RIM’s first BlackBerry 10-powered device, surfaced online a few weeks ago. It gave a glimpse of hope to resurrect the BlackBerry lineup and also rejuvenate the brand.
Now, a few slides from a “partner” document showcases the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS in great detail. Overall, solid. So, until RIM officially release the OS and devices in “the later part of 2012″, here’s some good info on what we could expect. It’s known that the BlackBerry 10 OS will have a similar layout to how the PlayBook currently looks/operates, just simply scaled down to work on a smartphone.
According to these images it seems that there’ll be a full set of newly re-designed icons, plus the introduction of “widgets” to the homescreen – just like Android, Windows Phone and other OS’ have. Other notable takeaways from the selection of screenshots shows RIM taking the Universal Inbox to BB 10, a beautiful – very Windows Phone like – dialer and contact info, along with a video chat icon.
What is BlackBerry OS 10 actually trying to achieve?
According to the creator of QNX, Dan Dodge, the new platform promises a single unified platform for the company’s smartphones, tablets, embed devices in cars, as well as enterprise, and cloud services.
Is BlackBerry OS 10 coming to my tablet?
The new OS will eventually replace the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 operating system that is about to roll out to the company’s tablet.
Is BlackBerry OS 10 coming to my smartphone?
As part of the single, unified system that Dan Dodge talks about, it is bringing the same functionality that is offered to PlayBook users to the mobile phone smartphone arena. RIM has said that BlackBerry OS 10 will be released on phones in 2012.
That mid 2012 smartphone launch is rumoured to be the BlackBerry Colt. It, if the rumours are to believed, will feature a 1.2Ghz processor (the same as the BlackBerry Bold 9900) and be a touchscreen only device ditching the QWERTY keyboard all together. The Colt should get dual cameras, though there’s no word on either’s resolution.
BlackBerry OS 10: OS for all
Following in the footsteps of iOS 5 and Android 4.0, OS 10 will provide a platform that both BlackBerry tablets and smartphones will be able to access and benefit from. Built from the ground up, RIM plans to deliver ‘real-time mobile experiences,’ and will support BlackBerry cloud services.
BlackBerry OS 10 Open Source
RIM has made the step to allow developers access to around 100 open source libraries which should entice more potential developers and companies into choosing BlackBerry as their platform of choice
BlackBerry OS 10 HTML 5
It’s good news for developers that HTML 5 is set to play an important role in OS 10 ensuring apps created work across all devices, promising a seamless experience which should make future phones and tablets genuine ‘pick up and play’ business devices.
Research In Motion is hoping that all these tools and power will mean great games, something that devices like the iPad enjoy already. The Native SDK provides access to OpenGL ES 2.0 (for 3D graphics) and Open AL (for multichannel 3D audio), along with gesture input. In short that should give us better looking games than the BlackBerry phones can currently offer.
On a gaming front RIM believes that the PlayBook running BlackBerry OS 10 would be good enough to match the original Xbox, while a second gen PlayBook (not confirmed) would be equivalent to a PS3. Impressive claims.
BlackBerry OS 10: Cascades
BlackBerry fans can expect a massively overhauled user interface experience courtesy of Cascades which in the hands of developers, should deliver richer, more visually stunning environments with the potential for 3D graphics and more sophisticated animations.
BlackBerry OS 10: Super App
It sounds exciting and we sincerely hope it lives up to its super billing, RIM claims Super Apps will bring more deeper intergration between OS 10 apps. So expect always-on Push services and BBM integration.
BlackBerry OS 10: Release date
When will we see the first BlackBerry BBX smartphone or tablet? Well the OS 10 SDK has yet to reach developers, so we might have to wait until late next year before we see a BlackBerry PlayBook 2 or a raft of BlackBerry smartphones packing the exciting new OS.
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