I have been greatly anticipating the upcoming release of Blackberry OS 6, as I assumed that my Storm 2 (released in the UK last November, and I bought it only in January) would be getting the upgrade.
It would seem not.
RIM just announced the BlackBerry Torch 9800 this morning. The new BlackBerry Torch will run the long awaited OS 6 when it launches in a couple of weeks time. Along with the launch details earlier today, a press release was sent out that indicates that older devices will not be getting an update to BlackBerry OS 6.Subject to carrier certifications in the months ahead, the new OS is expected to be available for the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G, as well as future BlackBerry smartphones.
For those who have an older device, it looks like you’ll be stuck on BlackBerry OS 5 and will need to upgrade to a BlackBerry Torch or another new unreleased phone if you want to test what OS 6 is all about.
Hints at older devices not being capable of running OS 6 came recently when some Storm 3 details were revealed that show the device has more memory and power to make it more capable of running the newer OS.
I am gutted. Not because the current OS is bad, but because the additions were to include a new webkit browser, and more fluid scrolling, social network integration, along with just an updated UI. I also don’t understand why it can’t come to Storm 2 in particular. The Storm 2 has specifications that match or exceed the Bold 9700, so there is no reason why it cannot come to Storm 2. Add that to the fact that on the teaser videos all over the internet, it is clearly a Storm 2 screen.
I am still hoping this is a mistake, an error of omission from the press release. I will be very disappointed otherwise. If I wasn’t only 6 months into my contract, I’d consider going to Android.