Everything You Need to Know About BlackBerry 10

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Highlights

BlackBerry Browser

BlackBerry Browser

Super-fast browsing:
Discover a BlackBerry® Browser with speed, simplicity, powerful page rendering and built-in sharing to your favorite social networks. Found something you want to show your friends? Send a link through email or post it to the social app of your choice – all it takes is a couple of gestures. Over time, your BlackBerry smartphone remembers how you like to share – just another example of how BlackBerry® 10 OS adapts to you and fits your life.

See the super-fast BlackBerry Browser in action:

    BlackBerry 10 Browser Preview at BlackBerry Jam Americas

    BlackBerry 10 HTML5 Demo Showcases Bookmark Tagging

Camera with Time Shift

Camera with Time Shift

Create the perfect shot every time
Pinpoint and adjust elements of your picture to get the photo you want. Time Shift mode captures milliseconds before and after your photo – so you can scroll back on the dial to open one friend’s eyes, then forward to catch your other friend smiling, before combining it all to create the perfect picture.

See Camera with Time Shift in action:

    BlackBerry 10 Camera: A Closer Look
BlackBerry Keyboard

BlackBerry Keyboard

A smarter way to type
The new touchscreen BlackBerry® Keyboard provides an effortless typing experience. It learns your writing style and suggests words to help you type faster, more accurately and with the least amount of effort. And if you tend to mistype certain letters, the keyboard will remember and subtly adjust to make sure you hit the right key.

See the new touchscreen BlackBerry Keyboard in action

    BlackBerry 10 Keyboard – Vivek Bhardwaj Gives us the Scoop

    BlackBerry 10 Sneak Peak from the BlackBerry World 2012

    The Keyboard Being Designed for BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry Hub

BlackBerry Hub

Stay in touch with a single swipe
Stay close to what’s important – keep everything that matters to you in one place. Simply peek into the BlackBerry® Hub from any app with just a swipe, and flow effortlessly in and out of your messages and conversations.

See BlackBerry Hub in action

    BlackBerry 10 Hub: Notifications, Texts, Emails and More

    BlackBerry 10 Sneak Peek: Mobile Has Brand New Flow

    Live BlackBerry 10 Demo on Stage at BlackBerry Jam Americas Keynote

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Ubuntu Smartphone OS Unveiled

Ubuntu OS, long a favorite open-source platform for computing, is getting ready to move to the smaller smartphone screen.

Ubuntu-run smartphones will be using the same drivers as Android smartphones, a boon to developers, but will also run well on entry-level smartphones, the organization says. Ubuntu for phones eschews Java in favor of native code.

In fact, Ubuntu’s Web site pushes HTML 5 and native code apps, a benefit for developers who can create a single app for both the desktop and the PC.

The OS favors swiping gestures to reveal navigation strips and overview pages, similar to RIM’s BlackBerry OS 10 and to the short-lived Web OS for Palm. Navigation is on the back burner, revealing and hiding with a tap.

Canonical, a company dedicated to commercializing the open-source Ubuntu operating system, backs the project. The Ubuntu Web site states that its smartphones will be “ready for retail” in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Via: CNET

According to Report: Over the Holiday’s A Record of 1.76 Billion Applications Were Downloaded

According a report by Flurry a record number of applications were downloaded during the holiday’s this year.

The most important week of the year for app makers is the final week of the year, between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Starting with Christmas Day, the largest single device activation day of the year, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is marked by significantly elevated device activations and app downloads. This is the primary reason why companies jockey to rank well leading up to Christmas Day itself. This report reveals that the last week of 2012 was the largest week for both new device activations and app downloads in iOS and Android history.

For this report, Flurry leverages its data-set from over 260,000 apps running on the significant majority of iOS and Android devices. With its application penetration, Flurry can detect over 90% of all new devices activated each day. Additionally, with its analytics service in more than 25% of all applications downloaded on a given day from the App Store and Google Play, Flurry can reliably estimate total iOS and Android downloads. To benchmark against the market, Flurry regularly triangulates its device and download figures with data released publicly by Google and Apple.

In its most recent report, Flurry estimated that a record-breaking 17.4 million iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas Day, along with an equally record-breaking 328 million application downloads. Studying the data from December 25 – December 31, additional records were set, now for the highest number of device activations and app downloads of any week in history. Over the holiday week, Flurry estimates that over 50 million iOS and Android devices were activated, and 1.76 billion applications were downloaded. Let’s take a closer look at downloads.

The columns in the chart compare the number of app downloads during Christmas through New Year’s Day (on the right) versus the average of the first two equivalent weeks of December (on the left). The seven days from December 25 – December 31 spanned from a Tuesday to a Monday. As such, we take the average of the first Tuesday-to-Monday weeks in December to establish a baseline. The average downloads over these weeks were surprisingly even. The final week of the year, between Christmas and New Year’s Day, grew by 65% over the early-December baseline, historically breaking through the largest single week record previously set during the same week of 2011.  While several weeks since late November delivered billion+ week download levels, the holiday week delivered a record-shattering 1.7 billion downloads.

This second chart shows the top twenty countries across which the record 1.76 billion downloads were distributed.  Starting from the left, the U.S. took the lion’s share with 604 million downloads, or 34.3%.  Referencing an earlier report, wherein Flurry sized the installed base of top countries, it’s not surprising that the U.S. continues to lead the rest of the world, especially since the fast-closing second place China does not celebrate Christmas (only 3% of China’s population is Christian). Just before the holidays, Flurry estimated that there were 181 million active iOS and Android devices in the U.S. market, compared to 167 million in China.

Following the trend that Western countries more widely celebrate Christmas – note the higher positions of countries like Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Italy and Mexico in the chart – these countries over-indexed against largely non-Christian countries of China, South Korea and Japan. For example, while Japan and South Korea have the 4th and 5th largest smart device installed bases of all countries, they ranked 14th and 10th, respectively, for downloads over the record week.  Christmas is not recognized as a national holiday in Japan, and in South Korea, roughly half the population self-identifies as non-religious.  Countries that significantly over-indexed during the holiday include Russia, Italy and Mexico which drove the top 7th, 8th and 9th most downloads despite the fact that their installed bases are ranked 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively.

Looking forward to 2013, Flurry expects the trend of one-billion-download weeks to become the norm, and that the industry will surpass the two-billion download week during Q4. Following a year where Google and Apple drove unprecedented adoption of mobile devices, Facebook declared itself a “mobile” company, and Amazon and Microsoft both made significant investments into mobile computing, we look forward to continued record-breaking adoption of smart devices and applications. Happy New Year from everyone at Flurry.

Source: Flurry

Side-loading iOS Apps Now Possible Without Jailbreak

Whatever made the Hackulous team shut down Installous yesterday is surely giving a push to other even easier alternatives for side-loading (and, as is often the case pirating) iOS apps.

Two of them are getting quite a lot of attention since Installous shut down – Zeusmos and Kuaiyong. In fact the Zeusmos website is currently down and huge spike in interest could be one of the explanations.

Both services don’t require jailbreak and, of course, you can’t get them from the App Store. The installation process is reportedly quite easy, needing you to just visit a website and hit an Install button, though we cannot confirm that ourselves. Then your Installous replacement will appear on your home screen.

If anything happen to those two, surely another four will pop up in their place. It seems that even Apple will be unable to stop piracy, no matter how hard it tries and how tight a grip over the iOS ecosystem it holds.

Source: GSMArena