Today RIM blessed the mobile market with the Blackberry Torch. Along with the Torch came RIM’s new OS, Blackberry 6. Blackberry 6 has been the talk of tech blogs for months debating the question, will it spark a new era in RIM devices? RIM devices have been known for being dull, almost featureless. But RIM does one thing best, getting the job done without any glitches, bugs, or stuttering. This is why it is so vastly used in enterprise and has Blackberry still standing at the top in sales.
Blackberry 6 complements the Torch very well and could actually drive this new era but now a problem has arisen. RIM announced in a press release this morning that they are only putting Blackberry 6 on the Bold 9700, Bold 9650, Pearl 3G, and the Torch. This leaves the crappy, featureless, Blackberry 5 on at least five or more of RIM’s devices. Check out the press release below.
BlackBerry 6 will debut on the new BlackBerry® Torch™ smartphone (announced today) available from AT&T on August 12 and it is also designed to run on select BlackBerry smartphones already in market. Subject to carrier certifications in the months ahead, the new OS is expected to be available for the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G, as well as future BlackBerry smartphones.
Phones like the Storm, Storm 2, Pearl 8100, Pearl Flip, Tour, and the whole Curve series will be left in the dust by RIM, leaving users stuck with Blackberry 5. Is this RIMs way of saying its time to upgrade? To me it seems like it is going to slow down Blackberry’s innovation.
Update: Today Blackberry has added a post to their blog explaining their new WebKit, just added in Blackberry 6. The new WebKit browser seems featured packed, check it out.