RIM announced the BlackBerry Playbook at the RIM developers conference. Similar to other iPad-alikes, the Playbook has a smaller 7 inch screen, and will support Flash, Micro-USB, Bluetooth, and full HDMI out. It is vaguely slated for release in ‘early 2011′.
Annoyed that everyone seems to be flashing their shiny new iPhone 4s while you’re stuck on a seemingly last generation Android phone? Make them eat their bumper-filled words with PCWorld‘s list of 40 flash-based websites that literally won’t work on any iOS device. Android 2.2 Froyo users only, however (link)
Everybody’s favorite business-mobile maker appears to be holding firm in the face of burgeoning sales of Android phones and the launch of the iPhone 4. Statistics show RIM to be doing rather well, actually. Sales figures are below, we’ve got BlackBerry OS v6.0 coming soon, a new handset in the form of the BlackBerry Torch 9800, and the App World surpassing 10,000 unique apps.
More after the jump.
TechCrunch first broke the news, followed by BusinessInsider. Is Facebook making its own phone to challenge the likes of Apple, HTC, Samsung and Google?
The first report claimed that Facebook’s Joe Hewitt and Eric Tseng (previous Facebook iPhone app developer and previous Senior Product Manager for Android at Google) are heading up the project. BusinessInsider then leaked more details, saying it wouldn’t be a phone built from scratch, but would be based on Android, with a heavily customized Facebook UI over the top.
Before you get too excited, it’s being reported that it won’t be ready till late 2011, while Facebook’s PR department are claiming they are “not building a phone”.
If this is true, is a Facebook phone something that would interest you?
According to 9to5mac, we should be seeing the ability to set our own custom SMS tones in the upcoming iOS 4.2 update for iPhone users. Finally. Apple’s version of Intel’s annoying brand sound effect of the 90s can be laid to rest. Hallelujah!
Of course, if you’ve been running a jailbroken iPhone for the last three years, you’ll be rolling your eyes at this because you’ve been doing precisely that since day one.