RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis came through at today’s WES keynote, providing a sneak peak of BlackBerry 6, the new BlackBerry OS with a refreshed UI that will debut next quarter. This update will feature the WebKit Browser, giving the BlackBerry faithful something to truly look forward to — and maybe ease the pain of the current ‘Berry Browser experience.
The fact that RIM is going to start phasing this into the market next quarter is good, but still a bit ‘late to the game’ playing catch up in a market they used to arguably dominate. With Android expanding like wild fire across almost every single wireless carrier; and iPhone 4.0 OS bringing a few traditional ‘Berry, and other smartphone, features like a unified inbox, customization, and background processing (we’ll leave the debate over which platform implements ‘true’ background multitasking for another time ). Bottom line here folks: RIM absolutely needs to Wow consumers with this refreshed OS.
That said, what we see is definitely not the most revolutionary update, but very welcome nonetheless. RIM’s continues their progressive evolutionary trend, failing to give one package that creates a wave of true excitement. A big hat tip to the team over at BoyGenius Report, as they unleashed the screen shots and features that gave everyone (outside of RIM) the very first lookat OS 6.0.
The video above highlights these OS updates in action. It may keep ‘Berry heads from dropping their Bolds, Curves, and Pearls a little while longer…but can it continue to match up against Android’s UI or the behemoth iPhone from continuing to swallow up the smartphone marketshare? We’re going to have to wait and see when ‘BlackBerry 6′ hits our handsets to truly put it to the test. Since the video shows off so many ‘touch’ features being used, it is going to be interesting to see what, exactly, current device users will be able to do since only the Storm and Storm2 currently utilize a touch interface.
We’re pulling for you RIM. Give us something to cheer about.