Research In Motion is hopeful it can reclaim its lost glory in the smartphone market with their upcoming BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system. This new OS is based on the QNX platform which the company bought in 2010. Fast forward two years later today we are being treated with how the BB10 performs on a Dev Alpha B handset.
The first Dev Alpha handset was released earlier this year with 5,000 units quickly being taken by various developers. RIM had to produce a new batch of handsets which we now know as the Dev Alpha B with the specifications listed below. Take note that this is intended only for developers and not for the consumer market.
BlackBerry Dev Alpha B Specifications
- 4.2-inch 1280×768 display
- 1 GB RAM
- 16GB Internal storage space
- Quad Band HSPA+
- Bluetooth, NFC
- Front and rear cameras
- 3.5MM Headphone Jack, microHDMI, microUSB
- 1800mAh non-removable battery
The latest demo of RIM of their OS uses the Beta 3 SDK. Despite still under development once it is complete it’s what consumers will see once it will be released early next year.
BlackBerry Dev Alpha B Features
The first thing you will notice that sets this new OS apart from the rest is that you only have to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to get your smartphone off its sleep mode. With the devices today, you still have to hit on the power button.
Once you are in your home screen you will see four tiles which is the default settings. You can actually change this to eight if you want to. RIM is calling these tiles Active Frames which are apps that have been minimized but not closed. They are not widgets or live tiles but the actual program running in thumbnail form. What’s interesting is that these Active Frames may display dynamic information such as if you have BBM minimized it will show your recent message.
RIM is also showcased the Blackberry Hub which provides for a unified messaging experience for users. You will get your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and even email messages through this hub. Third party developers may also send notifications to the hub but we are told that full messaging integration won’t be available on launch date.
The BlackBerry App World has also been revamped this time around which now features robust multimedia content ranging from videos, TV shows and music. You will now be able to purchase content aside from apps and games this time.
What RIM has shown so far is still the beta version and not yet complete. At this early stage it looks impressive and promising.
So what do you guys think? Will the company rebound from the slump that they are in right now or will they continue to lose market share?