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BlackBerry 10 OS And Dev Alpha Mobile Phone - Hands-On Pictures

Research In Motion launched at its recent USA BlackBerry World 2012 event, two new additions to its portfolio. These came in the form of the BlackBerry 10 OS, along with the Dev Alpha prototype handset for developers, running this platform, and solely for testing new apps written for that operating system.

ITProPortal has now obtained a briefing over the new BlackBerry mobile OS, along with the developer's handset - where we have captured a hands-on walkthrough of the two, in unison.

The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device was given out to developers that attended the Orlando based RIM event. The handset might not be a retail phone, but it is a showcase for the BlackBerry 10 OS and it does highlight what the platform is capable of.

RIM's Dev Alpha phone has a full touch 4.2in, 1,280 x 768 resolution screen, while powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, plus a micro HDMI port, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HSPA+ connectivity.

The images below highlight the phone and the operating systems' main home-screen, along with various views of the developer's mobile, from different angles.

This is followed by the app screen, which is accessible by swiping-left from the main screen, and the messaging screen, which is a swipe to the right, from the main home-screen.

The next set of pictures relates to the accessibility of the unified messaging box. As an example of its always-present presence, is the way it can be accessed from the calendar app. Just a swipe to the right of this always brings up the messaging app, which is also the way of accessing this, from other apps too.

Our last images show the new virtual keyboard to the BlackBerry 10 OS, with its layout mimicking the QWERTY physical RIM keypad and the new predictive word completion.

The final pic highlights the layers to the running platform, with an opened pdf from inside of an email, with that email behind it - that is all accessible, by swiping across the screen.


Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.