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RIM Reveals BlackBerry OS 6.0

Gordon Kelly


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...

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