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.
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!
Ummm…………. everyone at the launch just got a free Z10! BlackBerry, you set my heart on fire.
So two phones are coming out, the hybrid Q10 and the ultra-super-hot Z10.
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
And now, it’s Mark Rayner from DSTV Mobile, presenting his fantastic BB10 app.
There’s even a feedback section in the app, good luck with the trolling, Geoff.
And weather can be accessed from any point in the News24 app. Dandy.
Sharing is now possible with NFC and group messaging. So multimedia content looks pretty incredible on the 356PPI screen.
“What we wanted to do, was what we do best, curate content”. Oh boy, we’ve heard this before.
Geoff Cohen, CEO of News24.com talks of his BB10 app.
Waytag also has privacy settings. So you can unselect undesirable people from knowing your location.
So the waytag is like a permanent GPS location for BB users.
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.
Stephen (not me) is coming to demo “Waytag”.
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/
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.
“There’s no home button, no pressing no poking”. He’s simply repeating what we’ve heard before. Give us news!
He plan to share his ideas and content for BB10 in Africa.
Rory O’ Neill now on stage, VP of marketing.
“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.
Two awkward kisses and she’s gone.
I wish my BB10 came with a free Alicia Keys
“I’m gonna set the world on fire with my BB10” says Keys.
“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
And it’s another Promo time. And I agree with Michelle, I hope A.Keys doesn’t quit her soulful singing.
Wait is Alicia Keys quitting her music career? All this sounds really hectic for someone with a job already.
Creative geniuses like Neil Gaimen will be using the new platform.
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
oh wow Alicia Keys is now “exclusively dating” again with BB
Seriously? BlackBerry made a celebrity their creative director? Alicia Keys?
BB 10 is available tomorrow in the UK!
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.
“No one will feel they’re lacking in applications and content on BlackBerry 10.” — “No need for rebooting”
“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…
“We are launching BB10 with more apps then any first-gen device. Over 70, 000 apps”. Angry Birds, Skype, Twitter, Foursquare…
Apps on BB10: Skype, Amazon Kindle, Whatsapp, SAP and Angry Birds…
“We are launching BB10 with more apps then any first-gen device. Over 70, 000 apps”.
“It’s a deeply integrated solution for content delivery”.
Martyn Mallick now, VP of Business dev.
Hmm so story maker: combine videos, photos and add some music. It looks like iLife for mobile.
BB world will support loads of content from the major movie studios.
“This is the new BB”.
And Vivic is off.
“Content is automatically pieced together”. Alica Keys blares in the background.
“it’s really easy to use and create beautiful content”.
“BB users like to create stories, so we’ve created Story Maker”.
So BB now has filters fro photos, but is there Instagram?
There’s a built-in pic editor. Adding in effects uses gestures. and It’s very easy to use.
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.
“Let’s talk about media and camera now”.
All you need to do is type and the apps pop up. Very Windows 8.
BlackBerry Remember, a great way to bring content together says BlackBerry.
For instance, you can flag content to BB Remember and add as much content as you like.
“BB Remember is about bringing content together”.
“This is a great collaboration tool for enterprises”.
They are browsing the photo’s on another users BB10, fairly amazing.
Though the screen share look interesting
BBM video chat… Kinda looks like FaceTime
You can now share your screen with BB10 screen share. Pretty innovative.
“This is BB Flow, we are not moving in and out of applications”.
“How about we make the very first public BBM 10 video call”.
“On BB10, we wanted to push the boundaries”
It’s BB messenger time. Exciting news to share.
“Work and personal coexists, it’s a single unified user experience.”
Follow the big news so far at the BlackBerry event. http://memeburn.com/2013/01/from-today-rim-is-blackberry/
“We call this blackberry Balance. A single gesture on the screen allows you to move between personal and work.”
“there’s a lot of discussion about privacy about the individuals who own the devices. Both corporate and personal.”
BlackBerry 10 comes with easy language transition.
The word flicker looks awesome!
“We’ve created a cinematic experience with this screen.” – Thorsten Heins on the BlackBerry Z10
Everything is integrated into BlackBerry hub, social and communication. That is nice.
Easy to use multitasking on BB10.. looking good.
Now a demo of BB flow. All applications run in real time, it’s “true” multitasking. It’s a “cinematic” experience.
Vivek Bhardwaj, head of software is on stage.
the Q10 has a glass weave cover that is thinner, stronger and lighter then plastic.
Integrated social communication, nice…
Browsing is super fast, screen res is 356PPI and there’s a 4.2-inch display.
Nice one BB following in the footsteps of the large display.
And there you have the new devices… BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 — powered by BB10.. they look pretty sexy.
Presenting, the BB Q10 (touch and type) and the Z10.
Now there’s countdown to BB 10 and ooh, here are the devices.
some big news coming from RIM CEO today… Or should I say BlackBerry as that is the new name.
“So how did we do this? It would not be possible without our 12 000 employees”.
“With a simple share, you can swipe, consume and connect.”
“It needed to be simple and elegant. And the elegance of BB10 is clear.”
“we have defined our vision, the boundless opportunities of mobile computing”.
“The future is still hard work. Bringing a new platform is risky. It was heartfelt and risky.”
“Finally, today you will see the amazing experience we are bringing with BB hub, flow and peak”.
“The hardware and software teams of QNX continue to amaze.”
“We made the tough call to go it alone, and for that, I must thank a few people”.
“Today is a new day in the history of BB”.
“BB10 is focused on content and apps, and is beyond anything you’ve ever seen before”.
“This is the promise of the BB10 platform, connectivity”.
“With BB secure network, we will be a leader in connecting you to the internet of things”.
“As RIM, we intend to make the movement to true mobile computing”.
“Guess what, BB10 will keep them moving”.
“It’s people who want to flow seamlessly from app to app, without the need for a home button”.
“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.”
“The people at RIM have been at their most creative, engaged and committed. BlackBerry 10 is here!”
“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”.
“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.”
“Good morning, thanks for joining us.”
Here we go. “This is BlackBerry 10”. Thorsten Heins is on stage!
More videos about people that are excited about BlackBerry 10. Check out this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2ht8yRsQ-Q
“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.”
We’re watching a video about people swooning about BlackBerry 10 (developers, partners).
RIM is checking in with all the locations they are streaming to. London, Dubai, Paris, Toronto and Johannesburg.
Here we, we’re getting the feed from New York.
We’re waiting. For something. Some elevator music is playing…
All carrier partners in SA will support BB 10.
blackberry 10 is being launched in SA, london, Dubai, Toronto all simultaneously.
the live telecast will be starting very soon. “Our company has faced challenges across the world”. Indeed.
It has begun!
It begins. Here’s some images of the glorious event so far.
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.
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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