More BlackBerry 10: RIM Shares Details On UI, Hub, App World

We just left you with a few words about RIM’s progress towards meeting its BlackBerry 10 launch schedule, as well as what just might be seen as carrier enthusiasm towards the upcoming platform. BlackBerry Jam Americas is a big event, though, and there’s plenty of other news coming out of RIM. The company also took some time to show off some of the new changes coming to BlackBerry 10.

It’s become almost expected nowadays that smartphone apps stores also carry a wide assortment of other media: books, movies, TV, and music. Well, we haven’t heard about e-books, but as for the rest of them, RIM will start expanding the offerings of its App World to include just those sorts of media for purchase. It may be seen as a catch-up move to the likes of Apple and Google, but better RIM do so now than continuing lagging behind.

As for the BB10 UI, RIM intends to introduce BlackBerry Flow, its task manager tool. Flow will show you a selection of thumbnails of currently-running apps, letting users quickly switch between them. It may not be that innovative in the grand scheme of things, but it should be a welcome addition to BB10, all the same.

BlackBerry Hub is going to be the system’s messaging center, linking together BBM, email, SMS, and messages from social networking sites. Knowing how greatly BlackBerry users value communication and connectivity, this could be a highlight of the BB10 user experience.

We’re just about three or four months away from seeing the first BB10 hardware arrive.

Source: BGR

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