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RIM unveils BlackBerry 7 OS: new browser, BlackBerry Balance, no legacy support

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RIM unveils BlackBerry 7 OS: new browser, BlackBerry Balance, no legacy support

BlackBerry World has kicked off in full steam and just days after RIM's co-CEO promised “a whole next generation” of 'Berries, the BlackBerry OS 7 was unveiled. An update to the BlackBerry OS 6.1, the BlackBerry OS 7 is heralded by an all-new BlackBerry Bold Touch, expected to hit shelves as soon as “this summer.”


It's still too early to judge whether it will push RIM's “aging products” (as per RIM's co-CEO Balsillie words) to the next generation, but it brings a handful of new features:

- BlackBerry Balance allowing fast switching between the business and personal side of your BlackBerry. That should translate into both corporate and personal information being perfectly secure.

- optimized user experience: to be faster and more intuitive

- voice searches coming for the phone and the web

- noticeably improved browser with JIT JavaScript compiler and support for HTML5 Video


RIM has also confirmed that the new BlackBerry 7 OS will have "no legacy support," meaning that your "aged" 'Berry would feel even older when those new BlackBerry Bolds come out. The main reason behind such unfortunate decision is the fact that previous handsets won't have the graphical power to handle the new version of BlackBerry OS.

source: RIM


RIM unveils BlackBerry 7 OS: new browser, BlackBerry Balance, no legacy support

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posted on 02 May 2011, 07:53

1. phbelov (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


Wow. You're fast!

posted on 03 May 2011, 05:40 1

14. PhoneLuver (Posts: 466; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


I'm glad they improved the browser. I have the current Bold and the websites sometimes take so long to load, that I question whether the content is really worth waiting for! lol

Let's hope the browser allows multiple tabs and optimizes the website for such a small screen. I have to admit, that I enjoyed surfing with my old Nokia more than this Bold. I really don't enjoy zooming in and out all the time..

posted on 02 May 2011, 09:08 1

2. deago78 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


We'll see. So far I'm a bit underwhelmed with this "overhaul".

posted on 02 May 2011, 09:27 2

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6988; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Great. Now put out some competing hardware. These "touch screen" Berries don't cut it.

posted on 02 May 2011, 09:41

4. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Hey it"s RIM. ANY improvement to the personal side of Mobile is a big improvement. I am willing to see the other devices they are brining to the table.

posted on 02 May 2011, 10:08 3

5. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


So far RIM has said the Storm, OS 6, and PlayBook were the second coming of Christ, but we see how all of those have turned out. I'll wait for reviews of this OS to believe a word of it...

posted on 02 May 2011, 11:17 1

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Tell me about it....

posted on 02 May 2011, 12:09 1

7. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Blackberry should change their traditional device design and should adopt designs from Nokia and Sony.

posted on 02 May 2011, 12:39 2

8. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Yes, because Nokia and Sony are both blowing every other manufacturer out of the water right now... :/

posted on 02 May 2011, 14:43

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


SE has good design and good European market, they are not well know in USA tho

posted on 02 May 2011, 18:40 1

11. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


SE and nokia are not popular in USA because they don't have much phones with career contract like samsung or HTC.

posted on 02 May 2011, 21:00

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


carriers didn't took their phones :(

posted on 02 May 2011, 18:59

12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


hey isnt nokia the largest phone manufacturer?

posted on 02 May 2011, 15:00

10. thatdude1 (unregistered)


I think this is a good step in the right direction for RIM. These new 'berries will sell very well. And the Playbook is actually doing very well. Much better than the others except for the ipad.

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