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RIM plugs BlackBerry 6 multimedia features

Asavin Wattanajantra

A RIM blogger has revealed some of the new multimedia features of the upcoming BlackBerry 6 operating system, its effort to combat the threat of rivals like Apple and Google.

Many of the features are designed for a touchscreen experience rather than the traditional BlackBerry keyboard use, meaning that RIM is obviously going to change focus as well as move even further away from its traditional ‘business’ image.

Included is a bigger focus on the music experience, which will mean album art ‘everywhere’ for access to albums, including an interactive carousel iTunes style which you can swipe.

There is also changes to the way you look at pictures and video. BlackBerry phones with touch support will be able to zoom into an area of interest and select groups of photos to share, copy or paste.

There is also a new thumbnail view to make searching for video easier. You can also play video in different sizes such as original, fit to screen and full screen. A new universal search option also allows you to watch internet video sites like YouTube.

There are also new camera point and shoot capabilities, a podcast app and a better way to search for multimedia content as well as apps.

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