Operating system won't be QNX-based as previously expected.
Research In Motion is likely to unveil BlackBerry 6.1, its evolutionary operating system upgrade, as BlackBerry 7 next week at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida.
BlackBerry 6.1 was originally announced at DevCon Asia at the beginning of the year showcasing such features as NFC, magnetometer and liquid graphics.
These are expected to be retained although those waiting for an operating system designed for a QNX-based smartphone may have to wait until BlackBerry 8, according to BlackBerry blog Crackberry.
RIM’s reasoning behind the name change is unknown however, speculation has suggested the company may have wanted a new operating system to go with any new devices they announce next week, including the BlackBerry Bold 9900.
It is also possible that the BlackBerry 7 OS requires hardware not contained within BlackBerry 6 smartphones to function.