RIM's BlackBerry 10 will feature widgets, an icon tray with smart icons and a universal inbox, according to images posted on the CrackBerry blog.
Motions upcoming BlackBerry 10 will feature home-screen widgets reminiscent
of Microsoft Windows Phones Live Tiles, according to a Feb. 13 posting by the
from that posting, which drew its information from a document
prepared by one of RIMs external ad agency partners, featured those widgets
in action: a weather one complete with temperature and cloud-cover indication,
a mini-map with the users location highlighted, a phone icon with notations
for minutes left and last call. Unlike Windows Phone tiles, which are
square and often monochromatic, these BlackBerry 10 widgets are rectangular and
pack a good deal of information into a relatively small (but colorful) space.
in the posting include an updated icon tray with smart icons that likewise display
information. Note that the Folder icon shows the icons of applications inside,
and the Pictures icon shows a photo from the album within, read the posting.
The clock icon even shows the time of the next set alarm.
BlackBerry 10 features spied in the document include a universal inbox and a
caller-display screen with an icon for video chat.
RIM has made
no secret of its intention to bet heavily on BlackBerry 10, reportedly due
sometime in the second half of 2012. The companys current BlackBerry devices
have failed to prevent its U.S. market share from sliding in the face of
aggressive competition from Apples iPhone and the growing family of Google
Android smartphones. A renewed push by Microsofts Windows Phone could also
complicate the environment for RIM in 2012.
down on BlackBerry 10 also comes with risks, especially if it means abandoning
other plans that could potentially maintain the companys visibility in the
indicate RIM is likely to move away from a proposal to the Board that RIM
license BB10 to Samsung and launch a new BBM, email, and social networking app
for iOS/Android for a monthly fee, Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies
& Co., wrote in a co-authored Feb. 3 research note. The new plan, he added,
will center on RIM's competing against Apple, Android, and Windows ecosystems
with their own integrated hardware/software/services ecosystem.
profess much faith in this plan: We recently met with [newly minted RIM CEO
Thorsten] Heins and found him engaging, articulate, and thoughtful, read the
report. We see no evidence that he is under the influence of the former
management in any way. But we respectfully disagree with him.
a Jan. 31 posting
posted an image of what it called the first BlackBerry 10 device, code-named
London. Black and ultra-slim and somewhat narrow, with a wide touch-screen and
rounded edges, it represented something of a deviation from the stereotypical
BlackBerry form factor of physical QWERTY keyboard paired to a relatively small
screen. But a deviation from the norm is perhaps what RIM needs at this
transitional moment in its history.
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