BlackBerry OS 6 heading to older handsets

Yesterday, the launch of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 was the headline news and rightly so - it packed a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a touchscreen and the firsr glimpse of the BlackBerry OS 6 operating system in action. But it's not the only handset that will be sporting that particular interface.

RIM has also announced that three other handsets will benefit from the operating system, the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G. Obviously none of those will be able to take advantage of the touchscreen aspect, but if you have invested in any of those phones of late, you'll still be able to enjoy all of the features.

Features like the updated interface, familiar, but with improved visuals and navigation, as well as better customisation. There's also universal search, a new and efficient WebKit-based browser, a vast improvement on previous BlackBerry efforts, even throwing in tabs and more intuitive zoom plus social feeds. Wider messaging compatibility is standard, with RSS reading, a much more satisfying media experience (which now includes podcasts and iTunes integration) plus on-board editing for your camera shots completing the headline acts.

But all of that without the 'swipe of your finger' functionality. It should be perfect for the Storm 1 and Storm 2, but neither will see this update. Just as well there's a Storm 3 on the horizon, this upgrade looks made for it. In fact, it probably has been made for it. No news on dates for those phones getting the OS upgrade, RIM simply says it is 'subject to carrier certifications in the months ahead'.

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