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BlackBerry 10 – Will it be worth the wait?

Its launch has been delayed and Research in Motion (RIM) has admitted that the secrecy surrounding Blackberry 10, its make-or-break OS, has been an attempt to “contain” full details in a “competitive industry”.

Only time will tell whether this means that the BB10 smartphones will be loaded with an impressive range of features or whether it will leave reviewers feeling decidedly cold.

The latest feature that has been confirmed by RIM CEO Thorsten Heins is new video chat capabilities for BBM – an exciting feature that could see BlackBerry keep some customers.

Heins also reassured shareholders by stating that RIM has a:

“very good plan going forward [for BlackBerry 10]. It is so unique and so special.”

With a delay of the new OS bad news for pretty much everyone, RIM is going to have to really impress with BB10. So what do we know about it so far?

BB10 PlayBook software

RIM launched the PlayBook tablet in 2011 and BlackBerry 10 smartphones are set to utilise 60% of PlayBook’s software.

The PlayBook features the QNX operating system and RIM has confirmed that this is at the heart of BlackBerry 10.

BB10 devices

Blackberry’s QWERTY keyboard is a feature that somewhat divides opinion amongst users, so RIM is sidestepping the debate by making the first BlackBerry 10 device a fully touchscreen smartphone.

However, this attempt to streamline with other smartphones could be the product’s undoing, according to Financial analyst Colin Gillis:

“The physical keyboard is the most dominant item that separates out Research In Motion from its competitors. If you are not playing to your historical strengths you may find it more difficult to get traction.”

BB10 – worth the wait?

The new features are certainly a step in the right direction, with the proposed ‘screenshare – enabling you to broadcast your screen live to another device – being one our favourites.

But six months is a long time in the world of technology, so it could all be a case of too little too late for RIM.

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