BlackBerry unveils new OS

New 4.6 version for the Bold and Thunder

The new OS from BlackBerry has been shown off for the first time, and improves the phones in a number of areas, including better web browsing.

The new OS will be applicable for the 9000 / 9500 series of phones (which includes the new BlackBerry Bold and Thunder) will include Ajax for the web browser, as well as better page layouts and easier zooming.

Trackball fun

The Trackball will be used to an even greater extent as BlackBerry jumps on the mobile broadband bandwagon, using the little sphere to zoom in with one click, and even further with two.

HTML and JavaScript support have also been upgraded, so the web browsing experience should be pretty whizz-bang.

Another feature - Music Sync - will make it easier to transfer music and other media to your phone, and the clock application has also been improved for better alarms (though it’s hard to see how an alarm clock can be made better!)

Apparently the spell-checker has been upgraded to allow for continuous checks, and other “Numerous enhancements to existing BlackBerry smartphone applications and features”.

No release date as yet, but the new BlackBerry phones are landing soon, so it can’t be too far away.


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