Above is a photo of RIM’s official dev unit for the BlackBerry 10 platform. The dev unit is a 4.2-inch and 1280 x 768 display. The phone has 16GB internal storage and 1GB of RAM. New RIM CEO Thorsten Heins was the host of the event. People representing 150 countries were in the audience.
About 87% of BlackBerry users utilize social networking per day. There are 55 million BlackBerry Messenger subscribers and 77 million BlackBerry users around the world.
Heins said that the company has designers working on BlackBerry 10. “We want to make sure we get it right,” said Heins. The final hardware and software will be coming later this year.
Some of the features of BlackBerry 10 include:
– Easy sliding gestures to switch apps.
– Everything runs real-time in the background.
– The touch-keyboard uses predictive algorithms. You can swipe down to go to different keyboard layouts.
– Autocorrect words are displayed next to the key that you naturally have to type next. When you swipe across the keyboard, you will see the words disappear.
RIM also showed BlackBerry 10 connected to a car. “This car in itself is a connected ecosystem. It has screens in the back for video conferencing or gaming. It’s all run by BB10,” stated RIM head of software portfolio Vivek Bhardwaj.