SAN JOSE: Research in Motion (RIM) is offering developers an updated build of its BlackBerry 10 (BB10) mobile platform.
RIM said that the release, which is being unveiled alongside the "dev alpha b" test hardware unit at the 2012 BlackBerry Jam developer conference, would give the most comprehensive look yet at the BB10 interface.
Among the features to be showcased in the BB10 release will be an interface concept the company calls BlackBerry Flow.
Michael Clewley, director of handheld software product management for RIM, said that the aim of the Flow interface was to provide a seamless link between applications.
"The way a lot of competing platforms have approached it is an in-and-out user experience," Clewley told V3.
"In Flow you go from one application to another without even realising you did it."
The company is also looking to overhaul the BlackBerry inbox screen, which has been renamed the "BlackBerry Hub." The new system will merge the traditional email inbox with messages and notifications from BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook, among other platforms.
Clewley said that the move to a hub system was important for BlackBerry users, who tend to view the inbox as a central piece of their smartphone usage.
"The BlackBerry hub is a place where a BlackBerry user tends to live most when they are checking their phone," he explained.
"Because a BlackBerry person tends to spend the bulk of their time here, we want to give them a 360 degree view of what is going on around them."
The release is the latest milestone in RIM's road to the general release of BlackBerry 10. The delayed operating system, which has been hailed by industry watchers as a make-or-break release for the embattled smartphone pioneer, is due to arrive early next year.
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