First look: What to expect in BlackBerry OS 6.0

First look: What to expect in BlackBerry OS 6.0

Summary: 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.

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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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Topics: BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobility

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  • RE: First look: What to expect in BlackBerry OS 6.0

    Unless the Blackberry Devices themselves add more onboard storage this will be an uneventful upgrade.
    toddm73
  • RE: First look: What to expect in BlackBerry OS 6.0

    OK: my impression from the video is that 6.0 is really slow and you have to dance around a lot while waiting for a response.
    ctll033
  • RE: First look: What to expect in BlackBerry OS 6.0

    What's with that video!? Seems awkard to see some lady shopper dancing inside a store..even moreso watching some guy in a suit constantly trying to correct his tie; very annoying. They could have used a more modern song..that's old (2008).

    They also could have considered using dancers with diverse ethnic backgrounds instead of focusing on a single color. Not convincing...looks like the commercial was done by wanna be hip-hop advisors who don't quite have the hip!

    Nice try though...Palm Pre's hip-hop commercial is still better.
    zdnetviewer
  • RE: First look: What to expect in BlackBerry OS 6.0

    hahahaHA! halarious response! gotta dance in the office and keep your tie straight in order to get your blackberry to function! and when you're done, spin around a full circle to complete the task. LOL
    zdnetviewer
  • Nice polished UI

    The user interface definitely looks modern and polished. That should help to keep Blackberries selling well.
    linuser
  • I feel embarrassed for BB after watching that video

    It is so tragically awkward I didn't get more than a few
    moment's glance at the UI. And what I saw was
    unimpressive at best.
    ericesque
    • lol

      i'm watching this video at school and I felt the same way. lol

      i kept looking back to see if anybody was watching this.

      they are trying to be "hip" with this but damn they dropped the ball with this commercial or whatever it is.

      The UI looks good though, but damn, that video was stupid
      blackhawk556
      • I thought I was the only one...

        ...and I even had the volume down. Thank goodness I didn't have it up. I kept my finger ready to switch desktops in case somebody walked by lmao.

        Anyway I think it has some potential. I'd actually at least give the devices a look with this OS rather than pass them completely by looking for Android devices.
        storm14k
  • RE: First look: What to expect in BlackBerry OS 6.0

    About as impressive as...
    Oh, it wasn't impressive. The OS wasn't impressive either... after having used a Storm for over a year with multiple operating system upgrades I can say this doesn't look very different at all. It's all about white lines on a black background. Nice, but how is that supposed to help me? Do I get extra functionality? Where's the enterprise in this? Where's the performance? It all looks very dated.

    Putting jumping people and visual distraction in the background is a sure indicator they've either missed the ball on their target audience, or it's not much of an upgrade.

    I've been using a Moto Droid for the last six months and don't plan on going back.

    RIM! If you're listening, change to Nokia's operating system and start advertising 'military grade' hard and soft ware. You're not going to beat Android at it's own game, and marketing clearly doesn't know WTF is going on. You need real product. I can help out if you want. Find me online. :)
    relativityboy