On January 31, Canadian telecom company Research in Motion renamed itself BlackBerry, after its well-known brand. But the real highlight of the day was the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which the company hopes will help it take giant strides in the smartphone market it once dominated.
BlackBerry has some interesting devices on the BB10 operating system. But that may not be enough for it to challenge the dominance of devices that run on iOS (Apple) and Android (Google).
Here, BT looks at how the BB10 stacks up against the iOS 6, Android Jelly Bean (JB) and Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 (WP8) operating systems on parameters we think matter the most in a smartphone.
Single finger use with peek capability, negating the need of a home screen
No home screen. Grid-based interface with four static icons at the bottom. No app launcher
Grid-based interface. App launcher with all apps. Icons remain static at the bottom
Live, tile-based interface. Customisable tiles on the home page. List-based menu for apps access
BBM now supports video
iMessage for text messaging. FaceTime for video calls
Gtalk, Hangout for video calls
Time Shift: Can capture a shot and select the best settings manually
iSight: supports Panorama, HDR Capabilities.
Photo Sphere: Allows users to snap pictures in every direction and fuses them into incredible, immersive photo spheres
Download lenses from the app store to put themes, effects, and more in camera's viewfinder, edit photos
Social Networking integration
BlackBerry Hub: a single place for personal or work email, BBM messages, social media updates
Twitter and Facebook integration
Preloaded by manufacturers. No integration, apps available for installation
Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook integration
BlackBerry 10: supports HTML 5 multiple tabs. Private browsing and reader mode
Internet Explorer 10: supports HTML4, built-in webpage sharing, tabs and favourites
Claims to have all the top apps (70,000)
Exclusive apps and top apps available (App Store: 650,000+)
All top apps available (Google Play: 700,000+)
A few 'top' apps available (Windows Marketplace: 120,000 +)
Real time multi-tasking
Not real time. Freezes the state of the apps in the background
While switching between apps, the app's state is preserved, enabling quick resumption later
BB10/ Android JB
Prone to malware