BlackBerry 9000 OS 4.6 Improvements Revealed!

9000 OS Incremental Features
By Kevin Michaluk on 29 Apr 2008 01:47 pm EDT
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Looks like RIM needs to fire someone as it seems the Boy Genius has gotten his hands on an internal company document that spills the beans on the incremental improvements coming to the version 4.6 operating system that will ship on the hopefully soon to be announced (and released!) BlackBerry 9000. As we have seen in earlier leaked photos, version 4.6 kicks the "Pretty" factor of the BBOS up to a whole new level. But it's more than lipstick as there are some nifty feature enchancements as well. You can take a quick run through of some of the things coming in 4.6 after the jump and visit BG for actual word doc snapshots! Oh, one last thing before you continue reading... supposedly a "July" launch date is what we're looking at here folks.

Richer Web Browsing

Improved Web Browser

Improved Web Page Rendering including support for the following AJAX capabilities:

  • Javascript 1.5
  • CSS 2.1 (including Lists, Box Model, Positioning, Floats, Visual Effects, Tables, Colors, Backgrounds, & Text Properties; NOT including system fonts and generated content)
  • DOM L2 (including Core, HTML, Style, Events)
  • HTML 4.01 (including Forms, Maps, Tables, Frames, Objects)
  • XMLHttpRequest

Multimedia Enchancements

Support for Inline Video Streaming in the Browser

Video Streaming

When selecting video streams from within the Browser the user will be able to view these right inline within the browser to allow simpler navigation. Note: the webpage must be designed to allow for inline video presentation.

Improved Full Screen Camera Preview Screen 

Now when the user takes a picture with the Camera using "Full Screen" viewfinder mode they will also be presented with a Full Screen preview screen that will allow them to Zoom, Pan, Send, Set as Home Screen Background, etc...and image immediately.

Launch Camera from Video Camera

Camera Launch

The user will now be able to launch the Still Camera from the Video Camera just like they can already launch the Video Camera from the Still Camera. By adding this ability the "Video Camera" icon will be removed and only the "Camera" will remain.

Improved Picture Library

Improved Picture Library

From the main Pictures Library screen, users will be able to view all pictures stored on the device's internal AND external memory. They can view "All" pictures, or select to view top level folders that contain pictures.

Automatic Playlist Song Viewing

Playlist

The user can now select an automatic playlist and see all of the songs that are inside that playlist that meet the criteria they have specified

Themes

The BlackBerry 9000 will ship with these default themes:

  • Precision Zen
  • Precison L
  • Precision Today
Precision Zen
Precision Zen Theme
 
 Precision L
Precision L Theme
 
 Precision Today
Precision Today

Language features enhancement in 4.6

Additional support for Japanese and Chinese smartphones:

  • Japanese - truetype font without hinting, upgrade omron engine to v2.3, new trackball UI for input, new keypad with Japanese input (for Meteor to Japan only), additional punctuation on zero key, reducing number of mode selections in the menu
  • Chinese - improvements for PINYIN prediction, add JianPin support for phone bookk searching, add JianPin support in text entry field, associate English alphabet input to simplified and traditional Chinese for contact searches, address book wordlist, add predictive mode showing characters instead of complete word

Security Enhancements in 4.6

Ribbon
No need to go into Advanced Options to delete!

Some of the security enhancements coming in 4.6 

  • Delete Applications from Ribbon (homescreen)
  • Unicode Support in S/MIME and PGP
  • Support for Password Based Encryption in S/MME

More Information 

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Topics: News & Rumors

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BlackBerry 9000 OS 4.6 Improvements Revealed!

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I am a sad verizon customer. We will be getting the curve around the same time that att gets the 9000. I hope that the enhancements are shared with the 8330. I know that the curve is no longer the newest. However, the curve is just coming out for ev-do carriers. I am looking for them to finally come out with flash support. Flash support is must have.

I love every single pixel of the BB9000 Photography. August... August... Then it would probably arrive in India for Deevali/ Christmas. And I'd switch jobs by that time which would give me enough money to buy this thing off the shelf... and BAM, I take my addiction to the next level yayyyyyy

CNN page shows March 19, 2008, just about a month ago. Hoping that these changes at least come to the 83X series, otherwise there will likely be a lot of Curves on ebay! Also like the fact that this phone being 3G will now be able to roam to all of Asia. Now how to convince my wife I need one......

Yep, we're talking about 4.6 while we're still waiting for 4.5..

Wonder if that 4.6 will be made availablef for the 88XX series...

anyway, I want 4.5 now already...

I really hope that they make this available for the 8330. I don't want to buy an 8330 and have it using yesterday's OS. Has anyone from RIM ever indicated wheather or not 4.6 will be available for any model other than the 9000? I can live without 3g and wifi. I want the gps and os improvements.

Won't happen Voltaic. This phone is GSM, not CDMA. Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, etc. will be left out as usual. If history holds true, those of us on CDMA carriers will see a 90xx (what, a 9030???) sometime summer 2009... :(