Amidst all the hoopla about the coming release of Windows 8, Research In Motion is trying to move forward on its own critical operating system release: BlackBerry 10. The venerable Canadian smartphone maker is now encouraging BB10 app development, even while it tries to calm the markets and advance toward release of its new platform.
In a posting earlier this week on its Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog, RIM announced that BlackBerry App World is now accepting apps for BB10 devices. The apps will still need to be reviewed and tested by RIM in order to be ready for BB10's launch in first quarter of next year.
First Quarter = March?
As an added incentive, any app accepted into the Built for Blackberry program that earns at least $1,000 over 12 months will be able to receive the difference between their earnings and $10,000, as a bonus from RIM. Built for BlackBerry apps are ones that have passed "an added level of evaluation" by RIM.
However, the notice about this bonus requires the developer to comply with the 10K Development Commitment Terms and Conditions, and a link to those Terms displays a page saying only that they will be "Available in the Fall of 2012."
BB10's release had initially been planned for third quarter of this year, only to be pushed back to first quarter of 2013. At least one analyst, Jeffries' Peter Misek, is predicting that the release will be in the last month of the first quarter, March.
In London earlier this week, RIM showed some new features in a pre-release build of BB10. These include a working version of the camera's Timeshift feature, which captures several frames in sequence so that a user can move forward or backward in time, in case, for instance, a photographed person's eyes are closed.
Sandbox for Corporate Apps, Docs
There's also a feature that could delight IT managers trying to adapt to the age of Bring Your Own Device but Don't Touch My Personal Stuff. It's a sandbox for corporate content and apps, which the IT department can control, thus allowing personal content and apps to remain untouched.
The demonstration of the still-in-progress BB10 also included an inkling of some new gestural controls, such as content that is layered over other content just off screen, which can be pulled onscreen.
Speaking of IT, RIM is phasing out its BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express 5, which had been offered free.
Its replacement is BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 for secure e-mail and messaging for BB10 devices. While the server software will be free, RIM will reportedly charge for devices connected to it. BES 10, which will launch with BB10, will manage BB 7 OS and prior smartphones, BB 10 devices, BB PlayBook tablets, and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.
We asked Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, if the various BB10 developments indicated that the new platform was emerging as RIM would like. He replied that "not all the pieces" are quite coming together yet, and that it's "going to be a challenge" for RIM to engage developers for the delayed platform.
Posted: 2012-10-24 @ 7:33am PT
So aside from this photo feature, what else have they got? Will the new BB10 phones easily support RS-232 serial connections, Augmented Reality, finally have a decent camera, and support decent "remote to PC" protocols like RDP, VNC, SSH, etc? Will the new phones have a quad core processor with something equivalent to NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processors? And when they finally do support these technologies (in a usable fashion) will all the RIMers still act like these technologies are brand new and nobody else has ever been capable of using them FOR YEARS on competitor phones? I almost smashed my 9860 on a shopping cart the other day and just last night I lost a pile of data because of the awesome hourglass. Is the BB10 not going to be such a POS? I guess that's why they're taking so long with it eh?
Posted: 2012-10-13 @ 9:12am PT
The phone that the majority of people pick is a matter of personal opinion. And iOS had email attachments from the beginning like Android.
Posted: 2012-10-12 @ 9:44pm PT
Why would IT Managers allow people to bring in Hacked IOS and Android phones to the network? Since the Iphone came out everyone has turned to Isheep. Come on, the last improvement in IOS 6 was email attachments? Before that display? Come on ppl. Can't wait myself for a fresh multitasking beast. Who cares about most fart apps really?
Posted: 2012-10-12 @ 11:14am PT
Today the internet was buzzing with the leaked video of blackberry 10 final build and it looks really amazing!