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Current BlackBerry Users Will Not Receive BlackBerry OS 10 Update

Today, RIM confirmed that current BlackBerry owners will not receive the much anticipated Blackberry OS 10 update. The only way to get it will be to purchase a new Blackberry handset.

Today, RIM confirmed that current BlackBerry owners will not receive the much anticipated Blackberry OS 10 update. The only way to get it will be to purchase a new Blackberry handset.

Considering the new features of this firmware, and the types of phones for which it is built, this news will come as no surprise to those who have kept up with the new OS. Yesterday, RIM previewed Blackberry 10 at Blackberry World 2012, releasing an "Alpha Dev" phone to developers. The new phone is stylized after popular smartphones, featuring a full touch screen with no physical keyboard.

With these radical new modifications, the software would be infeasible on the smaller and much differently built BlackBerry devices of the past.  Although this consequence was probably inevitable, it is bound to disappoint fans who already own BlackBerry devices.

RIM's choice to upgrade BlackBerry software to a more modern and marketable form has been compared to Microsoft's migration from the enterprise oriented Windows Mobile, to the more mainstream Windows Phone.  This change, while not a disaster, could be thought of as a small failure. iOS and Android dominate the market, with Windows phone lagging far behind.

What remains to be seen is how these changes will end up affecting RIM’s position. If some BlackBerry fans are excited about these new changes, there are certain to be others who will not be. However, considering where RIM is right now, new customers are probably the real goal.

While business users may stick with BlackBerry for the various infrastructures it offers, how lay users will respond is unknown. Will the new design and overhauled OS be enough to pull them over, or will it just bore a market with too many superior devices to care? Only time will tell.

Source:SlashGear

Brandon Shutt
Brandon is an A+ certified technician and freelance writer living in East Tennessee. He loves God, writing, science (especially technology) and philosophy. He is currently preparing to enter the field of information security.

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