BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) is developing at least one new smartphone to follow up the BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen smartphone and the Q10 keyboard/touchscreen hybrid, amid slower than expected sales and reduced pricing for the devices.
The BlackBerry Z30
The unofficial release of an update to the BB10 operating system (10.2) on the Crackberry forums has revealed that BlackBerry may use the model number Z30 for the BlackBerry A10. Photos were also posted purportedly showing the Z30 in use.
The successor to the Z10 was originally thought to be called the BlackBerry A10. The BlackBerry Z30 is also code-named the Aristo and is rumored to be a larger device, or phablet, with a 5-inch screen.
The BlackBerry Z10 follow-up is rumored to have a 5-inch, 720p OLED screen, a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, a quad-core Adreno GPU and 2GB of RAM. New rumors swirl that BlackBerry will also include a second dual-core processor in what is now thought to be called the BlackBerry Z30.
BlackBerry 10 Update (10.2) Leaked
Updates discovered by those willing to try the unofficial BlackBerry OS 10.2 release have also reported performance updates, a simpler user interface and improved support for applications. The release also includes updates to the Android Player emulator for apps for the popular OS from Google.
BlackBerry 10.2 users also reported changes to the BlackBerry Hub as well as new lockscreen notifications and the inclusion of a task manager and copy/paste commands to the OS.
Thomas Halleck is a tech reporter for the International Business Times, covering Google, wearables, product reviews and mobile news....