BlackBerry 10 Preview

By on September 30, 2012
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Exclusive first look in the Middle East on how RIM’s new Mobile OS looks and feels.

Although RIM is currently enjoying success is the Middle East and many other parts of the world, the US and Europe have not been too kind to the manufacturer where Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android based devices are much more popular.

To tackle this, RIM started working on BlackBerry 10 from ground up. It will be a completely new platform for RIM which will bring the same visual flare and operability to BlackBerry devices that other platforms have been enjoying. On top of that, RIM has been offering some very interesting options to developers to port their applications over to the new BlackBerry 10. They are certainly dedicated and fired up to make BlackBerry the heavy-weight it once was.

We had a chance to sit down with Mike Al Mefleh, Director Carrier Product Management at RIM Middle East last week who took us through the new BlackBerry 10 operating system explaining some of the features we will see. The device that he used for demonstration is an Alpha device and the code he shared is beta, yet you can see how things are coming together.

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There are many things to like about the BlackBerry 10 as you can see from the video above. The Universal Inbox that is currently present on the BlackBerry 7 platform is still the best messaging hub out of all mobile operating systems that I have used giving you a very nice and integrated view of all your communications and Blackberry 10 will certainly improve upon that.

The soft-keyboard that you saw also is incredibly good and with a little practice, will surely become the fastest soft-keyboard you can type on. The multi-language predictive system will certainly be useful for places like the UAE where a lot of people speak and text in multiple languages.



Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • Adnan Kashwani

    Even if there are some good elements in this new platform, I believe it’s too late .. Market is already dominated with standard devices that differ only in size .. This device is fine but it’s no revolution

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