Blackberry OS 6 Not Available For Storm Smartphones

Research in Motion pulled the curtains on the new Blackberry OS 6, its latest mobile platform on which the Canadian manufacturer is pinning its hopes as it tries to play catch up with Apple's iPhone OS and Google's Android OS.

Mike Lazaridis, president and co-ceo of Research In Motion, said in a statement that the "BlackBerry 6 is the outcome of RIM’s ongoing passion to deliver a powerful, simplified and optimized user experience for both touch screen and keyboard fans".

In what appears to be an odd decision, the company has announced that the OS will only be available for the BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G in the short term, leaving owners of the Storm and the Storm 2 in the dark.

It looks as if a keyboard is compulsory to get BOS6 to work properly though and leaves the door opened for a customised version of the operating system should RIM move ahead with plans for a touchscreen only Blackberry Tablet device.

The Blackberry Torch is the first handset to benefit from the various enhancements on the platform which includes a much sleeker user interface, a Web-kit tab-capable browser, a universal search tool on the home screen itself and tighter integration with social networking services like Twitter.