Last month during the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Abbas Jaffar Ali (tbreak media) sat with Ron Louks, President, Devices and Emerging Solutions to discuss the future of BlackBerry handsets. In a very candid moment Ron discussed the slider as ‘a dual curved display….it’ll blow you away’. He discussed the Passport vs Classic as “different use cases”, he owns both, but mostly uses the Passport. Speaking of Classic and Passport there will be a follow on to one device but Ron didn’t divulge which one. Finally, he mentioned the Classic would be available in different colors in the very near future. Next the Leap was mentioned as “the new Z10”. There was discussion of ‘enhancing the experience of the user interface’ in regards to one-handed operation via new features. There was additional discussion of new software including major OS releases and confirmation that Google Play Services was not on the horizon. The BlackBerry Experience Suite will be cross-platform and will be the subject of future announcements. On the hardware side BlackBerry will continue to explore and innovate both the physical keyboard and virtual keyboard and may be open to licensing them to other companies should they be interested. The last item discussed was ‘Work Life’ “which allows you to add multiple services across multiple carriers.” While this “does require carrier engagement” it does not require a specialized SIM.
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