RIM’s new operating system BBX was officially unveiled yesterday, and one of its key features is the Cascades UI Framework. It was also demonstrated for the first time yesterday, and today on the official BlackBerry blog it has been detailed with an accompanying demonstration video. The post reveals that TAT (The Astonishing Tribe), the company that RIM acquired, has been using Cascade for many years in its own UIs and apps.
Cascades is said to feature: great performance, amazing transitions and animations, flexible UI layouts, 3D support, support for mixing pre-packaged UI components with custom components, and core UI feature support. Despite the vague hints of Windows Phone Metro UI (in my opnion), it looks very impressive, especially during the section about free form layouts. Just check out the demonstration video and you can see for yourself: