While a good many BlackBerry users love the way the current BlackBerry OS works, there is no shortage of people out there willing to admit the aging system has reached its limits. I've mentioned it on many CrackBerry podcasts that no matter how many specs you put into the current BlackBerry devices as we know them, nothing was going to change due to the OS simply not being able to handle it all.
Luckily for BlackBerry customers, RIM knew that as well and began compiling BlackBerry 10. Recently, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins addressed the concerns surrounding 'device freezes', slow app loading and browsing and more in an interview with MarkLives columnist and Gadget editor-in-chief Arthur Goldstuck:
BlackBerry 7 is a good OS, but it’s a computing engine and you have to constantly upgrade a computing engine. Upgrades are difficult because it’s an integrated architecture, and you have to ask network operators to get it into their labs all the time. Part of our evolution is the recognition that we can’t go on like this. We realised we can’t go on with a 15-year-old BlackBerry OS. It served us well, at the time it was a wonderful invention based on the idea of a mobile messaging machine, but now it has to do something new.
I understand the frustrations about the freezes: that is a result of a platform reaching its limitations. We couldn’t go on like this, so we rebuilt it from scratch. Everything in this device is new; not one line of code made it from the old operating system.
I’ve had a BlackBerry 10 device on my hip for eight weeks. I have never had to reset it, and it has never frozen. The key is in the multi-kernel: if you hit a process and it does not execute properly, the icon goes grey, but the device carries on working. Just that one process gets restarted. It has a wonderful recovery process; it blocks this one process and the others continue to flow. It goes deep into the technology of the microkernel multi-threading process, and that allows us to have an immensely reliable system.
The interview itself is a fairly lengthy read as it comes in two parts but overall, it offers some further insight into BlackBerry 10, RIM's launch plans and how Thorsten Heins believes BlackBerry 10 will be able to succeed. Six new devices, 3 full touch screen and 3 QWERTY? Can't wait to write up some NEW device reviews though, I'm sure that includes different carrier versions.