What do you think of BlackBerry 10?
Developers that attended the event got a "BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha" device that is sporting a 1280 x 768 high definition display stretched across a 4.2 inch screen. This seems to show that RIM is going the same direction as the Android market in terms of screen size and resolution.
It also suggests that RIM is going to put the physical keyboard on the backburner. They proudly demoed their new predictive text input, which looks nice, but I will have to get my hands on it before I can say how useful it actually is.
There is even more exciting news on the developer front. The big weakness of the current platform is that there are not many apps in the BlackBerry App World. A contributing factor to this is that it is very complicated to actually get going with development between the Adobe Air frameworks and the lengthy setup instructions.
Now with BB10 you get a choice of platform. Developers can use C/C++, HTML5 webworks, and the traditional Java platform. This is interesting, as I am starting to think that perhaps OS 10 may be built from the ground up and not JVM based. Although I need to look further into this, if it is true, this could mean massive performance gains within the OS. If you have ever complained about a BlackBerry being too slow, you know how important this could be. The flexibility for developers to create their app however they choose will in no way hurt RIM, and should in fat bring more apps to the market.
The "App Generator" claims that someone can make an app in 10 minutes. I will believe it when I see it.
Other minor features like "slide to reveal" and the camera "timeline lens" were revealed. They seem like cool ideas, but not game changers at this point.
I realize RIM and BlackBerry have been going through tough times, and they are the underdogs here. I am hopeful they can make a recovery. The real question is will they make a big enough impact in time. Let's try and keep this discussion civilized and about the OS, and not the fate of the company!
This should spur some development. I feel there is a loophole in the program though for people who buy $1000 worth of their own app.