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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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