BlackBerry 8820 Wi-Fi Released (in the UK)

RIM released the BlackBerry 8820, for now only in the UK, which the company intends to compete with Apple’s iPhone. Besides Wi-Fi, the new 8820 includes built-in GPS navigation, expandable memory, voice-dialing, BlackBerry Maps (provided by Telenav), and a high capacity battery, among others. One interesting bit is the mention of Steve Jobs by co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, during an annual shareholders meeting.

RIM President and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said yesterday the attention Steve Jobs and Apple’s iPhone has brought to the sector has benefited the company.

“Hats off to Mr Jobs for growing the whole industry,” Lazaridis said at RIM’s annual shareholder meeting in Canada.

“We all knew the smartphone market was growing. Some of us believe that eventually all phones will be smartphones. I think what the iPhone announcement did was that it just accelerated the public’s awareness and acceptance of a smartphone.”

The BlackBerry 8820 will be available in the US through AT&T later this summer. I personally don’t think this device will disappoint. Having used BlackBerries before (my last one was the BlackBerry Pearl), I know that CrackBerry addicts are eagerly awaiting this device. It further shows RIM’s shift into making more consumer-friendly Berries, which they were previously hesitant to do.

Via: ZDNet

New BlackBerry Browser?

BlackBerryCool reports of a new BlackBerry browser in the works, to be released just in time for the Pearl 2 launch. According to the anonymous informant who provided the scoop to BBCool, the new browser will support tab browsing and also favicon.ico support.

“There is also a new browser “home screen” that sports a listed history (with favicon.ico support, no less) and “search provider” functionality, courtesy of Google, Yahoo, Dictionary.com, IMDb.com, and Wikipedia.”

My question is, how about a browser that displays the real web page, like Opera Mini or the S60 browser? Is that too much to ask?

From Print to the Screen: Newspapers to the BlackBerry

You already do almost everything with your BlackBerry device, why not read your favorite newspapers on it while you’re at it? The folks at BlackBerryCool have a post about PressDisplay, a software now available for BlackBerry devices that will allow you to have access to more than 500 newspapers in 70 countries and 36 languages, all for $29.95/month.

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Funny CrackBerry Addiction Video

I have to admit that I have personally been a victim of this addiction, although not to this level 🙂