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What is "BB10"?

BlackBerry 10 (also known as BB10) is a mobile operating platform developed by Canadian company BlackBerry. It was built from the ground up and released in January, 2013 to run on the company's various smartphone products. BB10 is powered by QNX, an operating system that was itself bought by BlackBerry in 2010, the third OS BlackBerry has created based from QNX after the BlackBerry Tablet OS and the BlackBerry Playbook OS.

Since its inception BlackBerry has updated BB10 through various builds that have enhanced functionality and feature range. BlackBerry 10 OS is a gesture and touch based platform that means users can use the system without the need for physical buttons, paving the way for BlackBerry to build touchscreen only smartphones that eschewed the company's traditional QWERTY keyboards.

Update 10.2 launched in 2014 allowed Android apps to be downloaded to the BB 10 OS, while version 10.3 brought access to the Amazon AppStore.

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