It’s no secret that the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is coming to Verizon. The device has been available from Sprint for almost two weeks, yet, it hasn’t even been officially announced by Verizon. It isn’t unlike Verizon to take their time rolling out new devices, however, not even officially announcing the BlackBerry Bold 9650 when Sprint is already selling it without an exclusive is a bit of a departure from Verizon’s usual mode of operation. This kind of makes me wonder if Verizon is waiting on BlackBerry 6, the next generation BlackBerry OS, to become available so that they can release their branded Bold 9650 with the latest and greatest BlackBerry OS as compared to making users upgrade to it.
Say what you want about Research in Motion, but, you have to give them credit when it comes to providing users with options. In an iPhone world, Apple provides you with features and you either learn to like them or buy another product. That being said, I hope that Flash in the upcoming BlackBerry 6 browser will allow users to enable or disable the loading of Flash content. When I think of RIM’s focus on security as they design devices it would lead you to believe Flash will not only be an optional feature but off by default. I am not sure if this is a good thing for Adobe or end user experience but I can already see the reports, BlackBerry 6 Browser Sluggish Due to Flash. Essentially replay every article being written about Flash and Android today.
The upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider still needs a bit of polish around the edges, however, the new device and BlackBerry 6 look just about ready to go. As I’ve said before, BlackBerry 6 looks like it is designed to run on a BlackBerry with a Touchscreen. We know that 6 will run on the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and the yet to be officially announced BlackBerry Clamshell 9670. I’m anxious to see BlackBerry 6 running on a device with a physical QWERTY keyboard only.
[Via The BerryFix]
Al Sacco from CIO.com posted an interesting pie chart displaying the distribution of BlackBerry Operating Systems in use and, not all that surprisingly, only 20% of current BlackBerry users run OS 5, the latest BlackBerry OS, on their device. What is kind of surprising, however, is that RIM still allows the carriers to exercise ultimate control as to if and when BlackBerry OS updates will be released on carrier branded BlackBerry devices.
Word on the street, quite literally, is that RIM has shelved Plans to release an Android powered tablet later this year and have shifted focus to a BlackBerry OS powered device for sometime in 2011.
Is it just me or does BlackBerry 6 really seem to be geared towards Touchscreens? Personally, I think this is the way that RIM needs to go, but, I know that there are a lot of BlackBerry users that love physical keyboards.
BlackBerry Leaks is reporting that they have received “solid word” on the list of older BlackBerry devices that will support BlackBerry OS 6.0 or BlackBerry 6 as RIM is referring to it. There are only 2 devices being sold right now that will support BlackBerry 6 and chances are that you don’t own one of them…