BlackBerry OS 6.0 Gets a Modern Look
Research in Motion is ramping up its touchscreen lineup with BlackBerry OS 6.0, giving touchscreen BlackBerry devices a more modern, flexible look and feel. The screenshots come from an AT&T source, according to BGR. The pièce de résistance of the whole operations is the new Webkit browser, which now supports tabbed browsing, multitouch, and a chrome-less browsing experience.
Speaking of multitouch, the technology is now implemented throughout the OS. Other apps to get some tweaks–for the better–are the photos and music playback apps, though they do have a familiarity to them from today’s BlackBerry experience.
The home screen now is customizable. Though widget support is said to be missing, apps can be moved around on different screens, which sounds like the iPhone. From the main screen, you can see a carousel on top where you can swipe through and jump to the appropriate home screen that displays your apps quickly and easily.
Also, a new modal popup is part of the user experience. Tap and hold and you get a pop-up that corresponds to functions pertinent to the app or operation at hand.
It should be note that the UI comes courtesy of AT&T; while the carrier has traditionally been a strong BlackBerry retailer, touchscreen devices from RIM have been the domain of Verizon Wireless with the Storm and Storm 2. As Verizon Wireless experienced somewhat lackluster sales of the Storm 2 in light of the Droid launch late last year, perhaps we are seeing the exclusive of touchscreen BlackBerry devices on Verizon Wireless begin to erode.