Updated 24 May, 2013, 7:53 pm IST
RIM ditches keyboards to offer touchscreen BlackBerry 10 devices
| by Naina Khedekar |
As we know, RIM has been struggling to sustain its position in the competitive smartphone space. The company has now begun to adapt to some changes and probably realized that keyboards may soon become passé. The market is inundated with devices that run on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, so, RIM’s newest Blackberry 10 operating system will not support a physical keyboard and will go all touch. It won’t be for the first time that RIM will launch phones with touchscreens, it has done so in the past and failed. There are some corporate users who still opt for Blackberry because of the ease of typing that QWERTY offers. The usual norm among people is that touchscreens are difficult to type on. Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Financial, called it puzzling that RIM isn’t leading with its strength by releasing a keyboard BlackBerry first. “The physical keyboard is the most dominant item that separates out Research In Motion from its competitors,” Gillis said. RIM's touchscreen devices running on Blackberry 10 are expected to hit markets later this year. The news also has it that RIM is likely to offer the Blackberry 10 OS for devices with physical keyboards but some time later. Reports claim that the first handset running on BlackBerry 10 using a physical QWERTY keypad is expected to release in the first quarter of 2013.
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