BlackBerry 10 to resurrect RIM after 2013 release

By Alan Ng - Oct 29, 2012

Are you still clinging on to the hope that RIM are going to make their glorious return into the smartphone market, and release a phone with BlackBerry 10 on board that will reverse the company’s recent fortunes?

If the answer is yes, then it looks like you are going to be very impressed with what BlackBerry has to offer, based on early previews. RIM may be taking forever to publicly release their highly anticipated new software, but on all accounts it finally looks like RIM has an OS in the making that can actually rival Android and iOS.

A few years ago, BlackBerry smartphones were the cream of the crop, with everyone using them as their main messaging tool and generally owning a BlackBerry handset because it was ‘cool’ to do so. Now, with the emergence of apps like Whatsapp, suddenly the need for a BlackBerry device has died down considerably and the bland OS that currently greets handsets on the market does little to change to mindset of consumers who have now started to embrace Android and iOS, after initially being a loyal BlackBerry lover.

An interesting video has emerged courtesy of the BBC, in which RIM CEO Thorsten Heins explains why he believes that BlackBerry 10 will once again give fans a reason to celebrate. The video contains an exclusive preview of BB10 in action and our first impressions is that it actually looks pretty good.

For starters, we are loving the design touches that RIM has implemented into the brand new BlackBerry 10 lockscreen. The device running the new software may not bring up notifications as the handset is locked, but you will be able to get a preview of what is on your homescreen simply by swiping upwards on the screen, but not fully if you don’t want to completely unlock the device.

As with most new mobile operating systems these days, RIM has placed the importance of social media as a top priority of BB10, and there will be a new service called the Hub, which will allow you to get your daily social media fix inside one integrated service – RIM even promises that you can updated your various ‘spaces’, without the need to actually open a respective app.

The days are early yet, but BlackBerry 10 is looking really nice. The biggest problem that we can see is convincing consumers to hold on tight till it releases sometime in 2013. Android Key Lime Pie 4.2 is obviously coming soon, while Apple may even have iOS 7 out by the time BlackBerry 10 is fully rolled out across all BlackBerry models.

Take a look at the video for yourself and let us know your thoughts on the popularity decline of the once-loved BlackBerry. Are you still an avid fan, or have you moved on?

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  • Guest

    I am highly impressed by what I’m seeing, and for sure once it is available, I’ll be selling my GS3 and giving BB10 a try. It seems to take some of the best elements from other OSes and combine them into one fluid and attractive user experience. Now once I see some convincing hardware to run it as well, then I’m all set !

  • cuebert

    Can’t wait. I wouldn’t mind holding the only BB10 in a room filled with iPhone users. In fact, I’ll stand with pride if I run into that scenario.

  • GmailIsDown

    this is RIM’s last chance. please, don’t mess it up.
    but the thing is, even if BB10 is an excellent OS, unless it has some eye-catching feature which is very appealing to the mass, it will be very difficult for RIM to survive the competition.

    • Guest

      This all depends on if RIM’s survival is based solely on North American market trends. Same thing was said for Nokia, however both Nokia and RIM are still respected and have high adoption standings in countries with populations times bigger than N. America. In addition, the way phones are purchased in many places differ in that people might buy phones outright, and not be able to upgrade to new models at the end of contracts. So users might stick to a reliable brand that works for them unless or until the have the cash to spend on a new phone. Consumer loyalty tends to be higher if the experience suits the needs of such people. I think they’re going in the right direction and will receive good carrier support especially in such places.

  • ThunderInTheSun

    WTF, 2013?!!? Why not wait until 2015 or 2020? 2 little, 2 late.

    • Guest

      Well I really don’t think they would risk another failure like the Playbook… ie. rushing to release a product that was not ready just to compete with the iPad. If people see the potential and are willing to wait for a superior and much more polished product as opposed to buying the first new thing to come out because that’s the accepted trend, then it should be worth the wait.

  • I am definitely waiting – there are two iPhones in my house now a v4 and v5 – neither can handle communications like BB10 proposes to … I will give them a try.

  • frank

    i cant wait…. looks incredible

  • blackberryavidfan


  • I am going to BB10 when it is released. Been an avid BB user for years and have avoided switching to the other inferior (LOL) products. Hope this is a sign of a comeback for RIM

  • arneldmz

    I am going to switch to BB10 and give it a try. I used to own a BB 9000 and made a switch to my current iPhone 4s only when my BB handset got broken.

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  • veeru789

    BB10 is worth waiting for. and more over, whats the fun in buying a 5 year old OS (iOS and Droid). my Playbook also will be upgraded to BB10. Also agree with @andrew1953. Window Phone 8 is the only OS that will come close to BB10. Rest is history.

    • Guest

      Agreed, but actually, Jolla Mobile’s MeeGo successor “Sailfish” seems very close to BB10 in terms of the seamless way multitasking is handled without the need for going back out through a home button.

  • andrew1953

    I was offered a new phone by my carrier but have chosen to wait atleast until the release of new BB10 handsets. I have 3 plus a Playbook . BB has the best OS,only Windows 8 will come close.

  • Niek Klaverstijn

    Android 4.2 will still be named Jelly Bean.