Brave new world of BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry has unveiled its eagerly anticipated operating system and the first two phones to run on it.

31 Jan 2013


BlackBerry has unveiled its eagerly anticipated operating system and the first two phones to run on it.

Black Berry 10

BlackBerry 10 and the pair of handsets made their debut as the world watched, with press events in major global cities running live streams of the main launch in New York.

The firm has also changed its name from Research in Motion (RIM) to BlackBerry and the Z10 and Q10 are the first handsets of this new era.

The Z10 is controlled via a 4.2-inch touchscreen, and the Q10 features BlackBerry's trademark QWERTY keyboard and a smaller 3.1-inch screen.

The handsets are powered by BlackBerry 10, an operating system designed to help make life easier whether we're at work or play.

The OS allows us to combine both a work phone and a personal phone in one handset, which BlackBerry hopes will inspire us to swap our standard two devices for one that covers both work and home.

Thorsten Heins, president and chief executive, said people can use their phone for both work and personal use while keeping them separately secure.

So although a user will be able to view their work and home calendars via the same interface, the two are completely segregated.

Another main feature of the OS is the BlackBerry Hub, a single inbox synching messages and missed calls with updates from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The Hub can be accessed by swiping to the right from anywhere in the phone.

And when you're done, just reverse the swipe to get back to where you were.

Features such as the Hub mean people can find what they want fast, with the company saying "BlackBerry people are those who want to simply get stuff done".

People who like to get stuff done often do more than one thing at a time, or multitask.

BlackBerry says the new interface is capable of "true multitasking", with the ability to run as many as eight apps simultaneously. What's more, four of these can be seen in shrunken versions on the same screen.

You can also use the BBM messaging app to have video chats with friends; while the Screenshare app means whoever you're chatting to can look at pictures on your screen via virtual access.

When talking about who the phones were aimed at, Heins said: "People who want to get the most out of their smartphone.
"People who need balance in both their personal and professional lives. People who want everything in one place, people who want to flow seamlessly from app to app."

The Z10 goes on sale on Thursday, while the Q10 is expected in April.