Research In Motion has been very busy. Firstly, it has launched a new operating system for its smartphones, the BlackBerry® 6 which comes with a range of features designed to further entrench Blackberry in the smartphone landscape. These include:
- Visual, Fluid Interface – BlackBerry® 6 has been redesigned making it easier and more intuitive, with clean, sleek visuals and natural, fluid navigation.
- Views – It offers multiple views that help users organise their applications and content. Icons are arranged on the Home Screen in 5 customizable views (All, Favorites, Media, Downloads and Frequent) that are navigable with simple swipes. Users can organize where they want their icons to appear, and can add contacts or web page shortcuts directly to the Home Screen.
- Action Menus – It has visually-rich, context-sensitive Action Menus. Within a given application, by clicking and holding the trackpad or through an extended touch of the display, users can bring the most common actions or tasks of an application to the surface. In addition, users can seamlessly multitask by holding down the Menu key, which pops up a visual grid of all the applications currently running, so users can instantly switch between applications.
- Search – A powerful Universal Search tool is also accessible from the Home Screen. By simply clicking or tapping the Universal Search icon, users can search for any content on their handset, the web or in the new BlackBerry App World(tm), which is also integral to BlackBerry® 6.
- Web Browsing – It integrates a new and efficient WebKit-based browser that renders web pages (as well as email) quickly and beautifully for a great browsing experience. It features tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously, a double-tap to zoom feature that can intelligently wrap text in a column while maintaining the placement of a page’s key elements, and pinch to zoom.
- Social Feeds and Text Messaging – The new Social Feeds application simplifies the management of social networking and RSS feeds and provides integrated access to the native BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM), Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, AOL, Instant Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger applications for BlackBerry smartphones. Social Feeds streamlines the user experience, provides an integrated view of friends’ activities across multiple social networks, and lets users post updates across multiple networks simultaneously. Users can also easily add their favorite RSS Feeds from the Social Feeds application or directly from a website while browsing.
- SMS & MMS – RIM’s new Text Messages application also adds exciting new features for users who communicate mostly via SMS and MMS, including the ability for users to now view a conversation in one threaded ‘chat’ as well as share photos, videos and other rich content.
- Multimedia Experience – A streamlined experience with album art everywhere in the new music and video players. It integrates media sync for easily syncing photos and videos as well as iTunes and Windows Media Player music with the smartphone*. It also includes Wi-Fi Music Sync, a unique feature that allows users to view their entire iTunes or Windows Media Player music libraries from their BlackBerry smartphone, create and edit playlists, as well as select music for download.
- Camera – BlackBerry 6 also gives users access to a range of camera modes that can help them capture better images. Editing, organizing and sharing shots is amazingly simple, with intuitive options for grouping pictures.
- Podcasts – Podcasts app makes it easy for users to find and manage audio and video podcasts. Users can view all the podcasts saved on their smartphone, browse a catalogue available for download, subscribe to them, and wirelessly download the content directly onto their smartphone. There is also a dedicated YouTube(r) application. Users can also easily search for videos using the new Universal Search tool.
- Compatibility – Subject to carrier certifications in the months ahead, the new OS is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pear 3G, as well as future BlackBerry smartphones.
Source: RIM Press Release