BlackBerry 10 Discussion
Now that RIM has given us a sneak-peek at a small piece of the BlackBerry 10 puzzle, it's probably time for a thread to discuss this.
First, a very important fact - especially given the device they handed out to developers this week: While the first BB 10 device is likely to be a touchscreen only unit (possibly similar to the Developer Alpha device), RIM has stated that they are certainly not abandoning the keyboard. They know that one of the primary selling points is the keyboard.
With regards to the OS itself, One thing that immediately caught my eye after seeing the previews from the keynote was how slick the interface looked. I liked the idea of "peeking" at tasks underneath, and it's great to see RIM is promoting that this will be a very multitasking-friendly OS. I also think the on-screen keyboard will work well. Having word suggestions appear between the keys (and only a small swipe away) is brilliant - keeps your eyes focused on the keyboard, rather than the multitude of words appearing above the keys). I think we'll need to actually try this feature out to really see how well it works, but so far it shows promise.
Of course, the big gotcha here is that a good interface is not going to sell BlackBerrys on its own (see: WebOS). The management team at RIM knows that they need developer support, and the overall vibe I'm getting from the BlackBerry World articles seems to indicate that they are really trying to get more developers on board. Most importantly, it seems they want to have a good app lineup when they launch devices running BB 10.