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RIM: 2 new Bold devices, Facebook app & video calling for PlayBook

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Here are the highlights from today’s press conference at BlackBerry World:

Video chat on the PlayBook
The PlayBook will get video calling capability (between PlayBooks) via WiFi. If you’re lucky enough to have a PlayBook, you’ll get this update over-the-air later today.

Facebook on the PlayBook
There are over 30 million users of the Facebook for BlackBerry smartphone platform — and RIM is expanding this to the PlayBook platform to, ‘offer a highly engaging social experience optimised for PlayBook’. This will be available later this week from BlackBerry App World.

Two new BlackBerry Bolds
The BlackBerry Bold range gets the 9900 and 9930 additions, both running BlackBerry OS 7 — I’ll re-publish the press release in full once I get it. Key points: Ultra thin (10.5mm), brushed stainless steel frame, 8GB on-board memory, 1.2GHz processor, touch screen, 4G/HSPA+, NFC, Augmented Reality, HD Video, BlackBerry OS 7. The web browser is apparently significantly enhanced in BBOS7, HTML5 support. They’ll also get premium versions of Docs To Go enabled out-of-the-box.
“Fully loaded, the ultimate hybrid, one of the thinnest we’ve ever built, best keyboard we’ve ever built into a product.”

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BlackBerry Balance
To allow personal use of BlackBerry smartphones without compromising company security or personal privacy. This is really smart and should keep a lot of the world’s CIOs happy.

And then two more key enterprise announcements:

– RIM announces BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 with Voice Over WiFi Calling for Avaya and Legacy Nortel Communications Systems — that’s going to be relevant to you if you’ve got a BlackBerry estate and Avaya/Nortel

– RIM announces multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise solution for Smartphones and Tablets — this is going to be useful for any companies that want to properly manage and secure their mobile devices (including Android and iOS devices)

By Ewan

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