Research in Motion had recently announced that it will be unveiling its much-awaited BlackBerry 10
operating system on January 30, 2013. The event will happen simultaneously in multiple countries around the world. The company is also certain that the new smartphones based on this OS will start retailing soon after the event
However in the meantime, the curious folks at Spanish website muycomputer.com caught up with Claudio Roselli , Regional Senior Product Manager, who gave them a 10 minutes video tour of what this operating system has to offer. The video features Dev Alpha B, which runs on an almost finished version of BlackBerry OS 10.
Here are a four key features that are demonstrated in this video
1) Lock Screen
The first feature that is being showcased is adaptive lock screen, which changes into icons as you move your fingers around the screen.
2) BlackBerry Flow
BlackBerry Flow is a new user experience that allows seamless navigation across open applications and the BlackBerry Hub.
3) Dedicated Multitasking screen
The new BlackBerry 10 OS will come with screen dedicated to "efficient multitasking".
4) BlackBerry Hub
BlackBerry Hub is the focus point for the new operating system. It is the place where all messages, notifications, feeds, and calendar events can be seen. Also, one can access the Hub with a simple gesture at any time no matter what you are doing with the smartphone.
This video also gives a glimpse of the BlackBerry 10 App World. RIM has already made it clear that it will be pushing for app quality, not quantity, with its make-or-break BlackBerry 10 devices and targeting applications to customers in various regions.
Coming back to features, RIM at the BlackBerry Jam event had talked about two more features - BlackBerry Keyboard and BlackBerry Balance - but both are not a part of this video. The new BlackBerry keyboard learns how you write and adapts to your typing.
BlackBerry Balance offers to keep personal apps and information separate from work data, and the user can switch from their personal to work profile with a simple gesture.
It is expected that BlackBerry 10 OS will come with video chat feature for the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service. However, there is no official word for the same.
RIM had recently launched a beta version of BBM app that supports voice calling over Wi-Fi.
Users can continue to text chat with other BBM contacts while they are on a voice call. Voice calling will not work over 3G or cellular networking, likely as a sop to keep mobile operators around the globe happy.