Mike Lazaridis: OS 6 Coming Next Quarter
Already today we have been fielding a number of comments from members. Their number one question? When will OS 6 be released? It's what everything is waiting to hear from WES this year. Just a while ago, RIM's Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis held a call with analysts in which he discussed OS 6.
The juiciest bit of information he gave is that RIM will release OS 6 next quarter. Now hold on a minute, don't get to excited just yet. Remember how long it took for many of us to get our hands on official 5.0 releases from our carrier? It is spectacular that RIM is fast tracking OS 6, I can't help be reminded of all the chaos that ensued while waiting for carriers to officially release OS 5.0. What I would expect, are OS 6 leaks.
Now for the other burning question everyone has about OS 6... What devices will get it? The short answer is, we don't know, yet. Mike Lazaridis did not specify which devices but did say that RIM is working to make OS 6 backwards compatible. Which is great news for anyone who already has a BlackBerry. The question now becomes, just how far backwards compatible OS 6 will be.
The last interesting morsel Mike Lazaridis gave is some information about the WebKit browser. Mike points out just how integrated the new WebKit based browser will be with the BlackBerry OS. Interesting is how he describes it not as a browser, but as a WebKit rendering engine. Which could elude to even further great things. Such as apps that make nice use of WebKit. The sad part, but is pretty much common sense, is that the browser will not be a stand alone app. Meaning you won't be able to take it, and install it on a device running OS 5.0. It makes sensing in that it will be so tightly integrated into the OS that there just would be no way to installing it as a stand alone app.
Hopefully we'll get even more details about OS 6 either tomorrow or Wednesday during the main conference sessions. We'll be announcing something exciting soon by the way.
Last edited by sunkast; 04-26-2010 at 02:53 PM.
It would be nice to know what devices will support OS 6. Does anyone know?
We don't have any idea yet exactly which devices will get OS 6. What we do know is we have seen OS 6 in action on a berry device carrying 256MB of memory. So One can only hope and assume that it will be capable for the Storm2, Tour, and newer berries. But again this is just an assumption no one truly knows anything about it yet.
Originally Posted by fratts
Some more OS 6 info just came in compliments to BBleaks..
While not a full features list, here are some additional things you can look forward to in OS 6.0:
- Grapihical context menu in tables list and tabs. The long context menu has ended
- Unified search framework included in 3rd party app data
- Multiple contact list
- Message list enhancements (displaying pushed 3rd party app data)
- Wifi lBS supports, reverse geo coding (geo to zip) travel time service within Canada and USA
- OS6 SDK in first half of 2010
- Toolbox: trackpad support for swipe gestures. This should bring flick scrolling to trackpad devices. Will be system wide, even including apps.
- Barcode 1D/2D scanning support
- Auto-Focus enhancements. Camera lens and Auto-Focus are now separate.
Last edited by Hodges; 04-26-2010 at 06:21 PM.
Flick scrolling will be sweet ! for my 9700 :1244:
Originally Posted by Kbizzles
So far BBLeaks are saying that they have solid proof that the following devices are getting 6.0:-
- Bold 9650
- Pearl 9100 and 9105
- Bold 9700
- Storm2 9520 and 9550 :hail:
All Aboard the OS 6 Express From RIM to Your Carrier
Wow how about this. A number of BlackBerry devices have shown up at the train station looking to hop aboard the OS 6 Express train from RIM. But I don't think everyone has a ticket to ride. We've been fielding numerous comments asking which BlackBerry devices will be getting OS 6. Yesterday Mike Lazaridis went over some of the details of OS 6 in a conference call with analysts. But he did not specifically name any devices that would be receiving OS 6. Just that RIM is working on backwards compatibility. According to a solid source on BBLeaks, we have a possible passenger list.
- Bold 9650
- Pearl 9100 and 9105
- Bold 9700
- Storm 2 9520 and 9550
Let me just reiterate what I said a second ago. These devices are not confirmed to get OS 6. We're hoping confirmation will come later this morning during the general session at WES (8:30am-10:30am EDT), which you can watch live and get up to the minute details here on BBOS. The unnamed conductor of this passenger list also states that OS 6 is still in the early beta stages and carrier testing may not begin until mid July.
Last edited by sunkast; 04-27-2010 at 01:46 AM.
I guess I need to move up to the Storm2. 9530-baby your getting left behind, I'm sorry. Lol
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