We can’t lose site of the number one OS in America…hi BlackBerry. Let’s take a look at their latest OS in action:
Here’s the story – it’s been improved for touch but it will not require a touchscreen so you can still use a trackball or dpad. There is multi-touch with gestures (like pinching to zoom and flicking). There will be g-sen support. You can also see a lot of social networking – Twitter, FaceBook, Live Messenger, Google Talk, BBM, Myspace, AIM and Yahoo Messenger are all shown. There’s a big multimedia push here. And global search is enabled so a search pulls up your calendar, email and contacts and if you’re in music you can search YouTube, the device and the web. And speaking of Web, the acquisition of Iris is finally paying off with a Webkit (like the iPhone’s) browser with tabbed browsing being featured.
And of course the three parts of the video emphasize the fact that they’re going after all lifestyles- teens, business users and hot chicks.By the way, if you put a dancing woman behind a transparent background don’t expect us to look at the UI…just saying. Oh and take a look at the background at the 1:30 mark (and a few other times). It’s not exactly the same image, but don’t we all agree that it’s Bing’s background?
None of this is a change in their core. There’s still backwards compatibility, etc. So this is still just a Java engine but I think it’s a good start for them. Anyone under 50 has a hard time waling around with a BB because it’s just a business device. This aims to keep the younger markets and it’s a good effort and likely enough to help some defectors. I keep hearing BB users tell me that they’re getting the new (anything) because they can’t walk around with such a limited device any longer…is this enough? Sound off