3. Souped-up search and multitasking in BlackBerry OS 6.1
RIM added a cool, new universal search feature to BlackBerry OS 6 earlier this year, and company is building on the idea with new, voice-enabled search in future versions of the BlackBerry OS. It's unclear whether BlackBerry OS 6.1 will get voice search or if the feature will be added to later versions. But RIM is working to at least improve universal search in BlackBerry OS 6.1, according to the slides. Those improvements will be made via the addition of voice features at some point, along with an improved look and feel with a focus on making the search field stand out. And RIM's also working to improve the quality of results for both local, or on-device, and extended Web searches.
4. Enhanced personalization/customization options in BlackBerry OS 6.1
RIM's BlackBerry OS 6.1 will feature enhanced and expanded home-screen customization options, including the ability to manage and delete home-screen panes, for a custom UI experience. And BlackBerry users will also be able to hide formerly fixed icons to do away with duplicate icons on separate panes, according to the leaked slides.
5. Revamped virtual keyboard for touchscreen devices
RIM's 2011 device lineup features a number of new touchscreen devices. The company is clearly focusing more on touch in 2011 than it has in the past, and it's building on and bolstering its touchscreen keyboard accordingly.
BlackBerry OS 6.1 is designed to improve the intuitiveness and ease of use of the BlackBerry on-screen keyboard via a variety of enhancements, including a single key for access to both numbers and symbols while in alphabetical mode; "sticky" numbers and symbols screens that remain until the ABC/alphabetical key is tapped to return to letters; better on-screen visuals to represent when you're temporarily on a numbers or symbols screen; and a new "hide bar" to make it easier and faster to hide the on-screen keyboard when it's not needed.
6. Stronger focus on easy BlackBerry setup, tutorials for new users
BlackBerry OS 6 brought a number of valuable features to help new BlackBerry users setup and customize their smartphones, and BlackBerry OS 6.1 will build on this foundation with new tutorials and step-by-step how-tos to help BlackBerry "newbies" get the most out of their feature-packed devices.
The leaked slide don't provide any more details, but you can bet RIM will include more video tutorials on more subjects, to show new users how to setup and use BlackBerry features and applications.
Pop on over to CrackBerry.com for a ton of additional information on BlackBerry OS 6.1 and other future editions of BlackBerry OS 6.x, as well as specifications and details on BlackBerry OS 6.1 devices, including the new touchscreen BlackBerry Bolds and Curve.