Yesterday there was a lot of confusion on the internet with the end of the BlackBerry Jam Asia keynote by Alec Saunders. What many saw as “BlackBerry Messenger for Desktop” was in actual fact a proof of concept for 1 facet of the BlackBerry Mobile Computing Platform. We have all seen things like screen mirroring where the mobile phone screen would be shown on a different display but what BlackBerry showed yesterday was the ability to share the entire interface on a desktop PC.
While even with our demo video it can be misconstrued as BBM for desktop, we were lucky enough to get a more intimate demo session, this time using the Text Messaging functionality so as to prevent further confusion.
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As mentioned yesterday, this is simply a proof of concept, showing the direction in which BlackBerry intends to go with their mobile computing platform. In our demo session today, similar to yesterday we saw a messaging window open with the hub on the side with the help of BlackBerry Link amongst other technology. From here, whatever SMS you receive will be pushed to your desktop via a popup notification and then register on the desktop. The interface can also be resized live and dynamically redrawn as well as to show or hide the hub. When not in use it can also be hidden to save space off your desktop with the popup notifications still showing up.
On top of this, from yesterday’s demo session, you can even do file transfers via a compatible messaging system with files from the desktop itself!
The potential for this is astonishing. Imagine sitting at your desk at work and not having to break away from your screen to check your phone and reply messages on your particularly hard working messaging group. Taking it a step further, a connected home concept where at home, you will be able to access your device from your desktop, regardless where it is. Finally something closer than we all think, stepping into a car and having your phone automatically play the music you want and change the display of your ICE system to match that of your phone. The possibilities are endless and as far as BlackBerry are concerned, they are working hard to make it work.
This may not be BBM for desktop, but this is far, FAR bigger.