BlackBerry OS 6 Multimedia Features Showcased

New multimedia features will be making an appearance in BlackBerry OS 6 and they are sure to impress. Research In Motion (RIM) showcased the new features in a post on its official blog and they are a big improvement from what OS 5 offered. Ready to be impressed? Here we go.

First of all, BB 6 improves the music player to one that could actually replace your standalone MP3 player. Album art shows up “virtually everywhere” and an interactive carousel lets you swipe through it to find the exact one that you are looking for. Furthermore, finding songs from the same album or artist that is currently playing is as simple as pressing the album or artist’s name on screen. No idea yet as to how well these features will work on non-touchscreen BlackBerrys though.

The second big thing that BB 6 does is let you greatly improve on the software support for devices integrated camera. Everything is here: scenes mode settings, automatic face detection, and video recording. Best of all, all the options are available directly from the camera screen so you will not have to waste valuable seconds picking the right setting when a perfect photo opportunity presents itself. While we will have to wait and see what kind of camera hardware newer BlackBerry models come out with, it looks like the feature set can compete directly with point-and-shoots.

Thirdly, your pictures and videos are more intuitively stored. You can organize photos by event or date and create slideshows. Copy, paste and sharing features are also included. Videos also get a new thumbnail view and multiple viewing options, plus an integrated YouTube uploader. Perhaps the best part is that a universal video search feature has been included, allowing you to search YouTube and other video sharing sites right from your BlackBerry without launching the browser.

Last of all, the BlackBerry desktop software is getting a makeover with Media Sync. RIM is promising to release more information on Media Sync in the near future along with more on other new features that will be appearing in OS 6. I will keep you informed as more comes out. In the meantime drop a comment and let me know what you think of the new multimedia features and if you are excited about them.

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