BlackBerry 10 has surpassed this author’s expectation and was keenly anticipated prior to the launch. This author was excited about the true multitasking abilities of QNX, granular security approach of the product and the stellar hardware. Although there is a lot of hot air about the company going under, this author intends to focus on its industrial strengths. In no particular order, here is the wish list.
Resurrect the PlayBook. This was a huge blow to the author when PlayBook’s end of life was announced. This author has been sold on the premise of genuine multitasking on his tablet that doubled as an entertainment device.
Although BlackBerry had initially promised on delivering the newer generation OS on the existing hardware, it was later retracted. Despite the flurry of apologies, a computing device doesn’t appear on the roadmap.
One of the brilliant examples of software engineering was BlackBerry Bridge that allowed the paired BlackBerry phone to remotely control the device. Connected to the HDMI output to HD TV, BlackBerry Bridge effectively doubled as a remote control. With a paired Bluetooth keyboard and ability to connect through virtual private networks, PlayBook remains a stellar computing device offering unparalleled security for its users connecting from remote locations.
Near field communication (NFC) remains one of the most understated aspects of this amazing platform. It generates a secure channel for connected devices and BlackBerry was the first smartphone manufacturer to introduce it. Beyond making payments, NFC can be triggered to generate repetitive tasks such as shifting to bedside mode when you are close to your bed, switch on music in your car, launch websites which you frequent or sharing data wirelessly between the devices. NFC has got a major boost in India recently, which was the result of tireless efforts of the people in the background, making it possible to just swipe your phone to the terminal to pay for your movie tickets.
The possibilities with NFC are endless and are limited to your imagination. This author recently tested a two-factor authentication device called as Yubikey Neo that is activated by NFC. Imagine, your phone being locked automatically when the key is withdrawn from the device and you need to tap again to unlock it. Yubikey Neo is a highly secure way to generate one-time passwords that can be authenticated in real time with the server. Since mobile phones have their data services permanently switched on, the authentication process