Monday, October 21, 2013

[Guest Post] Blackberry Triumphs - The New Blackberry generation

It looks like Blackberry has given itself a makeover. With the release of the Blackberry 10 OS and the latest devices like the Z10 and Q10 earlier this year, the company set out to offer a game changing set of products that showed off Blackberry’s sleek new zeal. Let’s take a closer look at how Blackberry is working to appeal to a new audience that is hip, trendy and demands the best.

The Z10’s new touchscreen

One major overhaul was the introduction of a Blackberry device without the iconic tiny keyboard. The new Blackberry Z10 offers a complete touchscreen experience, which means you can do everything from type an email to editing photos to playing Angry Birds all on the screen. The screen measures about 133mm and the device is well-made without being clunky as well as light without feeling tiny. 

Additionally, the new Blackberry Q10 comes with a classic keyboard for typing, but you can navigate through Blackberry 10 OS using a touchscreen. So those of you who are attached to the idea of a physical keyboard won’t have to give it up yet.

The Gestures

To go along with the brand new touchscreen, Blackberry was able to create a few improvements to the interface of their touchscreen-compatible operating system, Blackberry 10 OS. One major change are the Gestures, which are specific finger motions on the screen that will help you find your way through the apps and programs, regardless of which ones are running. For example, a downward swipe will open the main menu for any app at any time, while an upward swipe will take you back to the home screen.  

Apps Aplenty

Phones that are built for Blackberry 10 come with an Android layer that will let you download and run Android Apps, up until Gingerbread (Android 2.3), so you have access to a much greater variety of apps. Furthermore, Blackberry’s App World has an excellent selection of nifty apps that are updated every day and contains work from some of the finest developers out there.

Letting the BBM out to play

Reports have surfaced that Blackberry’s messaging system BBM is being released for other platforms, such as iOS and Android. That way you can send your messages to your friends who don’t have a Blackberry, so they don’t feel left out of the fun. That means you’ll be able to send a BBM message to your iPhone-toting colleague while he/she is away at the international conference, all for free over wi-fi.

What other new features do you love about Blackberry? Let us know in the comments below! 

Written by Debbie Abernathy


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