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THE ALL-NEW BB10 OPERATING SYSTEM HAS ENOUGH TO LET BLACKBERRY TAKE ON THE COMPLETION
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This helps protect what is important to you, and the company you work for.
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.