BlackBerry Live 2013: Physical camera button not be coming to BlackBerry mobile phones; Face time was the original name for Time Lapse
Formerly Research In Motion, now known as BlackBerry, has informed Omio at its BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando, that a dedicated camera button might not necessarily be a feature of BlackBerry 10 OS handsets, along with the original name of Time Lapse.
The company’s Vice President, of User Experience at Research in Motion, Don Lindsay, had a one-to-one briefing with us – where we asked if there could be the introduction of the physical camera key?
“When asked the question about convenience keys [Todd Wood Senior Vice President of Design, BlackBerry] replies, his goal for a hardware standpoint is to simplify”
“Our interest, largely, is how do we take that convenience and recreate it onscreen, in a way that still gives you the convenience but without the requirement for a hard-key on the inside of the device”
“An example of that is … the camera on the lock-screen”
“We have a camera button, you press it and hold, and you’re into the camera”
“The reason we do that hold, is because we don’t want accidental triggers; accidental touch events on the screen, to trigger the camera”
“[it’s] a short little hold, less than three seconds”
“That is the way we can take the functionality of a convenience key and move it to a display”
That indicates a camera key might not be on the cards for BB phones, as it doesn’t exactly simplify anything on the hardware front.
We asked about the Time Shift feature on BlackBerry 10 OS, which allows a selection of faces from a burst mode, for that perfect shot.
“We delivered that; that’s a feature we call face time”
“Sorry, I’m thinking of the original development name”
The BlackBerry 10 OS had been in development for a number of years, where a crossover of feature names seems to have happened.
As it now appears that Apple piped them to post in the naming of that function, with FaceTime video-calling feature launching in 2011.