BlackBerry 10 is an operating system developed by BlackBerry for use on its BlackBerry mobile phones. It is based on the QNX operating system that BlackBerry purchased in 2009 for the purpose of building their new mobile software from the ground up. The first version, BlackBerry 10.0, was released in January of 2013.
BlackBerry 10's features
- Gesture recognition, with four pre-programmed gestures for navigating menus and applications.
- Multitasking, allowing for multiple apps running concurrently. The active app can be switched with gestures, and inactive apps are optimized to run in a special background mode which conserves the phone's battery.
- BlackBerry Hub, a notification center which gives the user an overview of new e-mails, text messages, voicemails, and social media updates.
- BlackBerry Balance, a software feature that allows the user to completely segregate personal and work data. Balance can interface with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, allowing corporate IT departments to install and update software on a user's phone without overwriting personal settings and data.
- Time Shift Camera, a phone's digital camera that takes multiple shots of every photograph, allowing the user to fix common photo issues such as closed eyes, red eye, or unintended motion blur.
- BBM Video Screen Share, which integrates video chat and VOIP calling into BlackBerry's BBM messaging service.
- Android Layer, allowing users to install and run Android applications.
- Virtual Keyboard, replacing the traditional physical BlackBerry keyboard.
- Voice Control, allowing the user to issue voice commands to the phone's applications.
- BlackBerry Assistant, an enhanced version of Voice Control available for BlackBerry 10.3 and later.
- BlackBerry Blend, allowing for seamless integration of mobile phone apps and BlackBerry applications on the user's computer.