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Live: RIM's BlackBerry 10 launch event

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Live: RIM's BlackBerry 10 launch event
Today is the day for RIM and the whole BlackBerry fan club. After many delays, the Canadian company is finally ready to reveal its next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform, as well as the first devices that will make use of it. There is no Plan B. This is the all-in project for RIM, and there's no room for failure. The once popular manufacturer has managed to lose all of its appeal for most target groups, and has recently started to lose market share to its competitors in areas where it's been traditionally very strong. Whether this trend will continue depends on what we'll see today.

The BlackBerry 10 launch event will not only reveal all important details surrounding the new platform, but will also introduce us to the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones. How many and exactly what these smartphones are going to be like is still unknown, but it's safe to say that we'll see the much-leaked BlackBerry Z10 full touchscreen smartphone, which alone is a quite a good reason for you guys to stick with us, because we're going to cover every single detail about the event and the products that will get announced there.

This is our liveblog dedicated to the BlackBerry 10 launch event! Here you'll be able to follow its progress, as well as get info and pictures directly from the keynote. Stay tuned, guys, the event is scheduled to begin at 10AM ET | 9AM CT | 7AM PT | 3PM GMT!


Live event tracker

10:22And that's a wrap, guys! Excited about the new products, especially the Z10? We sure are! Thanks for being with us!
10:21"Thank you to everyone who have joined us from around the world!"
10:20Thorsten is our new hero:
10:19... amazing using the BlackBerry 10 platform.
10:19BlackBerry reveals the "Keep Moving Projects". A series of projects in which popular directors, musicians and other artists do something...
10:16At BlackBerry, Alicia will be working with app designers and other content creators, in order to inspire creative ideas.
10:15
10:15She, looks, amazing!
10:13BlackBerry's new Global Creative Director position will be taken by Alicia Keys!
10:12
10:12
10:11BlackBerry will be establishing connections with various artists, working moms and so on, in order to understand the needs of consumers.
10:11"Our success will come from listening to our customers."
10:10"We will announce new prices and availability information, as carriers roll out their schedules."
10:09Price-points will vary according to markets.
10:09The Z10 will be available tomorrow in UK from numerous carriers and retailers.
10:09In the US: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will begin pre-registration today. Whatever that means. Pre-orders maybe?
10:08Thorsten: "I know what you're thinking: When can I get it?"
10:07
10:07
10:06
10:06After a somewhat weird end of Martyn's speech, we're looking at a video about the vast app ecosystem of BB10.
10:05
10:05"You can install multiple applications simultaneously."
10:03"We have banking apps, we have travel apps, we have business apps." And games!
10:02"Over 1000 of top apps from around the world committed to BlackBerry 10."
10:02Skype, Amazon Kindle, Angry Birds, WhatsApp will all be part of the BB10 catalog.
10:00"We're launching BB10 with more apps by far than any first-gen operating system." "Over 70,000 applications!" That's a lot!
10:00Martyn Mallic, VP of Business Development, is now on stage to talk about content, apps, partnerships and more.
09:59
09:59"All 8 major music labels will be represented in BlackBerry World."
09:58
09:58Thorsten Heins: "This is the new BlackBerry." - new hardware, new operating system and new ideas.
09:56
09:56Another new feature - Story Maker - will let you create a story out of multiple images, video and more. You can also add transitions and FX.
09:54BB10 has a built-in picture editor:
09:54The TimeShift function of the camera app will let you choose the best of a series of shots. Kind of like Burst Shot mode. But looks cooler.
09:53
09:53
09:53And here's how to take a picture with a (white) Z10:
09:52Ha, BB Remember is actually integrated with Evernote. Does that mean that Evernote will not be part of the initial BB10 catalog?
09:51
09:51A new app - BlackBerry Remember will join BB10's list of core apps. Think a super-notes app like Evernote.
09:49
09:49Next is "BBM Screen Share". You can do this even while during a video call (like in Skype).
09:47
09:47BBM gets video calls! Yaay.
09:46"In BB10 we wanted to take BBM so much further."
09:46
09:44You can easily switch between personal and work modes on BB10. With just a quick swipe and press.

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posted on 30 Jan 2013, 02:57 2

1. idroidequis (Posts: 101; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


They gonna need alot of hype to get a piece of the smartphone OS pie. The real questions is will developers and manufactures support it like the do ISO and Android???

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 03:06 5

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Earlier articles said they have alot of supporters on board with them......so yes :)

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 03:19

3. idroidequis (Posts: 101; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Id hope so. Seems like they're promising alot. If they dont deliver. They're gonna get criticized to oblivion.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:58 6

9. vandroid (Posts: 243; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


30000+ app submissions in 24 hours I'd say they have a lot of support from devs

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:04 1

21. Ohrules (Posts: 299; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


live stream:
http://tremolo.edgesuite.net/blackberry_experience_launch/desktop_dvr/index.html

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 03:50 5

4. FireDragon (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)


Good companies that hit bottom pretty hard just because they didn't get to the new shows learns much more than the new companies who are running. That's the case with RIM too and I think they will come up stronger. They already have good experience and strong fan/user-base.

I am looking forward to see them get up good with BB10. Will I buy a BB10 device anytime soon, no (Can't afford it to be honest) but Playbook is something I always want to have, with BB10 that will be one of my super-desirable device.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:33

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Maybe there is live video stream ?

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:42 1

17. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


There is:http://www1.rim.com/newsroom.html . It'll begin at 3PM GMT,

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:55

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Thank you.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:58

19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


For those who are interested and want to watch live event!

View on your desktop: http://tremolo.edgesuite.net/blackberry_experience_launch/desktop_dvr/index.html

View on your mobile device: http://tremolo.edgesuite.net/blackberry_experience_launch/mobile/index.html

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:04 1

20. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


soon there is gonna be a blackberry logo in my pro pic. apple sucks since they released ios6

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:31

24. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


i really hope that there are extra features to be unveiled today..

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 03:53 2

5. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


I wish it wouldn't succeed

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 05:27 6

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


Why are you so cruel nikolas?

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 06:56 3

11. jroc74 (Posts: 3977; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Why is that? Apple I can kinda understand.....I still dont wish them to fail tho. Just be a lil more humble.

Why wish this on RIM?

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:10

13. apiskula (limited) (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Maybe they will close the doors. Don't worry in a few months it will fail!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:16 5

6. steelicon (Posts: 306; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Good luck Research In Motion, BlackBerry 10, BB Z10 and CEO Thorsten Heins!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:18 8

7. noim1 (Posts: 286; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Adding 1 more challenger to the OS game ....bring it on ...This will be more beneficial for the consumers.....So more Competition , More Development , More Innovation , Etc ...

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:48 2

8. 1701nino (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Yeah,agree with you on this one noim1,the more players arein the mobile arena,technology will only get cheaper and more advanced.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 07:11 6

12. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


BB10, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Series 40, SailFish, Firefox, Ubuntu, Tizen, what have you.. let the game begin!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:11

14. apiskula (limited) (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Just announce your going out of business. That would be great. I got rid of another blackberry user yesterday. That was the last one at my company! Thank God!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:42 2

27. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


You haters need to get a life...Why is it that i don't go on iphone or android news pages and comment cuz i couldn't care less about them and if i do read about it than it's just for my own knowledge...But u just sound llike an ignorant person who has nothing better to do but hate......haters hate out of jealousy :p

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 19:11 2

34. jroc74 (Posts: 3977; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Haters gonna hate...regardless.

Just know there are some Android users...lik me...that are not totally fanboys. I keep repeating this...I am really excited for this. I dont plan on leaving Android anytime soon....but BB10 would get a serious look from me.

IMO they are moving in the right direction.....and I would probably get one just because of Alicia Keys....oh my....lol.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:16

22. areeeeez (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


LIVE STREAM? tremolo.edgesuite.net/blackberry_experience_launch​/desktop_dvr/index.html

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:28 1

23. AppleHateBoy (Posts: 451; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Bring it on, Blackberry! I hope you succeed!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:31 1

25. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Yes, Nicolas.Oliver and other RIM haters have their wishes answered. RIP RIM. Welcome BB.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:54 1

28. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


hahahah THATS RIGHT! amen to that!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:07 1

29. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


It's great to see Blackberry change and get back in the game again.Let's be honest guys most of us,myself included,came over from BB to Android but as for me I still have a soft spot for them and these two devices are impressive for the start.SO WELCOME BACK BLACKBERRY.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:23 2

30. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


That was quite dull....

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:24 1

31. helloct (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Live streaming The BlackBerry 10 Experience event: Seems like I finnaly found my next mobile OS after the Maemo/MeeGo experience:
The same Multitasking experience + all in one FINGER.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:39

32. lauremar (Posts: 180; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... Wowser!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:58 1

33. lauremar (Posts: 180; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


I for one would love for Blackberry to succeed in its endeavors but after that event let alone being late to the game, they haven't showed us that it has the COOL or WOW factors that their competition has... They need to open source the new OS to other device makers like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, Lenovo and any up-and-coming like Huawei and ZTE for them to succeed... IMHO

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