ORLANDO — Research In Motion finally gave developers a true taste of BlackBerry 10 this week, showing off many novel features of the company’s latest mobile OS. Those developers like what they see so far, though they also want to see more from RIM.
At BlackBerry World, RIM gave all developers in attendance a special device to make BlackBerry 10 apps. However, the device doesn’t actually run BB10 — the “DevAlpha” device runs the same software on the current PlayBook tablet.
Also, the most impressive features of BlackBerry 10 that RIM previewed at the show — including a time-shifting camera and an onscreen keyboard that predicts your typing — aren’t yet available for developers to use in apps.
I spoke with dozens of developers about the new platform, and what they liked best about BlackBerry 10 was what RIM CEO Thorsten Heins describes as the “flow.” It’s so far an ill-defined concept, but it deepens BB10′s multitasking abilities, which keep all apps running in the background without pausing them.
As of yet, RIM hasn’t clarified exactly how that’s going to work. Although developers are excited about the how apps will integrate with each other in BlackBerry 10, many told me they want RIM to soon spell out how they can start immersing their apps in the so-called flow.
Check out the video above to see developers weigh in on the BlackBerry 10.
Are you a BlackBerry developer? What are you looking forward to most in BlackBerry 10? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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Saying BlackBerry 10 is all about the "flow" between apps, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins showed how users could quickly see other apps running by "glancing back" via menus that peek out from the side.