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True, the new Blackberry smartphones released by Rim come with more powerful hardware, an all new iteration to the Blackberry OS, and purely touchscreen handsets. However, there is still one feature missing, which the competition offers. This is a front-facing camera for video calls. According to new reports, future RIM handsets will feature a new version of the BBM with video chat integration.
RIM has promised to replace its current platform with the QNX operating system, which powers their tablet the Blackberry Playbook. These next generation smartphones are expected to make an appearance sometime in 2012.
Once of these rumored devices is the Blackberry Colt. Unlike its predecessors, this smartphone will sport a front-facing camera. This will allow users to enjoy more from video calls.
Gizmofusion’s sources say that these future smartphones sporting front-facing cameras are already being developed. These secondary cameras are said to be integrated into the Blackberry Messenger, which is the most successful and popular mobile instant messaging service.
Of course, this new feature will target other markets other than businessmen. It will target the youth. This will allow teens to indulge in video chat to their heart’s content, presuming that the BBM still remains free. Coupled with Blackberry’s new music streaming service, the youth is sure to welcome RIM’s new handsets with open arms. That’s if these next generation Blackberry handsets remain affordable.
Do you find the QNX-powered Blackberry Playbook impressive? Do you wish RIM would release a QNX-powered smartphone? If this is the case, RIM might just have one on the works. This is the Blackberry Colt.
According to Boy Genius, RIM is currently testing a smartphone running on the said platform. Unfortunately, the handset is being tested with a single-core processor. This is disappointing, since we were expecting a dual-core Blackberry handset that can compete with Android smartphones such as the HTC Sensation, the Samsung Galaxy S2, and the rumored Apple iPhone 5. Since this QNX smartphone is in its testing stages, it is possible that RIM might outfit the Colt with a dual-core chip, once the phone is up and ready.
Unfortunately, the platform does come with a number of bugs. Due to problems integrating QNX with the Blackberry Enterprise Server, the Playbook did not have native email when launched. It could only support calendars, contacts, and email if it were paired with a handset by RIM. Hopefully, RIM addresses these issues, once the Blackberry Colt is launched in early 2012.
If ever RIM wants to stay afloat with rivals such as Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, it has to come up with something new that appeals to the consumer. It has had success with the BBM, which is popular among the youth. However, it is also facing another challenge, since rioters in London used the Blackberry Messenger to organize violence.
Will the QNX-powered Blackberry Colt be a success, or will it be another bust? Let us know what you feel.
According to a Jefferies and Co analyst, Peter Misek, RIM’s QNX-powered smartphones might not make until the end of 2012. This is what the analyst has been telling his clients. He claims that there are delays, despite RIM announcing a timeline on the new smartphones’ release.
The analyst wrote, “We continue to believe the story hinges on QNX, which we believe will be delayed to [the second half of 2012] vs. guidance of early CY12.”
“Channel checks indicate that in spite of RIM’s best efforts, QNX handsets are still likely to arrive in [the second half of 2012].”
The rumored delay will result in the production of only Blackberry 7 OS smartphones until the end of 2011. If ever these rumors were true, we’ll be stuck with the same old Blackberry handsets regardless of the 7th iteration of their OS. True, they come with beefed up single-core processors, but the competition has released dual-core-powered smartphones that will leave RIM’s new handsets in their wake.
If the rumors are true, will the Canada-based phone manufacturer recover from the iOS and Android’s insatiable appetite for global market shares? One thing is for sure. If RIM doesn’t do something fast, they will lose an opportunity to get back in the game.