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RIM Shows Off New Features of BlackBerry OS 6

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RIM this week showed us a sneak peek of what we can look forward to in BlackBerry OS 6.

You might remember back in April when RIM showcased BlackBerry 6 with a crazy commercial filled with distracting dancing and a transparent overlay detailing what we could expect from the latest iteration of the BlackBerry OS. Thankfully, the second teaser for the Blackberry OS 6 is a lot less flashy and features no people or pop songs.

BlackBerry 6 Demo

RIM has taken a minimalist approach with this trailer. It's just the OS on a black background and the company has gone ahead and listed the new features (a far cry from expecting us to see past the dancing and figure out what we're looking at for ourselves).  BlackBerry fans looking forward to BBOS6 can expect universal search; an improved media interface; a nicer looking UI, which includes a social feed that allows for simultaneous postings across all social networks; and a better browser that incorporates pinch to zoom (finally, you say).

Check the video below to see it for yourself:

BlackBerry 6: Another Sneak Peek!

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    vant , July 13, 2010 11:37 PM
    Terrible video for showing the GUI.
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    ikefu , July 13, 2010 11:52 PM
    I have to say, being a BB Storm 2 owner I'm pretty excited about this. My blackberry does what I need it to better than almost any other smart phone (calls and e-mail) but maybe we'll finally get a nice enough UI that I might actually start doing some media things with it too. (Right now not so hot media wise)

    I have my fingers crossed.
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    doron , July 13, 2010 11:55 PM
    GUI? I only managed to see a hot lady dancing :S
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    outacontrolpimp , July 14, 2010 12:09 AM
    Blackberry is too late. This will just be nice for current bb users.
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    ubernoobie , July 14, 2010 12:11 AM
    the gui looks like apple and android...
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    MiamiU , July 14, 2010 12:56 AM
    the BB will fail at multimedia stuff because of its fat squarish screen. BB and Microsoft can fight for 3rd place I guess....
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    eddieroolz , July 14, 2010 1:34 AM
    Interesting. I tried out a BlackBerry Storm2 at Futureshop a while ago, and couldn't figure out how to do basic tasks. Of course, that was my first time ever using it, so its probably mostly my fault.

    Hopefully they made it more consumer-friendly though. That's never a bad thing.
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    husker , July 14, 2010 2:45 AM
    I actually liked the first teaser better. It told me almost everything the second one did with a lot more style. Anyone who was confused by the first teaser is the type of person who would be confused by a smart phone to begin with, and probably not the target audience anyway.
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    husker , July 14, 2010 2:49 AM
    MiamiUthe BB will fail at multimedia stuff because of its fat squarish screen. BB and Microsoft can fight for 3rd place I guess....

    Ugh, where to begin... fat and squarish? Well which one - fat or squarish? The 2 terms contradict each other. But that is irrelevant anyway, because the resolution of a blackberry screen is standard to a computer screen so who knows what you even mean by that.
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    Tamz_msc , July 14, 2010 4:26 AM
    But they still cant hope to compete with Android.
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    stevelord , July 14, 2010 4:57 AM
    Blackberry isn't a $400 toy. You don't buy it so you can feel better about your social status.
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    Morgan3rd , July 14, 2010 7:23 AM
    Certainly looks better than the current bb OS. I consider myself pretty tech savy and BB can be very confusing at times.
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    tokenz , July 14, 2010 1:46 PM
    MiamiUthe BB will fail at multimedia stuff because of its fat squarish screen. BB and Microsoft can fight for 3rd place I guess....

    Blackberry is still killing apple, and last time I checked android. No im not a fanboy I have an android phone and like it better than my blackberries of past. I am just saying Blackberries arent going to be fighting for third place. Especially with what you can do in the enterprise sector with them. A business doesnt give two craps that you want a pretty phone, or that you want to watch videos.
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    bin1127 , July 14, 2010 2:58 PM
    do people really thumbtext that fast? the proficiency of using mobile devices amazes me and yet the same people are at the mercy of a simple stop sign.
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    branflakes71 , July 14, 2010 3:58 PM
    As a Blackberry Curve owner, I'm looking forward to the new OS. I've been wanting to upgrade my Curve to a newer model, but want a new OS before taking the plunge.

    This OS looks to have the improvements BB users have been waiting for...a real web browser (finally!) and friendlier UI. Otherwise, Blackberry already has the features Android and Apple have, they're just not as intuitive in the current OS.
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    MitchMeister- , July 14, 2010 9:14 PM
    You know what keeps BB's out doing most smart phones in the business sector? Three Words: Blackberry Enterprise Server. Flawless integration with exchange = a lot of happy workers.

    I love my BB Storm. Went from an Omnia with windows mobile and the storms way of doing everything is so much better. The email setup and media functions work great. I will be looking into a Droid 2 or X in a few months, mainly for speed (I use my phone for a ton of things), but still am very fond of RIM.
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