Research in Motion has announced that it will launch the BlackBerry 10 operating system in multiple countries at the end of January 2013. The launch of RIM’s next-generation smartphone OS, which will be based on the same QNX architecture that the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is powered by, will be accompanied by the launch of two new smartphones as well, and RIM is saying that the launch will occur ‘simultaneously in multiple countries’ on that date.
“Thanks to our strong partnerships with global carriers and a growing ecosystem of developers, we believe our customers will have the best experience possible with BlackBerry 10,” says company head Thorsten Heins. “We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world.”
In the U.S., wireless carriers T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless have both confirmed they will be carrying devices based on RIM’s new platform. RIM is speculated to launch at least six new BlackBerry devices in 2013.
Hopefully, with a January 30, 2013 launch, we will know more information and get a more finalized preview of the OS at the Consumer Electronics Show, which is slated to happen at the beginning of the month.
While RIM had at one time dominated U.S. smartphone sales due to a secure platform and strong government and enterprise support, the smartphone-maker has seen its market share decline due to the rise of more modern OSes and devices from Apple and those running Google’s Android operating system.
Here are some of the key elements of the BlackBerry 10 OS that have already been announced or unveiled at prior events, including BlackBerry Jam:
BlackBerry Flow and BlackBerry Hub
BlackBerry® Flow is a new user experience that allows seamless navigation across open applications and the BlackBerry® Hub. All messages, notifications, feeds, and calendar events come into the BlackBerry Hub and no matter what the user is doing with the device, with a simple gesture, they can peek into the Hub at any time.
The BlackBerry Keyboard learns how you write and adapts to how you type so you can write faster and more accurately, giving you the kind of legendary typing experience that only BlackBerry can deliver.
BlackBerry® Balance™ offers the most elegant way to satisfy both customer and corporate needs without compromising on either. With BlackBerry Balance, personal apps and information are kept separate from work data, and the customer can switch from their personal to work profile with a simple gesture. The work profile is fully encrypted and secure, enabling organizations to protect their content and applications, while at the same time letting customers get the most out of their smartphone for their personal use.
When BlackBerry 10 launches, it will have to compete against Android, iOS, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. In addition to modernizing the platform, RIM will also need to attract developer support in order for the OS to be successful.