Research in Motion kicked off its annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) with an announcement we had been hoping would be a part of this year's show. Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis used his time on stage to showcase the upcoming BlackBerry 6 (BB6) operating system refresh due in Q3 of this year.
RIM's recent acquisition of browser technology company Torch Mobile is finally delivering what we have all been waiting for: a WebKit browser for BlackBerry. This should provide a faster, better web experience all round.
A rich, context-sensitive menu is one of the features that has always set BlackBerry smartphones apart from the competition. RIM is improving this part of its OS with a sprinkle of visual flair, spicing up the currently black-and-white text-only menu.
One exciting advancement on the app front in BB6 is a new combined reader, mixing together your various social-networking feeds with any RSS feeds you choose to check out each day. We can't tell from the video if this will support Google Reader feeds, but if it does, we'll be calling this feature a big win.