RIM's BlackBerry 10 launch event (live blog)

Coverage of the launch of BlackBerry 10.

  • sarahtew 1/30/2013 3:38:56 PM
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:39:19 PM
    Heins notes that you'd have to go through different apps to get all that separate information. But on BB, it's in one place. That's the benefit of the Hub, he says. The device adapts to you.
  • Brian Bennett 1/30/2013 3:39:30 PM
    What I want to know is why you'd want to use BBM at all when you have all the other social media platforms and e-mail, not to mention IM?
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:39:30 PM
    It delivers the content that's meaningful to you. That's a strong concept, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:39:48 PM
    We have the aspiration to be the best keyboard experience, period, Heins says.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:40:00 PM
    Bhardwaj talks about the BlackBerry typing experience on BB10.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:40:32 PM
    If you want to fire off a quick message, you can "flick" words on screen, Bhardwaj says.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:40:41 PM
    "I call it writing without typing," Heins says.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:40:52 PM
    We wanted BB Flow to delete words quickly.
  • Brian Bennett 1/30/2013 3:40:58 PM
    Demoing the touch keyboard now on the Z10. It does look very nice and fast...especially the flicking predictive text entry.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:41:05 PM
    You swipe down to get numbers and question marks, Bhardwaj says.
  • sarahtew 1/30/2013 3:41:17 PM
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:41:42 PM
    Bhardwaj seamlessly moves between English, French and German.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:41:56 PM
    We want you to have the same experience as a physical keyboard on touch, Bhardwaj says.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:42:10 PM
    That may be true, but if I'm getting a BB, I'd prefer the physical keyboard.
  • Brian Bennett 1/30/2013 3:42:40 PM
    The new software keyboard seems compelling but it may demand a steep learning curve.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:42:41 PM
    Heins now talking about enterprise.
  • sarahtew 1/30/2013 3:42:52 PM
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:42:55 PM
    We see people running around with two devices, Heins says.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:43:04 PM
    That's a problem we aspire to solve, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:43:14 PM
    That's a segue to BlackBerry Balance.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:43:39 PM
    It's a single swipe that allows you to switch between two personalities: work and personal.
  • sarahtew 1/30/2013 3:43:46 PM
  • Brian Bennett 1/30/2013 3:43:55 PM
    Now talking about BlackBerry Balance...a way to split the phone software into work and play modes.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:43:58 PM
    As you go into work, everything's changed, including the apps, wallpaper, and even the BlackBerry App World store.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:44:17 PM
    You're not in and out of personal and work, Bhardwaj says. It's not split, it's part of flow.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:44:39 PM
    Work and personal apps co-exist, he says. There's a single unified experience, he adds.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:44:54 PM
    I'll have to see how this works in practice...that's one of the things I wasn't clear on before.
  • sarahtew 1/30/2013 3:44:56 PM
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:45:26 PM
    So personal apps are available all the time, and work apps are only available when you switch to the corporate profile. Interesting.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:45:49 PM
    So on to BBM.
  • Brian Bennett 1/30/2013 3:45:56 PM
    Balance will make IT departments pleased....and if it really makes personal communication private...that's a win win in my book.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:46:06 PM
    Bhardwaj: I enjoy the real-time nature on it.
  • sarahtew 1/30/2013 3:46:37 PM
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:46:39 PM
    With BB10, BBM goes further, he says. You can do video calls over BBM.
  • Brian Bennett 1/30/2013 3:46:55 PM
    They really need to make BBM compelling since there doesn't seem to be much use for it in today's world.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:46:59 PM
    Ah, I guess this is RIM's FaceTime equivalent. Linking it to BBM is smart.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:47:15 PM
    BBM is the nice secret social network that BlackBerry owns.
  • sarahtew 1/30/2013 3:47:48 PM
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:48:07 PM
    Wow, you can remotely control or view a screen from another BB10 device.
  • Brian Bennett 1/30/2013 3:48:20 PM
    True, this makes the service more like FaceTime and GTalk, hangouts etc.
  • sarahtew 1/30/2013 3:48:38 PM
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:48:50 PM
    This is all during the BBM video chat. That's impressive.
  • Brian Bennett 1/30/2013 3:49:15 PM
    Great, hiding from your office just got a lot harder!
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 3:49:17 PM
    It's a great collaboration tool for small businesses, Heins says.
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