BlackBerry CEO confirms new OS will be ready for Q1


Delayed BB10 interface will be ready for early 2013 release according to Thorsten Heins

BlackBerry 10 is on track for its Q1 2013 release according to president and CEO Thorsten Heins, who also unveiled some of the features of the platform at its BlackBerry Jam Americas event today (September 25).

Addressing developers in San Jose, California, Heins demonstrated the new software platform which contains enhanced security features and is claimed to be faster and more efficient than its current OS.

Among the new elements announced was the BlackBerry Hub which acts as the main screen and, according to Heins, is fully integrated with social networks to avoid having to open any apps to access content.

There is also a new multi-language predictive text function set to be introduced so the device can pre-empt words in a variety of languages in BBM, email and text messages.

BlackBerry 10 is on track,” Heins told the audience. “It is our most important project ever and we have received positive reaction from everybody who has seen it, even those who thought BlackBerry was finished.”

Also in an apparent swipe at Apple he announced that the new devices would use the existing power connections, ‘to save everyone money’.