Some of you may have wondered what the difference is exactly between RIM’s Unified Inbox in BlackBerry 7 and RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 Hub. That is a perfectly valid question and one I covered in our last interview with Vivek Bhardwaj. Now Vivek is back on the beat at CES where he is talking about this exact question and why BlackBerry Hub is such a big deal. In a nutshell your unified inbox lets you consume information and then sends you to the relevant apps like Facebook. With BlackBerry Hub you can perform all of the follow up actions within the Hub. Here is how RIM describes it:
- Unified Inbox versus BlackBerry Hub: Similarities – If you are currently using your device’s unified inbox as your base of operations on BlackBerry OS 6 devices and up, I have great news: BlackBerry Hub is still the messaging and communications center for new BlackBerry 10 smartphones, and it’s available in real time.
- Unified Inbox versus BlackBerry Hub: Differences – When Thorsten Heins said “BlackBerry Hub is not just a unified inbox,” he wasn’t kidding. By using BlackBerry Flow to layer open emails, attachments, or BlackBerry apps over the top of the Hub, you can quickly “peek” back as needed to view all the apps you’re currently using. It’s as much about the accessibility of your data as it is the integration of your data.
Now check out how Vivek shows off the differences: