Research in Motion’s long-awaited BlackBerry 10 project is to be similar to its predecessor by way of name only. Speaking this Tuesday to delegates at a conference, RIM’s director of enterprise sales, Nick Dawson, told those in attendance that BlackBerry 10 has been built literally from scratch and does not resemble anything the company has ever come up with before.
Now scheduled for a release date during Q1 of next year, BlackBerry 10 apparently does not share a single line of coding with any BlackBerry device created so far.
I would liken it to starting off from Windsor in your car and replacing every single piece of it so that by the time you reach Ottawa, you’re driving an entirely new vehicle.” Dawson told the delegates.
Dawson also took the opportunity to respond directly to ongoing criticisms that BlackBerry devices have always been limited in terms of apps and content access. He struck back and defended the 110,000 apps expected to be available by the time the BlackBerry 10 release date rolls around, stating that although “the fruit company says it has more, I’ve never met anyone who has more than 110,000 applications on their phone.”
In order to cater to BlackBerry’s existing fan-base of devotees particularly across corporate markets, BlackBerry 10 is to launch as a full touch-screen device range, with a full keyboard model to follow shortly afterwards.
The keyboard is to be complemented with RIM’s most advanced predictive text feature yet, allowing for fast and fluid operation in several languages.
In addition, BlackBerry Messenger and email functions will remain largely as they have come to be known, though will be enormously easier to access and operate with BlackBerry 10.
According to Dawson, RIM’s aim is to once again build the world’s most advanced and secure corporate IT system, while enjoying just as much success “on the personal side.”