Earlier this month, a photo of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone was leaked online that hinted at some new apps.
Now, RIM has registered several domains that likely reveal more about the lineup of apps including Flick, Flow, Hub, Keyboard, Newsstand, Peek, PlayOn, Remember, Story Maker, Time Shift, BBM Video, BBM Voice, and Voice Control.
The leaked photo of the device that surfaced on September 3, showed several apps including Facebook, Pictures, Remember, Maps and Story Maker. While the photo didn’t offer many details, RIM’s latest round of domain registrations may provide more clues.
On September 14, Research In Motion Limited, bought up dozens of names through the brand protection company MarkMonitor.
The list of domains includes names like BlackBerryFlick.com (Whois), BlackBerryPeek.com (Whois), BlackBerryPlayOn.com (Whois), BlackBerryRemember.com (Whois), BBMVideo.com (Whois), BlackBerryStoryMaker.com (Whois), BlackBerryTimeShift.com (Whois), and BlackBerryVoiceControl.com (Whois).
The majority of the names were registered publicly to RIM, like BlackBerryPeek.com.
A handful of names like BlackBerryHub.net were registered anonymously using MarkMonitor’s Whois privacy service DNStination.
Here’s a look at many of the new registrations:
At the time of this story being published, none of the domain names appear to resolve to a web page.
UPDATE 1 – SEP. 16, 2012: You may have noticed that BlackBerryFlow.com was missing from the list. The name was owned by Kevin Michaluk, the Founder and Editor In Chief of CrackBerry.com, as recent as July 2012. According to Whois history, Research In Motion acquired the name from Michaluk in late July. It’s unknown whether RIM paid cash for the name or if it was simply handed over. CrackBerry.com is one of the most trafficked BlackBerry community sites on the internet. Quantcast reports the site gets over 8 million monthly visitors. I’ve reached out to Kevin by email to learn more about the transaction and will update this post if I hear back.
UPDATE 2 – SEP. 16, 2012: Kevin Michaluk was nice enough to provide a quick history on the domain in the comments below. You can also read about the domain BlackBerryFlow.com, along with information on the other names mentioned in this story in a CrackBerry.com post that was published earlier this evening.
(Image of BlackBerry 10 Smartphone via N4BB)