BlackBerry has worked hard to attract app developers to the BlackBerry World store for its new BB10 OS, and CEO Thorsten Heins was able to boast 70,000 apps at the time of launch. This includes popular apps like Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Evernote, ESPN Scorecenter, and Flixter, but they have also lured many smaller developers into porting their apps from other platforms. We’re awaiting the March sale date in the U.S., but here are some early impressions from BB execs and outside reviewers.
Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry CEO
At RIM we intend to lead the move from mobile connections to mobile computing. We will be a leader in connecting you to your internet of things.
Kristian Tear, BlackBerry Chief Operating Officer
This is not just another handset, it is a brand new platform which completely reinvents, re-engineers and redesigns BlackBerry as you know it today.
Andrew Brown, Strategy Analytics
They’ve done a good job on this. The keyboard is the best keyboard I’ve used on a touch screen phone. Its predictive text saves you time and effort and is accurate. The battery is removable and for business users it’s nice to have the option to carry a fully charged spare battery with you.
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At the BlackBerry 10 launch event Wednesday morning, executives demonstrated something called BlackBerry Hub, which collects all a user’s notifications in one spot. It can be accessed from anywhere on the phone with a swipe, and shows social media, calendar, BBM, e-mail and other updates (you can pick what shows up here to minimize noise).
You can have up to eight apps going at once, and the feature lets users quickly switch back and forth between messaging platforms without having to open or close apps or revisit the home screen.
Crackberry: BlackBerry Balance
BlackBerry Balance is already a great part of the PlayBook OS that will come to BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry Balance lets you easily use one device for both personal and work with all the features you’d expect from using two different devices. BlackBerry Balance essentially lets you run two different spaces on your device – one for personal and one for work.