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BB10 invites issued as new images leak of OS

Some official news and some not-so official news as the big event draws closer

By MARK JONES

Published: 18 December, 2012

READ MORE: US | Research In Motion | Applications | OS

It has already been revealed that RIM will be unveiling the new BlackBerry 10 OS on January 30 but this week the company issued invites to the official launch signalling that the long wait is nearly over. While the invitation doesn't offer any new information it comes amidst other news and leaks regarding the OS which does.

On Monday RIM made the announcement of its "by invitation" Technical Preview program which allows major companies to try out the new BB10 hardware before its official release. There are over 120 participating organisations currently previewing it, 64 of which are listed in the Fortune 500.


Those taking part will have access to RIM's enterprise mobility management solution, Enterprise Service 10, and a limited number of BB10 handsets.

While the lucky few will get to try out the new OS behind closed doors the rest of the world is going to have to wait a little longer. However new images of the operating system have leaked out offering a glimpse of the BB10 homescreen, the BlackBerry hub and what appears to be a Siri-like voice activated app.

Though it became clear this week that WhatsApp isn't going to be making it to the platform, at least not for the foreseeable future, the images show that social networking favourites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are all present to help users keep in touch with their friends.

Finally Rogers in Canada seems to be being a bit eager and is the first to offer the new BB10 handset for pre-order. Despite the device not even being launched yet. Of course details of its pricing and availability, not to mention its specs, are going to be made official in January but until then Rogers customers can sign into their account and reserve a device.

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