RIM has posted some additional screen shots of their yet-to-be-released-or-have-a-release-date-announced BlackBerry 6 operating system. You may recall that earlier in the month RIM provided a few screen shots displaying some of BlackBerry 6’s media capabilities. This particular post is from Douglas Soltys, he interviews RIM’s Director in the User Experience group, Joey Benedek, who shows off the new OS’ “home screen evolution.” Hit the read link to see all the goodies, and do let us know what you think. More →
Sure we’ve already seen BlackBerry 6 in action thanks to an epic 17 minute walkthrough, but that video featured a touchscreen ‘Berry. What’s life going to be like on the new OS for those of us that prefer non-touchscreen devices from RIM? Well we know now, as the folks at Driphter have posted a lengthy rundown of BlackBerry 6 running on that crazy clamshell 9670. We get that the prospect of sinking 10:27 of your life into watching a video of an unreleased device isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve got the stomach time for it or are just a BlackBerry fanatic, then hit the jump to check out the goodness.
We know a lot of you are dying to try out BlackBerry 6, but until RIM releases it sometime in the “next calendar quarter“, we think this 16 minute and 45 second walkthrough of the OS running on a 9800 slider will tide you over. Unfortunately the narration isn’t in English, but if you can look beyond that hit up the jump and check out the video.
Can’t get enough BlackBerry slider action? Well today’s your lucky day, as a bunch of new images of the handset have leaped out by way of TheBerryFix. Showing off what looks to be a late prototype / early production model, the images give us a pretty good glimpse of not only the handset itself, but some of the new niceties of the BlackBerry 6 OS including a virtual QWERTY keypad, a clone of Cover Flow in the media player, and, of course, the much-hyped WebKit browser. Anyone else excited to see this sucker launch on AT&T during the June/July timeframe? Click on through for a few more pics.
As is the case with Vista, Windows Mobile has become a bit of a whipping boy for the tech blogosphere. The difference between the two? Most people outside of an Apple commercial know that Vista has come leaps and bounds since its problematic birth. Sure there are still issues but as a whole, the OS has become more than usable for many. Windows Mobile on the other hand, still has a lot of growing up to do. Many of the issues that users have been complaining about for what seems like an eternity still remain unresolved. Internet Explorer Mobile, of course, is one of those issues. Fans who have managed to stick by Windows Mobile and are in it for the long haul will be excited to learn that Microsoft isn’t going to sit idly by and let third-party mobile browser developers attack the issue alone. There is now a free preview of the next-generation Internet Explorer Mobile browser available for all to play with by way of an emulator download. Initial reports are fairly positive and it looks like development is certainly moving in the right direction. A quick overview of some of the new features in IEM 6:
- Improved fidelity (support for full fidelity desktop rendering)
- Layout fixes to accommodate a mobile screen (text wrap)
- Enhanced Script and AJAX support (Jscript v5.7 from Internet Explorer 8)
- Improved multimedia experience (Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 for Adobe Flash content)
- Deeper integration with search
- Enhanced cursor navigation model
- Touch and gesture support – pan support
- Multiple zoom levels
- Easy switching between mobile / desktop versions of sites by specifying UA strings
As you can see, there are definitely some key areas that we can now confirm are being addressed in the upcoming version. There are also a few nice additions such as desktop mode. Kudos to Microsoft for giving users a preview and we can only hope that the release version will not only catch Microsoft’s mobile browser up to the competition, but even break some new ground.