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BlackBerry 10 OS announced, multi-tasking and gesture-based UI take centre stage

BlackBerry  10OS announced

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BlackBerry announced its brand new BlackBerry 10 OS at a slick launch event in New York. BB10, which is a big departure from the company’s past attempts at touchscreen OS, will be available with the new handsets that were also announced at the event.

The new OS will be available on the new devices Z10 and Q10, but the big news is that the BlackBerry Playbook will also see an update to BB10 in the near future. The tablet should play nicely with the new OS.

It was a great moment at the event when BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said, “Two years ago we had to make a very serious decision: adopt someone else’s platform or build a whole new one from the ground up. We made the decision to go it alone.” And one of the decisions that BlackBerry made was to make the device multitasking friendly and put it at the forefront of the device rather than have widgets or just apps. This panel will also be used to switch between apps and this is the main panel on your BlackBerry 10 phone. Enter BlackBerry Flow. Essentially, it is the multitasking panel from which you can access all open apps and switch between them with just a couple of actions. The panel is accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the phone.

Details of BlackBerry 10 OS

BlackBerry Hub is a collection of all notifications you receive, but it’s more than just a plain unified inbox. At the event, Heins said, “It’s like a universal inbox on steroids.” Everything from email to text messages to BBM and GTalk pings will be seen here, but you can also see your contacts from within the Hub and also reply directly to tweets and post status messages from here.

 

 

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A neat feature is the easy access gesture, called BlackBerry Peek, that lets you take a gander at the pending notifications or the status of your inbox. All you have to do is swipe up from the bottom of the screen and take a 90-degree turn to the right.

BlackBerry has laid plenty of emphasis on using just a thumb to interact. It also made it a point to say that the OS doesn’t involve jumping in and out of screens as much as rival platforms.

We have already seen plenty of videos of the new BlackBerry touch keyboard in action. The prediction engine is really swanky and adapts to the way you type. There is also a very cool secondary heat map layer under the keyboard that invisibly increases the click area for any letter based on how awry your aim at the letter can be.

 

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As far as the UI is concerned RIM is heavily gesture reliant. With no hardware navigation buttons in sight, it is certainly a clean look. Thankfully there is not an ounce of boring in the UI, but it is in no way peppy or garish. It also looks well organised, with even spacing between icons, and between the lines on the default apps like Email and BBM. There is certainly something very BlackBerry about it all, but with a modern twist.

Eventually, any OS is all about apps. And BB10 brings a truckload of them. Well begun is half done. This is the largest collection of apps at launch by any OS. The app store is called BlackBerry World and it includes 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps at launch. The new BlackBerry World will include a wide range of songs, movies and TV shows, with most movies coming to the store the day they are released on DVD, and next day availability of many TV series. The offering will feature content from all major studios, music labels and broadcast networks. BlackBerry 10 users will have access to leading apps from the likes of Disney, Cisco, Foursquare, Skype and Rovio. We will be bringing you a more in-depth look at BlackBerry World.

The company also showed off other features of the OS. BlackBerry Balance keeps your professional and personal lives separate. Users can switch between the two modes using a simple gesture. Work apps are kept segregated from your play apps. BlackBerry Messenger has also been spruced up. Now you can place voice and video calls through the app. A great new feature is the PC-like BBM Screenshare, which literally lets you share your screen while on a call. It works in virtual real time across continents.

A new app is the BlackBerry Remember, which lets you mark emails, texts, notes, photos, voice notes etc. They are all arranged in one place for you to check them. It also pulls in your notes from Evernote so you can access them in one place.

 

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The Camera app looks pretty standard with tap to focus, but BlackBerry has introduced the Time Shift feature, which clicks several photos in burst mode and lets you go back in time to pick the image where a subject hasn’t blinked or missed the moment. The camera app has a built-in photo editor for adjusting images. Story Maker lets you build slideshows with sound, captions, photos and video right from the handset. And you can also add in neat transitions to the whole effort.

The new BlackBerry 10 browser, the company claims, sets the industry benchmark for HTML5 support on smartphones and supports multiple tabs, private browsing, a reader mode, and lets users share content easily. BlackBerry has also baked in support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to effectively connect and manage devices as other ActiveSync devices in a company. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 allows secure access to work email, “behind the firewall” applications and data, and benefit from other security and enterprise mobility management features.

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6 comments

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    i had been watching, and serta, memphis, keesha and libra were speaking about sex and stuff. they stated that keesha pleasured herself during vacation….? i believe thats the things they stated.

    what’s this “vacation” place? they pointed out that they are afraid there is cameras, and so i assume it requires the overall game. libra also pointed out getting matthew mccounaghey movies there.

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    So I am due for any free upgrade on my cell phone plan and I am discussing between your rim z10 or even the apple iphone 5. I like the rim but I am a bit reluctant due to the business’s history clearly. I love the apple iphone since it is an established phone with a lot of applications available. However I like a few of the additional features from the rim 10 like the keyboard, the hub and also the dual business/pleasure feature. So far as phone smart…I’d most likely venture for that rim despite the fact that the telephone is totally new and sure less refined because the apple iphone. But the truth that they merely have 70,000 applications available is certainly an adverse. Does anybody determine if you will see applications like snapchat or what’sApp, or perhaps games like temple run etc.

    I’d really appreciate any ideas everyone have within the matter, and just what information you’ve which i might not know (I’ve done a good research session, but mainly on features only). Could it be worthwhile to check the waters again with rim, or opt for the proven apple iphone?

    Cheers

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    I really hope all of them switch on Jesse…I can not stand him….he’s sooo filled with themself…”it does not matter who plays within the VETO comp…nobody is a menace to me..psychologically or physically” @@

    Guess he was wrong…hahaha

    Yes…I’ve chosen for Serta about 10 occasions to date=)

    Ivana…To be sure…it’s a game title also it would appear in my experience you would like to “feel one another out” (No Ollie/April pun intended)…before giving your word!!

    Heck, it’s BB, everybody really wants to win..duh!

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    I’ve got a Rim Bold 9900 and well honestly it sucks,and thus does almost every other rim phone.The only real reason i’ve it’s due to BBM which explains why I personally use it anyways so I have been wondering could it be worth purchasing the rim Z10 if there are just BBM to provide I believe i ought to change to some home windows phone ( Nokia Lumia maybe?) oh contributing to the applications will the application world offer decent and simple to utilize applications or will I must suffer the slow and crappy compatibility such as the other Rim phones

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    Should you viewed E4`s Dead Set, The fake BB Participants thought Your government was playing together by not moving cameras , opening the diary room, and never reacting to anything.

    Would that be considered a good job for BB10

    To determine the way the Housemates respond and just how they act, when they thought they werent being viewed any longer.

    Or would i be boring..?

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    Setting up a Airport terminal Wireless Entry Way, apple airport terminal

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