BlackBerry OS 6.0 Revealed

By Matthew Braga

After much speculation, the first images of BlackBerry's next OS have hit the web. Will it be revolutionary, or simply evolutionary?

Shortly after our launch, you might remember we wrote a small little article on the BlackBerry's future. RIM's mobile workhorse is still a solid contender in the smartphone market, but has slowly been eclipsed by the likes of the iPhone, WebOS and Android. In the face of such stiff competition, BlackBerry OS 6.0 is largely regarded as the company's last chance to redeem itself, lest it face extinction. For the optimists among you, the first confirmed screenshots of the next-generation OS have hit the web, courtesy of Boy Genius Reports. But with iPhone OS 4.0 just around the corner, and Windows Phone Series 7 launching this Fall, you have to wonder: will anyone care?

web-kit powered browser, which appears to be making its debut with 6.0. BGR has assured us in the past that this browser will be fast, but now confirms such modern features as tabbed browsing and a completely revamped interface to be included as well.

Cover Flow clone, and finally, universal search. But unlike the leaked screenshots discussed a while back, there are, in fact, no widgets in place on the home screen. It's unknown whether widget functionality is present elsewhere, but BGR did notice a customizable, page-based system for apps and links -- a feature that sounds strangely similar to another popular OS experience.

As a whole, says BGR, "OS 6.0 looks to be a very clean and arguably sexy UI for the BlackBerry platform." And according to sources, it may not be long before we find out, either -- as early as June or July of this summer for the first 6.0 devices. But while the experience has no doubt been simplified, it remains to be seen whether this is just another fresh coat of paint. After the Storm, you'd think RIM would learn its lesson. 
Lead image via Flickr user Ho0n.