BY | February 7, 2013

This is a very recent OS and despite lack of customization, it is a great operating system. BlackBerry 10 will be facing tough competition from Android Jelly Bean and iOS 6 who come with great features and good market share

BlackBerry’s latest operating system, BlackBerry 10, which the company recently unveiled along with the announcement of two new smartphones based on the platform, is getting positive response from tech followers. The positivity is mostly due to the interesting set of features the platform offers. Here, we take a look at some of them.

BlackBerry OS is not as customizable as Android or even Windows Phone OS, but the slew of features it packs definitely has some punch.  BlackBerry operating system has been revered the world over for the level of security they provide, such as the encryption of data transfers in its BlackBerry Messenger service. The latest BlackBerry OS is the reaffirmation of the fact that the company is seriously looking for a turnaround.

The new BlackBerry OS works on taps and gestures for the full touchscreen devices, which may take some time to get accustomed to.  There’s also the newly introduced and much widely talked and written feature of ‘BlackBerry Hub’. The BB Hub is a notification bar on the left-most side of the screen and collects all the messages and notification alerts of messages, social networking news, emails and other such updates. The Hub can be accessed from any of the running apps, which makes it easier to check the notifications without the need to exit an application. The ‘Active Frame’ area manages all the multi-tasking screens of opened apps.

The BB 10 operating system supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and allows the device to be used as a network hotspot for internet tethering. The OS also has a welcome new feature which allows a user to have a peaceful sleep. Bedtime Mode turns off all the beeps and tones until the alarm sounds.

BlackBerry Balance is one feature that is designed to keep the company’s enterprise customers happy. The feature allows a user to shuffle between the ‘personal space’ and the ‘professional space’, with just a flick of the finger. The professional space and its content will be controlled by the employers. This feature gives the corporate managers a control over the services an employee can avail of while on work, and to secure official data in case the employee changes the job.

The popular BlackBerry Messenger has also been improved significantly. The new version now supports video as well. The video chat feature allows a user to stay connected with friends and family while on the go under the same trusted BBM umbrella.

The new OS also has a feature similar to the Windows Movie Maker. Called BlackBerry Story Maker, the app can be used to make a mini movie by inserting photos and videos which can then be shared on the various social networking websites.

BlackBerry too faces the hurdle of the changed requirements of a smartphone in today’s time. The phones have become a medium of content consumption and a large share is of mobile applications. Apple iOS and Google’s Android are the two market leaders in the segment while Microsoft can be considered a brother to BlackBerry’s app market share. But the company is launched an updated app store called BlackBerry World, which it insists has 70,000 apps already. BlackBerry has also offered incentives to developers to port their apps on to the Blackberry platform.

BB 10 also has got an interesting twist to its camera app. The camera features a ‘TimeShift’ mode which takes multiple shots of a subject, which can be revisited to select the best moment. BlackBerry’s refurbished OS is undoubtedly slicker than the previous versions, but it still lacks the charm and ease of an iOS or Android, which may make it a difficult choice for customers.

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