BlackBerry Ltd’s OS 10.3 May Have Multitasking [REPORT]

BlackBerry Ltd’s OS 10.3 May Have Multitasking [REPORT]
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BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s 10.3 OS is again hogging the limelight as developers have reportedly built in a new multitasking feature into the BB10.3 SDK beta on BB10 QWERTY phones. Website BBin posted a new .gif image in which the space bar on the QWERTY keyboard can minimize activity on the screen if pressed for long. Also it can be used to open apps and navigate directly on the home screen.

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BlackBerry OS 10.3 expected features

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) could make this feature available only on the BB10 devices with physical QWERTY keyboards. At present, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s Q10 and Q5 are two of the company’s flagship smartphones with QWERTY keyboards. There was another image leaked recently as well. It showed the home screen app icons without the box outlines. BlackBerry may have made this change after receiving feedback from users.

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The new operating system might also have a virtual assistant just like Siri for iOS or Cortana for Windows Phone. In the screenshots that have surfaced, an icon for the intelligent assistant appeared back in March. It is still not clear if the feature will be voice-based or not. A smart search feature might also come with the new OS. BB10.3 OS could also include a simply designed music player, a new keyboard layout, and a red and black color scheme.

A new feature that could accompany the latest OS would be a battery saving feature which would turn on power saving once the battery discharges. The “Lift to wake” is another interesting feature which would light up the phone when it is picked up. Various leaked screenshots of the OS show some other latest features like BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s camera app, panorama settings, a timer and the ability to shoot 720p video in 30 fps and 60 fps. The camera could have the ability to auto suggest camera settings to the user, like when to use HDR for multiple exposure, based on conditions.

QWERTY Keypads in focus

Back in January, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) CEO John Chen said that the majority of the newer models will have a QWERTY keyboard, including the low-end models targeted at emerging markets. Foxconn, which is BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s contract manufacturer, is designing, producing and warehousing these low-end phones. Both companies will share the profits. BlackBerry will come up with the high-end models like the BlackBerry Classic and the Q30.

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  1. I am a heavily invested long-term trader. This article certainly shows the true value in BlackBerry via the authors complete and outright ignorance of the defining strength of BB10. BB10, unlike iOS and Android is a REAL TIME OS, which means it has always been a multitasking OS, where even the applications in the background remain active and “on”.

    There is another possibility to the intention of the article, it could simply be a propaganda piece based on personal bias, which is the most likely conclusion as any self-proclaimed “reporter” would certainly value the truth? Whatever the reason, it saddens me greatly to know that either 1. We have lazy journalists or 2. We have self-motivated ones. Particularly when it comes to issues of far more importance than technology, where truthful reporting may save a life or prevent the vilification of those who are innocent.

    But such is the state of our times.

  2. The most ill-informed article I have read in quite some time which shows me just how worthless ValueWalk is and that anyone can write anything.

    BlackBerry 10 OS has had TRUE multitasking since it’s inception (not application suspension). It also has active frames which show a minimized version of just what those other apps are doing in the background.

    MAY have multitasking? Where do you get this stuff?

  3. I honestly thought this article title was a sarcastic joke. :)

    I’ve been multitasking on my Z10 since the day it launched. The fact is that true multitasking (unlike iOS’s heavily limited / task switching) has been one of BB10’s *defining features* since day one!

    All they added was a way to invoke multitasking with a physical button instead of using the “swipe up” touchscreen gesture (which will still work on all devices in 10.3). That’s it!

    Very strange article.

  4. So does tying a pretty red string around your bike on a NYC street. Of course, there are levels of security. A chain with a decent lock would certainly be more obtrusive, but more likely that after a year you’ll still have your bike.

  5. They are the only platform that truly multitasks. Get a clue before you write about a platform. It is this ignorance that keeps hurting BlackBerry. BB10 is the best platform on the market but android and iOS centric media fights so hard to bring it down.

  6. If by “multitasking” you mean, “a crash and reboot any time this device tries to walk and chew gum at the same time,” then, yes, Android already has it.

  7. BlackBerry 10 already has excellent multitasking and a very capable voice assistant. Have the people who write about BlackBerry 10 ever actually used it?

  8. This is just hilarious! BlackBerry ALREADY has multi-tasking (even the old ones from 2008 had multitasking). The 10.3 OS simply implements a shortcut (long press the space bar to see minimized app windows). But this feature already exists, you can simply swipe to active-frames screen!

  9. People go on and write articles about blackberry when they dont know anything about the hardware or the software…
    Blackberry has had multitasking for a very long time now.
    Stop hyping android and apple users

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