BlackBerry Offers Up BB10 Demo for iOS, Android Users
April 2, 2013 11:53 AM
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It can be accessed right from their browsers
BlackBerry is giving Android and Apple users a sneak peek at what its new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system can do -- right through their mobile browser.
BlackBerry wants to do more than just tell the world about BB10. It wants to
it why the new OS is comeback-worthy for the struggling company, and maybe convince a few iOS and Android users to switch along the way.
All iOS and Android users have to do is go to
and an interactive walkthrough of BB10 will appear.
It's not a free-for-all allowing users to poke through all the ins and outs of BB10, but rather a walkthrough of the features that requires a quick tap or swipe now and then. It shows off features like Screen Share, Time Shift, Hub and predictive keyboard.
BlackBerry may have had a rough year or so with a huge service blackout in 2011 and market share loss to Apple and Android ever since, but things are turning around for the BB10 maker.
It introduced the BB10 OS in January and recently released its first BB10-powered device --
revealed that many new BB10 devices will roll out this year, including tablets and phablets. So of course BlackBerry wants to show everyone why they should switch to the BB10 OS.
Just last week, BlackBerry reported
a surprise profit
for the fourth quarter of 2012.
BlackBerry reported an income of $94 million (18 cents per share).
Excluding some costs, adjusted income came in at $114 million (22 cents per share). This beat analyst expectations of losing 29 cents per share.
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4/2/2013 12:02:44 PM
I just finished the demo (kind of short!). It felt
to your typical Android navigation. Definitely not a reason to change phones...
4/2/2013 12:04:29 PM
I just did it as well. It doesn't seem anything to write home about. Then again, if you are a company on the brink of leaving Blackberry for a different fruit it might make you think twice.
4/2/2013 1:15:00 PM
Didn't MS do this with WP7 a couple years back?
I tried it and wasn't impressed by the OS. They'd have to sell me on the hardware and price. Which they didn't. Dull design, mid range specs, and the same $200 subsidized, $500+ off contract cost that the HTC One will probably have, and the Galaxy S4 will probably have, and the iPhone 5 has.
4/2/2013 6:37:03 PM
This demo wasn't anything special.
Go to a store actually forget that.
Find someone that has a Z10 and ask if you can check out the phone.
Nothing will be better than the phone in hand with a friend knowledgeable about how it works there next to you.
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