This year’s Keynote was all about BlackBerry 10 and the direction RIM is headed towards. Thorsten Heins spoke about how focused his team is on delivering the goods with BlackBerry 10 with an emphasis on both consumer and enterprise markets.
Introducing RIM’s new user interface philosophy: flow. The new OS will be less about pressing the back button and more about the flowing through the OS without the slow navigation of loading one screen at a time. Utilizing Playbook-like gestures, the flow UI system will keep your workspace near the foreground be it messaging, calendar or other apps. Notifications don’t interrupt your focus by having to load a new screen, a bit like how BBM shows you other incoming messages while you’re engaged in another conversation: in short the incoming messages and notifications won’t be interrupting your ahem flow.
Vivek Bhardwaj, head of software portfolio showed off some of the astonishing new features of the BlackBerry 10 mobile OS.
There was a great virtual keyboard demo with gestures that makes things much faster for touchscreen keyboard users. Though it still seemed slower than a physical keyboard, the “two thumb” touchscreen typing definitely had more of a BlackBerry flavor than the Torch and old Storm interfaces.
The Camera demo was simply incredible with well-designed interface that can “go back in time” so that you can individually adjust people’s facial expressions based on when you’re pressed the shutter.
“We’re taking our time to make sure we get BlackBerry 10 right.” -Thorsten Heins