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5 Things to Know About BlackBerry 10

The mobile operating system will finally launch next month


The newest BlackBerry mobile operating system will officially launch on Jan. 30. BlackBerry 10, marketed with the tagline “Re-designed. Re-engineered. Re-invented,” is Research In Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) response to the challenges that have seen it lose market share to phones using Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Droid software and Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, reports.

At a recent preview during the BlackBerry Jam conference, RIM executives showed off some of BB10’s features:

  • A new totally touchscreen interface
  • BlackBerry Hub, a center for monitoring all messages
  • The device can function in both work and personal modes
  • Time Shift, a photo function that takes multiple shots in quick succession
  • Virtual keyboard, a new and improved touchscreen keyboard

AllThingsD also hints that BB10 will feature a voice-control system similar to Apple’s Siri, but that won’t be confirmed until launch.

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