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Details Of Blackberry OS 6 Emerge

RIM has published official videos of its next generation Blackberry OS 6 mobile operating systems and provided with a deeper insight on how the Canadian mobile company aims at competing with Android and the iPhone.

The new BOS has a rehauled home screen which should make navigation easier, the user interface has been adapted for full touchscreen smartphones like the Blackberry Storm or for a potential Blackberry tablet device.

Users will also appreciate a new media interface, more social networking features to cater for an increasingly more important consumer audience and context menus plus new applications.

BOS will also see the introduction of a Universal Search feature (which is not unlike Apple's Spotlight) as well a new browser based on the same WebKit browser engine that found its way in Safari and Google Chrome.

Cnet reports that RIM has been "heavily promoting" its Blackberry Messenger application in a bid to increase its usage across existing users. Blackberry to Blacberry instant messaging service is free, which means that you can send and receive messages without eating in your monthly allowance.

The new BOS will be available later this year for new and existing browsers (although it is unlikely that they will all support BOS 6.0). BOS & the new Protect application will possibly be rolled out at the same time across corporate consumers.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.