Could BB10 launch on non-BlackBerry handsets?
With the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 now official the focus has moved to the future for BlackBerry 10 and if the company would look at using other hardware makers
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BlackBerry executive Andrew Bocking, Senior Vice President Software Product Manager has said that the company is not ruling out BlackBerry 10 on non-BlackBerry smartphones.
When asked by T3 about the possibility of BlackBerry 10 arriving through other hardware manufacturers the exec said, "As Thorsten has said there are various opportunities we are exploring but today it’s just about the Z10 and the Q10.”
He also went on to confirm that there will be new BB 10 devices arriving after the BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 hinting that they may even be devices that aren't smartphones, suggesting a new PlayBook tablet is in the works.
Asked when the next handsets would be coming out he replied, "we will see Blackberry 10 show up in more examples and more embodiments of that platform."
Bocking was speaking at the launch of BlackBerry 10 where the company unveiled two new smartphones, the all-touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10, a BB10 smartphone with a physical keyboard.
Both handsets will be 4G capable and feature 1.5GHz dual-core processors and 2GB of RAM while the Z10 has a 4.2-inch 1280x768 display. They will both feature NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
It was also announced that BlackBerry 10 would feature a range of big name apps including Skype, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, WhatsApp and crucially, Amazon's Kindle app.