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RIM at CES: 5 things to know about BlackBerry 10

Ian Paul | Jan. 11, 2013
Research in Motion is at CES this week talking up BlackBerry 10, the company's smartphone refresh set to debut January 30. Despite five years of floundering behind Apple's iPhone and Google Android devices, RIM is generating interest in BlackBerry 10 with a slick, touch-centric smartphone OS with interesting features such as an adaptive keyboard and WebOS-like interface.

U.S. carriers

There are no official announcements yet about which U.S. carriers will offer BlackBerry 10 devices, but AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all more or less told Reuters during CES they would carry the new line of BlackBerry handsets. What's not clear is whether all three carriers will offer BlackBerry 10 as soon as it's available or wait a few months before rolling out the BlackBerry refresh to their networks.

The app gap

RIM told Fierce Wireless that it would have about 70,000 apps ready to go for BlackBerry 10 at launch. The handset maker has also reportedly convinced a number of developers to offer BB10 apps. RIM claims that about 90 percent of the top 600 apps in major worldwide markets will come to BlackBerry 10, according to Fierce Wireless.

If BB10 does launch with around 70,000 apps, it would have a smaller catalog than the 100,000 or so apps currently in BlackBerry App World. But if RIM truly has convinced many of the top app makers to support BB10, then the numbers game may not matter as much for the BlackBerry maker.

RIM sounds like BlackBerry 10 is off to a good start and the company has managed to maintain interest in BB10 despite several setbacks and delays. Whether RIM will be able to put BlackBerry back on the top of the smartphone world should become clearer in the coming months.

 

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