The BlackBerry maker RIM has been giving some sneak peek at some of the flagship features in its next generation operating system – the BlackBerry 10, reports CNET. Vivek Bhardwaj, RIM’s Head of Software Portfolio, said the BB10 interface is built around fluid gestures and swipes, rather than lots of individual taps to get into and out of different apps and functions. It is also being specifically designed to allow BlackBerry owners to get to the stuff they want by using just one hand or a single thumb, he said.
Bhardwaj said key gestures, such as swiping to the left to get to this one-stop-shop inbox, aren’t restricted to the homescreen but can be deployed wherever you are in the OS. The most distinctive gesture in BB10 is what Bhardwaj described as “a looking type gesture” or “glancing across” to other content off screen. The point of the interface is to be fluid and efficient, said Bhardwaj, noting: “My finger didn’t have to leave the screen.”
Talking about BB10 software keyboard, he said RIM has been spending a lot of time and effort trying to replicate the capabilities of its iconic plastic keyboards. The BB10 keyboard also learns the type of language you like to use so it can make an informed prediction of which word you’re going to type next. Bhardwaj said RIM’s software will scan your previous history – looking at your emails, IMs, SMSes, Twitter and so on to “understand the type of words you use”.