Recently at a Blackberry developer event, RIM (Research In Motion) gave out prototype devices to around 2,000 attendees to demo the new Blackberry 10 user interface. The interface is a huge departure from what we are accustomed to getting on Blackberry and it has a lot of gesture integration that was really smooth and nice.
That Blackberry usage in America and Canada is dwindling is no more news. What is news is the fact that it is doing well in Africa and Asia. RIM have not quite been able to respond to the iPhone and subsequently Android for whatever reasons.
The prototype given out is a 4.2 inch device with a screen resolution of 1280×768 that utilizes a full touch screen display that departs from the trademark QWERTY keyboard that comes with most Blackberries. There have been outcries from certain quarters about the lack of a physical keyboard by certain Blackberry users but RIM has promised that they will produce BB10 devices with a physical keyboard.
If RIM can get it right with Blackberry 10, they will be able to position themselves as competitors to Android and iOS in America and Europe while adding more users in continents like Africa and Asia/Middle East where they are dominant at the moment.
It is not clear whether the first wave of BB10 devices will be full touch devices, but if RIM are able to make the transition without alienating their loyal fanbase (and so far, it looks so), they should very well be on their way to a comeback.
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