Inside BlackBerry 6: Multimedia Experience

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Our team has been working hard to enhance the overall multimedia experience in BlackBerry® 6, and we’ve packed a lot of changes into the upcoming release. I’m very excited to be able to provide some more details about this aspect of BlackBerry 6 today.

In pulling together this update, 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.

There’s too much to talk about in just one post, so with that in mind, I picked some of my favorite new BlackBerry 6 multimedia features. Look for the Inside BlackBerry team to dive deeper into some of these features in future blog posts.

Music Album Art and Discovery

The minute you’ve loaded your music library to your BlackBerry smartphone via BlackBerry Media Sync, you’ll notice that we’ve added album art virtually everywhere for instant and easy recognition of your favorite albums. You will be able to navigate your music by using the interactive carousel to swipe through the album art. You will also quickly find other selections from the same album/artist by selecting the album or artist name for the song currently playing!

Organize Your Photos

With BlackBerry 6, we will also provide multiple dynamic ways to view and organize your photos, so thousands of photos can be organized intuitively. For example, photos will be able to be grouped by event or by date. You will be able to view the full picture or a slide show of pictures with transitions. BlackBerry smartphones with touch support are designed to easily zoom in on an area of interest with the “Pinch to Zoom” feature. BlackBerry 6 will also allow you to select groups of pictures to share, copy, paste or delete.

Streaming, Sharing and Searching for Videos

Searching through videos on your BlackBerry smartphone has been made easier in BlackBerry 6 with the new thumbnail view. There will also be more ways to view videos in BlackBerry 6. You will be able to opt to play video in various sizes (Original, Fit to Screen, Full Screen), plus instantly share your videos with the world using the new integrated YouTube® video uploader. Or perhaps you want to watch some online videos – no problem! The new universal search feature in BlackBerry 6 has been designed to enable you to search Internet video sites such as YouTube, and to enjoy higher quality YouTube videos when using Wi-Fi.

New Camera Controls and Supported Scene Modes

With BlackBerry 6, we focused on perfecting the point and shoot experience. Users can capture photos quicker and better than ever before with a variety of new features in BlackBerry 6. New onscreen controls means there is no need to hunt through menus for your favorite options. You will be able to access and review camera pictures, set popular options and pick from a variety of scene modes, all directly from the camera screen. You will also be able to capture video using the video camera application on the device.

New Podcasts App!

With the BlackBerry podcasts service, users will be able to experience the convenience of searching, subscribing and playing entertaining audio and video podcasts directly from their BlackBerry smartphone. This service will be preloaded with BlackBerry 6 in North America and is completely mobile (so no PC required) – and all of the content is available for free! Stay tuned to Inside BlackBerry for an upcoming post on the BlackBerry podcasts app.

Finding New Multimedia Content and Apps

If you have not yet loaded any multimedia content onto your BlackBerry smartphone or are looking for something new, no problem. Select “Explore Music Apps”, “Explore Video Apps” or “Explore Picture Apps” from the main menu screen within the media player, and you will be provided with a direct link to quickly discover popular media apps from each of those categories from the BlackBerry App World™ storefront (app availability dependent upon your region and carrier). This is one of many ways to start enjoying media right out of the box.

BlackBerry Desktop Software and Media Sync

On top of continued support of iTunes & Windows Media® Player music sync and 2-way photo sync, BlackBerry 6 has been designed to enable you to sync videos to and from your BlackBerry smartphone (BlackBerry to PC, or PC to BlackBerry). Plus there are now greater music sync options: in addition to playlists, users will have more flexibility and will also be able to sync by individual artists or genres. Stay tuned to a future post on Inside BlackBerry about BlackBerry Desktop Software with Media Sync.

I’m very excited about the new multimedia experience that will be offered in BlackBerry 6! Post a comment and let us know of the multimedia features that you use today, or those that you’re most looking forward to in BlackBerry 6.

About Vikram K.

Product Manager Vikram joined Research In Motion (RIM) in 2006 after working in the Web, browser and computer-networking worlds as a product manager and a software developer. He spends most of his time nowadays working on RIM’s multimedia products. He is a huge sports fan and loves being able to check on his cricket and football scores anywhere, anytime thanks to his BlackBerry smartphone.

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  • Peter Chittock

    Way,way cool!..x

  • Kevin

    Will there be more API added to BlackBerry 6 for apps to better integrate with the Media Player or access cataloged media data (playlists, album art, artist, ablum lists etc)?

  • Ewakil12

    Please release the OS for the Blackberry 8900.

  • Gabriel Novoa

    When when when!!! That’s all I ask!!!

  • Roel

    Is it bold 9700 ready 🙂 ?

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  • LaTonya

    I am the mother of a BlackBerry Curve. I absolutely BlackBerry. I’d love the opportunity to try the BlackBerry 6, and blog, vlog and tweet about it!

  • Anonymous

    Very nice, I think you’ve won me back as a customer RIM, Good job!!

  • Alex van den Hoogen


    This looks superb! Currently I really use the Music Player a lot and I love it when the BlackBerry team introduced CD-numbering in BlackBerry OS 5. I really hope that is still there in BB6.

    Furthermore, the podcast app is nice, but do you guys also consider international users? Do you currently have internation partners to broadcast podcasts?

    The thing I’m looking most forward through though is the new Camera. The current one is o.k., but it can be improved a million times. Turning off the shutter sound is one of those things. Also autofocus on my Storm2 could be better.

    And….. is there a releasedate? 😀

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  • mahen

    I want to be excited but IU have a Storm2, which is not even a year old yet and RIM has yet to tell me whether or not my device will even get to use this OS and if so, when?

  • Colin Shanahan

    This all looks awesome, but the biggest fear amongst the BB community is that BB6 will not be available on current market devices and will only be available on devices sporting 512mb of RAM therefore many users missing out on what BB6 has to offer especially if they have no upgrade options from their carrier due to long 12-28 month contracts. I hope it will be available on my Storm 2 9520 😦

  • Askme

    FINALLY!!! 😀

  • Frank

    wow, cant wait to get my hands on this( finally)

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  • jason a

    what devices will be compatible with BlackBerry 6? Thanks!

  • Phil

    Will this solve the App World’s disappearing, hence unusable, icon problem on the 9700?

  • Dave

    Looks awesome! Seriously – someone at RIM is listening to what we want.

  • Jeff Mikolajow

    When taking a picture, I hope we will be able to turn the flash on/off without having to go into the menu.

  • Rubén

    What about the businnes user? Is this going to be a consumer only OS any changes in the organiser functions? E-mail funtionality?

  • MCarter

    What phone’s will work on BB6? Will BES be updated and the phones OS or just the phone or both? 8530i, will that be updated? Nextel-Sprint phone.

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  • Laa_fan

    it all looks super cool but what phones is blackberry 6 going to be available for? have a storm 2 so i’m wondering if im going to have to buy a new phone.

  • Patrick Duffy

    This all looks very promising. Will OS6 have gapless audio playback? That’s the one thing that could push me over the edge and cause me to upgrade my Tour. 🙂

  • George Trejo

    Hi, I´m George from México. Quiero saber si esta aplicación se puede utilizar en el 8350i que en México lo distribuye Nextel.

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