Leaked BlackBerry OS 6.0 screenshots show ‘multitouch’ gestures, iPhone cues

invisibleSHIELD case for iPadThe Boy Genius Report has some “screenshots and full details of RIM’s upcoming operating system, OS 6.0. One of our AT&T sources has not only showed us the brand new OS, but has also given us some screenshots that we could share,” BGR reports.

BGR reports, “The new browser that RIM has skinned up, complete with tab switching, new favorites, and multitouch. Yes, multitouch. The browser looks like it’s coming along quite nicely, all WebKit!”

“RIM has finally implemented system-wide kinetic scrolling with rubberbanding,” BGR reports. “This makes the experience a bit more fluid when scrolling through lists, web pages, emails, and the like. There is also multitouch system-wide, from the web browser to the photos application, and yes, pinch to zoom is in there.”

BGR reports, “The photos application we saw looks quite a bit like the iPhone’s layout, big tiled square photos that appear in thumbnail view with very small borders, and you can flick that list up or down to navigate… The usual top and bottom UI bars are still here, but if you tap once, just like the iPhone, that view will hide and you’ll have a fullscreen shot of the picture you’re looking at. There was pinch to zoom on the touch screen device we saw (sorry, we can’t comment on the device), but there was absolutely no fluidity when panning around photos. That’s something a lot of manufacturers miss… We have been told BlackBerry OS 6.0 will be in market in the June / July timeframe.”

Full article, with screenshots, here.

MacDailyNews Take: RIM is not alone; Apple long ago beat the pride out of this sort of outclassed also-rans.

19 Comments

  1. This will be a busy spring/summer. What with the new Androids coming out on Verizon, the EVO on Sprint, and iPhone 4G (Verizon and Sprint) on June 22 (maybe), Apple better be hiring a new crop of lawyers for all the iPhone wannabees.

    Has RIM done anything about that nasty security issue on Webkit?

  2. It is certainly a lucky thing for tech that Apple exists. They show the way, and then the copy cats copy what they can, change some little things, maybe even make a few perceived improvements, and keep the heat on Apple.

    This may be a good thing overall, because if you learn to use the Apple device, then you can use the others – somewhat….

  3. New RIM phones and Blackberry OS 6.0. what, no buttons?

    Rim is a buttoned-down phone company. RIM even has button icons in it’s logo for God’s sake. At its core, RIM is not a touchscreen company, and never will be. RIM executives have been pooh-poohing Apple’s touchscreen since it came out, and now they want us to use THEIR touchscreen? I don’t think so.

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