Blackberry offers a sneak peek at Blackberry 6

Back in April, at WES 2010, Research in Motion offered the first public Blackberry 6 sneak peak. The new OS looked like it might appeal to a larger audience and move away from the notion that the Blackberry is just for business folks. Now another sneak peak video has popped up on the Blackberry Blog letting the world know that this OS might turn out to be a pretty good competitor to the iPhone and Android phones rather than being the phone primarily used by big business.

The new OS will include a new browser powered by WebKit, the same open source engine that powers Safari. The OS now supports pinch to zoom and a new application called Social Feeds, which will give you access to sites like Facebook and Twitter as well as RSS feeds from other sites. "In addition to the new fluid user interface, the video illustrates a few of the new applications and features in BlackBerry 6 that are designed to provide users with a mobile experience that is fun and approachable, yet extremely powerful."

The Blackberry OS is known for its exceptional handling of email.  If RIM can create an OS that is not only visually pleasing but also as functional as its email services, it could be a huge hit for the vendor. 

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I can't current view the videos because I am browsing on my Blackberry (oh the irony) but in all honesty I still find the Blackberry platform to have lots of features ruined by a poor and buggy implementation. I don't want to write this new OS off but I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up following the same formula.

Jelly2003 said,
I can't current view the videos because I am browsing on my Blackberry (oh the irony) but in all honesty I still find the Blackberry platform to have lots of features ruined by a poor and buggy implementation. I don't want to write this new OS off but I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up following the same formula.

Use BOLT browser. Looks 10000x better on the BB. All I've used for months and you can watch videos as well.

Troll said,

Use BOLT browser. Looks 10000x better on the BB. All I've used for months and you can watch videos as well.


Thanks, I'll give it a try

The interface and usage looks awesome. Hopefully they will move on and create a one-touch interface instead of the double-touch used on the Storm. I also wonder what the new software will look like on the regular non-touch Blackberry devices. After all, most business users of my generation still use devices such as the Bold and Curve.

It just looks like a hybrid of Android and iOS. I saw nothing in that video that Google or Apple haven't already done better with their operating systems. But it looks like something that Blackberry users will enjoy using, which is the most important thing.

Looks very touch friendly, which doesn't explain how it works on the like of the BB bold etc.
be nice to see hot that gets on.

Seems like a REALLY nice upgrade. Don't think is better than iOS or Android but at least now is more or less in the same level.

homeboy rocketshoulders said,
Absolutely cant wait. The sooner this comes out, the sooner the 9800 comes out.

I'm a BB user and i have the 9700 now and i LOVE it but i doubt i will take the 9800, i really dont like the slide idea.

This is all the same as iPhone and Android. I don't see anything new here. It seems more that they are playing catchup. I would still rather have an Android.

Looks like a mashup of iOS + Android. Some parts of the UI look just like the iPhone, and then some other parts look exactly like Android.

Olli said,
Blackberry > iPhone!

Care to add some evidence to your claim? Or are we basing this solely on looks? Because in that case, beauty is the eye of the beholder.

Metodi Mitov said,

Care to add some evidence to your claim? Or are we basing this solely on looks? Because in that case, beauty is the eye of the beholder.

How about BlackBerry being the sole choice for enterprise long before the iPhone was even dreamt of. It still is for most large enterprises.

ascendant123 said,
How about BlackBerry being the sole choice for enterprise long before the iPhone was even dreamt of. It still is for most large enterprises.

I use my iPhone 4 at my work. It is way better than the blackberry i had. The OS, web browser, and Apps are light years ahead of anything RIM has and by the looks of it, iOS is still way ahead.

ascendant123 said,

How about BlackBerry being the sole choice for enterprise long before the iPhone was even dreamt of. It still is for most large enterprises.

So it's older, therefore better? Is that your sole reasoning? Shall we also claim that an abacus is better than a calculator in that regard? Horse-driven carts are better than cars? Need I go on?

As to corporate still using it, well... are you even aware of how long it takes a large company to change software, let alone hardware? Usually it's based off the fact that if they do change, they're going to have to retrain all their employees to use the new products they're implementing, but either way, it happens.