CANADIAN SMARTPHONE DESIGNER Research In Motion (RIM) handed out its BlackBerry 10 testing device today, giving developers a chance to get their hands on its upcoming operating system (OS) software.
The device looks like a cross between an Iphone and a miniature Playbook with a 4.2in 1024x768 resolution touchscreen, a departure from RIM's usual QWERTY keypad handsets. Named the "BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing device", it was handed out to 2,000 developers at RIM's Blackberry World Expo in Orlando today ahead of the OS release that's expected towards the end of 2012.
"Blackberry 10 builds upon the core values and exceptional user experiences that have attracted more than 77 million Blackberry customers around the world today," said Alec Saunders, VP of RIM Developer Relations and Ecosystems Development.
"Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and 'wow' customers, whether through integration with native features and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform."
Whether Blackberry 10 can recover RIM's competitive position remains to be seen, but given the reaction it received in Orlando, it couldn't have got off to a better start. µ