This post originally appeared in ZDNet's Between the Lines blog.
At WES 2010 on Tuesday, RIM announced a lot more details about the next version of its OS platform, which it's now officially calling "BlackBerry 6," and provided a demo of the new software in action.
Here is a punch list of the new features:
- Updated GUI that extends the black OS 5 theme with new animations and transitions
- New home screen
- New Web browser based on Webkit, with multiple sessions and tabbed browsing
- Multiple views in the UI for apps (such as All, Favorites, Media, Downloads)
- New context-sensitive pop-up menus
- Multi-touch, including pinch-to-zoom in Web browser and photos
- Universal search
- New app that will pull in feeds from both RSS and social media
- New media player
- Most of BlackBerry's core apps redesigned for the new platform
Here is the same video RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis showed WES attendees during his Tuesday morning keynote:See also:
- Live blog: RIM keynote at WES 2010 on future of BlackBerry
- BlackBerry OS 6.0 release date: Fall 2010
- RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G, Bold 9650 (photos)
- RIM melds BlackBerry with PBX handsets
- RIM announces BlackBerry Pearl 3G; bets many consumers won't need full QWERTY
- BlackBerry 9650 makes the Bold RIM's new flagship smartphone
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