Is QWERTY device to be delayed?
This is just a thought, so don't start all this "go away, stupid" and etc.
Why do I start worry about QWERTY device release date? If you know, so far developers had time to update/develop/optimize their apps using updated SDK. But the latest version, that supposed to add support of QWERTY keyboard is delayed (current status is TBD - to be decided?) So if developers have no access to SDK, there won't be any apps available for QWERTY devices, and there is no point to release it. Previous road map was scheduling that SDK update to the end of December (like 28 if I recall correctly). What're your thoughts?
- CrackBerry Master
12-29-12, 10:09 AM #2
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As much as I keep reading about people switching to the full touch device, the physical keyboard is still essential to RIM and likely will be for a very long time to come. As RIM has always suggested that the X10 will be released sometime after the Z10 and as far as I know they've never come out with a firm release date but it's likely to be weeks after the touch device. I wouldn't panic, RIM is playing this quite shrewdly, they actually seem like they know what they're doing and that hasn't happened for quite some time.
- CrackBerry User
12-29-12, 10:13 AM #3
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As a developer for BB10 I'm not at all worried about this delay. Smart developers know that you will likely need to account for multiple screen resolutions and form factors and we take that into account when creating an app. When this SDK does come out it will only take a matter of hours for me to ensure that my apps work exactly how I want them to on the QWERTY form factor. Also, all native apps should automatically adjust to the new screen resolution so I wouldn't worry about whether there will apps for the QWERTY form factor but I would worry about whether developers have ensured that the app layout is corrected for the cramped space.
- 12-29-12, 10:47 AM #4
Re: Is QWERTY device to be delayed?
You have to look at the business side of this. RIM owns the qwerty market right now, but that market is shrinking and they are losing customers to all touch. QWERTY is becoming niche and the market has moved to all touch. With BB10 RIM hopes to attract people who left, or are enticed by all touch first. The QWERTY offering is to keep those people who won't give up the PKB, and that group is shrinking. So if it seems like the PKB is a secondary thought, it is, and its just business.
I've been a qwerty guy since the Treo 600 and I'll be getting an L, my first all touch phone.
- 12-29-12, 07:57 PM #9
People were right to "assume" a delay though because RIM has been giving timelines for the release of all their SDK APIs. If BB10 keyboard APIs have been delayed, rightly so, people have assumed this will affect the release of the actual device.
- 12-29-12, 08:21 PM #11
From these latest pictures we've just seen, I'm actually hoping it's delayed. This CAN'T be the final rendering of the latest QWERTY device. Seriously, they're launching a brand new and UNPROVEN OS. That being the case, a device HAS to be visually appealing to a buyer, so they do indeed try it out. Sure, iPhones are simple looking too, but IOS is already established and proven, which is why their user base sticks with them, no matter what Android does. I'm really disappointed if the device we currently see turns out to be it. If so, I'm holding out for a slider. And here I thought the straight QWERTY would've been easier and portable. Smh...
- 12-30-12, 03:19 PM #12
You are disappointed if they choose to go with a design that evokes their most popular line of devices?
They are delivering a device that is clearly targeted at those people who want to stick with a more iconic blackberry design so being more of an evolution is a sensible move for that one while the much bigger change comes with the l-series device that has to appeal to a wider audience.
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- 12-31-12, 04:52 AM #15
I am so glad that we have somebody here who has actually used the device as is evidenced by your knowledge of the touch screen being difficult to use, do you have anything else to tell us after using it.
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