Many an industry watcher has wondered himself whether RIM would actually provide OS6 updates for existing devices – after all, why should the company waste an opportunity to force users to upgrade? On the other hand, nobody wants to buy outdated hardware…which is why RIM has been touting the “upgrade-ability” of current handsets for some time.
The German blog blogberry now reports that most existing devices are unlikely to get OS6 due to lack of memory. According to them, 128 or even 256MB are not enough to house the new operating system.
They go on to point out rumors of an upcoming 9700a with 512MB of memory and a report that Verizon has stopped testing O=S6 on the Storm II due to “lack of memory”.
Given that RIM has not named any specific devices so far, I would not be surprised if they announce that no upgrades will be possible once OS6 hardware has become wildly available. This would obviously make a few users angry – but make carriers happy, as they will be able to offer subsidized upgrade deals…
What do you think?
P.S. All those of you with a Storm 1 – I don’t think that you will ever get an upgrade. Period, sorry, end of show.