This was a big week for RIM. They generated a lot of buzz with the announcement of the QNX-powered Playbook tablet. They’ve also seen some big increases in Web activity from their Blackberry devices.
RIM Introduces the Playbook
The much anticipated RIM tablet was officially unveiled this week. It looks like RIM is finally taking some serious risks and developing a product that has the potential to challenge the big guys in this space (Apple & Google). The new 7″ tablet will be powered by a beefy 1GHz dual-core processor running RIM’s recently acquired QNX operating system. This is a big deal. QNX looks to be the future of the RIM platform and will likely power Blackberry at some point. The device will have a modern HTML5 browser and will also run Flash 10.5. While I remain skeptical of Flash and it’s ability to deliver performant and compelling UI on a mobile device, there are a lot of people very excited about this. The support for Flash extends to AIR applications and has the potential to provide a productive development platform that already has good penetration in the developer community.
I must admit that this is one of the best looking demos I’ve seen of a tablet device and, so far, the only one that’s made me think iPad might have a real competitor. Of course, this is just a demo. Playbook won’t be released until early next year and who knows how it will perform in real life. It’s interesting to note that they haven’t let anyone actually use this device which to me means it’s just a really pretty video. That said, the demo seems to be very well thought out.
Read more about Playbook on Gizmodo
Blackberry Users Double Web Presence
More good news for RIM. According to some data from Statcounter, Blackberry users are accounting for more and more Web usage, doubling their traffic over the course of a year. While this doesn’t necessarily mean RIM is selling more devices, the increased use of the Web on these devices means they are more useful in general which should have a positive impact on sales.
Nokia Previews Meego – Me go, “Yikes! That’s not good!”
A video of Nokia’s Meego UI surfaced on YouTube this week. My mother taught me that if you don’t have anything good to say…
Explosive Mobile Growth in Social Apps
Social Apps are experiencing huge growth on mobile. Allot Communications published some stunning numbers:
a 310 percent increase in Twitter traffic in the first half of 2010 compared to the second half of 2009, and a 200 percent increase in Facebook traffic during the same time frame
Amazon Launching an Android App Store
Amazon is seeing dollar signs when it comes to Android apps. The company plans to launch an app store where developers can list and sell their apps, for a price. According to TechCrunch, Amazon is also rumored to be readying an Android tablet to compete with the iPad.