BlackBerry 10, BB10, Research in Motion (RIM)

BlackBerry 10, the next-generation operating system that RIM hopes will turn its fortunes around, will apparently include something more under the hood than Siri-like voice recognition and possible SD Card support.

How about photo filters similar to those provided by the popular camera app Instagram? Well, according to a report from CrackBerry, the filters are a reality and will come as part of a completely overhauled image editing suite, which also includes less drastic options for transforming and enhancing photographs. Much of the new functionality seems to rely on integration with technology licensed from Swedish firm Scalado, whose technology and developers were recently acquired by Nokia.

These new features can be found in the latest Dev Alpha builds of BlackBerry 10, and are expected to make their way onto the PlayBook tablet later on before hitting new BB10 smartphones when they eventually emerge in Q1 2013. Having only released an Android version relatively recently, CrackBerry admits that Instagram’s development team might not “have any desire to build a BlackBerry 10 app,” so it’s encouraging to see that BB10 users will have at least one alternative.

Check out the video demonstration of these new photo tools below. Are you interested in BlackBerry 10 yet?


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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at