BlackBerry OS 6 Announced at RIM Conference
Research In Motion (RIM) officially unveiled the latest update to its Blackberry smartphone software, called Blackberry 6, today during the company's WES 2010 convention.
"It's an all-new user experience guided by a few fundamental design principles," RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis said during the announcement. "It had to be easy to use, yet incredibly powerful. It had to be fun and approachable. Anyone that looks at it should say 'I want a BlackBerry.'"
The presentation actually included very few details about BlackBerry 6. Lazaridis spent some time promoting BlackBerry Messenger — the company's instant messaging app — as a "social networking tool," and mentioned BlackBerry 6 would be appearing on BlackBerry smartphones in the third quarter of this year.
The features previously seen in leaked images of BlackBerry 6 were all confirmed, including a customizable home screen, a new Web browser with tabbed browsing and a redesigned media player. These features and more were visible in a video of Blackberry 6 released by RIM.
The video also puts special emphasis on a touchscreen interface, although BlackBerry OS 6 will still be available on the more traditional (and numerous) BlackBerrys that have full QWERTY keyboards and trackpad navigation.