to get to WES here in Orlando in hopes of getting some news on the Bold 9650. I've been dying to head back to Verizon (for the service) and will definitely get my hands on one as soon as I can. What I didn't expect however was to become such a fan of the new Pearl series (the 9105 in particular). The device feels amazing, and although the keyboard may be a bit of an adjustment for some, I think that most will get the hang of it in no time. Its action-packed (although its has no OpenGL support) and I would honestly consider passing up on the 9650 for a chance to rock the 9105 (yes ... seriously). We had a walkthrough of the Pearl earlier, and Kevin has been swayed as well and is all about the "pocketability". Check out the video above for a quick look at the two devices and what they have to offer.

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Get Up Close and Personal with the BlackBerry Bold 9650 & Pearl 9100 Interactive Demos

Itching to get your hands on a new BlackBerry Bold 9650 or Pearl 9100/9105? Well you'll still have to wait a few weeks - but in the meantime, why not play around with one virtually? You can check out the new devices through interactive demos. Take the device for a spin, check out the installed applications, get some usage tips and more. A great place for new BlackBerry users to get to know the in's and out's of each device. Click through the menus and learn about applications such as Messages, Browser and BlackBerry Messenger and read up on just how each one works while checking out the device from all angles. Hit the link below get started.

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BlackBerry Mobile Voice System.  What is it? What's new?  Is it useful?

This morning we posted the RIM press release on the launch of Mobile Voice System (MVS) 5.0. We've talked about MVS in the past but what is MVS and how does it apply to the real world?

The quick and simple answer to what it is, MVS allows your Blackberry handheld to become one with your corporate desk phone giving you all the same options your deskphone offers you including dial by internal extension & transfers.

It also routes your calls through the PBX for long distance calls. If you're travelling outside your home city your wireless carrier can charge long distance rates that are less than desireable. MVS extends your corporate landline long distance rates to your Blackberry for all calls made with MVS.

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RIM Introduces The BlackBerry Developer Resource Center

RIM Introduces The BlackBerry Developer Resource Center

As Research In Motion continues their efforts to meet developers needs, they have just launched into beta the BlackBerry Developer Resource Center. As part of the BlackBerry forums, the BlackBerry Developer Resource Center will serve as a destination for all items pertaining to developer support resources information. From the announcement:

There are two major things we are looking to accomplish with the developer resource center.

First, we want to make it easier for you to find the right resources.  The resource center enables you to search by topic – regardless of the available resource format.  So now you can search for “networking” and find the relevant video, tutorial, knowledge base article, sample code and community support forum discussion.  All of these format types will now be available in a consistent article template.  Within the resource center, we have organized all of the content into specific topics which are consistent with the support forum boards (i.e. Java, Web, Themes, etc.).   When we release the full version of the resource center, the integrated search will also include product documentation resources.

Second, with the community’s help, we want to build the best set of resources for BlackBerry development.  One of the great things about the resource center is that it’s social.  You can comment on helpful resources – and we’re excited to announce that you will also be able to create and submit your content for publishing.  This can be done by leveraging existing support forum posts to create an article, embedding a video, or writing a new article from scratch.  The RIM® Developer Relations team will then review for technical accuracy and publish to the community.  Community generated content will soon be another way to earn recognition points as part of the Developer Recognition Program. Here’s more information on how to write and publish your own article.

Right now, Research In Motion is testing things out with this system. So if you are a developer you may want to have a look and join in on the action.

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Shortly after the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G were announced, we headed over to the BlackBerry room to get some hands-on time with the devices. Check out the video above for a quick look of what's in store. Mike McAndrews, RIM's VP of Product Marketing, was on hand so for this video (more vids to come) we had him walk us through the devices.  In addition to the new 9650 and Pearl 3G hardware, I was pretty excited to see the new line of BlackBerry Pearl 3G cases RIM had in the showcase. Featuring a combinanation of hard case and rubber skin, they look awesome!

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If you've owned a lot of BlackBerry Smartphones over the years, you know that when it comes to things like the battery door latch, SIM card and MicroSD card design and placement that RIM is always doing something different. Sometimes the designs are winner and sometimes, well, you can struggle with removing that SIM card for what feels like hours (especially if your name is Bla1ze!).

Enter the new Pearl. When pulling the battery door cover off the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G, we were a little confused for a second by this bright orange tab we were looking at, until it sunk in what we were looking at... a super easy and convenient way to remove the SIM card from the device. Check out the video above to see the mechanism in action. Good stuff right there!

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Rogers and TELUS Announce BlackBerry Pearl 3G

Rogers and TELUS Announce BlackBerry Pearl 3G

Not that it's really comes as any suprise at this point, considering we've already seen the dummy units arrive in stores for Rogers customers. But, we now have all the official word flowing in. Rogers and TELUS both, have issued press releases letting potential BlackBerry Pearl 3G owners know they will indeed have the device available.

While Rogers has yet to put any pricing or launch details to work here other than stating a May release with the deivces coming in red and black, TELUS has stated in their press release that they will be carrying both black and pink versions. Either of which will be available starting at $29.99 with a 3 yr contract. We're hoping Rogers will match that price as well. That's two of Canadas big three carriers, still no word from Bell as of yet.

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BlackBerry Bold 9650 Officially Announced!

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Officially Announced!

Today at WES 2010 in Orlando, RIM has finally announced that the long awaited Bold 9650 will be coming to North American networks in early May. The device will support 3G and have both Wifi and an optical trackpad. As expected, the device will also be rocking a full 512 MB of flash memory, which should allow for OS 6 down to fly when it gets released down the road. No official date just yet, but we should know more in the coming weeks. Hit the jump for the full release.

Press Release

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone

CDMA customers get a bold new choice with powerhouse 3G smartphone that offers premium features and performance together with popular keyboard and trackpad, as well as support for Wi-Fi and high-speed 3G networks around the world

Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone - the latest addition to the BlackBerry Bold portfolio of premium smartphones. Sophisticated, powerful and feature-rich, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a global smartphone for CDMA customers who want to stay connected, productive and entertained.

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RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone!

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone!

We've been speaking of the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 for quite some time. Now, at WES 2010 we can put the official stamp all over this thing. Research In Motion has just announced the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Original lovers of the BlackBerry Pearl will feel right at home with this device. You can read on after the jump for the full press release and specification list of the all new BlackBerry Pearl 3G.

Press Release

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone

What do you want in a mobile phone? Small? Stylist? Fast? Full-featured? How about all of the above?

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G, the smallest BlackBerry® smartphone yet. Despite its impressively compact and elegant design, this stylish new handset is a powerful 3G BlackBerry smartphone with uncompromising performance and top–of-the-line features, including all the industry-leading BlackBerry® email, messaging and social networking capabilities that so many people love.

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RIM announced a major update to its BlackBerry MVS offering this morning with version 5 bringing a HUGE benefit - WiFi calling! We'll keep this post short for now (press release below with full explanation and demo video above) and circle back soon with more on this soon. It's definitely a big announcement from RIM for the enterprise space and one we're going to sink our teeth into. 

Press Release

RIM Announces BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 with Voice over Wi-Fi Calling

Provides Employees with Access to the Corporate Phone System Using BlackBerry Smartphones Over Wi-Fi at Work, Hotspots and Home

WATERLOO, ON - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 (BlackBerry MVS 5) with voice over Wi-Fi calling. BlackBerry MVS provides a business user with the ability to use their regular desk phone number and extension from their BlackBerry smartphone.

With the new version 5, an employee will be able to make and receive enterprise phone calls from their BlackBerry smartphone over a Wi-Fi connection, adding to the existing capability available over cellular networks.

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A show like WES is always exciting for BlackBerry users because it's sure to yield some big corporate announcements from Research in Motion. My personal favorite reason for attending mobile conferences isn't just to experience first hand what's getting officially announced at the keynotes, but rather to see what I can unofficially discover among the thousands of people in attendance. 

Case in point... tonight at the lobby bar we cornered a BlackBerry game developer we recognized and scoped out the latest in-development titles running on his device. I got super stoked to see Pinball Deluxe for BlackBerry. BlackBerry Smartphones have been lacking a good pinball game and this one looks awesome. The game play on the Storm2 was super smooth and fun and the good news here is that the game is going to be compatible and run on pretty much all BlackBerry device models. If RIM wants to shake things up on OS 6.0 and changeup the default game from BrickBreaker, then Pinball Deluxe has my vote. I was digging it (immediate fun factor). No word on release date yet, but we'll let you know when it's available. Be sure to check out the video above to see it in action.

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