There are some mockups of what could be BlackBerry OS 6 circulating and while it’s not clear whether the images are just conceptual or they’re actually going to be implemented, it’s still interesting to see what RIM might be working on.
The mockups tell us surprisingly little about what to expect in OS 6, except for that if they’re real, we can expect RIM to move away from traditional icons and towards a more dynamic homescreen environment. Personally, I think this is a great idea and while some think the homescreen looks crowded, I wonder if this is intentional.
Going off on complete speculation, I would like to think that OS 6 takes elements of a Web OS, and allows the user to customize the homescreen with widgets. The icons you see for “weather”, “drive time”, “ESPN” and “Twitter” are all user defined and can be toggled to go wherever the user likes. Again, I’m just going on total speculation, but this sort of OS would take the best elements of a BlackBerry theme, and combine them with
Some users have asked where is the battery and signal meters, volume control, date etc. Well going on the above speculation, that OS 6 is largely based on user defined widgets, you would assume that the user could decide to leave these off the homescreen.
Again, the above is total speculation but we do know that RIM are looking to implement widgets and make them a core feature of the BlackBerry platform. These mockups could be demonstrating what a user’s screen might look like, should they choose those particular widgets.
UPDATE: My sources are telling me this isn’t a screenshot nor is it anything to do with OS 6 necessarily. It was simply a mockup to show developers the power of widgets. So I guess the above speculation isn’t so far off.