At the Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando yesterday, RIM execs gave attendees a video preview of the company’s new BlackBerry (news, site) 6 operating system for its next-gen handsets.

Coming Inline with the Others

The video showcased iPhone-like features such as touch control for email and other key functions; an integrated media player with cover-flow capability; and pinch-zoom for images. There's a WebKit-based Web browser that support tabs. The video also showed off the OS’s social networking capabilities with Facebook and Twitter integration.

The BlackBerry 6 operating system is slated to appear on new BlackBerry phones in the the third quarter of this year. RIM officials also said the new OS will also appear on some of its non-touch handsets.

The Competition Gets Serious

RIM’s new platform faces fierce competition in the mobile space. Apple is readying for a June launch of its 4G handset; Microsoft just took the wraps off Windows Phone 7; and Android is rapidly gaining popularity, according to several market research studies.

Check out this sneak preview from RIM: