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First look: What to expect in BlackBerry OS 6.0

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.
Written by Jason Hiner, Editor in Chief on

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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