BB10, RIM Smartphones, BlackBerry 10

BB10 is still months away, but RIM CEO Thorstein Heins recently announced that the OS is ready for licensing, and the first devices running the new platform are nearly finished.

RIM has just informed developers that the new operating system will target two screen resolutions. The very first device will have a 1280 x 768 screen like the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. However, subsequent phones will differ. Full touchscreen devices will have a 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution, and portrait screen devices with the traditional QWERTY keyboard will have a 720 x 720 screen.

RIM is suggesting that developers who have already developed for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha resolution letterbox their apps by removing the top and bottom 24 rows of pixels, or simply adjust for each resolution individually. Considering that we’re now expecting up to six BlackBerry 10 devices, developers will be happy to know what to do to keep those apps compatible.

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It is not known which resolution the Tru VoIP App — which under development for BlackBerry 10 and will be ready for launch alongside the new OS — will utilize, but Tru has promised a “high quality” experience in the past, and will likely find a way to utilize both resolutions in the best way possible.

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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