Along with the release of a new mobile operating system flavor, namely the next-generation BlackBerry 10 OS, Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion is gearing up for the replacement of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager with a new desktop application.Called BlackBerry Link, the app will provide users with the possibility to easily connect their devices to a Windows PC, offering support for both the BlackBerry 10 handsets and for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC that sports 3G capabilities.
RIM hasn’t provided too many details on the new application as of now, but the latest update for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices appears to bring forth some info on the new application.
As CrackBerry notes, the new BlackBerry Link app tries to install when the Dev Alpha handset is connected to the computer.
The aforementioned details on BlackBerry Link came in a language different from English, but the news site provided a translation of the text:
“BlackBerry Link 1.0 supports new mobile-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. With the BlackBerry Link 1.0, you can create a backup file that was created while using the BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows, restore your BlackBerry smartphone or tablet.”
“When syncing contacts the BlackBerry Desktop Software also maps groups from your Apple Address Book to a category with the same name in the Contacts application on your smartphone.”
Additionally, RIM notes that more info on the new desktop application should be available through this page on its website.
For the time being, however, it seems that the app is not ready for deployment, and that all attempts to have it installed on the PC have failed.
However, RIM might be set to have it ready for general use by the end of this month, when the new BlackBerry 10 platform will be officially unveiled, along with the first smartphones that will run under it. Stay tuned for more on this.