The former company known RIM or Research In Motion had a little phone called BlackBerry. You know the phone with that physical keyboard where almost everyone had or wanted till the iPhone came and changed everything. Apple on the rise and RIM on decline, BlackBerry has shown a lackluster of great phones (Blackberry Storm) and a decent OS (Blackberry 6 and 7) that lead to a company that was losing money left and right and close to selling its own hardware division. That might have changed. Today the company introduced its new Blackberry smartphone along with its mobile operating system.
This is the Blackberry Z10, the first Blackberry smartphone using its new OS Blackberry 10. The phone will have 4.2 inch 1280 x 768, 356ppi LCD display. Inside the phone contains a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with microSD expansion up to 64GB. On the camera will contain a 8 megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 1080p video capture and 2 megapixel front facing camera capable of 720p video and have a nice Photo Editing feature. It will have 4G LTE capable on both GSM and CDMA carriers But what about the software and apps though.
Camera Photo Editor
There is also a second phone called the Q10. This phone will have a 3.1 inch, 720 x 720 display. Not much of the phone spec wise but what makes this phone interesting is the return of the physical keyboard.
But what about the software and apps?
Blackberry 10: Software and Apps
Blackberry 10 was announced back in May and since been building anticipation for it. There has been few features revealed here and there but the one thing is that the navigation of the OS is gesture based. Swipe up from the locks to swiping right to their Unified Inbox are many ways to navigate the OS. Three screens are the focus of the OS with Blackberry Hub, Home, and the App Drawer. The Blackberry Hub contains a Unified Inbox that stores your Text, MMS, BBM, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and possibly others all under one window. There are other features such as Story Maker and Remember that shown in the videos below. As for the apps, BB10 will have around 70,000 apps today and possibly more around US launch. Expect the big apps like Rdio, Skype, Angry Birds Star Wars, Whats App already there with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Foursquare preloaded in the software. Instagram and Netlfix apps were not announced but I think there are talks for them to come.
Blackberry 10, Z10, and Q10 do look promising for the company but will succeed with the likes of iOS and Android. The Z10 will available on January 31st in the UK (EE, O2, Vodafone, Phones 4u, BT, 3UK and the Carphone Warehouse), February 5th in Canada (Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Virgin, SaskTel, Fido, and Koodo) , and March in US (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint). Pricing will vary on each carrier so expect more info on them in the coming days or months
O, and that name change…….