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The upcoming RIM OS 6.0 looks nicer and adds multi-touch.  (Source: Boy Genius Report)

It also brings a new tabbed browser to the table, built on WebKit.  (Source: Boy Genius Report)

RIM is also rumored to soon release a clamshell BlackBerry.  (Source: Boy Genius Report)
New OS brings tabbed browsing and more

Research in Motion's BlackBerry is often forgotten in all the Android and iPhone fighting, but it's important to remember that RIM firm owns over 42 percent of the smartphone market -- almost twice Apple's current market share.

Looking to reinvigorate its tremendously successful campaign, RIM is preparing a new smartphone operating system, RIM OS 6.0 according to
Boy Genius Report.  

The old operating system ranged from mediocre to horrible.  It offered solid support for business apps, and a well integrated browser, but failed to offer tabbed browsing.  And implementations on BlackBerry's Storm and Storm 2 touchscreens proved very buggy, crashing frequently.

The new OS will introduce multi-touch for the first time (watch out for Apple lawsuits) and reskins virtually everything with snazzier icons and interfaces.  The media player has been redone to look more Cover Flow-esque.  There's a new browser built on webkit (also used by Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome) that looks fast and intuitive.  The new browser 
finally offers tabbed browsing support.

The multi-touch allows pinch-to-zoom in the OS and scrolling menus is easier, thanks to "kinetic scrolling with rubberbanding".  There's also support for a ton of gesture-related commands and revised home screen that looks more iPhone-like according to reports.

The new OS reportedly will launch in June or July and is sure to please BlackBerry users.

That wasn't the only BlackBerry tidbit, though.  
Boy Genius Report has photos of a coming BlackBerry CDMA clamshell device with a full QWERTY keyboard, 5-megapixel camera (making it the first 5 MP BlackBerry camera phone), Wi-Fi, a 360×480 internal display, huge external display, trackpad, OS 6.0, microUSB port, microSD internal storage slot, Bluetooth, and a metallic finish casing.  

CDMA indicates the new device will work on Verizon and Sprint networks, but not on AT&T or T-Mobile in the U.S., which use GSM.

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Oh dear god
By Hieyeck on 4/21/2010 10:46:52 AM , Rating: 3
That clamshell looks like it's from the 80s - and with alot of unused (aka inefficient) space around the trackpad.

RE: Oh dear god
By Murst on 4/21/2010 11:11:30 AM , Rating: 3
I'm not a fan of the flip phone look, but I know people who refuse to buy anything else. I've actually heard of a lot complaints recently about how all of the new phones that come out look basically the same. So even though I'm not a fan of this design, I'm sure there are people who will love it.

RE: Oh dear god
By R6Raven on 4/21/2010 12:43:35 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. The clamshell look is about as ugly as home-made sin, but if the new OS can improve the Blackberry like it did from v4 to v5.0 (Storm in my case), I can't wait for it.

RE: Oh dear god
By Samus on 4/22/2010 2:50:26 AM , Rating: 2
Reminds my of my old Kyocera 7135, which was a great phone and a great form factor for a smartphone. Big...yes it was, kind of a conversation piece when you rip it out at the bar, but utilitarians loved it. It was just more like carrying a wallet in your pocket than a "phone shape."

Blackberry Flash Support
By jball365 on 4/21/2010 10:42:48 AM , Rating: 2
Did your findings come up with anything on RIM products finally supporting Flash?

RE: Blackberry Flash Support
By soloman02 on 4/21/2010 2:44:39 PM , Rating: 2
Flash is coming to BB, Android, and WebOS in the 2nd half of 2010.

By soloman02 on 4/21/2010 2:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
And implementations on BlackBerry's Storm and Storm 2 touchscreens proved very buggy, crashing frequently.

I don't know where your hearing about the implementations being very buggy and crashing a lot (sounds like bias/opinion to me) but my Storm 2 has not crashed once since I got it in December. I was using OS version .320 until Verizon released .607. I haven't had any problems with that one either.

As long as there is a Today theme that works I will upgrade when 6.0 is released.

RE: Crashes
By Chadder007 on 4/21/2010 6:01:13 PM , Rating: 2
Never had a problem with my touchscreen either on the original Storm. Just an occasional hiccup with a program or so, but that has been with any smart phone that Ive worked with....even iPhones.

Ugly design
By mavricxx on 4/21/2010 10:16:34 PM , Rating: 2
First off this is one ugly design, doesn't look sexy or intersting at all unless they change the shape of it. Second, where's the front facing camera for video calls? They are really gonna start to fall behind. They don't even have the ability to use the phone as an access point, like the EVO or the PRE PLUS! Balckberry needs to get their act in order cause they're gonna start to fall behind in technology. I'm a huge fan of BB but I'm getting tired of the same basic designs but nothing spectacular. In order to stay on top they need to get the following improvements:
-2nd front facing cam
-Access point ability
-BB msgr -ability to make video calls thru it
-Flash support
-Bluetooth 3.0
-Printer support
-Built in FM radio-(should work w/o headphones too)
-8gb+ of internal memory
-1mb+ of RAM
-Teethering app built in
-Better Zoom, Flash and camera
-Better music player, ability to make playlists

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