BlackBerry Storm 3 Canceled!? BlackBerry OS 6 Updates on the Way

Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry Storm 3 might be canceled. According to Engadget‘s sources, the Storm 3 has been canceled on Verizon Wireless’s network. Before you go rioting, keep two things in mind: the Storm 3 as has been rumored (the 9570) was just a slightly updated Storm 2 with more RAM and slightly faster processor, and it might end up on another carrier eventually. Hopefully the real Storm 3 we all have been waiting for (with LTE or 4G) network abilities is still going to come out in the near future.

The older Storm 2 from RIM has a meager 256 MB of RAM, which is apparently too little to run BlackBerry OS 6 on Verizon’s CDMA network. The 9570 Storm 3 (or should I say 2.5) was expected to pack 512 MB of RAM but keep SurePress and the exact same form factor. The BlackBerry Storm series has been a disappointment for many since it’s not up to snuff with the iPhone or some of the Android OS powered smartphones out there. And let’s face it, the web browser in BlackBerry smartphones before OS 6 came out with its Webkit powered powered browser is… well disappointing in comparison.

Fortunately, from Engadget‘s sources again, BlackBerry OS 6 will be launched in October sometime the BlackBerry Tour, the Bold 9650 and the Curve 3G. No word yet for the Bold 9700 or the Pearl 3G but keep your fingers crossed. Hopefully, this means that BlackBerry OS 6 has finally been approved by Verizon, and will come out for the rest of its models (and on AT&T, T-Mobile and the rest of the networks) in the near future.

I sympathize with BlackBerry owners because I’ve used the platform quite a bit in the past and feel your browser pain. BB OS 6 brings a slew of new features to the platform and better integrated social networking features. Not to mention a much better browser that finally can compete on the same footing as Safari Mobile for iOS and Google’s browser for Android OS.

Since QNX Software System’s new BlackBerry Tablet OS should be coming out early next year and will probably find its way onto most BlackBerry smartphones in the future, I also hope that it will run properly on older BlackBerry devices. QNX’s CEO is very excited about the new OS and seems confident that it will propel the BlackBerry smartphone brand into new, better territory. Regardless, the BlackBerry you purchase next year or the year after that might be able to run circles around BlackBerry OS 6. I know OS 6 has barely been around, but RIM seems intent on moving forward.

Let me know what you feel about this news about the BlackBerry Storm 3 and if you’re excited about the possibility of BlackBerry OS 7 running on a UNIX based operating.

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