Research In Motion (RIM) has officially unveiled the next major iteration of its BlackBerry operating system, giving developers a sneak peek of what’s in store for the platform’s future.
The brief but impressive clip, released at the Blackberry World 2012 keynote today, highlights some of the graphically rich UI improvements the OS refresh sports, such as a new email client and advanced text prediction and correction. The ability to accept or reject incoming calls by simply dragging the caller ID is also on board, as is the option to instantly stream photos and videos on the phone to a television set.
What’s more interesting perhaps is the handset itself on which OS is shown running, which, although a developers-only prototype, is nonetheless remarkably similar to the iPhone.
That’s not to say the actual BlackBerry 10 phones, whenever they finally land, will look anything like the dummy handset, but we can’t help but notice how stylish it rather looks.
RIM also demoed a multitude of new features, including a so-called ‘timeline lens’ that automatically caches images that can be selected if your initial shot doesn’t turn out quite as intended.
Without further ado, have a look at the video and see for yourself.