RIM says BlackBerry 7 OS devices will not get update to BlackBerry 10 OS

RIM says BlackBerry 7 OS devices will not get update to BlackBerry 10 OS
You love your BlackBerry Bold 9900 and would never part with it. Ok, we get it. The device has a fabulous QWERTY keyboard and a responsive touchscreen as well and there is a reason why the model (along with its CDMA brother, the BlackBerry Bold 9930) is the flagship smartphone of the Canadian manufacturer. But when you saw those quick videos showing off the new BlackBerry 10 OS, you thought how cool some of those new features will look on your 'Berry. We hate to be the messenger of bad news, but on Wednesday RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said that both BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 are not compatible. In other words, devices running BlackBerry 7 OS will not be getting an update to BlackBerry 10 OS.

When Heins says that the two operating systems are incompatible, he is not talking about a trial separation here, he is talking about a bitter divorce with teams of attorneys. Apps made for one of the OS versions will not work on the other, which was one of the reasons that RIM handed out those rubber slabs to developers on Tuesday. Loaded up with BlackBerry 10, the "Alpha Developer's phone" is an attempt to get the code jockeys to start writing apps in advance of the launch of the BlackBerry London, or whatever the name of the first BB 10 phone will be. Launching a new handset without stocking the shelves of your online application store is corporate suicide (ask Palm and Microsoft).

The good news is that RIM promises to support BlackBerry 7.1 for a while, and we don't believe that its fingers were crossed behind its back. As for all of those apps on BlackBerry App World, RIM says it will try to port some over to the new OS. This is make or break time for RIM and the clock has started ticking.

source: RIM via PhoneScoop

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15 Comments

1. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

didnt rim say they are going to make bb 10 devices with keyboards? so you keyboard lovers need not to fret.

2. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Oh Oh!

3. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

dat sux, maes wp7 look a lot more appealing

4. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

why? ms has stated that they wont update any current phone to wp8, so whats the difference?

6. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Still getting apps on wp7, I mean you are with Blackberry but Im sure BB 10 will get most of the app attention. Don't get me wrong I want to get the 9930, but in terms of productivity and apps wp7 has a lot more going on, for me at least.

7. wp7tribes

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Microsoft has NEVER SAID ANYTHING LIKE THAT on the web there is nothing but rumors There is no official statement from microsoft about the upgrade

8. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

11. aphrophyre

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Paul Thurrott is not an employee of Microsoft. He is a technology evangelist geared towards Microsoft products.

10. aphrophyre

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Microsoft HAS NOT stated this. They have stated that WP7 apps will be able to run on WP8, but have not yet shut down the upgrade path. The longer they wait though, the more unlikely the upgrade path seems likely.

13. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

why so defensive, are you scared your phone wont get the update, it happens man, my EVO isnt getting ICS, every company does this, its how they get you to buy a new phone, if you want new you have to buy new, updates are not a garenteed promise anyways, ms is a business, so why wouldnt they try to maximize profits by not updating current phones, thus forcing people to buy new phones if they want windows 8

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

That is a real shame, but I suppose its probably because the BB7 devices are probably just not powerful enough to handle the new OS, which runs buttery smooth but its multitasking features will probably be a lagfest on the much slower hardware of BB7 devices.

9. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

This has been stated time and time again. I'm sure it's totally possible to put some form of BB10 on current high end handsets like the 99xx series. However, it would have to be a stripped down version and with the single core 1.2 ghz processors in them, it would likely be not the best experience, and the media would just run with that against RIM next. I'm a Bold 9930 user and I read BB10 wasn't coming to it when I got the Bold before Christmas. I'm ok with that although it would be nice. I have my PlayBook for those needs already and when the time comes for an upgrade, then I'll be looking to a BB10 handset then. By the way, typed all this from my 9930 and it renders Phone Arena's site just fine. No complaints from me. :)

12. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Well seeing how my OS7 device is supposed to be the most current, i can imagine it having support for sometime. However, by the end of this year if RIM does not impress, i will shift another direction.

14. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

F*** You RIM.

15. AshDtweeter

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

RIM is a sinking ship. BlackBerry wont see my upgrade!

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