It’s difficult to believe, I know, but three whole years have passed since the launch of our favourite mobile OS – BlackBerry 10!
On January 30th 2013, at simultaneous events in London, New York, Johannesburg, Toronto, Paris and Dubai, we got our first glance at both the Z10 and Q10, despite Research In Motion’s decision not to release both devices on the same day. CEO Thorsten Heins took the stage to lead the BlackBerry 10 introduction speech saying:
“Today sees a re-invented BlackBerry launching an entirely new mobile experience. We are thrilled to be introducing BlackBerry 10 on the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, to deliver a faster, smarter experience that continuously adapts to your needs. Every feature, every gesture, and every detail in BlackBerry 10 is designed to keep you moving.”
That day also heralded another change: Research In Motion became BlackBerry, to match the name of their products.
Since that day, we have seen the release of 9 BlackBerry devices: the Q10 (released Q2 2013), Q5 (released June 2013), z30 (released October 2013), Z3 (released Feb 2014), Passport (released October 2014), Classic (released December 2014), Leap (released April 2015), Passport Silver Edition (August 2015), and of course the Priv (released November 2015).
Whilst it’s perhaps fair to say that BlackBerry has had more than its fair share of problems over the last few years, there’s no denying that BlackBerry 10 has matured well so far: compared to the release version (10.0.9.2372), we now have features that include Instant Previews, Hub gestures, the Amazon App Store, and BlackBerry Guardian (to ensure the safety of the Android apps we install), to name just a few.
As for the future, I firmly believe that BlackBerry 10 will be around for a while to come. It is widely relied on by so many world governments for their agencies and employees, by businesses and entrepreneurs across the globe, and by medical staff, all of whom need the security afforded by BlackBerry 10 in order to fulfil the vital roles they undertake every day.
Happy Birthday, BlackBerry 10 – here’s to many more!!