BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) released the first BlackBerry smartphone running its "BlackBerry 6" mobile OS just six months ago, but the company is already hard at work on the next major BlackBerry OS device software update, BlackBerry OS 6.1.
Thanks to a wealth of information posted yesterday on CrackBerry.com, we now have a fairly clear look at a number of cool new feature and enhancements RIM plans to include in BlackBerry OS 6.1 when it ships along with a few as-of-yet unannounced BlackBerry devices, likely later this year. (It's not clear whether or not current or existing BlackBerry device models will get BlackBerry OS 6.1 upgrades, but since many of the new features require newer, stronger hardware, it seems unlikely.)
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Those upcoming devices include the first touchscreen BlackBerry Bolds: the code-named BlackBerry "Dakota" (GSM version) and the BlackBerry "Montana" (CDMA variant); and the BlackBerry "Monaco Touch," a.k.a. the Storm 3.
Keep moving for a breakdown of six of the coolest features in the upcoming BlackBerry OS 6.1.
(Note: One of the leaked slides that detail upcoming BlackBerry devices includes a reference to the "BlackBerry 6.1 Lite" OS. It's unclear what exactly the term "Lite" means at this point or if the software differs from the full BlackBerry OS 6.1. But the Lite OS could lack the full feature set found in the complete version of BlackBerry OS 6.1. So the device that will reportedly run BlackBerry OS 6.1 Lite, the BlackBerry Curve "Sedona," may not offer the same range of functionality as its BlackBerry OS 6.1 counterparts.)
1. Sharper user experience in BlackBerry OS 6.1
BlackBerry OS 6.1 will pack a brand new "Liquid Graphics" feature meant to enhance and makeover the BlackBerry user experience.
The BlackBerry OS 6.1 Liquid Graphics features is designed "to optimize the graphics pipeline and BlackBerry Java applications to offers significant increases in frames per second performance with instant UI action/response, fluid animations, etc."
And BlackBerry Liquid Graphics in BlackBerry OS 6.1 mean users will see high-resolution graphics support, up to 24-bit color, across all applications. And the features should also reduce system strain, which results in UI lag and latency.
2. Enhanced Web browser in BlackBerry OS 6.1
RIM's upcoming BlackBerry smartphones will pack much more powerful processors and other hardware, and that beefed-up equipment will enable much improved Web browsing via the BlackBerry WebKit browser, among other things, according to the leaked slides.
canvas, app cache, geolocation, and HTML 5 video; and much improved mobile video viewing capabilities due to HTML
video tag support and codecs.
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