Some of the things we expect to see are details about the new Z10 phone like pricing and carrier availability, news about the state of the BB10 app store, a bunch of nerdy IT talk about how the new OS will fit into existing systems, and maybe some news about the forthcoming Qwerty models. Maybe a few features of the OS that haven't been shown off yet, too. We're ready to be surprised, though, since this is such an important event for RIM, and it might have a few tricks up its sleeve.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins hosted the main event in New York. Video of his appearance was shown at other RIM events in , London, Paris, , Johannesburg, and , Indonesia.
BlackBerry 10 basics
BlackBerry 10 is the first version of RIM’s smartphone platform designed for touch devices; previous versions, such asBlackBerry 7, were optimized for non-touch handsets with physical keyboards. The new platform is a combination of BlackBerry’s own technology and elements from QNX, a software company RIM acquired in 2010.
Other nice additions to BlackBerry 10 include an adaptive software keyboard that adjusts to your typing style over time and a predictive word suggestion feature that can add words to your messages with a quick gesture. There is also a new camera that offers features such as composite photos that snap several images in quick succession so you can merge them into one idealized photo. A great tool for, say, creating a group photo that doesn’t have anyone caught mid-blink. Windows Phone 8 offers a similar feature called Smart Group Shot.
One rumored device expected Wednesday is the Z10, a 4G BlackBerry 10 device featuring a 4.2-inch display with 1280-by-768 resolution, a 1.5GHz processor, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, and 16GB of onboard storage. RIM plans to roll out at least six BlackBerry 10 devices in 2013 at various price ranges, according to an earlier report from Fierce Wireless.Movies, music and apps