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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RE: Heh, why not?
by phoenix on Thu 13th Dec 2012 23:02 UTC in reply to "Heh, why not?"
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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).


Motorola makes some nice keyboard phones. The Droid4 (XT894) is especially nice, and works on any GSM/HSPA network outside of the USA (it's hardware locked to Verizon inside the US). The OMAP4 SoC is a little dated now (only SGX540 GPU, but it's a dual-core CPU), but it still runs Android 4.1 nicely.

Will be interesting to see what the Droid5 looks like.

I'm also hoping the Photon Q (XT897) gets a non-Sprint release. The keyboard on that thing is almost perfect! Unfortunately, this model has an embedded SIM locked to Sprint. Supposedly, there's an AT&T version "coming soon" that will work on any GSM/HSPA network (don't know about LTE).

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.


Heh, good luck with that. They're using the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC that every LTE-based phone currently uses (dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU + Adreno 225 GPU). And they're only using an 1800 mAh battery in the L-series phones (smaller than the Android phones, which all have 2100 mAh).

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 ;)


This I completely agree with. Will be interesting to see how this plays into the battery life. Maybe they can get away with a smaller battery than Android. [shrug]

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