BlackBerry OS 10 Phones
BlackBerry 10 Phones showcasing a new down for BlackBerry Ltd.
BlackBerry OS 10 Phones:What are your expectations?
The new BlackBerry OS 10 Phones were released on 30th January, 2013 with the initial plan to sell them first in the UK . These are BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 . It took close to 17 months for the development and release of the BlackBerry 10 Operating System. According to management of Research In Motion which has now been changed to BlackBerry, the delay in the launch of the long awaited BlackBerry 10 was predicated on the need not to sacrifice quality just for the sake of market presence.
The eventual released of the new BlackBerry OS 10 Phones was greeted with a lot of expectations as this is hope to revamped the ailing manufacturer of one time pace setter Smartphone and a market leader in the Industry.
BlackBerry 10 brought a remarkable departure from the traditional BlackBerry Operating System in what have been described as an extension of the multitasking operating environment which BlackBerry is known for.
Peculiarities of BlackBerry OS 10 Phones
The BlackBerry Z10 is a touch screen multitasking operating environment Smartphone While the BlackBerry Q10 is much smaller (3.2inch display) with Qwerty Keyboard. BlackBerry Q5 is also with Qwerty keyboard but with less specifications. BlackBerry Z10 was succeeded by BlackBerry Z30 released on 13th September,2013 with the launch of BlackBerry OS 10.2.
Z3 and Q20 are expected in the market soon with version latest BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS as gathered from the World mobile congress, 2014.The new OS came with improved features.There are two terms that define the operations and navigation on the home Screen of the "BlackBerry revolution", these are the “Flow” and “Peek”.
The “Flow” is a term used by BlackBerry to mean the ease with which a user of the new BlackBerry 10 OS swipe or navigate from one Application to the other without necessarily exiting the Home screen or use the hardware buttons which is customary in most smartphones. The “Peek” on the other hand means the gesture that takes a user of the phone to the BlackBerry Hub in case there is a notification.
The BlackBerry Hub
The BlackBerry Hub is a unified inbox that contains notifications such as SMS, twitter, Facebook, Linkedln and the BlackBerry Messenger. The user can decide to quickly access any of the notifications without necessarily exiting the Application prior to the notification with just a click, it will open.
The new BlackBerry Z10 can run eight applications simultaneously on the screen without necessarily having to exit the screen for the sake of accessing any of the Applications at launch. That is a user can minimise an application already running while at the same time open other applications.
The virtual keyboard and the physical Keyboard is a big improvement in the new BlackBerry OS. The term prediction is used to show case a development of upcoming words suggestions as one type via the keyboard. This brings about some typing ease and hence speeds up the process.
The New BlackBerry Messenger
The instant messaging platform on the BlackBerry Smartphone is primary to the huge success the then RIM made in the Smartphone Market. Hence any substantial improvement on the BlackBerry Smartphone without directly improving on this platform is not complete.
The BlackBerry OS 7 which is the last substantive upgrade in the BB OS brought about the possibility of audio messaging on the BB Messenger Software.
BlackBerry Screen and Video Share
The new BlackBerry OS 10 Phones came with additional possibility of video instant messaging. Users can share what is on their Home screen with each other or among themselves in the case of conference instant Messaging.
Improved Internet Facility
The web browser is a superior one and faster than the previous model. This is as correction of the hitherto short coming in some of the past BlackBerry models. Browsing can either be through the 3G network with a provision for 4G LTE or via Wi-Fi with a NFC(near Field Communication) facility.
Time Shift Camera
BlackBerry OS 10 makes multiple photo frames display possible and amazingly users can easily adjust photos and correct issues such as a closes eyes to suit personal preference.
Third Party Application
BlackBerry 10 accommodates over 70000 third-party applications. Applications can either be downloaded via the BlackBerry World or be sideloaded from the Android application store. The world of third-party application possibilities extends to Google Android. With the release of BlackBerry 10.2.1 Users can upload applications directly from Google play store. Otherwise sideloading can be employed.
The review of the new BlackBerry 10 OS phones at launch by some analysts was pessimistic. Some reviewers were of the opinion that there is no legendary applications that are not perhaps similar to what is obtainable in the likes of Apple iOS and Android OS, the fact remains that BlackBerry has its own peculiarities. The allowance for multi-platform applications is an added advantage that has since yielded a positive outcome.
Its encrypted messaging and communication platform it provides will remain a deciding factor for those who are more concerned about secured transactions. There is also personal loyalty factor which could be psychological when one is used to a particular way of doing things.
Although the learning curve may be steep for those who are not use to the Android based phones. But that is not a factor to worry about; it is a matter of time since the whole process worth the improvement or perhaps a more recent and easier way of doing things. So let watch out for the new BlackBerry OS 10 Phones to succeed.