RIM Previews New Multimedia Features of BlackBerry OS 6

Submitted by lalit on July 22, 2010 - 12:15pm.

RIM has posted a preview of new multimedia features that will come in BlackBerry OS 6 later this year. RIM says “the multimedia team focused on delivering an intuitive multimedia experience right out of the box – so whether you are a power user or new to mobile multimedia on BlackBerry smartphones, you can easily find and use the enhanced multimedia features.”

The music player on BlackBerry 6 will have album art virtually everywhere, with an iPhone (Coverflow) like album art interactive carousel to swipe through your music. The OS will also have a new Podcasts app that will offer searching, subscribing and playing audio and video podcasts. The Podcasts app is completely mobile and requires no PC connection.

On the photo side, both the camera and the organizer are getting an upgrade. The camera software will get new onscreen controls and scene modes including face detection, portrait, sports, landscape and party. The photo organizer will be able to group photos by event or by date. It will also offer slideshow with transitions, Pinch to Zoom feature and allow you to select groups of pictures to share, copy, paste or delete.

Video will also get a boost with the Video Camera application, which will allow you to shoot, share and search videos. The OS will have new integrated YouTube video uploader to instantly share videos and a new thumbnail view for easier navigation. The YouTube app will offer access to large number of videos on the Internet and will allow higher quality YouTube video playback when using WiFi.

The new Media Sync software will have music sync with iTunes and Windows Media Player, 2-way photo sync and 2-way video sync. It will also offer new music sync options including ability to sync by individual artists or genres.

All the features mentioned above are already available on other smartphone operating systems, but RIM is moving in right direction, even though they have a long way to go when it comes to multimedia features.
[Via BlackBerry Blog]