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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.
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Meet BlackBerryCool at WES 2010: Stage Dancing, Shield and More

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Nan Palmero and I, Matt Cameron, will be at WES 2010 representing BlackBerryCool so come say “hi” to us at the show. The above video is just a quick chat we had about the upcoming show, and the quality of the upload is so bad that I would suggest listening to it and avoiding the video.

When we recorded the video, we weren’t sure who the musical acts would be, but we now know it’s Bedouin Soundclash, Joss Stone and guest DJ will.i.am. Will.i.am will also be a panelist on Next Generation Mobile Users featuring futurist Ben Silverman, CEO and Founder of Electus.
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Official WES 2010 App Now Available for Download

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The official WES 2010 BlackBerry app by Sweet Caesar is now available in App World so definitely check it out. The app gives you an overview of the conference, and helps you plan your time at the event effectively. The app is also integrated with your BlackBerry calendar, syncing with your online registration.

BlackBerryCool will be at WES 2010 and you can meet myself, Matt Cameron, as well as Nan Palmero at the show. We’ll bring you all the best of the conference and some great discussion going.

Download the WES 2010 BlackBerry app from App World.

BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of March 22nd

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This was a great week for the BlackBerry Nation filled with OS leaks, new apps, and some good news on the BIS side of things. The BlackBerry Beta Zone launched this week and it’s a great opportunity for the general public to get access to invite-only beta apps. This means you can get an advanced look at the latest BlackBerry Messenger, Desktop Manager, or even OS builds. I’ve heard most of the apps will be available to anyone, but OS builds will be selected based on device and carrier conditions. So if you’re an early adopter, this program is perfect for you.

Speaking of first party RIM apps, we also got some insight on a official BlackBerry apps such as Twitter, Facebook and the yet to be announced BlackBerry Shield. My personal thoughts on RIM’s approach to developing software was outlined in an editorial I wrote this week, and if you’re a developer I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Something that wasn’t mentioned, which I’ll say now without creating a new post, is that BlackBerry Shield will be announced at WES. While it won’t launch for some time later, we do know it will be part of the press announcements. Click through after the jump and get caught up on a week of BlackBerry news.

Speaking of WES, don’t forget to sign up for Zenprise’s Smartphone Support Story contest where they’ll be giving away a free ticket to WES 2010. If you submit a story by video, and you win, they’ll also cover the cost of your flight. Check it out at Facebook.com/Zenprise.

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Contest Reminder: Zenprise WES Giveaway

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I’ve spoken to a few companies that are cutting back their conference attendance given a general recession and tightening of resources. I thought I’d remind everyone that Zenprise are running a contest right now for a free pass to WES 2010. We’ll remind readers a couple more times leading up to the conference in case you missed it, because we think every company in the BlackBerry space should attend this event. Head over to their Facebook page facebook.com/zenprise and share your smartphone support story.

Win a Free Trip to WES 2010 with Zenprise!

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Zenprise have a great contest running where you can win a free pass to WES 2010 ($1,799 value). All you have to do is become a fan of their Facebook page, and write a funny end user smartphone support story on their wall. If you decide to do a video post and win, Zenprise will also reimburse you up to $500 for your plane fare to Florida.

Not a bad deal! You have nothing to lose and a free trip to WES 2010 to gain so head over to facebook.com/zenprise and enter.