Canadian mobile phone maker TELUS has launched the pre-registration period for BlackBerry 10 devices, set to arrive on shelves soon after the official launch that Research In Motion has set for January 30.Users who are considering the purchase of new devices on the network of this wireless carrier can now head over to this page on its website and register their interest in the platform.
According to TELUS, BlackBerry 10 is coming soon, yet specific info on when the first devices will land on shelves hasn’t been provided as of now.
Most probably, RIM will make these details available on January 30, when it will also fully detail both the platform and the first smartphones powered by it.
Those who do not know what to expect from BlackBerry 10 should know that the OS will come with a new communication center, called BlackBerry Hub and meant to offer fast access to social networking, messaging and email.
There is also a new BlackBerry keyboard packed inside the platform, along with a new Camera application with Time Shift Mode, and the possibility to keep one’s personal and work lives separate on the same device with BlackBerry Balance.
Here’s what TELUS has to say on the new mobile operating system:
- Stay close to what's important – keep everything that matters to you in one place. Simply peek into the BlackBerry Hub from any app with just a swipe, and flow effortlessly in and out of your messages and conversations.
- The new touchscreen BlackBerry Keyboard provides an effortless typing experience. It learns your writing style and suggests words to help you type faster, more accurately and with the least amount of effort. And if you tend to mistype certain letters, the keyboard will remember and subtly adjust to make sure you hit the right key.
- Pinpoint and adjust elements of your picture to get the photo you want. Time Shift mode captures milliseconds before and after your photo - so you can scroll back on the dial to open one friend’s eyes, then forward to catch your other friend smiling, before combining it all to create the perfect picture.
- Use your BlackBerry 10 smartphone for work, and access email, apps and documents without compromising your personal content. BlackBerry Balance keeps your personal information separate and private from your work data. Switch between your profiles with one simple gesture.
The first handsets powered by BlackBerry 10 are expected to sport a full-touch design, but RIM also announced that it will introduce QWERTY-enabled smartphones soon after.