1. sk8er_tor's Avatar
    Article from TheStreet.com. Click here to read article.


    WATERLOO, Ont. (TheStreet) -- Finally, some signs that the creative sap is running again at Research In Motion(RIMM Quote). RIM has been fairly criticized for losing a step or two in the mobile phone race as touchscreen models from Apple(AAPL Quote) and Google(GOOG Quote) snapped up the design lead and ran off with the smartphone crowd.
    But recent rumors suggest that two new BlackBerries are on the way this spring, and one of the phones may feature a long-awaited, touch-enabled Web-friendly operating system.
    Apparently, RIM staffers are very pleased with the new operating system, says one analyst who was privy to a description of the new user interface and RIM's reaction.
    While still the leading smartphone maker in the U.S., RIM has been overshadowed by Apple's iPhone and Google's host of Android phones that feature Apps, built-in social network access, and full Web browsing.
    RIM was assailed by critics who say the BlackBerry shop has been lagging behind competitors with outdated software.
    The new touchscreen BlackBerry is expected to resemble the typical BlackBerry Bold format with a keypad and a screen sharing one side. The new version will likely replace the conventional screen with a touchscreen and keep the keyboard below.
    The second phone is a new 3G BlackBerry Pearl. One person who has tested the Pearl was impressed with the speed and easy operation of the optical tracker, which replaces the scroll ball.
    RIM remains dominant as a mobile phone and email device for business users, but BlackBerry's success in the consumer market is a far bigger challenge as phone buyers care less about email and more about the songs, games and videos they can play and the quality of the ease of a phone's social network connections. Its late arrival to the so-called Web-kit operating systems aside, RIM has a strong track record for making updates. It is good to see RIM still has the competitive juice and a desire to get back on top of its game.
    -- Written by Scott Moritz in New York
    02-03-10 09:48 AM
  2. Anonymous94587689's Avatar
    Article from TheStreet.com.

    ... Its late arrival to the so-called Web-kit operating systems aside, RIM has a strong track record for making updates...
    -- Written by Scott Moritz in New York

    So the WEB-Kit is an operating system now ?
    02-03-10 02:22 PM
  3. hitnar's Avatar
    I really hope so...
    02-04-10 03:01 AM
  4. mi_canuck's Avatar
    Pearl? And that supposed to be hot news? We all know the 9100 is coming...
    02-04-10 09:52 AM
  5. cenloe's Avatar
    The touchscreen, physical qwerty Blackberry will need a trackball/optical trackpad to be successful. Also, it will need multi-touch, IMHO.
    02-04-10 10:04 AM
  6. K Bear's Avatar
    The touchscreen, physical qwerty Blackberry will need a trackball/optical trackpad to be successful. Also, it will need multi-touch, IMHO.
    Yeah, trackball is no longer being used. By all accounts, the Dakota will have a trackpad.
    02-04-10 10:09 PM
  7. JediSquirrel's Avatar
    Any chance this device will work on Verizon? (By this device, I mean the hybrid device)
    Last edited by JediSquirrel; 02-04-10 at 10:46 PM.
    02-04-10 10:44 PM
  8. GenTsoChicken's Avatar
    OMG!!! A new touchscreen friendly OS. Thats what the Storm needed. I cant wait.

    I could have gotten a 9700 but decided to stay with my 8900 until the Touchscreen hybrid to come out. It better be GSM.
    02-05-10 11:39 AM
  9. mcaspe1's Avatar
    So it looks like the possibilities of a touch screen/keyboard/slider is not going to happen anytime soon? That's to bad. A lot of people would like one, including myself. I know many don't like the idea of one because it's probably not business user friendly but there is a large non business user blackberry crowd out there.
    02-05-10 09:52 PM
  10. K Bear's Avatar
    It's coming sooner than you think.
    02-05-10 10:36 PM
  11. mcaspe1's Avatar
    It's coming sooner than you think.
    Could this be what you are hinting toward?

    http://forums.crackberry.com/f150/ne...6/#post4631602
    02-07-10 02:24 PM
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