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BlackBerry’s new OS demoed on video

Research in Motion’s upcoming operating system for their mobile phones has been briefly detailed on video by the Canadian phone makers, ahead of its unveiling later on this year.

This official preview of the BlackBerry OS 6 highlights exactly what features will be on new handsets, along with what might be rolled out to some current models and what could appear on the tablet device RIM has yet to announce.

Notable features seen in the video are social networking aspects to the new OS, with their new Social Feed app bringing in updates from various social networking services. Also highlighted is a universal search tool, all for quick and easy access to relevant information on the handset and elsewhere.

Other features such as a good RSS feeder, enhancements to the media player along with instant messaging will benefit those who use their handsets for non-business means too. The BlackBerry web browser has been worked upon in version 6 of the OS, where the pinch-to-zoom-in ability has been added to the new Webkit Internet surfer.

No actual dates have been made public yet as to when BlackBerry OS 6 will arrive, but as per usual expect to see the new operating system’s arrival surrounding a handset launch which is customary for Research In Motion.

The video does also appear to be very touch screen centric, where some more astute observers might note the BlackBerry's screen dimensions and not a single physical keyboard was seen in the footage. All of this could just highlight RIM are now focussing heavily on large touch screen devices, with more of a tablet style screen – as the dimensions alone of the device’s screen denotes such a beast.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.