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BlackBerry announces special offer on 1GB data plan for customers in India

1GB data plan at Rs. 999/- per year for BlackBerry customers using Idea postpaid connection BlackBerry in association with Idea Cellular has today announced a special offer on a 1GB data plan for its customers in India using Idea postpaid connections. Idea users with BlackBerry OS 7 devices can now avail BIS 1GB 2G plan at just Rs. 83 per month, with an annual rental plan of Rs. 999/-, taxes extra. This scheme is in line with the company’s commitment towards the Indian market to help the brand reach out to a…

BlackBerry will not be switching to an online-only business model

In a lot of countries, finding a BlackBerry 10 smartphone in a physical store is a challenge which has led to a lot of discussion recently that BlackBerry was considering making the switch to an online-only business model in terms of device sales. In an interview with Highlight Press, BlackBerry India distribution director Sameer Bhatia made it clear that physical store presences are here to stay: “We believe that both traditional retail formats outlets and online platforms are complementary strategies that brands…

BlackBerry OS 10.2 named ‘The World’s Best Mobile OS’

BlackBerry announced today that the BlackBerry 10.2 operating system (OS) has been named 'The World's Best Mobile OS' by Digit, India's largest selling technology magazine. Digit staff conducted a performance test of the BlackBerry 10.2 OS, Android 4.4, iOS 7.1.2 and Windows Phone 8.1 operating systems. The BlackBerry 10.2 OS won the overall test with a rating of 56.91 - the highest amongst all of the latest major operating systems that are available in the market today. The BlackBerry 10.2 OS was also judged to be the…

Mobility a Top Priority for Most Indian Organizations

71% of organizations have a mobility policy while only 42% have a BYOD policy To map out the latest enterprise mobility trends in India, BlackBerry and CMR today announced the findings of the first-of-its-kind survey report titled 'India Enterprise Mobility'. The report highlights that enterprise mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) have gone beyond discussion forums as mobility emerges as a top priority for most organizations. Indicating this shift, BlackBerry-CMR survey finds that 71% of the organisations…

BlackBerry to license BBM Protected for all smartphones at $30 per year

Back in June, BlackBerry released BBM Protected, the first solution in the eBBM Suite for secure enterprise-class messaging. The eBBM Suite will include new services designed to enable mobile workers to be more productive on the go, while meeting enterprises’ needs for security, manageability and control. As part of the suite, BBM Protected provides an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between BlackBerry smartphones. BBM Protected brings regulated industries the most secure and reliable real-time…

Bhopal Municipal Corporation Chooses SAP to Deliver Simple, Mobile Government

Bhopal's Deployment of Project "CityApp" a Milestone for SAP Urban Matters Program SAP today announced that India's Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), with a vision to improve quality of life through better administration and citizen services, has implemented solutions from SAP to automate and centralize public service offerings. Available in Hindi, the solutions will help BMC manage and streamline day-to-day functions, including issuing marriage certificates, birth and death registrations, city infrastructure…

BlackBerry Witnesses successful adoption of EZ Pass Program in India

Keeping in line with its commitment to provide secure and innovative solutions to its enterprise customers in India, BlackBerry today announced the success of the recently launched EZ Pass Program in India. Announced globally at Mobile World Congress (MWC) earlier this year, the new EZ Pass program provides free migration for customers to move from BES 4, BES 5, BES Express, and other MDM platforms like Good, MobileIron and AirWatch to Silver Perpetual BES 10 licenses at no cost. Formally launched in India in June…

Lechal: The Worlds first Wearable SmartShoe

Lechal is the newest thing in the fast growing wearable market, a SmartShoe. Manufactured by Ducere Technologies in India, the first SmartShoe in the world (as far as I'm aware) will launch in September for an estimated $100 US. The shoe has bluetooth built in, allowing it to sync up with Google Maps on your phone. So once you set a destination on Google Maps, the shoe will provide instructions, telling you which way to turn and in which direction. It does this by vibrating. Krispian Lawrence, one of the company…

Firefox OS Shows Strong Momentum and Expands Across New Devices, Markets and Categories

Firefox OS Ecosystem Shows Strong Momentum and Expands Across New Devices, Markets and Categories Mozilla announced today that its Firefox OS is showing “strong momentum”, and handsets based on it will be available in more markets in the near future - including in Asia Pacific and in more countries across Europe and Latin America. New European markets where customer will be able to buy Firefox OS smartphones include France, Czech Republic, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Further, starting this week,…

Bharucha & Partners Upgrades its Smartphones and Management Solution to BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry today announced that Bharucha & Partners, one of India's leading full service law firms, has upgraded its mobile fleet to BlackBerry 10 smartphones and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), to manage its mobile infrastructure and protect corporate data. All lawyers and paralegals as well as senior members of the administrative staff have moved to BlackBerry 10 smartphones, primarily BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry Z30 smartphones. As per the company policy,…

LG G Watch now available Worldwide

Always-On Display with “Glance-able” Smart Notifications Right From Your Wrist LG today announced that the LG G Watch, one of the first to market wearable running Android Wear is now available for purchase from the Google Play Store as well as key retailers around the world. The LG G Watch is the first Android Wear device to feature a button-free design with a display that remains “always-on” for maximum convenience and usability. “As one of the first Android Wear devices to…

Motorola in India rolling out Android 4.4.4 for Moto E, Moto G and Moto X

Motorola India has announced that it will be rolling out Android 4.4.4 to the Moto E, Moto G and Moto X. It will be a phased rollout and users are asked to patiently wait since it will not be available immediately to everyone. So far, Google has only released the 4.4.4 update to several Nexus devices like the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 editions and the Nexus 10. It has also rolled it out to several Google Play editions, like the Moto G, LG G Pad, HTC One M7 and M8. Several Sony models can also get the…

BlackBerry and NantHealth to launch a connected healthcare service in India

Back in April, BlackBerry bought a minority stake in US-based healthcare technology firm NantHealth, entering the connected healthcare space. Medical equipment, such as scanners, dopplers and ECG machines, are among thousands of medical devices that can be integrated using cOS along with BlackBerry's QNX. They are not stopping there and BlackBerry will soon announce the launch of a connected healthcare service in partnership with NantHealth in India. The NantHealth platform is currently installed at…

India Tourism Ministry launches BlackBerry 10 app for exploring cities

The Ministry of Tourism India has launched a BlackBerry 10 application to enable its users to independently travel and experience 16 cities in the country. The self-guided tour application 'Incredible India Walking Tours' was launched by the Ministry in collaboration with Genesys International Corporation and will cover 16 Indian cities including Agra, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Coastal Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Pune and Surat. The facility will be…