RIM Changes Name to BlackBerry, Launches BlackBerry Z10

RIM Changes Name to BlackBerry, Launches BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry, once THE smartphone in the market, had been under a lot of pressure from competitors, mainly the Apple iPhone and the varieties of Andriod-based smartphones, for the past few years.  While the chances for RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Z10 smartphone will make a dent in the overall smartphone market, it is believed that RIM may have a shot at gaining back some market share with the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.

The Operating System

The BlackBerry Z10 will mark a major transition from the current Java-based BlackBerry operating system to the QNX Neutrino Real Time Operating System (RTOS).  The Java-based operating system allowed RIM to implement added security to its devices.  However, with the release of new and improved smartphones and OS, the upgrade of the Blackberry operating system is long overdue.

The QNX operating system is a very small OS that is based on the Micro Kernel architecture.  This micro kernel design allows the OS to be maintained easily.  The QNX Neutrino RTOS contains two elements: the micro kernel and the process manager.  All apps run as a process, managed by the process manager and executed by the micro kernel OS.

This micro kernel OS architecture is secured and reliable as it protects its virtual memory from rogue apps that haven’t been given access to protected data.  Therefore, in theory, a BlackBerry running on the QnX Neutrino RTOS should be exceptionally stable.

Security remains a top priority with the new OS.  Users can choose from 2 modes of operation: the personal mode and the work mode.  The security settings of the work mode can be customized by a business organization such that their users can use their phone as a personal device without any impact on the work-side of things.

The BlackBerry Z10

According to pictures that surfaced on the Internet, the not-yet-released BlackBerry Z10 smartphone looks very different than its predecessors, which were a bit clunky compared to most other smartphones.  The rumored BlackBerry Z10 has a more slim body.  RIM has also ditched the physical keyboard and opted for a virtual keyboard.  Moreover, the rumored BlackBerry Z10 does not have a navigation or home button at the bottom.  All controls are entirely touchscreen.

Blackberry Z10

Users can access emails, SMS, and social media communication such as their Facebook messages and Twitter Direct Messages all in one app.  This will definitely make the users who live on Facebook or Twitter very happy.

Other rumored specifications for the BlackBerry Z10 include:

Networks: 2G(GSM)/3G(HSPDA)/4G(LTE)
CPU: Dual-core 1.5GHz
Screen: A 4.2″ display
Screen resolution: 1280 x 768 with a pixel density of 356PPI
Cameras: (1) 8MP rear-facing camera with flash and 1080p@30fps recording; (20 2MP front-facing camera with 720p@30fps recording.
Camera features: Geo-tagging, face detection, auto-focus, image stabilization
Storage: 16 or 32GB internal storage.  There is a microSD card slot of external storage.
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, magnetometer, ambient light
Connections: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, micro-USB, micro-HDMI
Battery: 1800mAh removable battery

The device is scheduled to release on Jan 30, 2013.  We won’t have to wait long to find out if the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone can help save RIM.

Watch the Entire Blackberry Z10 Launch Video

One Response

  1. Henry Mark Says:

    Well, that seems pretty good deal to me as I am searching for a Smartphone for better efficiency and I think Blackberry is providing here. I am pretty concern about my data security which has become a major issue since we found the prism security structure to track our data. May be technology will beat them and we will play safe..Thanks I am looking forward to its release.

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