One of the headlines that many Blackberry fans have been waiting for is a sneak peak of Blackberry 6, the next generation Blackberry operating system from RIM. Many attendees of WES 2010 were looking forward to the announcement, which came as part of the keynote event this morning. The video which popped up this morning on the companies YouTube channel, was just a flashy teaser video that had the music of the Black Eyed Peas in it. But It seemed to be enough to get all the Blackberry fans pumped and excited for this upcoming OS. RIM’s co-CEO Mike Lazaridis stated that the Blackberry 6 was designed on three key principles:
- fresh, but familiar
- easy to use, but incredibly powerful
- fun, but approachable
Some of the key improvements of Blackberry 6 include a more touchscreen friendly design, a revamped user interface and new homescreen look, revamped native apps, and the addition of RIM’s new Webkit browser and WebKit rendering engine. After watching the video it looks like Blackberry has the right combination of popular smartphone features like media integration and social networking. It looks like they have little bit of everything incorporated into their new OS. There is hint of iPhone, which is evident with the new CoverFlow like media and music organizer. You can also see some Android mixed in, with the new search from homescreen feature, and pull down notifications. RIM has the unique challenge of keeping their Blackberry style intact, but also upgrading with changing times and features. It seems they have done a good job balancing all that with their new operating system
What devices will be getting the jump to Blackberry 6? It seems only a handful of current phones will get the update. The recently-announced Bold 9650, Pearl 9100 and 9105 will be getting an update after they’re released. The Bold 9700, and Storm 2 (both 9520 and 9550) will also receive updates later on. Lazaridis also announced that Blackberry 6 would be available in Q3 of this year. So Blackberry addicts can breathe a little easier now. It’s only a few months away and I’m sure there will be more info on Blackberry 6 as we get closer. Stay tuned right here for more on Blackberry 6!