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First look: What to expect in BlackBerry OS 6.0

At WES 2010, RIM delivers many more details - and a demo - about the next version of its OS platform, now officially called BlackBerry 6. Here's a list of new features.

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:

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18 comments
joe shatz
joe shatz

Will it be possible to upgrade present 9700 O S

rbosgood
rbosgood

Hated the Video, I wanted them to show me what was great about it, it was just a bunch of dancing and lousy hip hop music. I saw nothing here that gave me any more information on the phone.

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

It's now another toy, to distract people from what they have to do on their jobs!

J T CUNNINGHAM
J T CUNNINGHAM

Loud, garbage music that perports to be entertainment, has become the "main event", rather than anything with meaning, be it in a restaurant, retail, and/or now business.

lynettema
lynettema

I never understood why companies tend to jump all over fads. We need function and not toys to distract us from our missions. Wifi is great and imperative and integration and functionality is what I'm looking for. Seems like Blackberry has a lot of that and I've never been much a fan of touchscreens.

bullapat
bullapat

Brother, You sound like you in your eighties. I'm close to 50 but geeez you make me feel really young. Drop your BB, jump on it and get yourself a two-way radio. I promise you, there will be NO videos on that little state of the art gadget of yours. Bye now

wolfshades
wolfshades

Not that interested in all of the dancing in this video which detracts from the features. It looked like it had auto-resize for web pages but can't be sure. It went by too fast. It's caters to music-philes. Great. How much storage? Etc. Etc. Long on cuteness, short on details.

wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

I was trying to watch the screen change, but it kept bouncing around and was very distracting. Might be a good advertisement, but was a poor demo. Bill

Mycah Mason
Mycah Mason

I feel like I didn't even see anything about the OS ...way too distracting.

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

Blackberry used to be for business, now it's a freakin' toy, making it more susceptible to abuse by users in a corporate environment. Oh, I suppose you could jump through hoops to restrict access, but I am sure that some suit would complain that they couldn't get their music or AIM on it.

GomezYoda
GomezYoda

Totally agree, instead of a walkthrough, we get dancing and music video's. I was more hoping for some info on the new Blackberry but guess I'll have to wait

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

Too much hype. Blackberry was designed with business applications in mind. Now it's a toy. This opens it up to abuse, should you not have the time to go through the gyrations to lock the thing down. And when you do lock it down, people will complain that they can't get their facebook, or AIM, or some other thing that is unrelated to their work. Then when the suits get their devices, and can't get their carp, you will be forced to setup a less restrictive policy, and let them have their toys. I used to fix computers and networks. Each day, it seems, more and more, that I am fixing toys that people break when they don't use them for their work related purpose.

sauerbach
sauerbach

What will physical screen size (actual length and width dimensions; not resolution) with new RIM Blackberry models? I am interested in smartphone with real qwerty keyboard and largest screen size. iPhone does not have keyboard; newest Droid models dont have keyboard; Blackberries have had mediocre internet browsing until now and smaller screens, but best keyboards.

mhbowman
mhbowman

In fact the BlackBerry setup and OS looks just like it. Side-slide keyboard 550Mhz processor 16GB on board(Expandable to 32GB) Built in GPS 5 MegaPixel Camera Built in Corporate Calendar/Email for Exchange. (I'd heard this feature on BB costs extra) Specs: http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/ci.Motorola-DROID-US-EN.alt Click on Features Tab at the top to see the pic with keyboard exposed. I picked mine up the other day. Love it.

tbostwick
tbostwick

RIM is moving beyond droid and starting by at least equalling what it sees as it's competition - iPhone and Droid. I second the many comments that BB has the best keyboards and they do. As for the rest, all changes make sense and fit the profile for BB. We run corporate Exchange/Outlook thru a fleet of BB's - no extra cost. Our monthly per/person charge, fulldata - is only $42/mo. (Total - unlim TXT, Web, Email, Data, etc..) Great deal - Droid can't do that yet, and in regards to security alone, Droid doesn't even come close to BB's(no firewall, network protocols, application lockdown, etc..)

travis.duffy
travis.duffy

a full featured server platform that allows businesses to manage and control all of the OS for environments like mine that enforce stringent security.

travis.duffy
travis.duffy

Apparently you have never seen what Blackberry Enterprise Server does. There is no centrally managed solution available for android devices that enforces configuration settings and ensuring the device complies with company policy. Sure you can make them on the device but you cannot ensure that they are getting modified. OWA? what a terrible alternative. Android devices do NOT have the same high level of security as the Blackberry devices. This is blatantly obvious in androids lack of ability to encrypt the flash memory of the device. How many security vulnerabilities have already been found in the Android OS in the short time it has been on the market? How many security vulnerabilities have been found in the Blackberry OS in the MANY years of its existence? Let's not forget this incident of malware found on a brand new HTC android device http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10466230-245.html

mhbowman
mhbowman

We have the same security and have been able to lock it down. And of course, there are other alternatives like hitting your email from the web like OWA, or even portal. Personally, whether I'm working in the office, a meeting, on the road, or at home, I'm on a laptop, or desktop. If there's a real emergency I'm getting a page, or someone just calls me so we can TALK. I wouldn't be surprised to find there's a Droid or an iPhone app that would let me remote and manage my servers, but I wouldn't want to attempt that on a 4" screen.

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