BB10 built on gestures and smart keyboard

BB10 built on gestures and smart keyboard

Research In Motion (RIM) has provided a sneak peek at its latest range of BlackBerry smartphones which will use the BB10 operating system.

At a media briefing in London, the firm showcased the operating system that will power a new range of touchscreen smartphones aimed at business users.

BB10 will move the devices into the touchscreen world, but will retain some of its QWERTY keyboard themes, with some smartphones coming with a traditional plastic keyboard.

Other devices will have a software keyboard that has a distinctive Blackberry look and feel, with similar key spacing etc, making it easy to transfer from old devices to the new range.

The BB10 keyboard also learns the type of language users communicate in so it can make an informed prediction of the next word.

Gestures and swipes will also play a major role in operating the new range of mobile devices, according to Vivek Bhardwaj, RIM's head of software portfolio.

It is also being specifically designed to allow BlackBerry owners to get to the applications and features they want with the use of just one hand or a single thumb, making the interface more fluid and efficient.