While RIM was very elusive about it’s next gen BB10 platform, it was made almost clear that it would be ditching it’s trademark physical QWERTY keyboard for a full touch device.
The same has been made clear by the new RIM CEO, Thorsten Heins. He quoted
…even on a full touch device, BlackBerry is still about typing and getting things done.
Heins also highlighted the proposed integrated nature of the company’s platform.
We believe that to deliver a compelling offering to you out there, we need to combine fantastic software and hardware with cloud services.
RIM plans to launch BB10 powered devices later this year as there is a delay due to the firm having to wait on critical chipsets becoming available.
While RIM is marketing the BB10 as
..a new, revolutionary mobile computing engine we have built
we fear that the war of ecosystems has gone to a higher level and RIM is a late entry into it. RIM plans to counter this by incentivizing it’s product line. Looking forward to make a strong foothold, RIM seeks to upgrade the current users of the now end-of-life BB7 OS to BB10.
We wait for the results to present themselves to us when the time is right. Until then, stay tuned..!!