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

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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14 Comments

1. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

Wow. You're fast!

14. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 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..

2. deago78

Posts: 162; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

4. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

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...

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Tell me about it....

7. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

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

8. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

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

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

11. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

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

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

carriers didn't took their phones :(

12. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

hey isnt nokia the largest phone manufacturer?

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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