Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Dec 2012 19:18 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Research In Motion today released the 'gold' build of the BlackBerry 10 developer toolkit. The 'gold' build includes all of the final tools, components, and APIs that will enable developers to create integrated, social and beautiful applications for BlackBerry 10, and have the confidence that their apps will delight customers at launch." Let's hope so. This industry needs more viable players.
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Heh, why not?
by Neolander on Tue 11th Dec 2012 19:32 UTC
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Actually, I think I'm going to try out this BB10 thing, for at least five reasons

1/It sounds like going RIM will be the best choice for QWERTY phones in the near future, since Android/WinPhone manufacturers are losing interest in them and S40 is still quite primitive (e.g. no multitasking is a deal breaker for me).
2/Also, RIM are apparently the only smartphone OS developer that still cares a tiny bit about battery life. The average Engadget reviewer may consider 2 days per charge to be something impressive, but myself I want Symbian's 4 days of battery life back.
3/Videos of the OS (as seen on Crackberry and the RIM website) look like it's moving in the right direction in terms of usability, which is a good thing since it was THE thing that was holding me back from buying anything RIM previously.
4/I feel very much like funding alternatives to Android if they do a little bit of work to deserve it, since Google is getting a bit too powerful in the mobile world for my taste.
5/This is a QNX-based OS which we're talking about, and having a microkernel running on your cellphone is quite the OS geek's wet dream ;)

Remains to be seen how things pan out till the official unveiling in the end of January though. As an example, RIM have always been making these weird deals with carriers where you have to purchase "blackberry options" on your data plan to fully unlock the capabilities of your phones, and this does not sit well with me since I'm a fan of exotic carriers and cheap mobile plans. But if the platform is open enough that I can just say "screw it" and rely on third-party services like on Android, then it's not a deal breaker.

Edited 2012-12-11 19:52 UTC

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