– Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today
announced BlackBerry® 6, a new operating system for BlackBerry®
that retains the trusted connectivity features that distinguish the
brand while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience
both powerful and easy to use. BlackBerry
6 features a redesigned interface that seamlessly works with a touch
and trackpad, expanded messaging capabilities that simplify managing
media and RSS feeds, an advanced multimedia experience that rivals the
the industry, a convenient new Universal Search tool, and a new and
WebKit-based browser that renders web pages quickly and beautifully for a
is the outcome of RIM’s ongoing passion to deliver a powerful,
simplified and optimized user experience for both touch screen and
fans,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-ceo, Research In Motion.
“Following extensive research and development to address consumer needs
and wants, we are delivering a communications, browsing and multimedia
experience that we think users will love, and we are thrilled to debut
BlackBerry 6 on the amazing new BlackBerry Torch smartphone.”
6 has been redesigned making it easier and more intuitive, with clean,
visuals and natural, fluid navigation. Designed to be both fresh and
the new interface enables a productive, fun and highly satisfying user
experience whether using a touch screen or trackpad and keyboard.
offers multiple views that help users better organize their
content. Icons are arranged on the Home Screen in 5 customizable views
Favorites, Media, Downloads and Frequent) that are navigable with simple
swipes. Users can organize where they want their icons to appear, and
contacts or web page shortcuts directly to the Home Screen.
new to BlackBerry 6 are visually-rich, context-sensitive Action Menus.
given application, by clicking and holding the trackpad or through an
touch of the display, users can bring the most common actions or tasks
application to the surface. In addition, users can seamlessly multitask
holding down the Menu key, which pops up a visual grid of all the
currently running, so users can instantly switch between applications.
powerful Universal Search tool is also accessible from the Home Screen.
simply clicking or tapping the Universal Search icon, users can search
content on their handset, the web or in the new BlackBerry App World™,
which is also integral to BlackBerry 6.
Rich Web Browsing
6 integrates a new and efficient WebKit-based browser that renders web
(as well as email) quickly and beautifully for a great browsing
features tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously, a double-tap
feature that can intelligently wrap text in a column while maintaining
placement of a page’s key elements, and pinch to zoom.
Feeds and Text Messaging
new Social Feeds application simplifies the management of social
RSS feeds and provides integrated access to the native BlackBerry®
(BBM™), Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace™, AOL® Instant
Messenger™, Google Talk™, Windows Live™ Messenger and Yahoo!®
Messenger applications for BlackBerry smartphones. Social Feeds
user experience, provides an integrated view of friends’ activities
across multiple social networks, and let’s users post updates across
networks simultaneously. Users can also easily add their favorite RSS
from the Social Feeds application or directly from a website while
new Text Messages application also adds exciting new features for users
communicate mostly via SMS and MMS, including the ability for users to
a conversation in one threaded ‘chat’ as well as share photos, videos
multimedia experience in BlackBerry 6 is designed to give users a more
and streamlined experience with album art everywhere in the new music
players. The new BlackBerry® Desktop Software 6 integrates media sync
easily syncing photos and videos as well as iTunes® and Windows Media®
music with the smartphone*. It also includes Wi-Fi Music Sync, a unique
that allows users to view their entire iTunes® or Windows Media® Player
libraries from their BlackBerry smartphone, create and edit playlists,
as select music for download. When in range of their home Wi-Fi network
USB), the changes are synced with iTunes® or Windows Media® Player and
songs are automatically downloaded to the smartphone.
also gives users access to a range of camera modes that can help them
better images. Editing, organizing and sharing shots is amazingly
intuitive options for grouping pictures.
new Podcasts application makes it easy for users to find and manage
video podcasts. Users can view all the podcasts saved on their
browse a catalogue of podcasts available for download, subscribe to
wirelessly download the content directly onto their smartphone. There is
dedicated YouTube® application, so viewing and sharing videos is easier
ever and users can also easily search for videos using the new Universal
tool in BlackBerry 6.
with Existing BlackBerry Smartphones
6 will debut on the new BlackBerry® Torch™ smartphone (announced today)
available from AT&T on August 12 and it is also designed to run on
BlackBerry smartphones already in market. Subject to carrier
the months ahead, the new OS is expected to be available for the
Bold™ 9700, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G,
as well as future BlackBerry smartphones.
Motion is releasing an SDK for BlackBerry 6 (also announced today).
Developers can find additional details at www.blackberry.com/developers/
more information on BlackBerry 6, visit www.blackberry.com/6.
To view screen shots, visit the Inside BlackBerry Blog: www.blackberry.com/blog.
information about the BlackBerry Torch smartphone from AT&T, visit www.att.com/blackberrytorch.
Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain
rights management technologies. Photo and video syncing is currently
for Windows-based PCs.
Research In Motion (RIM)
In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative
wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market.
development of integrated hardware, software and services that support
wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for
access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS
Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a
array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their
services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of
award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by
thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry®
wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software
development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing
Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in
America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock
(NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more
visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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