This morning we sat in what was actually a first for RIM, a direct interface session between the gathered press and the CEO. Thorsten Heins gave a short speech reiterating the direction in which BB10 will be taking the company, then accepted questions from the press.
Some highlights from the session:
- Physical keyboards – "We make the best physical keyboard on the planet, and we don’t want to give that up." Thorsten addressed this in his opening monologue, and again in response to a direct question: “A physical keyboard WILL be an option in the BlackBerry 10 portfolio.”
- Localization – Press members from China and Turkey asked if localization would be available to their regions in BB10. Heins confirmed that it will, and added comments to the effect that the adaptive keyboard in BB10 will actually learn and recognize the language being input by the user. He implied that there would be no need to enter an Options or Settings screen to choose an input language, but that, of course, remains to be seen.
- RIM has a whole localization team dedicated to making localization work