updated 05:25 pm EDT, Wed April 27, 2011
BlackBerry 6.1 to be renamed BlackBerry 7
The evolutionary upgrade that is the BlackBerry 6.1 operating system will be known as BlackBerry 7 when it's officially unveiled at next week's BlackBerry World show, multiple sources told CrackBerry. If this proves true, it will also go against a previous report that had BlackBerry 7 launching in November. Also contradicting previous rumors is the latest news that it won't be QNX-based.
A likely reason for the change in naming conventions is that current handsets won't support the new software, and calling it 6.1 would allegedly confuse and frustrate users. BlackBerry 7 would help market the platform as a much newer system rather than an evolutionary one, which the software reportedly is. This also leaves the 6.1 moniker and the rest of the decimal places for evolutionary updates to the current BlackBerry 6 OS.
This could also mean the QNX-based phone OS may be called something entirely different, with some believing it could be called BlackBerry 8.