Research in Motion recently confirmed that the BlackBerry 10 release date is indeed on schedule for early 2013 and will follow the long-awaited reveal of the new range scheduled for January 30th. The event is to manifest as a massive global launch that will see the first wave of BlackBerry 10 devices and the new OS debut in dozens of countries spanning the globe, as RIM makes perhaps its final attempt to refloat an already largely sunken ship.
Meanwhile, a sneak-peek video has made its way online from a Spanish technology blog granted a ten minute demonstration of the new BlackBerry 10 – albeit in Dev Alpha form. However, the build of BlackBerry 10 OS the device was running is said to be pretty much identical to that earmarked for release next year, so what specs and features did the new video highlight?
First up comes the revamped lock screen, which quite neatly changes into icon when the user moves their finger to different points on the screen. The video also gives a good insight into what RIM has dubbed BlackBerry Flow – an all-new feature that allows the user to easily switch between open Apps.
Multitasking is also destined to play a key role in the BlackBerry 10’s quest for brownie-points, offering a dedicated screen for the most efficient multitasking experience. In addition, the new video also gives a fleeting-glance at the new BlackBerry 10 App World, which has come to be one of the biggest sticking points of all in terms of pre-release critique and expectations.
RIM has openly admitted that the number of BlackBerry 10 Apps available on its release date will not come close to those of Apple or iOS, but has repeatedly insisted that the BB10 drive is 100% focused on quality, rather than quantity.
BlackBerry 10 represents the next, the most important and perhaps even the final chapter of RIM’s legacy, meaning that whatever the new range and OS brings to the table, it has no choice other than to hit a home run.