Amid the iOS vs Android debate and the myriad of smartphones that have come out for these 2 major mobile operating systems comes a proprietary system from popular-for-business company BlackBerry. BlackBerry’s newest operating system called simply BlackBerry 10 came out January of this year and is possibly better than iOS and Android. This article will review BlackBerry 10.
BlackBerry 10 is based on the QNX microkernel and follows in the footsteps of BlackBerry Tablet OS and BlackBerry Playbook. It is a closed source platform used only with proprietary BlackBerry hardware.
The features of the BlackBerry 10 are by far the biggest reason to purchase a BlackBerry device today. No longer in the past with only the integration of email and BB messenger to keep it afloat, the newest operating system for BlackBerry offers many things that make it distinctive from the other mobile operating systems out there and competes with them on equal footing. With its flow interface, users are treated to one big screen that spans several active and dynamic pages.
Using gestures to navigate a phone isn’t new, but the reason this feature is on here is because how extensive BlackBerry has integrated these finger movements into the software. Case in point, there are no buttons on the bottom of the BlackBerry Z10 (which runs BlackBerry 10)–not a Settings button, Menu button, or even a Back button. Various gestures are used on the device to reinforce the Flow design they’ve chosen.
To go to the Home screen users would swipe up from the bottom. Going in the opposite direction–swiping down from the top–brings forth the settings menu. Swiping left-to-right or right-to-left navigates around to different areas of the operating system. Lastly, going from the bottom and swiping up and to the right allows users to view any new notifications.
Part of the BlackBerry flow interface is the BlackBerry Hub which is essentially a notification area. Since on-the-go communications is the signature way to use BlackBerry devices, it is little wonder why they implemented such a deep connectivity around all things social. In the Hub, every single notification from social networks to emails and text messages will be streaming here and allows you to quickly handle people who are trying to communicate with you.
Another aspect of the flow interface is active frames. This allows up to 8 apps to run simultaneously in their own frames. While operating systems like Windows 8 has dynamic tiles which provide updates and whatnot, these frames contains a full independent app that you can maximize and use.
The last feature that will be discussed in this article is the new virtual and very smart keyboard. While many BlackBerry users are familiar with a physical keyboard, this new virtual one is not too shabby. It learns what words you like to use and provide ways to quickly use them in a message after typing a letter or two and it also begins to learn how you like to type. Say for example you have big fingers and tend to fumble with small keyboards the OS will begin to learn what you mean by calibrating itself to account for your touches.
The new BlackBerry 10 is a must have for anyone who has used a BlackBerry before or needs a way to capably stay in communication with their contacts on-the-go.