RIM Teases BlackBerry 6 Operating System With Promo Video

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News Posted: Wed, Apr 28 2010 6:56 AM
Earlier in the week, RIM introduced two (or three, if you count the second version of the Pearl 3G) new BlackBerry smartphones, but the operating system on those won't be the latest for long. At the company's WES show in Florida, BlackBerry 6 was introduced, proving that 2010 really is the year of the revamped smartphone OS. This year alone we've seen Windows Phone 7 launch, iPhone OS 4 teased and Android 2.1 take over their space. Now, RIM is making sure it keeps up by giving the world a sneak peek (and little else) of the upcoming OS.

All existing BlackBerry handsets that are shipping now ship with BB OS 5. That operating system has been out for awhile now, and is beginning to show its age. BlackBerry 6 hopes to make up for lost time, introducing some of the cutting-edge features that are already well publicized on the other systems we mentioned. RIM is still keeping most of the details private, using WES as a buzz machine to get people talking. Some of the forthcoming additions include an on-screen keyboard, threaded messaging, native Facebook/Twitter access, a revised Web browser and an all-around more elegant presentation.

You're probably better off watching the teaser video below to get a really good idea of what's to come, and if the company stays on track, BlackBerry 6 will begin shipping next quarter.

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moethelawn replied on Wed, Apr 28 2010 12:44 PM

FYI I can't see the video.  Might want to check on that.

At least based on the first screen it looks good.  Looks touch friendly.  I thought it had Facebook integration? Was it not native to begin with?

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Marco C replied on Wed, Apr 28 2010 4:32 PM

Video is re-embedded. Should be able to see it now.

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very nice its a big upgrade from the 5 that I am running 

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Wow...I just don't have the moves or the curves to own a Blackberry.

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Devhux replied on Thu, Apr 29 2010 5:12 AM

Threaded messaging is already in BlackBerry Messenger 5 (and yes, it was using BBM in that video). The keys on the on-screen keyboard look bigger than on the Storm/Storm 2 so that's a bonus.

Looks like an evolutionary upgrade (aside from the much-needed web browser upgrade), but it's what RIM needs to do to stay competitive.

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