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RIM Reveals BlackBerry OS 6.0

Gordon Kelly

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Curious about RIM's next generation BlackBerry OS? The official teaser is here!

Details only talk in generalities at present, but along with the flashy promo above it does point out a number of interesting changes including:

  • Crisp, more immersive visuals, including new graphics, animations and transitions

  • WebKit browser (
  • demo here) for fast "high-fidelity and very efficient" browsing and support for tabs

  • Multi-touch support (e.g. pinch to zoom) while browsing, viewing photos, etc.

  • Graphical, context-sensitive menu pop-ups

  • Redesigned core apps, plus a new media player UI

  • Redesigned Home Screen experience with multiple views based on content type (All, Favorites, Downloads, Media, etc.) and a universal search

  • Plus a new app for integrating RSS and social networking feeds
Yes it all sounds like good stuff to us and, perhaps most vitally, the new OS suggests RIM will now be in a much better position to compete with the touchscreen handsets which are fast taking a stranglehold on the smartphone sector.

With Android going great guns, iPhone OS 4.0 just around the corner, the first Symbian ^3 handset unveiled today and Windows Phone 7 due in late Q3 it's shaping up to be one heck of a Christmas shoot out...

rav

April 28, 2010, 4:21 am

Looks nice! Good to see some more competition.





The video would have been a lot better if they have just showed the UI without the "cool kids" dancing around and obscuring the view.

Aidan5ea

April 28, 2010, 4:21 am

Wow that's an annoying video.

Gordon394

April 28, 2010, 4:29 am

@both - I agree with you entirely. Hence why I would only describe it as a 'teaser' - it is far too much fluff not enough demonstration to be classed as anything else. That said, it looks a decent step in the right direction.

Kieran

April 28, 2010, 4:45 am

looks interesting although very annoying with the UI moving around, its almost 1 in the morning i can't concentrate trying to watch that while those fools are dancing.





Think i will have another look in the morning, although i do like how smooth everything seems to run.

adoniteINK

April 28, 2010, 5:23 am

Took you guys long to post this. I read through a live blog documentation and after watching the video, it is clear that RIM is certainly upping the ante by making their OS more touch friendly, social and approachable.





This raises questions. Will this OS be of two variants, one for touchscreens(Storm) and one for their qwerty snartphone or do they plan on making "touch" available to all their handsets.


If the answer is one OS for all, then does this mean an addition of a hybrid phone(flip/slide phones) that merges the qwerty keypad that BB fans love so much as well having "larger" screens for touch.


What happens to previous handsets(OS upgrade)?





Seems RIM might have some trick up their sleeves. Until they release the first wave of hardware and more details, I still observe with caution but I am intrigued.

Gordon394

April 28, 2010, 6:06 am

@adoniteINK - Interesting. You seem to think 'guys' plural are tracking and writing up all our industry news! Give my keyboard a break - the release went out at 5pm GMT ;)





But yes you raise interesting points. A finger friendly touchscreen should be intuitive to navigate with the optical trackball and I suspect RIM will just shrink down the screen for models with Qwerty keyboards. Splitting its OS into two variants would cause all sorts of developmental chaos.

Adam Foreman

April 28, 2010, 11:08 am

The thing that's really annoying for current BB owners that none of its current models will ever receive OS6.

Hamish Campbell

April 28, 2010, 1:23 pm

No hairy forearms here, boom boom boom :)





@rav/aid/gord: go back to Nokia's pudgy gorilla man, old timers.

Adam Foreman

April 28, 2010, 3:48 pm

The "hip" and "happening" video that goes with it, makes it very difficult to watch and work out most of the new features. Is it better than Android or WebOS? Nope! They obviously are upping their game which can't be a bad thing, but its not cutting edge. Nice to see they realise that and are at least trying to make amends.

DrDark

April 28, 2010, 6:07 pm

+1 hate the video.

ffrankmccaffery

April 28, 2010, 6:26 pm

It seems strange to choose the Black Eye Peas' as the soundtrack as I don't know any Blackberry user who'd listen to them. The one's I know that do have only just received their first PAYG phones from their parents.


It seems more of a spit and polish when compared to radical improvements made on Windows Mobile 7. The Youtube videos detailing the Office integration are really worth a view.

adoniteINK

April 29, 2010, 12:45 am

@Gordon


Agreed, two OS will be such a hassle but its nice to see so much excitment from all corners of the mobile space with the recent apple iphone "scandal" to Palm/HTC/lenovo acquisition or whatever the outcome will be.





P.S. Its almost summer, Maybe you deserve a break...in Greece. Just stay away from any "bigoted woman" :)

adoniteINK

April 29, 2010, 1:34 am

Holy s***, minutes after posting that comment, HP buys PALM. Things cant get anymore interesting. also to get the earlier joke, you might have to check the latest UK news.

OldTimer

April 30, 2010, 10:38 pm

@ffrankmccaffery Blackberry sales in consumer market are ramping very quickly. Pin to Pin instant messaging is a major part of this success.

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