BlackBerry unveils BB10 mobile phone OS

BlackBerry unveiled its upcoming BB10 operating system at an event in California on September 25th.

It will not be available until 2013 but chief executive of Research in Motion Thorstein Heins demonstrated the software-so-far at the Jam Americas Conference.

Flow is the name of the multitasking system which should allow mobile phone users to check notifications while using another app.

This means that a BlackBerry owner could quickly check a text message while watching a video.

The new phones are still targeted towards business people: Balance will allow users to have a work and personal profile so that sensitive information can be kept separate.

Mr Heins claimed that the Canadian company has “a clear shot at being the number three platform on the market”, knowing it would be unable to topple market leaders Apple iOS and Google Android.

BlackBerry is also struggling to compete against manufacturers Samsung and Apple, who dominate worldwide sales.

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