BBM: A Conspiracy Theory

So BlackBerry stated they would be launching BBM on Android and iOS this past weekend, the official announcement was made months ago. As the hype was built, here in the Asia Pacific region specifically, BBM was the topic of discussion for the first time in a long time, reminiscing back to its former glory.

So they began the roll out slowly, confusingly however they started rolling it for iOS first, whereas they had announced that it would be coming for Android first. A couple of days before the rollout, the apk was leaked. Many people installed it but couldn’t get set up and connected, which changed this past weekend. Before it even launched on the Play Store, the apk was installed and activated on numerous devices, the number floating around is 1.1 million however it is not clear whether that was iOS and Android or just android. As time went on and people were clamoring away, posting their new PIN’s on any and every form of social media, BlackBerry dropped a bomb. They said they would be halting the roll out for the foreseeable future and would also be deactivating the accounts of those who signed up through the leaked apk.

Now here’s where my conspiracy theory comes into play. Take BlackBerry, a company that’s failing, dying. Soon enough they won’t even exist in the consumer world. Their former fame and glory now a shadow in the distance, fading away. Sunk-ed so low that they’re offering their only selling point to their competitors, for free. The picture that comes to your mind is of a BlackBerry, one that has not been picked and left to dry, withering on the vine, frail and wishing for death. But here’s where the twist comes in, the metaphorical rebirth. What if it was BlackBerry themselves who leaked the apk? It would make more sense would it not? A one last hurrah! Think about it, people were already forgetting about blackberry and preparing to throw their old blackberries away the minute they migrated over to BBM on their other, more loved platforms. So the minute BBM was on the Play Store and App Store all over the world that would be the last nail in the ill fated companies coffin. So they leaked the apk, gave people a small taste of what they wanted and got the world hungry and in a split second, took it away from them. Its a classic mind game and a good one at that. It’s been 3 days and my timeline is still cluttered with people asking what happened about bbm, how do you get bbm, etc. That’s the most anyone’s spoken about the company in a while. Now, people want it, they want it bad. Giving BlackBerry back a little control of the market they once dominated.

Now with this in no way am I saying “blackberry is back”, they’re still going to die soon and there’s no stopping that. This has merely prolonged the consumers acknowledgment of their existence. It is unclear what can become of this now, whether that was it and they just did it to do it and go out with a very minute bang, more of a pop! you could say. Or, did they do it so they could test the market and see how many people were actually interested in BBM, so that they could probably spin it off into a separate entity or even monetize it. What they do with it is up to them, all we can do is sit back and watch.

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Best Looking phones (end of 2011 issue)

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a sucker for buying phones that don’t have the right specs, but look freakin awesome! So heres my list of the top 8 best looking phones, in ascending order.

8. Blackberry Curve 9360

7. HTC Sensation XE

6. Apple iPhone 4/4S

5. LG Optimus 3D

4. Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus

3. Motorola Droid Razr

2.  Motorola Droid X2

1. Nokia Lumia 800 (The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition Especially)

BBX no go on OS7?

A Message From RIM

A Message From RIM

As you can see in the image above, I asked RIM whether the current line of OS7 devices would be upgradeable to BBX, which is blackberry’s new OS for smarpthones and tablets, and it tuns out it won’t. 😦

what does this mean? well since the current OS7 handsets (torch2, 9900, etc.) all run on single core processors, they won’t be able to handle the processing power needed for BBX, so right now the only confirmed BBX device is the playbook… 😦

Would I really need Android?

I’ve always wondered why people say they don’t want to move away from android or iOS because of the lack of apps, but do you really use that many apps? Really? I mean most people don’t only have smartphones, some have tablets (which I don’t think are necessary but that will be in a whole different post) and some people have replacements, the way I have my iPod touch, so is there really a need for a super smart phone or do you just need a normal smartphone or even a dumb phone just to stay in contact with people.

I myself hardly use the apps on my phone now days, besides the occasional doodle jump/cut the rope, Evernote for all my notes, imdb for my movie stuff, pulse for my news and and tweetdeck for my twitter/Facebook needs. And if I want to use the other apps, there’s always my iPod. So whats keeping me from switching to windows phone or even a blackberry?

Well it’s not that simple, of course budget plays an important role. Then there’s the fact that windows phone is not at all supported in Indonesia, no acess to the marketplace, no bing local scout and no other goodies that makes windows phone so awesome. Ive expressed many times how bored I am of android, yes shocking coming from a guy like me, but there’s no denying its true. If you have used android, you’ll know that it dosent feel as refined as something like iOS or Wp7.5, because it feels all laggy and stuff, like were using beta software. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in love with android every step of the way but it’s possible for a person to get bored of something, especially since my phone got outdated 3 weeks before I bought it (yes I was stupider back then)(stupider cause I still do stupid things at time) and it’s been really laggy and slow lately, not to mention what a terror it is to type on that drastically small 3.2″ screen. So why haven’t I moved to another phone?
Especially since I can get all the apps I need on my iPod, well the reason is, Internet. In case you don’t know, wifi availability is shit in Jakarta, and even when they say “we have wifi hotspots at every corner” barely any of them actually work, so what’s the point?

So I guess I’ll end this post now, leaving you as confused as you were when you saw the ending of inception.

Free Apps on BB App World

okay so you all know that RIM had a major outage for 3 days, and from October 19 to December 31, these are the apps that will be free on the BB App World
SIMS 3 – Electronic Arts
Bejeweled – Electronic Arts
N.O.V.A. – Gameloft
Texas Hold’em Poker 2 – Gameloft
Bubble Bash 2 – Gameloft
Photo Editor Ultimate – Ice Cold Apps
DriveSafe.ly Pro – iSpeech.org
iSpeech Translator Pro – iSpeech.org
Drive Safe.ly Enterprise – iSpeech.org
Nobex Radio™ Premium – Nobex
Shazam Encore – Shazam
Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant – Vlingo

so go get to downloading them applimications!! 😀