The drastic changes over at RIM continue, with news that the company has cancelled two devices previously linked with their BlackBerry 10 operating system. While the hardware is certainly important, BlackBerry 10 is perhaps even more so, as it really has to be good enough to compete with not only the established market leaders Android and iOS, but the rising star of Windows Phone 7 too.
In a move that sees the firm take a leaf out of Apple’s book, BGR has reported the cancellation of the Colt and Milan, meaning all the BlackBerrys have now been placed into the one basket, which we know as the London. By concentrating on a single device instead of a range, could RIM get the focus they seem to need?
The Colt was rumoured to be the very first BB 10 phone, but had the uninspiring spec sheet of a single-core 1GHz processor and the traditional BlackBerry QWERTY design. That was all very well for 2010, but not for 2012 and the launch of a potentially make-or-break OS revision.
So, a sensible decision, and one which possibly explains the phone’s absence from a leaked roadmap last summer. But what about the Milan? It turns out the Milan wasn’t going to run the new software anyway, but BlackBerry 7 OS. The phone’s similar design to the Torch saw US carriers decide it wasn’t for them, causing RIM to cease development.
The London is the unusual full-touchscreen phone with hints of the Porsche Design P’9981, and there’s the slight possibility it’ll turn up at Mobile World Congress in February, when RIM has promised to show some more of BlackBerry 10.