Research In Motion (RIM) disclosed its vision for the long–awaited BlackBerry 10 platform at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando. The company has set out for itself in delivering the new platform.
Some new key features were demonstrated, including keyboard and gesture. The touch-based keyboard is perhaps the most shocking. Buttons are large and swipe gestures can be used to pull up symbols and numbers. RIM plans to integrate gesture controls into BB10. For instance, users can answer or reject calls by performing a long press then swiping up or down. The phone has been improved with the cameral software. Users can touch anywhere on a photo to go back in time after snapping it.
The Waterloo-headquartered multinational telecommunications company is distributing a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device to help developers get started on the platform. This testing unit will support the developer community by proving necessary tools to build applications for BB10 devices. "Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and ‘wow’ customers,” said Alec Saunders, vice president of Developer Relations and Ecosystems Development at RIM.
Research In Motion aimed to reserve huge market-share losses to Google Inc’s Android and Apple Inc. The Waterloo-headquartered company is starting from scratch with its next-generation BlackBerry 10.
BlackBerry 10 has touch-sensitive frame which allows users to swipe to call up a menu.
Perhaps, RIM made its most crucial launch in its history this year.
The new on-screen keyboard offers predictive next word suggestions.
BlackBerry 10 platform will be compatible with few of the applications available for its existing phones.
The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha has a 4.2-inch touchscreen at a resolution of 1,280 by 768 pixels and Micro USB for charging and debugging.
Some features of the BlackBerry 10 operating system running on a prototype device were revealed.
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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha on Display at the BlackBerry World 2012 Keynote General Session