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By Richard Devine on 7 Feb 2013 11:00 am EST
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As time passes, we're gradually beginning to learn more and more about the BlackBerry Q10, such as the new Type and Go feature that Vivek Bhardwaj kindly demonstrated for us. As a souped up version of Universal Search, Type and Go brings actions to key words typed onto the Q10. It's a fantastic feature, and sure to excite the heavy communicators among us.

During a press briefing on the final day of BlackBerry Jam Europe with Vivek and Chris Smith, we also learned that these actionable elements from Type and Go will be coming to the BlackBerry Z10 in the future. Obviously, without a physical keyboard, it isn't the ultimate power tool it will be on the Q10, but we're told that it will be added to the Z10 search functionality in the BlackBerry 10.1 update. We weren't offered any specifics on a timeline for said update, but since the Q10 will launch on 10.1 -- which, the Dev Alpha C is also running -- it isn't going to be too long of a wait.

23 comments

sbndrf

Hopefully it doesn't take too long to get 10.1 stable. I want a Q10!

migsblackberry

That looks like a great feature! What is up with the phone not reacting to his swipe up motion at the end of the video??? Should edit that out as it leaves a bad impression on viewers...just saying.
Love my new BlackBerry Z10 :)

sbndrf

I saw that in a couple of other review vids, too. They should have made the touch sensitive non-screen part above the keyboard a bit bigger. Now they need to improve it on the software side.

tfp

The up-swipe on the Q10 looks like it suffers from the same problem that the Dev Alpha B did. It looks like the top fret of the keyboard is too close to the action area of the screen and doesn't allow for a fluid thumb swipe. The Dev Alpha B had that bulky casing around it that had the same effect. Not sure if there is anyway to fix it this close to release. Depends on how many units they currently have built.

Nate650

Lol yea I spotted that too. :\

pranavvk

Hopefully they iron out all the bugs. Its around the time im looking to replace my 9360 :D

pranavvk

Honestly cannot see myself using this feature that much. rather than typing "email xyz", you could just get into the hub, press c to compose....

ghgrossman

Universal search on steroids! I love it - and I use universal search frequently on Bold 9930. Fastest way to find what you want on any smartphone out there. I despise searching through pages of icons - how lame.

Nate650

Agree, I never dig for icons anymore. It's always universal search for me.

nvestn

The issue with the up swipe not processing on a lot of these videos bothers me - hopefully they can improve before launch.

Richard Devine

Sure it will be. It's still a pre-production unit don't forget :) 

revtech

For me and how I use a phone this is enough of a reason alone (almost) to get the q10, this and this generous battery =) yea!!!

muhammad.suleman98

Notice how even Vivek who's an expert still has to swipe more than once to get the bezel. Huge factor

revtech

Unnecessarily snarky, impatient, and immature comment deleted ;)

CDN_BB10_Fan

Finally, a suitable replacement for my Bold 9700 - The Q10. Bigger battery and the keyboard the clinchers for me. Have seen high res photos of the white version and it looks like the back cover is made of different material (dimpled) than the black one.... Any comments?

mathking606

earlier than I thought for 10.1! So do you guys think there will be more features that come with 10.1 or will we have to wait for BB11

romulusiulian

Not fair. This was the one thing that made Q10 special despite Z10. But what can we do?

Jonathank

Now that's a winner.... This along with the hub will make it UNTOUCHABLE

AndrePrev

Damn, I don't know if I should wait for the q10 and just go and get the z10...

bhrgvr

damn... I cant decide between the q10 or the z10... i am itching to get hold of these babies...

3_M4N

Shut up and take my money!!! :)

Rootbrian

That's gonna hurt android, windows phone and apple so much. Lol