According to sources inside Research in Motion, the release of mobile devices using the new BlackBerry 10 operating system is ahead of schedule and phones using the OS will debut at BlackBerry World in Orlando this May 1st.
Last year, many analysts expected an early 2012 launch of the new BlackBerry 10 phones, but on the company’s Q3 Conference call December 15th, then co-CEO Mike Lazardis revealed the phones would not be available until “the latter half of 2012…” Lazaridis said the delay is because of a dual-core processing chip that would not be available until that time.
RIM has a lot riding on BlackBerry 10, the phones containing it will be the first to use RIM’s new QNX operating system, the one used in the BlackBerry PlayBook. The operating system was meant to be named BBX, but was changed after a US court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, issued a temporary order against RIM after a company named BASIS argued it had been using the name since 1985.
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RIM acquired QNX in April 2010. The Ottawa-based company was founded in 1980 and acquired by Harman International in 2004. QNX developed an operating system called the QNX Neutrino, which is more familiar to those familiar with OS’s used in mission critical environments, such as high speed trains in Europe and Japan, nuclear power plants, even the Canadarm.
The move to launch at BlackBerry World comes after the Waterloo mobile giant was relatively quiet at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Cantech Letter’s sources say the debut of the BlackBerry 10 phones is part of a larger, more long-term effort to release products at its own BlackBerry World conference.
Ahead of schedule would really be turning over a new leaf for RIM. Great news competition in the sector is need. iPhone is now boring, android unintelligeble. Windows phone does look interesting however.
RIM would only be able to shock and awe if
1. Release early
2. Release fewer but more powerful, functional devices
3. Release with specs well-ahead of android. Quad core is overkill? Never.
Do you think RIM needs fewer phones, Chris?
How I see it, they need to do 3, maybe 4 phones.
Bold type Keyboard phone with all bells & whistles
Touch screen Phone with all bells & Whistles
Budget Phone for emerging markets same screen as “bold” type phone, less bells and whistles
Maybe a slider Touch and Keyboard. Only thing is, screen has to be identical to the full touch phone so developers don’t have to code for so many screens, although obviousl there will be things to code for .
RIM must launch early to surprise people and show that they are on track. But, the Blackberry 10 phones MUST be fully functional and cannot be missing any important features (especially those that the iPhone has). They must also have excellent specs, build quality and materials, and be beautiful.
I feel they should have a maximum of four devices – three would be better. The fewer the better. 1. The typical physical keyboard/touchscreen model a la Bold 9900 but a major improvement. It needs a larger screen (preferably scalable to the next phone’s screen size so as to require less app modifications). 2. A full touch only device with ~4″ screen. It must be thin and have at least HSPA+ capabilities. Being a world phone would be a plus (for all models). I feel this phone would be the flagship model. 3. Perhaps a slider model (IMO not needed) or a new budget model a la Curve. It could be a cheaper version of the physical keyboard/touchscreen model or the full touchscreen model.
Blackberry 10 must also include cloud features, be unifiable across models and with the Playbook. It needs to have DLNA and Wifi Direct. It MUST be smooth and fast, not stutter like many Android products – this is vital as Apple products do not stutter/jerk. Apps need to be there. This will be difficult as I don’t think Blackberry’s phone apps will be up to par for Blackberry 10. They need to be like the Playbook apps. The software needs to be secure, functional, yet also visually stunning. It needs to include every current feature plus more. RIM needs to ensure they also throw in some new stuff that nobody else has and improve upon current features. Most importantly, it needs to just work.
Good luck RIM! Make me want to switch from my iPhone 4!
You wont have to build for multiple screens: They are maintaining aspect ratios. BBX also has the ability to upload multiple dimension graphics
BB10 should be a touch screen version, one high spec (quad core) and another slightly lower spec (dual core). BB10 should cater for consumer market which needs a big screen 3.7 or above.
Slider keyboard might be a good idea, 9900 type is a dying breed.
Unfortunately, some of us are old enough to have coded with Basis’ BBX. 😉
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