Before the end of this year, Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion is expected to bring to the market devices that pack its new BlackBerry 10 operating system inside.The company already confirmed plans to launch these devices in 2012, but has yet to confirm any details on what the platform will arrive on the market with.
Courtesy of a leaked roadmap from RIM, we learned that there would be a variety of smartphones launched with the new OS flavor in the coming months, yet details on the platform remained scarce.
Today, however, we can have a better look at what BlackBerry 10 has to offer to users, courtesy of a series of leaked slides from a “partner” document that emerged over at CrackBerry.
For those out of the loop, we should note that the upcoming BlackBerry 10 will arrive with the same layout as the PLayBook OS, and that it will operate in a similar manner as well.
The major difference, of course, is the fact that it needs to be used on a smaller screen than PlayBook’s.
The leaked images available with BlackBerry 10 show a series of changes made to the icons, along with the availability of widgets on the homescreen.
These graphical changes appear meant to bring the platform closer to what Android, Windows Phone and iOS have to offer at the moment, which is not a bad thing at all.
These images also show that RIM will include Universal Inbox inside BlackBerry 10. Moreover, the platform will also have a redesigned dialer, along with a new contact info section, and a video chat icon.
Overall, the platform seems capable to impress at the graphical level. Provided that it manages to do the same when performance is involved, all will be great for Research In Motion.
The first handsets to run under BlackBerry 10 will arrive on shelves in late 2012, and some more info on the platform will emerge closer to that date so, stay tuned for more on the matter.