The Interest in BlackBerry 10 is overwhelming
On Monday, Rapid Mike published an article highlighting the 106 passwords that BlackBerry 10 will not let you use.
This article has led to a barrage of questions via email and telephone calls regarding not only the the passwords but BlackBerry 10 itself. What was interesting was that the interest has not just been UK-based but worldwide as we have received requests for information from all over the world.
RapidBerry have a team of developers and one or two of them, Rapid Mike especially, digs around in the internals of the BlackBerry 10 OS in an effort to unearth a little more information that readers may like to read about or will be useful to our own development team.
At the time of the original article, we were unaware of exactly where the passwords would be applied, although from the source code, it was clear that the bbuid (BlackBerry ID) would definitely be using them.
In fact, we found the list of passwords themselves more interesting than their actual presence. The passwords have been discussed everywhere, analysed and thousands of different views expressed – right down to the the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ references elsewhere.
RIM spokeswoman Krista Seggewiss verified the list and also commented that it exists on all current BlackBerry phones, not just the BlackBerry 10 OS.
Alex Manea, RIM’s manager of services security stated.
The list taken from a secret collection of commonly used passwords that has circulated somehow in the security community.
Manea can’t reveal who compiled it, but he says it was then enhanced with a few BlackBerry-specific terms such as “blackberry” and “blackberryid.”
“This is just a small part of our larger security solution,” he says.
That was our point. The list is just an extremely small part of the lengths that RIM go to when it comes to security.
Security is paramount to BlackBerry and every little minute detail is carefully taken into consideration, to the extent of protecting users from themselves.
One of the questions that kept popping up was why were some places like the Toronto Star for instance were referencing other sources. This is the nature of the Internet and we really can’t control what other sites read or are unable to read. We contacted the Toronto Star who failed to reply to us.
What is clear not, only from this article but others, is that interest in BlackBerry 10 is overwhelming. Readers want to hear about the hardware, the software, the colours, the size, shape, the inside, the outside, the front, the back, the screws inside- the list goes on and on.
Readers are interested in BlackBerry 10 and want to know every little thing about it, especially when it will be available so they can buy it.
The interest highlights the popularity of Research In Motion, BlackBerry 10 and is a great indicator for the success of the upcoming BlackBerry 10.
The great news is that you won’t have long to wait. At the BlackBerry 10 launch event in January, RIM will reveal all – and more importantly – you will soon be able to get your hands on one shortly after.
In the meantime, keep those questions coming.