Boy Genius Report has been granted some exclusive hands on-time with RIMs upcoming BlackBerry OS 6.0. One of their sources at AT&T was gracious enough to give them a sneak peek of the new platform, and according to them, it seems like a pretty significant update to the aging operating system. They could not reveal what device the new software was tested on, but they do provide some juicy details and a few screenshots (see gallery below).
BGR has also confirmed that BlackBerry OS 6.0 will be available sometime around June or July. It is also possible that RIM will announce the new OS at their WES event at the end of the month.
Here's what they have discovered about the OS:
- Newly skinned WebKit browser with tab switching, new features, and multitouch
- New media player where you browse art work with your finger
- System-wide kinetic scrolling and rubberbanding
- System-wide multitouch with pinch to zoom (present in photos as well)
- More modern and clean look to inbox with larger thumbnails to identify source of message (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- RSS feeds built into inbox
- Completely customizable homescreen with multiple pages (each page has sub-pages as well)
- Long press to get a context sensitive menu (similar to Android)
- Photo application is similar to that of the iPhone
- "No fluidity when panning around photos"
- Universal search
- BGR's source says that there are many more changes that they did not see