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.