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RIM Confirms BlackBerry 10 Devices Will Have Magnetic Holsters!

BlackBerry 10 Holster API

One of the traditional BlackBerry features that I truly enjoy is the earth magnet holster. There is something to be said for pulling your BlackBerry out of its holster and it automatically opening the latest email that arrived. Its one of those old school features that I was really hoping RIM would carry over to BlackBerry 10 but was missing in the Dev Alpha and PlayBook. RIM has just more or less confirmed that in their latest announcement of the BlackBerry 10 Beta SDK Arrival Boards. The Native Beta Roadmap details a new BPS Holster Service that is scheduled to arrive in the 3rd release of the Native Beta SDK.

This new API allows developers to determine if the device is in or out of the holster which is exactly how RIM does it now with BlackBerry 7. Its nice to see that RIM has not forgotten the small things. What other features do you want to see RIM carry over from current BlackBerrys to BlackBerry 10?

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  1. cool tip R! its good to know that there will be a synergy between a case and a BB10 phone.

    now lets push the idea forward,how about a factory charging case ? The phone could be ultra well packaged, small and slim (small battery) but if you know you will need a lot of juice that day you bring your case that can charge your phone each time you slide it in?

    RIM could sell a lot of these, 100$ a piece, if its polished enough. instead of bundling a basic case w each phone, rim could give 5$ gift card to accessory store. Good profit and brings customers to their store front, creates BBIDs and accounts for every customer

  2. I need magnetic holsters, my LED light, my amazing keyboard and BB10 and I will be a happy man.

  3. KEEP THE CONTEXT RIBBON MENUS. Besides the keyboard, this is the next major UI piece that differentiates BB. Cant stand the other “fun” UI’s that force limited step-by-step procedures/choices. i like doing things my way – not their way.

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