More BlackBerry Application Suite! Details, Details, Details!

So our buddy Ronen has been on top of this BAS deal for the past few days, first with the spy shots, then the video, and now we have some features and details!  This thing keeps getting better and better.  If we didn’t know any better we would think that this is getting so much press via blogs, originating from Berry Review, that it’s release is very soon.  Anyways, here are the details:

  • Its a application that runs on Windows Mobile 6 devices
  • It can startup when the device boots
  • Features almost exactly the same as RIMs native OS including email & maps support
  • Supports IT policies inside the application along with BlackBerry MDS
  • It is based on OS 4.2.1 but that will change soon
  • Navigation is through a Touchscreen, Dpad, or keyboard
  • WM can connect to a separate APN, simultaneous APN connections are supported (You can connect to a carrier APN via WinMo and Blackberry APN via BAS) This is a HUGE improvement over BlackBerry connect.
  • Features:
    • BlackBerry Email including attachments
    • RIM Instant Message clients work Gtalk, Yahoo IM, AIM, Windows Live
    • Can send and receive PIN messages and BlackBerry Messenger
    • Supports BES sync of calendar, tasks, address book, & memos
    • PIM/Email databases, unlike BB Connect, are separate. Thus you can have two Exchange accounts (one via WM, one via BES) syncing fully.
    • Browser works just like BlackBerry browser allowing or intranet access on BES
    • Integrates with the phone so you can make calls and all even from links on websites
    • Allows for caller ID in the phone application
    • You can access your windows mobile files from the BlackBerry OS though the opposite is not possible
    • You can easily switch between the BlackBerry and Windows Mobile OS
    • Supports easy switching between landscape and portrait view
    • It works with BIS 2.4+ or BES or both
  • Limitations:
    • Blackberry Maps is there but it is not location aware.
    • It cannot access physical hardware, such as GPS, Bluetooth, though since calls are through WM, you can use a BT headset.
    • Video play is not supported.
    • You can install most BB apps, though some may not support VGA resolutions (should be fine on HTC Kaiser, as it is QVGA)
    • Currently not all WM devices are supported, only HTC Kaiser, HTC Raphael and HTC Niki. Xperia X1 support is coming down the pipe.
    • App uses 32 Mb (1Mbx32 files) to simulate BB filesystem

This all sounds pretty awesome to me, or at least if I were going to use a Win Mo phone (which I wouldn’t) this is how I would use it.

via Berry Review

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One Comment

  1. Stephen says:

    I wonder how slow it really runs…

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