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RIM Previews Blackberry 10, Someone Kang the Keyboard Now

Blackberry World is in full swing this morning and to kick it off, RIM teased us with the future of their OS in Blackberry 10. In the video, you can see the oS running on their new developer unit which essentially looks like a Playbook, but as a phone. While it may be a while before we see this on a device any time soon, this teaser video should give Android devs some ideas to consider for their apps. How about that incoming call pop-up? Or better yet, check out the predictive text style of the keyboard. Rather than providing you word suggestions in a bar at the top of the keyboard, you see mini-suggestions over the next letter you may type. To me, that seems brilliant.


  • feztheforeigner

    New swiftkey option anyone?

  • socalrailroader

    Kang-Not a word.

  • socalrailroader

    Do what to the keyboard? lol

  • nsnsmj

    The BB10 keyboard is apparently powered by Swiftkey, so technically you can already get this functionality on Android. They just implemented it differently.

  • Jes2012


  • RobG

    Bootloader locked?

  • kazelement

    as cool as the keyboard looks, it also looks like it would take time getting used to and its not faster then some of the android keyboards ive seen.

  • Senator

    Someone needs to kang that keyboard for sure!  That looks very, very useful. 

  • Asian

    It should be called Blackberry 10 years to late

  • ddevito

    day late and a dollar short

  • cizzlen

    How about someone just Kang the entire operating system 

  • ocdtrekkie

    It’s really really clear that RIM would be a stunning Android OEM, they have a lot of good ideas and could easily distinguish themselves from other manufacturers. I wrote about it today on Google+. But they’re leadership is too blind to see how that would play out.

  • Oscar

    I find it kind of interesting that a leading android blog would advocate the one thing that we are always accused of by our competitors. ” this teaser video should give Android devs some ideas to consider for their apps.” isn’t that pretty much saying that android developers should copy RIM instead of innovating…?

    • I see what you are saying. I guess I should rephrase that too, this idea is awesome, see how you can make it better.

  • I might be headed back to blackberry if they support android apps

    • Asimoalex

      You and me both

    • feztheforeigner

      Really? That seems excessive for a new keyboard that will inevitably become an Android app…new swiftkey option anyone?

  • Competition

    I might be in the minority on this, but I’m actually happy that RIM is showing off some pretty decent animation and keyboard for its BB10 phones. I don’t want RIM to fail, I want them to succeed in recapturing some market share, and pushing Google to improve Android and provide us with better services going forward. Competition is good for us consumers, despite our actual brand preferences. Imagine a world with just Android, with no competition, Google would likely begin dialing it in and not innovating the way Microsoft did after WinMo captured the market. I want Apple, Google, RIM, and Microsoft to do well, because they have to compete for our money and our loyalty, and that is a good thing for us in the end.

    • Im with you on RIM. Apple UI hasnt improved anything for anyone ever, except those that think counting to 10 is hard. RIM is the master of menu/shortcuts/keyboards and cross app integration. Google can take some lessons from them WRT feature depth in menus.  I really do miss how quick/easy it was to move data from one app to another, and BBM. 

    • Calculatorwatch

      I agree with this, hopefully the mobile OS space can see a lot of competition and innovation before it inevitably goes the way of the PC market in late 90s and becomes practically a one-horse-race.

      RIM is definitely late to the game in finally introducing a modern OS but that video was actually really impressive. If the rest of Blackberry 10 is as smooth and well thought out as that keyboard and phone pop-up, they might actually have a chance. As long as it still plays Android apps that is.

    • You shouldn’t be in the minority at all! Innovation is great for consumers. I love Android, but the whole Google vs. Apple thing is stale. Bring on new players.

  • 7stringer

    Lovin’ the keyboard look. 

  • Dliuzzo110

    this keyboard is pretty slick. That’s a great idea

  • RegKilla

    RIP RIM…

  • Matthew

    I might actually be able to sell this, haven’t sold a blackberry phone in my Verizon store since September.

  • to everyone that is just destroying RIM right now: they may not be nearly as popular as they used to be, but they still are the single most secure phone out on the market right now. im a digital forensics major at school right now, and if you want to try and get info off a blackberry with a lock code on it, its damn right impossible to get anything off of it. yes, they suck with their apps and they are struggling, but they definitely have the best email/security out of all phones.

    all of that aside, i want that keyboard. 

  • Jason Purp

    The suggestions seem to be randomly placed all over the keyboard. WTF is that? And they have the same on-screen menu button as Android 4.0. There will be many more copied aspects for sure.

    All in all, RIM is just coming off as a jokester now.

    • iWebDroidBerry7

      Android got that menu button from Windows Phone.

      You sheep should really do some research before you bleat.

  • MKader17

    at 0:39 it looks like an iPhone with a mat finish and no button.

  • Jonathonflores6958

    That was extra slick…. I like but I’m too tied into Google services to get out…not that I’d want to anyway.

  • Austinrgoebel

    Pretty cool ideas

  • lye

    Finally the DInc 4G news I’ve been waiting for.

  • looks nice keyboard is good but is it too litte too late as the phrase goes?

  • moelsen8

    it’s pathetic how long it’s taking rim to die. can we just speed it up please

  • I actually had the same thought when I saw this on Engadget. This looks like a keyboard that is really quite useful. Add a little swype action to this, (for when the word you need isn’t suggested) and it would be great!

  • Wireless Hero

    Like it would EVER and I mean E  V  E  R run that smooth or that well.  This is Blackberry we’re talking about.  They never have or will get it right with an OS at smooth.

  • I want this keyboard, now.

  • Zerocool79346_1

    Looks a lot like WP7 and Android had a baby. I mean it’s a FANTASTIC improvement for BB, but other than the keyboard (which looks kind of gimmicky and I feel like I would never use after the first week) I don’t really see anything that I would care to have.

  • Booboolala2000

    I don’t get why they are using a dummy unit that looks like an iPhone. From what I have read and seen, BB10 looks pretty good. 

  • That would be really distracting. I never use suggestions, just spell check. Seizure in 3…2…1…

    • T4rd

       I’m sure you can disable it..

  • no lag

  • I agree, I see a ton in that video which seems like it has a great easy of use! I’m very impressed to see RIM on the innovative side again.

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  • EC8CH

    Cool, but I think BB has lost too much blood.

    • Nah, if it’s lost that much blood and is still going it’s either a Woman or a Zombie. 

  • Benjamin Alvarez

    look intresting if was launched 1 year ago ::P

  • RIM might have gone really downhill in the past years, but they really know their keyboards. The best experience I ever had with a physical keyboard on a phone was my Bold 9700

  • kixofmyg0t

    One thing I did love about my Blackberry Storm2 was the keyboard. The reduced QWERTY portrait layout keyboard was awesome! I havnt found another keyboard(not swype either) that comes close to being as fast or error less as that. I liked how the screen “clicked” as well. So much so that i have the tactile feedback on Swiftkey set to 10ms so it reminds me of the old “SurePress” screen.

    • Josh Nichols

      I had the original Storm.. despite what everyone says, I think it was awesome.

    • sc4fpse

      When I went to Russia two years ago, global Android phones were few and far between (maybe even nonexistent at the time) so I bought a used Storm 2 off of eBay to take with me. I hated almost everything about the phone. The interface sucked, the web browser was obnoxious if you could even call it a web browser, the phone took an hour to boot up, the damn thing froze up on me more times than I could count (which got really irritating given the previous point). But the one thing that I absolutely loved was the SurePress. That was just an awesome experience. I would love to have that in another non-Blackberry phone. After my awful experience with the Storm 2, I will never, ever use another Blackberry. But I’d kill for SurePress.

      • kixofmyg0t

        The Storm2 had a internet browser? LOL.

        Im jk. Yeah i hated most everything about it. I initially picked the Storm2 over the DX because I still liked Blackberry and i wasnt fond of Motorola then. 5 months later when my Storm’s screen stopped working I bought a used DX. That single phone transformed my whole outlook on Motorola and is still my favorite.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    can you remove this story… it does not belong here in any way, shape or form. 

    • As the standard response goes, who in the world forced you to click on this article?

      Standard answer:  Nobody.

      Moving on.

    •  Yeah, Android is the ONLY OS.  And without any competition the desire to be more and more awesome upon each build would increase exponentially!

      • FortitudineVincimus

        this is an Android blog, I have generic tech blogs I can go read about “other” tech

    • Dr_Buttballs

      Can you please remove yourself from this blog? Your senseless bitching doesn’t belong here.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        thats a laugh coming from you

        • Dr_Buttballs

          I don’t recall me constantly complaining about stupid things on a blog I’m in no way obligated to use. Unless that thing is you.

    • You know, Apple forums are that way. Or were you just bitten by the elitist bug?

      • trumpet444

        exactly. if you never look outside your own farm, you become sheep

        • FortitudineVincimus

          Oh so then thank God I have an Android blog informing me about RIM offerings… yeah, I am so enlightened now and was so unaware until now.


          • Dr_Buttballs

            Meanwhile, at Fort Vinnie’s house…. 

      • FortitudineVincimus

        so because I question the value of a RIM topic about a product we do not have nor will get in an ANDROID blog, I am an elitist?

        So, is your questioning of me and the value of my comments not elitist? I do not think a RIM specific topic belongs here and say as much and you call me elitist and so I would say your elitist for thinking your comment is more valuable than mine.

        Not only that.. who the f*** said anything about Apple? Nice assumption.

        • Jordan Webb

          Like it or not, the major operating systems are tangled together quite a bit, and we’ll start seeing features “kanged” from BBOS if they start producing good stuff.  I think it’s relevant and interesting, and I’m glad this blog posts articles about things outside the ecosphere that may have an impact on things inside.

    • trumpet444

      are you suggesting we put on blinders? 

      • FortitudineVincimus

        what a joke. no, I am suggesting you go to a blog about RIM or other tech to read about these topics and you come here to read about Android topics, products, offerings

    • cizzlen

      call the wahmbulance bro 

  • spickle

    keyboard seems great and the pop up incoming calls are pretty cool

  • jdomann

    Can we please stop saying kang? Even the Cyanogen devs decided it got old fast.

    • It’s a word, get over it. Don’t take intertubes so seriously.

      • Josh Nichols

        I see you have moved here from iBGR. I welcome you, sir. The crowd here is much less dense.

        • hes been here for awhile. are you new?

        • International Bill of Gender Rights?

        • trumpet444

          iBGR…..ahahahah. appropriate 

    • EC8CH

      so you’re admitting to kanging this complaint for the CM devs then…. hmmmm interesting.

  • TheRobotCow

    Doesn’t look too bad, but how will the actual execution work?

    • FortitudineVincimus

      like shizzzz… it’s RIM afterall

  • Andrew

    I like the incoming call pop up. That was definitely slick.

    • LiterofCola

      Yeah, that was pretty cool

    • It looked cool in the video. And maybe intuitive too. Slide it back up (like notification bar dropdown in Android) to reject or slide down to accept the call. But the ‘in-call’ action buttons were taking too much space. Half of the screen full of buttons is too much, if u ask me.

  • Michael_NM

    Black who?