BlackBerry CEO John Chen is not a happy man after the theft of a new product that has not yet been released.
Chen took to the company’s blog 26 March to announce that BlackBerry’s “fighting spirit” includes legal action anyone inside or outside of the company who leaks corporate secrets.
So, what did they steal?
The ZonaBlackBerry forum, Phonedog points out, is showing what are said to be leaked images of BlackBerry 10.3, the company’s future OS update.
According to the images, or screengrabs, BlackBerry 10.3 will include the following:
On N4BB, someone named James gives a quick walk-through of 10.3’s features, often holding up a second BlackBerry running BlackBerry 10.0 to compare.
Showing off the camera, James says that a panorama feature “works really, really well – BlackBerry nailed it.” The browser, he adds, is “lightning fast,” and an Automatic Stories feature that uses face recognition and geo-location data to automatically build photo albums is a “really smart, engaging way to do that.”
While James shouldn’t yet have his hands on 10.3, Chen couldn’t ask for a better cheerleader for the brand than the young, hip (likely, most of BlackBerry’s enterprise users don’t have wallpaper that says Funky Fresh), fast-talking James.
That said, Chen would prefer to introduce new BlackBerry features himself.
“I recognize that, in some cases, the leaks reflect people’s genuine interest in BlackBerry. There are a lot of people whose enthusiasm for our company and our products makes them want to know what we will do next – and that can be a tremendous asset for us,” Chen wrote in his post.
“But when curiosity turns to criminality, we must take strong action.”
For those willing to take the plunge and download this very early version of the OS (James calls it a baby, only about a month old), BlackBerry Empire is offering a link.
This is a “very early” version, BBE warns, adding in all caps: “THERE WILL BE BUGS.”
There may also be consequences.
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Originally published on eWeek.
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