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BlackBerry 10 launch event [Live blog]

The day has finally arrived. After waiting months to see what BlackBerry has in store for the smartphone market it once dominated, we will finally have something more than claims about the number of apps, a few Dev Alpha models and some gorgeous leaked snapshots to show us what BlackBerry’s latest operating system and devices will really be like.

Gearburn’s Steven Norris and Martin Carstens will be blogging live from the much-anticipated launch of what may or may not signal the start of BlackBerry’s comeback from 17:00 CAT (10:00 EST / 15:00 GMT) onwards. The launch is happening simultaneously at events in New York, Toronto, Johannesburg, Dubai, London, Jakarta, Delhi and Paris, and will also be streamed live on RIM’s website.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:42 pm

And on that amazing note, the show is over. I’m off to get my free BB10. Full review incoming. Goodnight and I love you all!

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:41 pm

Ummm…………. everyone at the launch just got a free Z10! BlackBerry, you set my heart on fire.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:39 pm

So two phones are coming out, the hybrid Q10 and the ultra-super-hot Z10.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:38 pm

So there will be mobile TV on the BB 10. It’s the Drifta Mobile app. Remember though folks, Drifta streams DVB-H, which is exceptionally low-res…. 352×288. Eek

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:35 pm

And now, it’s Mark Rayner from DSTV Mobile, presenting his fantastic BB10 app.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:34 pm

There’s even a feedback section in the app, good luck with the trolling, Geoff.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:33 pm

And weather can be accessed from any point in the News24 app. Dandy.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:33 pm

Sharing is now possible with NFC and group messaging. So multimedia content looks pretty incredible on the 356PPI screen.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:32 pm

“What we wanted to do, was what we do best, curate content”. Oh boy, we’ve heard this before.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:31 pm

Geoff Cohen, CEO of News24.com talks of his BB10 app.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:30 pm

Waytag also has privacy settings. So you can unselect undesirable people from knowing your location.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:29 pm

So the waytag is like a permanent GPS location for BB users.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:29 pm

Here’s how Waytag works: A friend wants to meet you for lunch, just click “meet me at my waytag”. The location is updated, with a name, a description and then, well you click the share button and send it off to another user.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:27 pm

Stephen (not me) is coming to demo “Waytag”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:26 pm

Martin Carstens, the world’s biggest Blackberry Fan has just summed up this amazing show for us: http://gearburn.com/2013/01/blackberry-10-launches-rim-is-renamed-to-blackberry/

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:24 pm

Apparently when BB10 is turned on for the first time, it will scan emails and texts, and so on from the last 7 days. This is how the keyboard learns from you, and predicts your words. We’ve seen it at work and it’s pretty fantastic.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:22 pm

“There’s no home button, no pressing no poking”. He’s simply repeating what we’ve heard before. Give us news!

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:21 pm

He plan to share his ideas and content for BB10 in Africa.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:21 pm

Rory O’ Neill now on stage, VP of marketing.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:20 pm

“Thank you to everyone who has joined us around the world”. Well it’s our pleasure. Time for a final promo of what is the hottest looking phone of 2013.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:19 pm

Two awkward kisses and she’s gone.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:19 pm

I wish my BB10 came with a free Alicia Keys :(

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:18 pm

“I’m gonna set the world on fire with my BB10” says Keys.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20136:17 pm

“I’m extremely committed. Going to work with app designers, retailers and others to explore where to go in the future. Work with the entertainment biz to identify opportunities. Will also be an ambassador for Balance: work and personal on the same device.” Keys

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:17 pm

And it’s another Promo time. And I agree with Michelle, I hope A.Keys doesn’t quit her soulful singing.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20136:17 pm

Wait is Alicia Keys quitting her music career? All this sounds really hectic for someone with a job already.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:16 pm

Creative geniuses like Neil Gaimen will be using the new platform.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:16 pm

BB wants someone to represent them, and she is BB’s new creative director. And it’s the mega-ultra hot Alica Keys. Good work BB :)

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20136:15 pm

oh wow Alicia Keys is now “exclusively dating” again with BB

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20136:12 pm

Seriously? BlackBerry made a celebrity their creative director? Alicia Keys?

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:11 pm

BB 10 is available tomorrow in the UK!

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:06 pm

Showing off twitter and the trillions of apps BB comes with. Interesting side note… Android apps can be side loaded onto BB10 with a little bit of trickery. More on this in a later article.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20136:05 pm

“No one will feel they’re lacking in applications and content on BlackBerry 10.” — “No need for rebooting”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:05 pm

“We focus on the end-to-end experience. You can install multiple applications simultaneously and there’s no need to reboot your device.” Promo video…

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:02 pm

“We are launching BB10 with more apps then any first-gen device. Over 70, 000 apps”. Angry Birds, Skype, Twitter, Foursquare…

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20136:02 pm

Apps on BB10: Skype, Amazon Kindle, Whatsapp, SAP and Angry Birds…

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20136:00 pm

“We are launching BB10 with more apps then any first-gen device. Over 70, 000 apps”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:59 pm

“It’s a deeply integrated solution for content delivery”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:58 pm

Martyn Mallick now, VP of Business dev.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:58 pm

Hmm so story maker: combine videos, photos and add some music. It looks like iLife for mobile.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:58 pm

BB world will support loads of content from the major movie studios.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:57 pm

“This is the new BB”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:57 pm

And Vivic is off.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:56 pm

“Content is automatically pieced together”. Alica Keys blares in the background.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:55 pm

“it’s really easy to use and create beautiful content”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:55 pm

“BB users like to create stories, so we’ve created Story Maker”.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:55 pm

So BB now has filters fro photos, but is there Instagram?

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:54 pm

There’s a built-in pic editor. Adding in effects uses gestures. and It’s very easy to use.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:53 pm

The most amazing innovation is BB time shift. So you can focus in on a face and shift the image until it meets your requirements.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:52 pm

“Let’s talk about media and camera now”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:51 pm

All you need to do is type and the apps pop up. Very Windows 8.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:50 pm

BlackBerry Remember, a great way to bring content together says BlackBerry.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:50 pm

For instance, you can flag content to BB Remember and add as much content as you like.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:50 pm

“BB Remember is about bringing content together”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:49 pm

“This is a great collaboration tool for enterprises”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:48 pm

They are browsing the photo’s on another users BB10, fairly amazing.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:48 pm

Though the screen share look interesting

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:48 pm

BBM video chat… Kinda looks like FaceTime

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:48 pm

You can now share your screen with BB10 screen share. Pretty innovative.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:47 pm

“This is BB Flow, we are not moving in and out of applications”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:46 pm

“How about we make the very first public BBM 10 video call”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:46 pm

“On BB10, we wanted to push the boundaries”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:45 pm

It’s BB messenger time. Exciting news to share.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:44 pm

“Work and personal coexists, it’s a single unified user experience.”

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:44 pm

Follow the big news so far at the BlackBerry event. http://memeburn.com/2013/01/from-today-rim-is-blackberry/

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:43 pm

“We call this blackberry Balance. A single gesture on the screen allows you to move between personal and work.”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:43 pm

“there’s a lot of discussion about privacy about the individuals who own the devices. Both corporate and personal.”

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:42 pm

BlackBerry 10 comes with easy language transition.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:41 pm

The word flicker looks awesome!

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:38 pm

“We’ve created a cinematic experience with this screen.” – Thorsten Heins on the BlackBerry Z10

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:36 pm

Everything is integrated into BlackBerry hub, social and communication. That is nice.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:35 pm

Easy to use multitasking on BB10.. looking good.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:33 pm

Now a demo of BB flow. All applications run in real time, it’s “true” multitasking. It’s a “cinematic” experience.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:32 pm

Vivek Bhardwaj, head of software is on stage.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:32 pm

the Q10 has a glass weave cover that is thinner, stronger and lighter then plastic.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:31 pm

Integrated social communication, nice…

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:30 pm

Browsing is super fast, screen res is 356PPI and there’s a 4.2-inch display.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:30 pm

Nice one BB following in the footsteps of the large display.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:29 pm

And there you have the new devices… BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 — powered by BB10.. they look pretty sexy.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:29 pm

Presenting, the BB Q10 (touch and type) and the Z10.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:29 pm

Now there’s countdown to BB 10 and ooh, here are the devices.

Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed. January 30, 20135:28 pm

some big news coming from RIM CEO today… Or should I say BlackBerry as that is the new name.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:28 pm

“So how did we do this? It would not be possible without our 12 000 employees”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:27 pm

“With a simple share, you can swipe, consume and connect.”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:27 pm

“It needed to be simple and elegant. And the elegance of BB10 is clear.”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:26 pm

“we have defined our vision, the boundless opportunities of mobile computing”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:25 pm

“The future is still hard work. Bringing a new platform is risky. It was heartfelt and risky.”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:24 pm

“Finally, today you will see the amazing experience we are bringing with BB hub, flow and peak”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:23 pm

“The hardware and software teams of QNX continue to amaze.”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:23 pm

“We made the tough call to go it alone, and for that, I must thank a few people”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:22 pm

“Today is a new day in the history of BB”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:22 pm

“BB10 is focused on content and apps, and is beyond anything you’ve ever seen before”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:21 pm

“This is the promise of the BB10 platform, connectivity”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:21 pm

“With BB secure network, we will be a leader in connecting you to the internet of things”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:20 pm

“As RIM, we intend to make the movement to true mobile computing”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:20 pm

“Guess what, BB10 will keep them moving”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:20 pm

“It’s people who want to flow seamlessly from app to app, without the need for a home button”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:19 pm

“When we first gave you a look at BB10, it was made for specific customers. People who have an appetite for getting things done. For people who want to get the most out of their smartphones.”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:18 pm

“The people at RIM have been at their most creative, engaged and committed. BlackBerry 10 is here!”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:18 pm

“It has also been by far, the most exhilarating and rewarding one, because I know that innovation is at the heart of RIM. And now finally, here we are”.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:17 pm

“We have been on a journey of transformation to transform our business and our business. A journey that will transform mobile communications to mobile computing.”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:16 pm

“Good morning, thanks for joining us.”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:16 pm

Here we go. “This is BlackBerry 10”. Thorsten Heins is on stage!

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:13 pm

More videos about people that are excited about BlackBerry 10. Check out this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2ht8yRsQ-Q

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:12 pm

“We are just a few moments to launch.” We’re listening to Alec Saunders from the developer relations team talk about the portathons RIM ran around the world. “To all the developers out there, with your help we’ve put together the biggest catalogue for a platform launch ever.”

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:08 pm

We’re watching a video about people swooning about BlackBerry 10 (developers, partners).

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:06 pm

RIM is checking in with all the locations they are streaming to. London, Dubai, Paris, Toronto and Johannesburg.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:06 pm

Here we, we’re getting the feed from New York.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:05 pm

We’re waiting. For something. Some elevator music is playing…

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:04 pm

All carrier partners in SA will support BB 10.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:03 pm

blackberry 10 is being launched in SA, london, Dubai, Toronto all simultaneously.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20135:01 pm

the live telecast will be starting very soon. “Our company has faced challenges across the world”. Indeed.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20134:59 pm

It has begun!

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20134:52 pm

It begins. Here’s some images of the glorious event so far.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20134:40 pm

Event starting very, very soon now. We waiting to get permission from BB before we post pictures. Them RIM folk’s are fastidious when it comes to content.

Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor January 30, 20133:20 pm

In just under two hours, the world will get to see one of the hottest new phones I’ve ever laid eyes on.


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