Research In Motion has announced today that they will be rolling out a technical preview of its next operating system, BlackBerry 10, for a select number of enterprise and government customers in an efforts to court companies and government agencies, and retain market share before the company launches the new platform next month.
We're quickly approaching BlackBerry 10's scheduled launch, and as we go along, we're slowly learning new details about the operating system and the devices it'll be featured on. Today we're getting a closer look at BlackBerry 10's keyboard thanks to a video demo by RIM's Vivek Bhardwaj. In the brief demo, Bhardwaj shows off a number of new features, starting right off with the look of BlackBerry 10's keyboard.
It's not every day you get to see a smartphone that's not meant to be on the market for weeks ahead of the showing, but that's exactly what we're seeing today courtesy of an intrepid leakster holding an L-Series BlackBerry 10 device clear as day. The video you're about to see has the device compared in relative detail to the Dev Alpha B smartphone that we've seen several times before and is compared to the iPhone 5 in a momentary glance - they may look similar with just a peek. What's perhaps the most interesting element in this video is not the contents, but the fact that RIM has allowed it to stay online for so long - it's been up for nearly a day at this point: perhaps pointing toward RIM's acceptance of the press, no matter the source.
It's not just photos the BlackBerry 10 L-Series is showing up in today; the officially unannounced but unofficially oft-leaked smartphone has cropped up in a new hands-on video, flaunting its curves next to RIM's developer devices. Handiwork of Vietnamese minxes Tinhte, the video demonstrates some of what makes BlackBerry 10 special, including the new multitasking functionality, the ease of jumping to notifications and new messages, and the pared-back UI.
A series of impressively clear and well taken images have surfaced showcasing the BlackBerry L-Series smartphone. The photos appeared on the Vietnamese website Tihn Te, a forum for technology enthusiasts. The phone is expected to be announced alongside some other offerings during the launch of BlackBerry 10, although nothing official has been stated.
RIM has unveiled the new name for its BlackBerry App World: BlackBerry World. Not much of a change, yet the difference is there, and will be rolled out in January. The name change was announced at BlackBerry Jam Asia in Bangkok, along with a few other tidbits of info related to the name change. Expect to see the change take place before the January 30th BlackBerry 10 event.
RIM has announced new updates to its developer program today that it hopes will drive enthusiasm for its BlackBerry 10 platform. One of the big changes to the developer program is that the BlackBerry Dev Alpha program has been expanded to include a new BlackBerry Dev Alpha C test device for developers. The interesting aspect of this particular bit of testing hardware is that is designed for developing using a physical keyboard.
In a ruling that may have wide-reaching results in an extremely negative sense for BlackBerry maker RIM, Nokia has won a patent dispute against said smartphone rival. This dispute had Canada's Research In Motion losing a legal battle between itself and Nokia in which a Swedish arbitrator has ruled that "RIM was in breach of contract and is not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties with Nokia."
RIM has lost another US government contract, with the NTSB confirming that it is ditching BlackBerry in favor of iPhone 5 after its existing phones begin failing "at an unacceptable rate." The decision, revealed on the Federal Business Opportunities index, will see the National Transportation Safety Board turn to Verizon for service on its new Apple handsets, having already invested in iOS hardware.