Attention consumers!!! Take a look at these videos and you can be the judge of who you would like to support. The production value really demonstrates how competitive the mobile environment has become! Competing for the mobile consumer market is a major objective for many tech companies.
The Blackberry 10 Pre-Superbowl Commercial
Ravens vs. 49ers in a amazing matchup that has the Harbaugh brothers coaching against each other in the Superbowl. Can you imagine if the game is tied 17-17 going into the fourth and Blackberry 10 plays an amazing BB10 spot. It is not cheap, but it could launch the brand and obtain the highly sought after consumer market!!!!!!
The Potential of Blackberry 10
The smartphone market is growing exponentially year over year, which creates an opportunity for Blackberry to obtain crucial market share. Currently, the consumer market is dominated by iOS and Android, but Blackberry has established strong developers relations and has created a solid foundation with their Blackberry 10 operating system. Anecdotally, Blackberry has an opportunity to capture the third market position worldwide, which could lead to significant increases in revenue for the Waterloo based company.
Name Change from Research in Motion to Blackberry
The New Blackberry 10 Keyboard
Personally, I have used the new Blackberry 10 Keyboard and it works very well. The time I spent using the keyboard functions, the user experience was slick and enjoyable. It actually feels like a physical keyboard and is probably the most responsive keyboard I have ever used. Once Senior IT decision makers and management have the opportunity to access the keyboard, I can see them arming their enterprise team with BB10 devices. Take a look at the video below!
Blackberry Global Reach
There is no denying that people in developing nations love their Blackberry’s. As they mature and move towards powerful smartphone devices, Blackberry brand loyalty could propel worldwide market share by capturing majority in countries like Indonesia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and other growth markets.
Research in Motion has been quite a hot topic in the press. They have lost significant market share within the smartphone sector, but they have managed to make a comeback with Blackberry 10. At an event in New York today, Thorstein Heins announced the launch of the new operating, which marks the comeback of Blackberry against competitors like Android, iOS and Windows 8.
Heins announced that Research in Motion will be changing their name to Blackberry and be traded as BB on the TSX and BBRY on the NASDAQ. This is a big move for Blackberry, who announced Alicia Keys as the Global Creative Director for the Blackberry brand. Alicia Keys said “As global creative director, my goal is to inspire creativity with this platform, and I’m so excited to jump right in.”(source: CBC).
Blackberry has done an excellent job marketing their new operating system. Alicia Keys is set to sing the national anthem at the Superbowl this weekend, which will create strong brand recognition alongside the Superbowl ads for BB10. Anecdotal observations, have been that Blackberry is looking to increase adoption within the next quarter and hopefully obtain a strong third market position amongst smartphone manufacturers.
Research in Motion has specifically designed their Blackberry Enterprise Server to meet the needs and objectives of enterprise and government organizations, which house an email server and require a high level of information technology control.
Currently RIM is offering two unique security and device management technologies for robust businesses:
- Blackberry Enterprise Server Express offers a solution for businesses that have specific users who require advanced management. (FREE)
Notable Features Include:
- Wireless Synced Calendars
- View, edit, save calendar attachment
- Remote file access, stored remotely on network drives
- Contacts Sync, stays up to date with info on desktop or laptop ect.
- Blackberry Balance is design to differentiate between work and personal information while using Blackberry devices. Blackberry Balance can be applied an employee own device or one that has been provided to them. Personal browsing, social networking and media consumption is kept separate from sensitive work information.
Notable Features Include:
- Personal apps and browsing are kept separate from work files, therefore decreasing the risk of security breaches
- Enables employers to remotely wipe all information or just work information on Blackberry devices. Therefore if an employee is using a personally owned device, data can still be wiped exclusively for work purposes.
- If a user tries to download an application or access a file that may be harmful, the action is not permitted. These settings can be set by the Blackberry Balance system
The past 12-16 months have been difficult times for RIM, but it seems as though they will be offering consumers and enterprise customers a fairly user friendly platform. Thorstein Heins has officially confirmed the January 30th, 2013 release date for BB10 and the brand is gaining equity. Take a look at some of the cool new features and we encourage you to share and use the #BB10believe hashtag.
A Speedy New and Improved Browser
Speed and social integration can be a dangerous combination. The new BB10 mobile operating system offers users the opportunity to seamlessly share content via multiple social networks quickly and efficiently by clicking an icon embedded with the browser. Sharing options include twitter, linkedin, facebook and third party apps like dropbox. Other sharing features include BBM, BBM groups, Tag (Blackberry near field communications brand) and a “remember” feature that can store articles. The new peek technology developed RIM seems to be fairly functional. Take a look at the video for other features.
The Blackberry 10 Camera
Loyal Blackberry users are generally major fans of the camera function within existing Blackberry operating systems. One of the main areas of focus for RIM has been improving the camera function and differentiating themselves from Apple and Samsung. They have managed to do so by creating time shift technology, which allows users to adjust photos and rewind time to make optimize them for sharing with friends and family. See how it works and watch the video below.
The Blackberry Keyboard
The Blackberry keyboard offers a distinct competitive advantage for RIM, especially within the enterprise market. Therefore they decided to improve upon one of their distinct attributes and add automatic features to a touch qwerty that acts like a traditional blackberry keyboard. Take a look at Vivek Bhardwaj explain the functionality. See the video below.
Mobile has changed the way people read the news. Whether they are reading through their tablet or smartphone, readers find a way to access content while via their favorite devices.
The Price of the iPad Mini
Apple is not exactly known for their low prices, and to be honest the everyday consumer can probably find a much more powerful small sized tablet for a lower price. Fortunately, Apple has app inventory and stability on their side. For a starting price of $329, enterprises can arm a staff of 30 under $10,000.
The Size of the iPad Mini
The 7.9 inch iPad mini is meant to compete with the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7, which are both around 7 inch tablets. Although Apple was not supposed to release a competitor to smaller tablets, they decided to go head to head with their main competitors for double the price… (it is amazing what brand equity does)
Developer Support for iOS
Apple offers excellent developer support and iOS development is fairly straightforward for team of software engineers. The iOS standard development kit provides excellent pre-built user interface elements allowing for user friendly organizational tools
Existing App Inventory of iOS
It is hard to ignore the existing app inventory of the iOS platform. Your enterprise staff can play angry birds, temple run and draw something while at the office (note the sarcasm). All jokes aside, iOS has many applications that can be used internally, and can even be integrated into a custom application.
File Management Can be Tricky with iOS
Everyone is aware of the issues with iOS opening certain file types. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to edit documents on the go. There are some third party apps that work, but they can be frustrating as well.
No Microsoft Office on Apple Devices
In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft office is not available on iOS devices. Unless Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer decides to give in to the temptation of iOS app development, we do not predict Office is coming to iPad mini anytime soon. If Microsoft was not trying to compete heavily in the mobile space, it may be a possibility. If Office is important, maybe a windows surface tablet is a good option.
This article was originally published by the Vancouver Sun via http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2012/11/02/pay-with-your-smartphone-mobile-credit-card-payments-come-to-canada/ by Sun Tech writer Jillian Shaw, take a look at her profile.
The first mobile credit card payment bought a coffee in Tim Horton’s today, an event that put Canadians another step closer to being able to leave their wallets at home when they shop.
The buyer was Olympian Simon Whitfield who bought the coffee by tapping his Rogers BlackBerry at a Toronto Tim Horton’s pay terminal, a contactless transaction that saw the coffee paid for on his CIBC credit card.
It was a demonstration of CIBC’s new Mobile Payment App, which will be available to CIBC credit card customers using certain models of BlackBerry smartphones from Rogers starting November 16.
The connection works via a NFC connection (for near field communication) that transmits the payment information between the pay terminal and the phone. The service will initially be available on two BlackBerry models, the Bold 9900 and the Curve 8360 and it will be extended to other smartphones in 2013, including Android and Windows 8. NFC was notably missing when Apple launched its iPhone 5 this fall.
“We’re pleased to make history in mobile commerce in Canada by completing the country’s first mobile credit card transaction,” said David Williamson, Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head, Retail and Business Banking, CIBC.
“Getting a coffee while you are on the go is just one example of the kind of transaction that’s going to be made easier when you can pay in just seconds with a CIBC credit card on your smartphone, and we’re excited about the possibilities this offers our clients.