If this latest leak is to be believed, this is what diehard BlackBerry loyalists are waiting around for. The above Instagram photo is making its way around the internet, purporting to be an L-Series BlackBerry 10 all-touch device. Not much to gawk at, really. But afterall, it’s an unreleased prototype device running pre-release software. Nothing final.
If it’s anything close to what we’ll see from RIM in January, the UI, at least from this view, looks bland. That home screen looks a lot like Samsung’s Touch Wiz UI on Android phones: icons inside squares, 4 to a row with the app name underneath, and swipable to the left and right to access more. The “notification bar” – at least what I’m calling it for now, since it’ll presumably have some type of Notification Center-like function – has the exact same 3 components, with almost identical icons, but in a reverse order, as the iPhone: Signal strength on one side, clock in the middle, battery on the other side. Let’s hope some beautification and styling elements just aren’t done yet.
If BlackBerry 10 and a completely new lineup of devices is RIM’s master plan to save the company, a knockoff of Android and iOS is probably not how they want to be seen. Keep going, RIM. Nobody WANTS to see your demise, we’re just skeptical at this point, and with good reason: even Windows Phone is outselling you, now.