BlackBerry OS 6 Screenshots Emerge with Huge Touchscreen Implications

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BlackBerry OS 6 details and screenshots are here from BGR and it looks like we’re going to see a much different BlackBerry than the one we’re used to. The whole UI and experience sounds like it’s in-line with a new web 2.0-based smartphone world, and RIM has learned a lot from what their users want and their partners are providing.

The latest OS 6 details seem like they’re going to have huge implications for BlackBerry touschscreen devices. Considering the latest buzz that Lazaridis said there were uncertainties around the touchscreen market, I think this is going to very certainly make touchscreen BlackBerrys much more awesome. Some of the new gestures such as click and hold to bring up contextual menus, will make the whole Storm (assuming it will get OS 6) experience much more rich. OS 6 also features system-wide kinetic scrolling with rubberbanding, which makes it a much smoother experience.

For non touchscreen users, the experience will still be much improved. Tabbed browsing is going to rock, and many of the UI improvements to email will make the whole experience easier on the eyes. Being able to see a quick icon preview of an incoming message will make things a little more efficient. That being said, RIM’s first party apps will surely play a big role in OS 6, allowing them to integrate with all the new features.

One thing of particular interest was that apparently the new inbox style features RSS feeds, which might explain the Viigo acquisition. Although, they probably wouldn’t need the acquisition for this, but I’m sure we’ll see more creative implementation of RSS in OS 6.

It’s a little too bad we didn’t hear anything about widget support, as I think they’ll play a big part in the BlackBerry app market in the coming years. It would have been interesting to see how OS 6 performs with widgets and lets them complement the user experience.

In terms of release date, it looks like we might see this actually hit the market in the June/July timeframe. This is incredible and it might mean an announcement at WES next week.

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    What I really want to know is will the Bluetooth work with my Pioneer Car Deck currently RIM keeps screwing with this and every OS update either fixes something or breaks something else with Bluetooth streaming profile? Great to see RIM progressing it's small steps but small correct steps instead of large wrong steps.

  • http://blackberrycool.com/ Matt Cameron

    I love how in OS5 there has been more of an emphasis of quick application switching. With Tabbed browsing and RSS making it's way into the ever expanding BlackBerry Inbox, the platform is looking even more poised to draw users away from their laptops and desktops.

    I can't wait to try it_

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    I cannot wait for RSS I just hope RIM gives us an answer for RSS synchronization on the could other then Google's you cannot delete option :) I want to delete stuff I don’t care about how hard is that for Google to do. Marking something as read is not the same as deleting.

  • Anton Koopmann

    Gosh, it would be nice if ATT would release 5.0 on its Blackberry phones before we see 6.0 previews.

  • annodomini77

    “4 The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning.” (Bible, Nahum 2:4)

    “16″For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Bible, New Testament, John 3:16)

  • annodomini77

    “4 The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning.” (Bible, Nahum 2:4)

    “16″For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Bible, New Testament, John 3:16)

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    “21 And Caspan said let furry rain down on those who oppose the Blackened Berry. Caspan knew the wrong it what he was doing but laughed as his opposition ran around on fire” (Caspan, 2010:04:21)

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    “21 And Caspan said let furry rain down on those who oppose the Blackened Berry. Caspan knew the wrong it what he was doing but laughed as his opposition ran around on fire” (Caspan, 2010:04:21)

  • tommy1968

    another Don Lindsay creation… now VP of ux – formerly with Apple heading up OSX design.