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article imageRIM badly injured but definitely not dead

By James He     Sep 28, 2012 in Technology
Blackberry maker Research In Motion is definitely recovering from a deadly blow. As Samsung and Apple are both release phones and compete for market share, RIM has yet to make a dent in the mobile phone industry.
Yes, Blackberry 10, also known as London and Nevada, has been delayed once again, but that doesn't mean the people at Waterloo, Ontario aren't designing some serious updates to its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service and operating system. As Apple fell in a ditch face first with the multiple blunders made on the iPhone 5, Research In Motion (RIM) definitely has a chance to rebound. Although Samsung has contributed heavily to the industry, RIM should not be underestimated.
The BlackBerry 10 Series have some unique features that will definitely separate this generation of BlackBerries from the competitor. Two major upgrades, as mentioned before, are the operating system and BlackBerry Messenger.
The Dev Alpha B rumors the possibility of a 4.2 inch touch screen at 1280 x 768 for the official edition. Speaking of the operating system, RIM has moved to the use of the QNX operating system. It features a very simple eight status applications on the home screen, but more can be accessed from the background.
The second major improvement on the BlackBerry 10 (BB10) is the BlackBerry Hub, which provides users with productivity applications including the popular calender and BlackBerry Messenger features. The BB10 will also include a new feature BlackBerry Balance which is basically the management of two profiles from one device. One profile is for professional use with business and other formal communication while the social profile is to be used with friends and family.
At the moment, future BB10 users will be relying heavily on RIM's servers. If these servers go down, BB10 users will be left in the dark. This isn't too big of a concern especially after taking into consideration of the smoothness experienced on preview generations of BlackBerries.
A much bigger issue, probably the biggest, was raised by PC Mag regarding the touch screen navigation. RIM has never been in the business of taking the touch screen navigation approach. Apart from the Storm, all other Blackberry models use a form of the trackball. How well will the touch screen be in terms of sensitivity, accuracy, and efficiency? No one knows for sure, but the guys at PC Mag that got their hands on a developers model say there is no option for adjusting screen sensitivity, which could play a major part in the satisfaction of user experience.
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