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Ten Ways to Improve a BlackBerry Smartphone

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December 31, 2012

Ten Ways to Improve a BlackBerry Smartphone

By Joe Rizzo
TMCnet Contributing Writer

It seems that compared to the rest of the smartphone world, Research in Motion (News - Alert) (RIM), the makers of BlackBerry, has been a little motionless. But that may all about change, as there has been a leak in the BlackBerry world.

Ten slides have been leaked that divulge such items as video chat, screen sharing, a new browser and much more.

The BlackBerry (News - Alert) 10 (BB 10) will be launched on January 30, 2013, and will feature a larger cabinet with a full touchscreen and no keyboard. There will also be a new BlackBerry 10 operating system.

There are at least 10 new features included in the OS that have been leaked.

You can see a complete list of the leaked slides here. Highlights include:

  • New camera with time shift that captures milliseconds before and after your photo. If the picture you take of a person has the eyes closed, you can scroll back and combine sections to create one perfect picture.
  • New browser that is faster and simpler to use. It will have HTML5 support of any browser. It will feature built-in sharing to social networking sites. The new browser is supposed to remember, over time, how you like to share.
  • BlackBerry Hub keeps items in one place. You can use the BlackBerry Hub to take a peek at another app by just swiping the screen.
  • Active Frames allows a user to access up to eight open apps on one screen.
  • BlackBerry Balance lets you have two different profiles. You can have a personal and a business profile that allows you to set up different security options.

It looks like RIM is trying to work out a deal with Netflix as well, and that it’s helping out on the BB 10 beta testing. You can also get a little more information on the BlackBerry 10 phone by checking out our TechZone360 section.

Here, you’ll be able to get additional details on the hardware and how it compares to the iPhone (News - Alert) 5.

The leaked slides show that RIM is putting a lot of effort into getting BlackBerry devices back into competition. Goldman Sachs analysts have improved RIM’s rating from “neutral” to “buy” based on the new BlackBerry 10 device and OS.

Since the leaked slides have been “removed by request” from several sites, including CrackBerry, there’s every reason to believe all of the images are legitimate. This would be a major and much needed step forward for RIM.

Edited by Braden Becker

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