It seems like we’ve been waiting an eternity for RIM to finally bring its popular, reliable, but aging operating system into the modern day. BlackBerry OS was a little late to the party with a third-party app store, and it has yet to see anything close to the success of the iPhone or Android in terms of apps available and downloaded. Also, the BlackBerry web browser has been a major Achilles heel for its otherwise great handsets, and for many users it has been a deal breaker in buying decisions.
Boy Genius Report has revealed the new and long-awaited BlackBerry OS 6.0 and it looks like it finally delivers what BlackBerry addicts have been craving. It has a Webkit browser that makes web pages look more like desktop quality pages and it supports tabbed browsing. The media player has been updated to look a little prettier, and it shows album art covers like Apple’s Cover Flow style. Maybe best of all is that OS 6.0 supports multitouch gestures system-wide. That means multitouch will work in the browser, maps, photo galleries and anywhere else multitouch would make sense.
Overall, this is a very welcome update to the BlackBerry operating system and one that, without even being fully released, is already embraced by BlackBerry fans everywhere. We get the feeling consumers will take a liking to it, too.