New RIM domains hint at BlackBerry 10 apps like Flick, Newsstand, Peek & more

Blackberry 10 Smartphone

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.

BlackBerryPeek.com

A handful of names like BlackBerryHub.net were registered anonymously using MarkMonitor’s Whois privacy service DNStination.

BlackBerryHub.net

Here’s a look at many of the new registrations:

bbmvideo.com
bbmvideo.net
bbmvideo.org
bbmvideo.biz
bbmvideo.info
bbmvideo.us
bbmvoice.net
bbmvoice.org
bbmvoice.biz
bbmvoice.info
bbmvoice.us
blackberry10os.us
blackberryflick.com
blackberryflick.net
blackberryflick.org
blackberryflick.biz
blackberryflick.info
blackberryflick.us
blackberryflow.net
blackberryflow.org
blackberryflow.biz
blackberryflow.info
blackberryflow.us
blackberryhub.net
blackberryhub.org
blackberryhub.biz
blackberryhub.info
blackberryhub.us
blackberrykeyboard.net
blackberrykeyboard.biz
blackberrykeyboard.info
blackberrykeyboard.us
blackberrynewsstand.net
blackberrynewsstand.org
blackberrynewsstand.biz
blackberrynewsstand.info
blackberrynewsstand.us
blackberrypeek.com
blackberrypeek.net
blackberrypeek.org
blackberrypeek.biz
blackberrypeek.info
blackberrypeek.us
blackberryplayon.com
blackberryplayon.net
blackberryplayon.org
blackberryplayon.biz
blackberryplayon.info
blackberryplayon.us
blackberryremember.biz
blackberryremember.info
blackberryremember.us
blackberrystorymaker.com
blackberrystorymaker.net
blackberrystorymaker.org
blackberrystorymaker.biz
blackberrystorymaker.info
blackberrystorymaker.us
blackberrytimeshift.com
blackberrytimeshift.net
blackberrytimeshift.org
blackberrytimeshift.biz
blackberrytimeshift.info
blackberrytimeshift.us
blackberryvoicecontrol.com
blackberryvoicecontrol.net
blackberryvoicecontrol.org
blackberryvoicecontrol.biz
blackberryvoicecontrol.info
blackberryvoicecontrol.us

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 2012According 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.

Talking about this story: CrackBerry.com, CrackBerry.com Forums, N4BB BlackBerry Forums, BBin, BlackBerry Empire and BlackBerryOS.com

(Image of BlackBerry 10 Smartphone via N4BB)

2 comments
Kevin Michaluk
Kevin Michaluk

I didn't see an email from you guys in my inbox, but here's the scoop.... I was sitting in the audience at DevCon Europe in Amsterdamn on February 7, 2012, witnessing new CEO Thorsten Heins give a BlackBerry keynote address for the first time. During his presentation, he began talking about BlackBerry 10 and the "flow" experience. Immediately, while sitting in the audience, I said to myself… "BlackBerry Flow"… sounds like a good name. I own a lot of domains. Buy them all the time whenever something pops into my head that sounds like a good idea. And as soon as I heard BlackBerry Flow I opened up my web browser -- still while in the audience -- and registered it on the spot. It's a habit of mine that's hard to break. I had no intent to do anything with the domain, but figured one day BlackBerry may want it, so I'd keep it in safe hands in case they ever did. Better me than some squatter. Indeed one day RIM requested the domain, and I was happy to transfer it back. Free of charge. No big deal. I have no idea if RIM will do anything with the BlackBerryFlow.com domain. Though I will say I do like the terminology of BlackBerry "Flow" so hope it is a term they embrace.