Blackberry OS Preview Touts iPhone-Like Features

Thursday Jul 22nd 2010 by Andy Patrizio
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Bowing to pressure from the iPhone's surging success, the next Blackberry OS will offer more tools for music, photos, and other consumer activities.

Research in Motion has posted another blog update with screenshots of its forthcoming BlackBerry OS 6, this time emphasizing something the BlackBerry is not known for supporting: rich-media content consumption.

RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM) has said it would ship the OS this quarter, and the Twitter hashtag #BB6iscoming seems to tease that it's coming soon. The company has given out previews of the forthcoming operating system before.

In its latest blog update, RIM showcases media-oriented features in BlackBerry 6 including music album art discovery, photos, podcasting and YouTube integration, as well as a few non-media highlights.

It's not exactly something the BlackBerry, so dominant among corporate smartphones, is known for, but with its user base in consumer rapidly growing, and the pressure from the iPhone, this is a necessity, according to IDC analyst Will Stofega.

Read the rest at Enterprise Mobile Today.

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