RIM BlackBerry 10 Not Coming to Current Devices

February 13, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Imagine having to buy a brand new device every time a new version of an operating system rolls out, just so you can get a taste of the latest.

That is not the case with iOS, Android or the Windows Phone. But BlackBerry owners do have that kind of a issue.

Research in Motion has confirmed that their current Blackberry devices won’t be upgraded to their  soon to be released Blackberry 10 operating system.

Over at RIM’s first Developer Conference in Europe, where the Blackberry 7.1 and Playbook OS 2.0 demoed, Vivek Bhardwaj, head of software portfolio at RIM, said:

Our currently Blackberry line of smartphones will still remain based on our current Blackberry operating system, he said. Later, RIM confirmed that Blackberry 10 is designed to work on next generation Blackberry smartphones but will not be able to run on the current Blackberry 7 OS (or earlier) devices.

If you do not remember, this has happened before, when the BlackBerry 7 rolled out. Older devices weren’t able to be upgraded due to technological differences.

When asked whether the PlayBook tablet will be upgraded, Bhardwaj said the Playbook will continue to progress and evolve and lead the road towards Blackberry 10.

Not really sure what that means? Here’s further explanation from RIM: Blackberry 10 is being designed for both next generation Blackberry smartphones, as well as for the Blackberry Playbook.

Owners of Blackberry Playbook  will be able to update their tablet to the BlackBerry 10 OS via a free software update once the software is generally available.

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