The new BlackBerry 10 is coming out on January 30th. The BlackBerry Z10 is one of the six expected BB10-powered devices expected to be released in 2013. RIM doesn’t have any carrier-exclusive phones coming out this year, which is great for any consumer who wants to try out the new software.
And the software is new. This isn’t just an updated OS, it’s entirely new, and hopefully gives Blackberry a fighting chance at the #3 smartphone OS. BB 10 is able to manage up to nine active applications at once, freezing others in the background, laying them out in a 4 x 4 grid that you can scroll down through. You enter any app simply by tapping on it, and you can hit the X in its lower right corner to shut it down.
Since Blackberry has been working in business environments for so long, RIM has a decided advantage. It also has various features that will make it ideal for working within IT departments in companies. IT departments are able to set up their own app stores for employees to give them access to custom apps they need to have for work.
On the 30th, two of the 6 handsets are going to be released: a touchscreen version and a model with a hardware keyboard.
BlackBerry 10’s Touchscreen Keyboard
The Z10 is the first BlackBerry-powered device that does not include a physical keyboard. According to BB’s website, the touchscreen version keyboard “provides an effortless typing experience” by suggesting words as you type. It uses an adaptive technology to “learn” your writing style and suggest likely words, and if you regularly mistype certain letters, it will adjust to make sure the right key is used.
The X10, however, will arrive with a full QWERTY keyboard, to keep the niche market of consumers fond of a physical keyboard on their phones. As of now, no details about the other four new devices from BlackBerry are known to the public.
The BlackBerry Hub
BlackBerry Hub combines social media, messages and email to let you easily check all of your important texts, emails and contact on social media from any app.
BB10 can also actively separate work and personal life by designating applications, and email accounts as “personal” or “work” and just push a button to make personal email accounts, applications and notifications disappear during the work day and vice versa.