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BlackBerry 10 detailed, take a peek from BlackBerry Jam

by Mark Tyson on 26 September 2012, 11:15

Tags: Blackberry, RIM (TSE:RIM), PC

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Yesterday at the annual BlackBerry Jam developer conference in San Jose, Ca. Research In Motion (RIM) detailed many features of its new mobile OS, BlackBerry 10 (BB10). The new mobile platform is expected to launch in the first months of 2013. The BB10 OS encourages users to flow through their tasks, revolving around the BlackBerry Hub which users will be able to take a peek at whatever else they may be doing on their device. This contrasts to the iOS and Android “in-and-out” app switching behaviour, according to RIM.

Flow around the hub, sometimes take a peek.

The new OS design is called BlackBerry Flow and “the whole experience aims for a seamless continuity” reports TechRadar. Thorsten Heins, CEO of RIM, said the new BB10 presents an experience that encourages a user to flow around the OS, not just switch in and out of apps like on rival platforms. He said “Nobody should have to worry about opening apps, they should just be there” according to Pocket-Lint.

Everything in the new BB10 flows around the BlackBerry Hub. Just like in the BlackBerry Playbook OS there will still be apps but they float above the hub like a stack of playing cards. The “cards” will be able to show live data similar to a Windows Phone live tile.

BB10 peeking and card desk pictures from Pocket-Lint

BlackBerry Peek allows users to take a glimpse at the hub, wherever they may be in the BB10 OS or an app, without exiting or switching from their current activity. This single finger feature lets users swipe to the right to take a look at inboxes and social notifications. Pulling down lets users look ahead in their calendar. Elsewhere in the OS contacts are fused with their previous calls, messages and social network news, again like in Windows Phone (the People app).

Another interesting aspect of the new BB10 is the BlackBerry Balance system. This is where the BlackBerry owner will have two accounts on the phone, for instance, one for work and one for personal. There will be some overlap where necessary, like in the calendar, after all there is only one of you, but to look at work things from the personal side would require a password. These kinds of OS rules are probably meant to appeal to enterprise with an eye on the BYOD dilemma.

Finally looking at hardware, Pocket Lint says that “RIM has announced it is releasing a second developer device called the Alpha Dev B” and “they've already given out 5,000 of the first version - that will allow developers who apply to see how some of the new features work without actually giving them a full working phone” CEO Thorsten Heins said BlackBerry keyboards, both software and hardware will be taken to a whole new level thanks to improvements in predictive text.

Launch date slips out

It is quite possible that the launch date for BB10 phones is 21st January 2013. RIM asked for BB10 apps to be submitted before that date and Alec Saunders, vice-president of developer relations for Research In Motion, announced that developers who get apps in for “launch” will receive a limited edition BB10 device. Pocket Lint reports that after saying the word “launch” Mr Saunders “visibly paused”, whoops.



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I jumped on the Blackberry Playbook bandwagon when they were going for £129 at Pcworld. To be honest I was very taken by the build quality and UI. Very very nice device, now if they can implement the Android App Store more fully instead of pretending to have their own and concentrate on building quality devices with excellent UIs they could carve out a market for themselves I'm sure.

What was particularly refreshing was that the user interface is nothing akin to the iOS or Android systems, and it works beautifully.
I would say yawn, but there are a lack of smartphones on android , ios, or windows that have qwert keypads, which RIM need to continue exploit.
Looks quite androidy, not that thats a bad thing but its slightly uninspired. I do quite like the ‘peek’ idea, much better take on multi-tasking than any of the other mobile OSes i have seen so far.
I really hope RIM make this a success as I'm sick of using a touchscreen to type.
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I jumped on the Blackberry Playbook bandwagon when they were going for £129 at Pcworld. To be honest I was very taken by the build quality and UI. Very very nice device, now if they can implement the Android App Store more fully instead of pretending to have their own and concentrate on building quality devices with excellent UIs they could carve out a market for themselves I'm sure. What was particularly refreshing was that the user interface is nothing akin to the iOS or Android systems, and it works beautifully.
Pretty tempted by the current “fire sale” on the PlayBook's - e.g. local PC World has the 64GB model for that ridiculous (£129) price. Thinking that this'd make a good/cheap Android tablet if I couldn't sideload Android apps. :p
Only thing that's putting me off is how efficient this TI processor is compared to the Tegra3 in the Nexus.
Everything in the new BB10 flows around the BlackBerry Hub. Just like in the BlackBerry Playbook OS there will still be apps but they float above the hub like a stack of playing cards.
Erm, like webOS then?

Joking aside, I really hope that someone ports the webOS UI layer to Android (if it's possible). If you've not got 100's of apps then I find it an easier/faster way to interact than either ICS or iOS.