CANADIAN PHONE COMPANY Research In Motion (RIM) has told The INQUIRER that the Blackberry Curve 9320 won't be upgraded to its Blackberry 10 operating system, nor will the rest of its Blackberry 7 line-up.
A spokesperson from RIM told us that no existing Blackberry smartphones, including the newly-announced Blackberry Curve 9320, will be upgraded to its QNX-based Blackberry 10 operating system. As it is a new platform built from the ground up, RIM explains, it simply won't be compatible with the existing crop of Blackberry handsets.
The spokesperson also let slip that the Blackberry 10 operating system has been designed predominantly to work with fully touchscreen devices, although he added that RIM will continue producing QWERTY touchscreen hybrid smartphones.
It's better news for owners of the Blackberry Playbook, though. The same spokesperson told The INQUIRER that the tablet will be upgraded to RIM's latest operating system, which is expected to become available in October, although no exact timeframe for the update has been put in place.
Having today announced a phone that we already know won't be upgraded to the latest iteration of the Blackberry operating system, has RIM just made Blackberry fragmentation acceptable? Not in our books. µ