Research in Motion is finally launching their own answer to the iPad on April 16 in the form of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and if the rumors are true they’ll even be hitting iOS with a new BlackBerry Messenger app shortly thereafter.
It’s been relatively quiet on Apple’s patent battlefront, but this week the CEO of Eastman Kodak spoke out on his company’s dispute against Cupertino and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion over digital camera technology, claiming the suit could produce upwards of $1 billion in royalties if they win.
There’s a new tablet coming on April 19 with a familiar pricing matrix: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. But this isn’t a new iPad -- it’s Research in Motion’s long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook, a seven-inch tablet which intends to go toe-to-toe with both Apple and a slew of Android-based slates.
As the old saying goes: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! At least that seems to be the thinking at BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, who seems to be pondering a move to bring their popular BlackBerry Messenger software to Google’s Android -- and later down the line, even iOS.
The fine folks at The Nielsen Company have crunched the numbers, they've analyzed the data, they've done some back of the envelope calculations -- heck, they've even made pie charts and graphs. So who's the king of the smartphone operating system and who's going down? Join us after the jump for a closer look at the numbers.
It's no secret that Apple has slowly but surely found ways to integrate their iPhone and iPad into the corporate workplace. It's also not much of a secret that Research in Motion, normally the corporate kingpin in the mobile world, is starting to take notice. But perhaps RIM's feathers are more ruffled due to Apple having reportedly plucked at least five key members of RIM's sales staff in the least year and a half.
Yesterday, Steve Jobs had some subtle words for Apple's competitors, and RIM was quick to respond right back. The co-CEO of RIM said that the comments didn't apply to users "who live outside of Apple's distortion field." Ouch.
Well, one and all, Research in Motion has pulled the wool off their entry into the tablet pool, at a developer conference on Monday. Their tablet will feature a 7-inch screen, Flash-capable video and a front and rear high-definition camera. But will it be enough to take down the iPad?