All 70,000 applications are available today, and more will be added each and every week.
Skype is committed to BB10
70,000 apps... but do they have Simpsons Tapped Out?!?
Kindle, angry birds committed, etc.
Skype, Kindle, WhatsApp, SAP and Angry Birds Star Wars are available.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkdedIn, but no Netflix or Instragram
Mallick: facebook, foursquare, linked in, EA Games, Gameloft, Sega, all on BB10
Mallick says they have apps across all categories, from entertainment to health care to media to banking
Mallick: all apps in BlackBerry World store
Music: We're offering a huge catalogue of songs.
Mallick says apps are can be installed simultaneously, with no reboots needed.
No need to reboot your device when installing apps. That gets some cheers.
Another canned video showing features they've already talked about
Thorsten Heins: This is an entirely new way of thinking on a new platform.
End of February: carrier testing globally will be done
Z10: US availability in March from most carriers
z10 Canadian availability Feb. 5
Wow. Canada gets Z10 on Feb. 5, US in March
Z10 available on Feb 10 #BB10 in Canada, for $149.99 on 3 yr contract...
Z10: Feb. 10 in many markets, tomorrow in the UK
Americans will have to wait an extra month, but they'll get one less year on that contract.
Most carriers launching pre-registration websites today.
As will everyone in every other country.
Thorsten Heins: Today it isn't just about unveiling a new platform and product. It's about change.
RT @evanmitsui: Z10 available on Feb 5 #BB10 in Canada, for $149.99 on 3 yr contract... Make that Feb. 5!
Thorsten Heins: says engaging entrepreneurs and artists to inspire future of BB
Thorsten Heins: We are creating a new position at BB, global creative director
Thorsten Heins: New global creative director is Alicia Keys
Keys: I am so excited, thanks for reaching out to me.
Keys: talking about how she loves BB10 features...
Keys: says she stopped using BlackBerrys "I wanted something with a little more bling, but always missed how you organized my life." compares it to troubled relationship, says now she's back
Keys just compared BlackBerry to a dude she broke up with, but then got back together with because he was working out.
Keys: I wanted to do something where I could grow professionally and personally. [says BB creative director was it]
Keys: says music business is changing, so is phone business, "So we have a lot in common."
Keys: plans to work closely with designers, app developers, content providers
Keys: Most importantly, I want to bridge the gap between the work phone and the play phone.
Keys: has issued a challenge to top creative people, athletes, etc., to do creative things with BB10
called the "Keep Moving Project"
Keys says on her latest tour, she'll create a unique music video in every city using the phone.
Keys leaving the stage, to lots of applause
Thorsten Heins: thanks worldwide audience, now switching to local presentations in each city
Official New York presentation is done, with no mention of availability on the Q10.
Andrew MacLeod, director for Canada: $149 for BB10 on select 3 year plans in Canada
Canadian partners are Rogers, Bell, Telus, Virgin, Sasktel, Koodo, Fido
The BB10 will be available in Canada on "select" 3-year plans. That word sounds very suspicious...
Andrew MacLeod: lots of Canadian-specific apps, from Weather Newtork, to TVO, to NFB, to banks
Sounds like Andrew MacLeod is wrapping up, talking about phones that will be on display after the speeches.
Andrew MacLeod: It's truly been an incredible day for BlackBerry, and for BlackBerry in Canada.
And we're out. BB faithful are giving a standing O.
Looks like that's it - audience giving MacLeod a standing ovation.
Welcome to the BlackBerry 10 Canadian launch event from the Carlu in Toronto.
“@mrchrisliang: How is the build quality? feel plastic-y?” Grippy textured back feels nice, a bit platic-y on edges. Light. #BB10