Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins has given the world a peek at what the BlackBerry 10 smartphones will offer to customers. Announced on Tuesday at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, it does admittedly, have some novel features.
Heins points to the emphasis on the "flow" between applications, as well as social integration and multitasking. One of the differentiating point of BlackBerry 10 is how applications will interact with each other. Heins also said that the new OS would let users transition between various activities without having to return to a home screen and completely switch apps.
Users will be able to "glance" at apps that are running in the background.
“No one has time to pop in and out of applications every time they want to change an application,” Heins said. “We want to use a paradigm that is easy and fast. It’s all about the flow.”
On top of that, he also showed off the camera on BlackBerry 10 devices, and when a user takes a photo, they'll be able to "go back in time" to select the best shot, even if it happened before the shutter was pressed. That's impressive, but it isn't completely new. RIM showed off a novel variation of that, at least, to their credit. You can limit the temporal shift to a specific area.
Heins also showed off what RIM has in store for onscreen keyboards in BlackBerry 10. While typing, BB!0 devices will be able to predict what the next word you want to type, and present it with the above letter key it starts with. To type the word, just swipe it up.
RIM has given out prototype devices to every developer in attendance at BlackBerry World in Orlando, and the features Heins showed will only be available on consumer devices due in fall. Check out the video below along with some of the features highlighted.
What do you think? Is this enough to save BlackBerry?
The cameras on BlackBerry 10 phones will be able to capture imagery before and after you take the shot, and you can go back in time to select the best.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins showed how users could quickly see other apps running by "glancing back" via menus that peek out from the side.
Smart Onscreen Keyboard
RIM's known for physical keyboards, but the onscreen keyboard steals the show in BlackBerry 10. It predicts which word you want to type and puts them above the keys to they start with.
Cascades are a BB10 developer tool (in beta) that lets app creators easily add dynamic elements to items like buttons, check boxes and fields. T
Battery Monitoring From Apps
Individual apps can check the battery status and either warn the user that the task they're about to start might result in data loss, or take precautions, like dimming the screen.