| | 02-12-12, 11:13 PM Thread Author #1
Blackberry 10 Showcase tommorow for RIM employees
My roomate works for RIM, and he said tommorow they will get to see the rumoured BB10 devices. However, they aren't allowed to take any pictures. But I will try to give a summary of everything he sees tommorow!
Maybe some RIM employees can spill some info tommorow? This is in Ottawa, Ontario btw.
EDIT: UPDATE !
Here is the update I promised, I hope you like it
The meeting was basically a new way to improve employee relations in RIM. RIM has realized that too much of its employee has not been kept in touch with what’s truly going on, so expect more meeting and employee showcases.
There were about 200 people, and many of RIM’s executives were there (not the CEO though). There was only ONE device, and an executive had it. It was not for demo, in the sense you could go up close and play with it. (Sorry, I don’t know who it was). The device from far was a full screen black touch device.
Here is the interesting stuff. So the person who had the device, apologies once again for not knowing the name, connected it to a projector. It is TOTALLY DIFFERENT from the Playbook and current OS7, in terms of UI. In fact, it’s actually more similar to Windows Phone 7. There were 4 panels, which contained stuff like email. You can swipe on the panel and it will take you to the respective screen. Not much else detail was gone into this. The inbox is very similar to what is shown in the upcoming Playbook messages. It can be integrated with Facebook, Twitter and such.
The speaker said the new devices will have a much better camera, and it will come with image editing software preloaded on the phone. The phones will all have the same aspect ratio. He addressed the fact that the current phones have different resolutions which are providing problems to developers. These phones will run Playbook apps, and Playbook will run these apps without a problem. No talk about Android though.
The device is still nowhere close to being released, and everything shown today was basically a demo. However, my roommate said it looked incredibly promising and the UI simply looked amazing and productive. RIM wants to get one phone by the end of this year, and more phones next year (but we already knew that). No mention of a keyboard phone.
RIM is working very hard on getting more apps. They said already a great number of Android apps have been registered, and RIM wants to emphasize quality over quantity.
A playbook release date was not given, nor any mention of OS2.
One last thing I should mention. Expect RIM to be VERY tight-lipped about everything to come. They acknowledged the fact they made mistakes by annoucing dates too soon and not delivering. According to them, not giving any premature information will save them a lot of hassle down the road.
Once again, the device is still in development. Things will change. But so far, things are sexy.