perception on developing for BlackBerry. Amazing support from all over the world, and I’d say it’s a complete turnaround in this area, which I’m very pleased to see.”
While promising many India-specific applications on BlackBerry App World — India is a big BlackBerry market — Bhardwaj said the most challenging aspect for him about BB10 was integrating all features into a single experience. “This, however, has created our greatest opportunity. A user experience like no other platform and integration that we call BlackBerry Flow,” he said.
While BlackBerry phones are known for their physical QWERTY keyboards, the new platform attempts to offer a great typing experience on touchscreen devices. “Touch typing is important and so is physical keyboard typing. We want to deliver the world’s leading typing experience no matter if it’s touch or physical and you’ll continue to see both offerings from us for a while to come,” he said, adding, “If it helps, I wrote all of this on my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.”
BB10 previews have received favourable comments from bloggers and developers, but it remains to be seen whether consumers take to the new devices.
Bhardwaj appears confident. “If you’re hyper-connected, love to multi-task, then BlackBerry 10 is the mobile computing platform for you. With BlackBerry Hub, Flow, and Balance, you can achieve all of that and more,” he said.
About the lessons learnt, he added: “It is important to remain focused and to deliver on the promise of your brand and vision. Don’t allow competitors’ weakness to be your strengths, but understand what makes you unique, different and special.”