Following up with rumors about the launch of a Blackberry Tablet, we are now hearing that Research In Motion is working on its next line of Storm smartphones. According to Tested.com, the company is already working on Storm 3 and Storm 4. Blackberry Storm 3 is expected to hit the stores by Q3 or Q4 of this year.
Like with the earlier models, Blackberry Storm 3 could be coming with Surepress – the technology that allowed users to depress their touchscreen to get tactile feedback while typing or navigating through the user interface. However, the new model is noted to be using a revamped version of Surepress. Also, the device will come with Blackberry OS 6.0 besides coming with features targeted at the gamers and multimedia consumers. RIM is believed to be working with EA to bring a mobile version of The Sims to Storm 3.
Storm 4 may go on sale next year.
The title sounds so obvious, right? But well, the Blackberry Pad aka Blackberry Cobalt or BlackPad as it is commonly known was initially supposed to run on Android OS and it is said the executives at Research In Motion decided to do away with the plan and gravitated towards the native Blackberry OS at the very last minute.
This is one of the reasons why we are seeing a delayed launch of the Blackberry tablet device since the company has to now work on the software to help it adapt to the new form factor of the BlackPad. The device is expected to launch only next year.
Meanwhile, it is also rumored that the tablet device could be running on Marvell’s Armada processor and Quanta shall be RIM’s manufacturing partner.
[via The Street]
Virgin Mobile has not been a popular name in the world of smartphones. However, it now appears that the carrier could soon be getting a new carrier and operating system.
The Blackberry Downloads page now lists Virgin Mobile as an official carrier for the device. And what’s more – the device is expected to come with a brand new version of the Blackberry OS : v126.96.36.1993
This will be the first real smartphone that Virgin Mobile will be carrying and it will be interesting to see how the company copes with the fresh demand for 3G services from its subscribers.
[via Phone News]
For now, you have to take this with a grain of salt. Folks at BBLeaks claim that they have got hold of images of the upcoming Blackberry OS 6.0. From the looks of it, the new interface looks pretty nifty with widgets and an overall fresh look. However, we are not sure if these images are for real. You decide, but then there is no denying the fact that it would be great if it was genuine.
If you are a Verizon Blackberry Tour 9630 user, do expect an upgrade to Blackberry OS 5.0 sometime next month. According to sources BGR spoke to, the OS upgrade will also come with other bells and whistles; most notably the ability to Push-to-talk for an extra $5 a month.
If you are contemplating to purchase a Tour for yourself, hold back for a couple of more months. According to the tipsters, a new upgraded Verizon Blackberry Tour may well be on its way in May. You can probably go for that.
[BGR via Mobile Crunch]
Is this the real deal? We are not sure. Folks at BBLeaks have caught hold of a few photos of the alleged new Palm Pre-esque Blackberry Slider phone. It is suspected to be Storm3 though that is 100% speculation.
We had first written about the new sliding QWERTY phone last week. The handset comes with a portrait oriented keyboard, runs Blackberry OS 6.0 and supports Wi-Fi 802.11n.
Tell us what you think of the new look BB phone in the comments.
[via Blackberry Leaks]
After fiddling with plain QWERTY and touch screen keyboard, it now appears that Research In Motion is looking at a Palm Pre-esque sliding QWERTY keyboard for their upcoming device. Folks at Boy Genius Report offer more insights into this new handset
- Portrait-oriented slider keyboard
- Run on BlackBerry OS 6.0
- Support Wi-Fi 802.11n
- 360×480 Resolution
A Palm Pre kind phone running on Blackberry OS. Tell me, are you interested?
Folks at Boy Genius Report write in that they have received solid tips from one of their contacts that Research In Motion, the company behind Blackberry has started its work on the next generation operating system.
Not much information is available at the moment about what we can expect from Blackberry OS 6.0. There have been earlier rumors about RIM launching OS version 5.2 later this year. Considering that this new version is not a decimal iteration over 5.2, it is likely that some very significant additions are introduced.
RIM had acquired Torch Mobile WebKit browser late last year and we see this as a possible addition to the handset. Also, recent patents filed give an indication of work towards improving the overall performance of the device to be something of paramount focus.
[via Boy Genius Report]