Today RIM has not only shown its new Cascading UI for BlackBerry 10 but it has also unraveled what all is in store for its next generation Operating System which should be launched later this year. The Canadian vendor has been working on BB 10 for about an year-and-a-half and today CEO Thorsten Heins has described how the UI will let you float through applications which will keep running in the background. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
As Heins says, “apps keep running all the time, and the apps keep flowing with you.” Also there have been a lot of improvisation on the typing front, you’d now be able to delete stuff with just a simple swipe across the keyboard. The camera will “let you go back in time”, a second before the picture was clicked. So in case if you don’t like the final shot, you’d be able to keep the shot (the pose) which the subject had a second before. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
Next on are the apps, which the vendor discussed about and mentioned some of the gaming titles which would make it on the BlackBerry 10 platform. Baudouin Corman from Gameloft announced that his company has nearly 11 titles in the pipeline for the platform. Names of some of the titles have been mentioned and the list includes – Shark Dash, Oregon Trail, N.O.V.A. 3, Ice Age Village. Another gaming partner of RIM’s, Fish Labs, was also present today. Michael Schade from Fish Labs showcased Galaxy on Fire HD for BB 10.
PixelMags was also present and showed off how its Newsstand app for BlackBerry 10 would look like. When launched, users of this app will get 10 minutes of free reading time every month. Yes, you would be able to check out your reading time through a dedicated countdown which can be seen after pulling down a panel from top of the screen.
Another long time app partner of RIM, Mippin, which is responsible for creating the BlackBerry App Generator, announced that its 70 percent of downloads come from the BlackBerry platform alone. Other apps which were showed were the 360 Panorama app that uses multiple sensors on a phone to create a panoramic image.
The reason for RIM to bring together its application partners mentioned above was to emphasize on the point that the company understands how important it is for them to strengthen their app portfolio. Of course, the BlackBerry platform is certainly not the last platform in terms of the number of apps since it still outnumbers Windows Phone platform but RIM has to take a lot of steps to compete with the likes of Android and iOS which are literally flooded with apps. The vendor knows that in order to make its BlackBerry 10 successful, it will have to boost its app store along with bringing mighty devices with brand new UI and with a bunch of new camera and typing features.