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Capturing the Journey into the World of the BlackBerry

Weekly Highlights – 22 Nov 2009 through 28 Nov 2009

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Highlights and Analysis for Weekly News

• Google’s new BES connector – What’s strategic moves does that enable?
Several new BB apps (eBay, NYTimes, Bing…) – Good, but none is a super-killer app (yet?)
Adobe is a great partner – technical/business-wise!
Mastercard Deal? – Payments is a natural for BBs
China BB deal – but 3rd place carrier
More non-exclusive iPhones deals – more growth there
BB Getting ready for Themes? – great oppty
Role of HTML5 in future evolution of Mobile Web?  What’s Adobe’s angle?
Official BB sites improved, but still not up to Apple’s standard.
Google removes API access to YouTube
Google Maps Navigation on more Androids – but not yet on BBerries.
Web pundits still in love with Android

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November 28, 2009 at 3:03 pm

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HowTo – Turn Radio Back On?

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Problem

BlackBerry’s battery was very low and the device turned off the radio.  The radio stayed turned off even after I started recharging the battery.  How to turn the radio back on?

Answer

Go to the main Options Panel
Under Mobile Network, set Data Services to On.

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November 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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HowTo – Merge SMS and Emails?

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Problem

My SMSs were not showing on my Messages queue, why?  And what changed?

Answer

Go to the Messages app.
Check on Options.
Under “SMS and Email Inboxes“, select “combined

More Details

The reason why SMS and Email was showing in separate Apps / Queues is because that option had been set previously to “theme controlled“, and I had just installed a new Theme that requested that action

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November 25, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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(Fake) Steve Jobs on BlackBerries…

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Nice to see that Fake Steve Jobs recognizes the market share by BlackBerry.  It’s a bit annoying how little the BlackBerry is covered by Gizmodo and Engadget – and even BoyGeniusReport.  RIM has an outreach/education challenge to meet.
Recent entries:

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November 15, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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Droid Launch Week

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The Attack of the Droids and Androids

Yesterday (Friday) I went by a local Verizon store to check out the Storm 2 and the Moto Droid.  More on the Storm 2 elsewhere.  The Droid was much less impressive in person than on paper.  I went predisposed to like it but didn’t.  It felt heavy and clunky, the tactice experience was much inferior to the iPod and the BlackBerries.  The keyboard was cheesy and the joystick seemed useless; I like the keyboard on my Tour and the keyboard on the Droid felt much inferior.

I was surprised the store looked very empty.  And only a couple of people were looking at the Droids.  It would be very interesting if the Droid was not a big success, given the big push from Verizon and Goodle.

A recap of the news the week the Verizon Droid launched.

 

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November 7, 2009 at 10:45 am

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Five Minutes on a Storm 2

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I spent a few minutes on a Storm 2 at a Verizon store yesterday (Friday, after the big Droid launch) and it seemed quite nice.  A pity the timing on the whole Verizon/Droid, but I’ll be interested to see how the market reacts – the Verizon store didn’t have much traffic.

Added – I went back on Saturday and about the same level of traffic.  The BOS 5.0 browser feels significantly better than on my 4.x Tour.  Nowhere as fast as the iPhone’s one.

The Storm2 UI seemed reasonable overall.  It changed from portrait to landscape quite fast, and flick-scrolling was good.  The one thing I really don’t like is the resistive typing. I really appreciate longer-stroke keyboards like the Thinkpads over the new brand of short-stroke keyboards  (that’s the main reason I’ve not bought one of the new Apple compact keyboards) but it seems to me thumbing and finger-keyboarding are different.  And virtual keyboards are different to physical ones. It may be that it is an issue of fine-tuning the amount of resistance.  Or it may be intrinsic

Since the storm uses a  capacitive screen not a resistive screen (how stuff works) and the haptic feedback comes from a  separate piece, it would be interesting if one could turn these off and see how it feels.

Plenty of other reviews along these lines, see for example Andrew Nusca @ ZDNet.  Since I don’t have the memories of the first Storm, I’m more positive than Larry Digman: It’s not enough to erase the memories of the first.

I try the (BOS5) browser the next time I’m at a store. (done)

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November 7, 2009 at 9:21 am

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Push Matters… Do People Know?

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Consumers, industry bandits, press (analysts too?) don’t seem to get the value of push… Here are some ideas to help  people “get push”.  Some ideas:

  • A packet counter App that shows what each App in my BB was responsible for?? So I can tell, for example, that my twitter App is using up my battery?
  • A way to see if a given App was push enabled?
  • A counter for push packages in an App?
  • Simple explanations of push architectures for Gizmodo / Engadget / Boy Genius Report
  • An assessment of the bandwidth saved in realistic scenarios by using push.  Maybe at the carrier level?  (See the ZFS dedup numbers running around this last week).

Deployed Push is one of the key competitive advantages that RIM has.  It needs to jump on it now… the alternative is to wait for Apple to deploy push and then convince everybody that they need it… But that won’t help RIM.

A different point is how to help software vendors write push apps, both on the client and the server side.  I think there are several options there too…

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November 3, 2009 at 8:59 am

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