Blackberry 10 web preview has been released by the Canada smartphone company. The website, which can be found at Blackberry.com/glimpse, supports browsers on iPhone and Android. While the Blackberry 10 web preview isn't an emulation of the software found on the Z10, the glimpse of the OS teaches users the gestures and interface of the recently released phone. Read on for more information about the glimpse of Blackberry 10 web preview.
The browser based preview, found here, walks users through various possible tasks including switching apps, making video calls, and using Blackberry's Time Shift camera feature. While the the preview is very clearly not an emulation of the software, the ability to preview a phone via a website is still more than we could've asked for even just five years ago.
Blackberry isn't the first company to make use of the web to preview their latest software efforts. In 2011, Microsoft released a web version of their Windows Phone 7.x Mango operating system for iPhone and Android users to try. The site has since been updated, touting the features and uses of Windows Phone 8.
Blackberry recently held an event to honor the release of their Z10 smartphone just one week after Samsung had their Galaxy S 4 event. Click here to read Xavier's op-ed on the event or see below:
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the Blackberry Z10 are two very important handsets being released to market this year. The Galaxy S 4 and the Z10 specs blow many phones out the water and feature a variety of unique abilities. Though while Samsung and Blackberry (formerly RIM) have great phones on their hands, you wouldn't know it by their product announcements. With Blackberry having held an (admittedly fun) event near Times Square on Thursday and Samsung having held an (admittedly bad) event on just a week prior at Radio City Music Hall, both companies took the spotlight off their phones and placed them instead on spectacle.
Let's take a step back and go over each event. During the Samsung Galaxy S 4 event, the Korean company got us ready 4 bad puns and cheesy theatre. The show had two main hosts, one worked for Samsung and the other -- Will Chase -- works for tv show Smash. The presentation had more Will Chase types than Samsung types, that is to say actors and actresses. Through cliche scenarios, alongside various sets and a full orchestra, Samsung showed off the new features of its Galaxy S 4 phone.
Blackberry on the other hand held an event even less focused on their upcoming Z10 phone but ended up being way more fun. Though in Blackberry's defense, the event they held in late January more formally detailed the phone. I prefer the Blackberry route of separating work from play: showing off the phone early on, then holding a grand spectacle where media folk can play with the device, listen to music, and dance the night away.
Arguments aside as to which event was better, the fact that either of these events took place says some interesting things about the tech industry at the moment. It's been clear for a while that technology has become mainstream. From a Mac computer being present in every other show, to celebrities showing off their Motorola Razr (and other various phones), technology has been part of pop culture for a while now. But somehow, technology is cooler than ever.
Within the last two weeks there were, not one, but two tech events in Silicon Alley. New Yorkers tend to be conceited when it comes to their city, but it's only because we're the best. New York is the capital of cool. It's a city of all the latest fashions, a city where hip-hop was invented. Tech events on the west coast tend to look like this. Sure things like the industry-shifting iPhone get announced, and sure it's a more efficient way of disseminating information, but where's the spectacle?? Lameee
Technology is carving out a permanent spot in New York culture. Startups are popping up left and right around the empire state. Bloomberg has focused heavily on encouraging people to bring tech jobs to New York as well as keep them there. Tech is certainly here to stay as well as, for better or worse, the spectacle that comes with all the bright lights of the big city. Though who knows, maybe we'll see events held in outer boroughs.