There are so many little details on how BlackBerry 10 came about and its future which is why I love these little tidbits. Frank let us now about an interview Omio had with Don Lindsay, BlackBerrys Vice President of User Experience, that revealed some interesting things about BlackBerrys new platform. For example, did you know that the time shift face fixing feature in the camera was called Face Time as its original development name?
Here are some of the other details Lindsay shared:
- There will not be any physical hardware camera key. His “goal for a hardware standpoint is to simplify.” That is why they put the camera button on the homescreen if you hold it down.
- BlackBerry is trying to bring more gestures to BlackBerry 10 (especially the Z10) to be the equivalent of a keyboard shortcut on a touchscreen. This is sort of like how Peek works now but their goal was one handed operation where two handed can be more powerful.
- The main shortcut gestures they are working on is scrolling to the top of a list quickly along with forwarding and replying to an email. Those are his “high priority” candidates.
- BlackBerry is very proud of their reversible gestures. I actually love the one for unlocking the phone and swiping back down to leave it locked. I love how Lindsay worded it:
- “A measure of success, for me, is when I see BlackBerry 10 customers pick up a device from another platform and they try to perform that gesture and it doesn’t work. You can see the surprise on their face; you can see the disappointment on their face”
- The feature sitting “Top on his list” is how to actively respond to notification for application. The idea is that based on feedback they are trying to make it more granular without adding the complexity of “thousands of check boxes.” Here is exactly what he said:
- “One of our guiding principles, is that we don’t want to deliver a thousand check boxes to users. If there’s one criticism of BlackBerry in the past: is too many preferences. That level of complexity, we are trying to manage very carefully – to ensure that we can still create something simple, and yet powerful. What users are looking for are the ability to respond more directly to a notification. That [BlackBerry 10 OS] pops up and gives me a messages is useful, I then now have to navigate to that message in order to respond to it. Customers are tell us they want a method to directly respond to a notification. Customers are saying to us we want to be able to take action, quickly. Given that guidance: that’s what the team right now are saying how can we do better”
Last but not least Lindsay confirmed that there is an OS 10.2 coming but they are not making any commitments about a future update. They have shown they are committed to rapid updates but here is how he described it:
“We are taking spec from our customers; we’re listening to what might be missing functionality; issues they’re having with the software; any kind of feedback our carrier partner’s customers are willing to provide – we are going to react to, and we are going to get solutions into people’s hands, as quickly as we can”
Kudos to Omio for the great tidbits!