One of the news that we have been hoping to hear more about in the days leading to WES was the RUMORED OS 6.O that promises much needed improvements, The key note by Mike Lazaridis did not go in-depth to the features of OS 6.0 but signs that it is going to be released sometime this year is better than nothing if you ask me. The estimated released date from RIM is set for Q3 of 2010. The reason I say estimated is because even if RIM releases the OS to the carriers by then you can bet they will take their sweet time to roll it out to the customers. We are more likely to see beta releases before then than to see it rolled out by the carriers. There is no official list of supported devices yet but the most obvious devices are the newest devices.
List of new features:
- Grapihical context menu in tables list and tabs. The long context menu has ended
- Unified search framework included in 3rd party app data
- Multiple contact list
- Message list enhancements (displaying pushed 3rd party app data)
- Wi-Fi lBS supports, reverse geo coding (geo to zip) travel time service within Canada and USA
- OS6 SDK in first half of 2010
- Toolbox: trackpad support for swipe gestures. This should bring flick scrolling to trackpad devices. Will be system wide, even including apps.
- Barcode 1D/2D scanning support
- Auto-Focus enhancements. Camera lens and Auto-Focus are now separate.
List via BBLEAKS
One of the things people have been wondering is whether we will see a leak of the new webkit browser and that is not likely to happen unless we see a leak of the OS 6.0 because it has been clarified that the webkit browser will be completely integrated into OS 6.0. That means you can’t simply extracted and install on any devices not running OS 6.0. We will keep updating on the 6.0 as we learn more about it and hopefully we will see more of it soon.