RIM’s CEO Thorsten Heins might want to keep the company’s BlackBerry 10 cards close to his chest but the leaky faucets at Waterloo are at it again, giving us a sneak peek at some of the biggest things RIM would be showing off with BlackBerry 10. The new leaks suggest not only a screenshare feature that will enable BB10 users to share their smartphone/tablet screen with others but also other features including a new lockscreen. Read on. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
RIM is expected to go into its enterprise-grade chest thumping routine with the screen share features. It is likely to enable users to show off their device’s screen to others during a call. We are not sure whether it would be a regular call over 3G or a special app that would be used. Also Read - BlackBerry to kill paid apps from its app store
Once a call is done, the phone’s homescreen would display the last four apps that were used. The user has the option to either choose one of them or swipe to the left to see all the apps or to the right to get into messaging. If the phone is locked, it can be unlocked by either swiping up from the bottom bezel (similar to the current PlayBook UI) or by pressing a button on the display and swiping it up. Also Read - WhatsApp stops working on these smartphones
BlackBerry 10 will also feature lockscreen notifications with a new UI called Cinnamon Toast. The screen will first show the basic notification like a new message. On tilting the phone upwards it will show more information like the sender of the message. On tilting it further up it would show more details of the message. However, the leaked presentation indicates that it will display only one notification and won’t work if the phone has a password lock.
BB10 will be a do-or-die moment for RIM and we expect to see even more innovative software elements from the upcoming platform. Rest assured, we will be keeping our ears to the ground to get more details of this platform.