Research in Motion’s next major version of the BlackBerry operating system is dubbed BlackBerry 10 — and while the company hasn’t shared all that much information about the new OS, the folks at CrackBerry have snagged some details (and photos).

BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry 10 will be designed to run on both phones and tablets, and in some ways it’s expected to look a lot like BlackBerry PlayBook OS. But according to a leaked document, the smartphone version will feature a user interface designed to fit on smaller screens.

So what’s new in BlackBerry 10? It looks like here are a few highlights:

  • Home screen widgets which provide at-a-glance information from weather, music, phone, or other apps
  • Video chat
  • iOS-like folder icons which show some of the apps hidden in the folder

Overall BlackBerry 10 looks a lot more like Android or iOS than earlier versions of the BlackBerry smartphone operating system. That’s probably a good thing for a company that’s trying to keep up with the competition — but it’s not yet clear if it will be enough to convince anyone to put down an iPhone and pick up a BlackBerry again.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...