New OS includes major updates to the BlackBerry keyboard

BlackBerry 10 unveiled; aims to eliminate ‘searching’

The new highly anticipated operating system from BlackBerry has finally arrived, and it heavily focuses on making you as lazy as possible.

BlackBerry 10 is hell bent on making moving between apps, programs and files as quick and simple as possible, all by using BlackBerry Flow.

BB Flow enables users to swipe between apps, that are all running in real time on a device. For instance, if you’re watching a video on YouTube and you receive an email, you don’t have to exit the video and open up your email application to view your new message, you can simply swipe the screen across and have a peek at BlackBerry Hub – the place on your new phone that collects all the real-time data that’s currently coming in, including emails, tweets, Facebook interactions and so on.

The Hub not only collates all the usual information coming in, it also allows you to email and tweet straight from it, meaning you don’t have to enter yet another app. You can look at a friend’s profile from the Hub too, which pulls in info from said friend’s social network profiles and linkedIn account.

‘Don’t search anymore, the device adapts to you,’ commented BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins at the launch event as attendees wooed over this feature.

As well as reducing your need to Google your acquaintances, the new BB keyboard is designed let you become a lot less trigger happy with the space bar.

Can’tbebotheredtoputspacesinbetweenwords? It doesn’t matter, just give the space bar a tap at the end of a sentence and BB10 will fill them in for you. Also, you no longer need to actually type most of the words ever again, as important and frequent words appear above certain letters on the QWERTY keyboard, so you can just flick them into a text message.

Multilingual users will be happy to hear that you can now type in a number of different languages and the keyboard will recognise this and change the automatic words to coincide with the language.

BBM has been given a nice update as well, you can now move back and forth from messaging and video calling, all within the same app. The addition of BBM ScreenShare means you can send your screen to another users and show them pics, books, documents and more. Your whole screen and movements will appear on their device.

A few other interesting features include BB Remember – an app to create folders for shopping lists, vacations, and anything else you can possibly think of. You can add reminders and voice notes as well, AND it is all integrated with Outlook notes and tasks as well as Evernote notebook. There’s also a built-in photo editor featuring effects, styles and enhancements, and the Story Maker app brings all your media together and automatically makes videos out of it.

As well as the operating system, BlackBerry also unveiled two new devices – the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10.

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