We’re still a third of a year away from when RIM will release the first smartphone running the new BlackBerry 10, giving the company plenty of time to continue refining the OS in the hopes that its launch will turn the tide on the company’s fortunes. It’s been busy lately showing-off just how much progress it’s made, and based on what we’ve heard from those who have experienced it, all the nay-saying and talk of the company’s demise may be a bit premature.
MobileSyrup got to attend a BB10 event at the BlackBerry Jam yesterday, where RIM shared some near-final hardware and the current build of the BB10 OS. While it insisted that many specifics of what it had to share couldn’t be publicized, the site was able to report on its own impressions of the platform, and it sounds quite promising.
Reportedly, the software is much more refined than what RIM previously made available with the release of its Dev Alpha developer handsets earlier this summer. MobileSyrup noted how RIM had made more progress than it had expected, and the interface was speedy and fluid. The site was particularly impressed with the on-screen keyboard used for the touch-only model RIM will release first. That will be followed by the hardware QWERTY model about a month to a month-and-a-half later; even with its oddly square display, BB10 reportedly adapts flawlessly to the new aspect ratio.
Of course, a new OS launch depends on more than just the platform itself, and RIM is excited about all the apps that will be available. In addition to existing PlayBook apps, the company expects thousands of native BB10 apps to be available at launch.