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THE ALL-NEW BB10 OP­ER­AT­ING SYS­TEM HAS ENOUGH TO LET BLACK­BERRY TAKE ON THE COM­PLE­TION

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES - BY NIDHI SINGAL

The orig­i­nal smart­phone gi­ant, Re­search in Mo­tion’s for­tunes changed dras­ti­cally with the launch of Ap­ple’s iPhone and Google’s An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem. For a few years, RIM has been play­ing catch up, but im­proved ver­sions of its op­er­at­ing sys­tem were still un­able to sa­ti­ate the de­mands of cus­tomers who were spoilt for choice. With BB7 be­ing termed a dis­as­ter, the com­pany took a leaf out of Mi­crosoft’s book and devel­oped an op­er­at­ing from scratch. We take a look at the Black­Berry 10 op­er­at­ing sys­tem and the first wave of de­vices un­veiled late Jan­uary.

BLACK­BERRY 10

The BB10 is a fresh take and hardly re­sem­bles the ear­lier ver­sions of op­er­at­ing sys­tems from Black­Berry. It has a ges­ture-based in­ter­face that will sup­port, learn and adapt the way you work. BLACK­BERRY HUB A sin­gle lo­ca­tion to man­age all con­ver­sa­tions, email, BBM mes­sages, so­cial me­dia up­dates and no­ti­fi­ca­tions, users can “peek” into the Black­Berry Hub from any­where. You’re al­ways only one swipe away from what mat­ters to you. BLACK­BERRY FLOW BB10 en­ables features and apps to flow seam­lessly to­gether, help­ing you com­plete the task at hand ef­fort­lessly and ef­fi­ciently. For ex­am­ple, you can tap on a par­tic­i­pant in a meet­ing to see their lat­est tweet or LinkedIn pro­file.

BLACK­BERRY Q10

The smart­phone that is likely to be much more pop­u­lar than the Z10 is the Q10 – a touch and type de­vice. The Black­Berry Q10 will have a 3.1-inch touch dis­play with 720x720p res­o­lu­tion and a QWERTY key­pad (key­pad looks sim­i­lar to the one on the BB9900). It will have a TI OMAP 1.5GHz dual-core pro­ces­sor along with 2GB RAM. Wi-Fi; As­sisted, Au­tonomous, and Si­mul­ta­ne­ous GPS; NFC; mi­croUSB; mi­croHDMI-Out and Blue­tooth 4.0 are some of the con­nec­tiv­ity features on­board. The back of the Q10 has been crafted of glass-weave ma­te­rial, which the com­pany claims is ex­clu­sive to the Q10. The BBZ10 is likely to be launched in In­dia by the last week of Fe­bru­ary 2013 while the Q10 will be avail­able glob­ally only in April 2013.

BLACK­BERRY Z10

The BB Z10 is a com­plete touch de­vice with a 4.2-inch ca­pac­i­tive dis­play. It is pow­ered by Qual­comm’s MSM8960 Snap­dragon Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait pro­ces­sor paired with 2GB RAM. There will also be a 16GB on­board stor­age along with an ex­pand­able me­mory of up to 32 GB. The 8MP cam­era on­board draws ben­e­fits from the Time Shift fea­ture of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

Mean­while, the key­board un­der­stands and adapts to you, learn­ing what words you use and how you use them, then of­fer­ing them to you so that you can type faster and more ac­cu­rately.

BLACK­BERRY BAL­ANCE

This new ad­di­tion el­e­gantly sep­a­rates and secures en­ter­prise ap­pli­ca­tions and data from per­sonal con­tent on Black­Berry de­vices.

TIME SHIFT & STORY MAKER

The former is an in­no­va­tive cam­era fea­ture that lets you cap­ture a group shot where ev­ery­one is smil­ing with their eyes wide open. The lat­ter lets you bring a col­lec­tion of pho­tos and videos to­gether, along with mu­sic and ef­fects, to pro­duce an HD movie that you can in­stantly share.

BLACK­BERRY 10 BROWSER

The new browser, which sets the in­dus­try bench­mark for HTML5 sup­port on smart­phones, is in­cred­i­bly fast. Scrolling or zoom­ing is fluid and re­spon­sive. The browser in­cludes many ad­vanced features, sup­ports mul­ti­ple tabs, lets you browse sites pri­vately, in­cludes a reader mode, and in­te­grates with the plat­form for easy shar­ing of con­tent.

BLACK­BERRY RE­MEM­BER

This com­bines memos, tasks and much more into a sin­gle ex­pe­ri­ence. It helps you or­gan­ise and man­age in­for­ma­tion you have on your smart­phone around projects or ideas, let­ting you col­lect con­tent such as web­sites, emails, pho­tos, doc­u­ments, and other files, and then like a to- do list it lets you cre­ate tasks, as­sign due dates, and track your progress. If your Black­Berry 10 smart­phone is set up with a work ac­count, your Mi­crosoft Out­look Tasks will au­to­mat­i­cally be wire­lessly synced with Black­Berry Re­mem­ber.

BLACK­BERRY SAFE­GUARD

TECH­NOL­OGY

This helps pro­tect what is im­por­tant to you, and the com­pany you work for.

APPS

The com­pany claims there are over 70,000 apps for BB10. If the launch was any in­di­ca­tion, this will in­clude many of the top 100 apps on iOS and An­droid.

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